Biography of Dr. Jerome Atsenokhai Umole

Dr.Jerome Atsenokhai Umole
Dr. Jerome Atsenokhai Umole began life’s journey on the 3rd of March, 1946. Born as the first son (second child) to Pa Momoh Umole and Ma Esther Adi Umole (both now late) in Ogbona Town, Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State, he began his primary school education at the age of 6 years at Etsako District Council Primary School (EDC) now Imhakhena primary school, Ogbona in 1952. He proceeded and graduated from modern school in 1961.
Thirsty for education, Joe as he is fondly called enrolled at the Prince College, Onitsha in 1965 but was forced by the Nigerian Civil war to abandon his education and return home to Midwestern Nigeria. Here however, his pursuit for self-enlightenment and self-discovery propelled him to apply for the much sought after Midwestern Government Scholarship. Not surprising, he got the scholarship on merit after a rigorous examination and interview. It was therefore on the broad shoulders of Government that he completed his secondary school education at the prestigious Essi College in 1969.
With his excellent golden result in his hands and the world at his feet, Papingo as soccer lovers in the old Midwest called him, was short listed by Barclays Bank DCO for immediate employment. Once again fortune smiled on his hard work as he sat and passed the highly competitive examination with flying colors and became one of the elite few Nigerians in those days to carry the banner of the bank. There he worked and climbed the upward ladder of the bank, until 1975 when in patriotic zeal, he transferred his services to the New Nigerian Bank Ltd. He rose to become one of the youngest managers in the history of the Bank in 1985. Paulosa Nigeria Limited was his next station after he left the fast paced banking sector in 1989.
Quickly he became Vice-president/Regional Manager (North) but once again the desire to create a niche for himself propelled him to resign his services from the company. He then birthed the following companies:
JerryGold Nigeria Limited
Adi Publishers
Silverpoint International Services Ltd
JerryBest Suites Ltd
MSc, University of Ibadan
PhD (Econs) Somerset University, UK
Banking and Monetary Systems in Nigeria
The Language of Money
JerryGold “My Memoirs” at 60
The Nigerian Budget Challenges (ongoing)
Married Life
Elder Umole is happily married to his heartthrob of 45 years Deaconess Comfort Omosigho Umole (Née Aghedo) and together they are blessed with children and nine grand children
Social Life
Pioneer Chairman, Abuja Bankers Club
Secretary, Benin City Bankers Club
General Secretary, Senior Staff Association of New Nigerian Bank Ltd
President 1991/1992, Rotary Club of Abuja
Vice President (Publicity), Abuja Chambers of Commerce, Agriculture, Mines & Industry
Vice Chairman/Trustee, Abuja Children’s Home
Elder Umole or JerryGold as business associates love to call him, loves and plays football, hates tobacco and alcohol in any form, avoids loose talkers and covenant breakers, celebrates hard work and friendships. Unashamed of his faith, Elder Umole is saved, Holy Ghost filled with evidence of speaking in tongues and a husband of one wife. Ordained by the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Elder Umole believes that every man has one life to be lived for God and humanity.
Well written. He did his PGD in University of Lagos in 1981/1982 academic season. He was the pioneer Manager of New Nigerian Bank in Abuja when Abuja was just Wuse and Festival Road and Agura Hotel the most prestigious hotel. He lived in Bendel Estate in Warri and had a white Vespa with the motto written on it “Who is your class Mate” I remember vividly in our holiday with him in Warri, he carried Gilbert Odior, Clement Umole and myself on the Vespa to a Cinema. Adieu A Handsome and jolly Uncle Dr Joe E. A. UMOLE.

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