Chief Usua H. Amanam
Chairman – Amakpe International Refineries Nigeria Ltd
President/CEO -Amakpe International, Inc
President/CEO -Amtrat International Corporation
Senior Partner – Maxim Assmaye Construction Company

34015 Seventh Street
Union City, CA 94587 U.S.A
Telephone: +1 (510) 557-1354


MPH (Masters of Public Health) 1978 San Jose State University, San Jose, California
BS (Biological Sciences) 1976 California State University, Hayward, California, USA
AA (Chemistry) 1974 Ohlone College, Fremont, California, USA

Amakpe International Refineries:
Usua H. Amanam is co-founder and president of Amakpe International Refineries, the first company to successfully fabricate and obtain proper licensing for a private oil refinery in Africa. The modular refinery currently awaits shipment to Amanam’s hometown of Eket, Nigeria. When construction on site is completed, it will process 12,000 barrels per day (BPD) of Qu a lboe crude into gasoline, diesel, naphtha, and fuel oil. Amanam’s desire to supply jobs to those in his own community helped drive the decision to make the second largest city in Nigeria’s top oil-producing state its homestead. Once online, the refinery will offer 200 jobs to local residents, but through the scheduled expansion of processing capacity, that total is expected to rise to over 500.

Amtrat International Corporation:
In 1981 after a short stint with the California Rural Health Federation as a health program specialist and later as marketing director, Amanam noticed that there was little or no trade between the United States and most developing countries. At the same time, store-returned merchandise, whether shoes, garments, furnishings, or accessories, were either given away as donations or sent to landfills. He founded Amtrat International Corporation to bridge the gap between the U.S. consumer’s appetite for new and improved merchandise and the basic needs of growing populations in developing countries. He formed a coalition with various domestic and international business leaders, growing the business to a successful multi-million dollar enterprise that served over fifty-five countries around the globe. The company’s success has enabled Amanam to play a pivotal philanthropic role as a community leader in both the United States and Nigeria. In return, various communities, international associations, cities, and financial institutions have recognized his accomplishments with awards, certificates, and accolades. As President/CEO of Amtrat International Corporation, Amanam’s company was a longstanding member of the local Better Business Bureau and had strong business affiliations that included the likes of both the California and U.S. Chamber[s] of Commerce.

Senior Partner – Maxim Assmaye Construction Company:
Amanam’s desire to provide children around the globe with the opportunity to invest in their future through education, lead to a 30 million USD project funded by the Government of Afghanistan, to rebuild and furnish a school system damaged by the war. The project was completed in December of 2007.

Awards and Recognitions:
2007: Businessman of the Year of the U.S National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Washington D.C

2007: Honorary Chairman of the U.S. House of Representative’s Majority Trust & President Dinner from the Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C

2003: Businessman of the Year – U.S National Republican Congressional Committee`s Business Advisory Council, Washington D.C

1999: Innovative Exporter Award, Baytrade, Oakland, CA

1998: Outstanding Entrepreneur – Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, CA

1998: Exporter of the Year -United States Department of Commerce

1997: Outstanding Citizen Global Award – International Institute of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA,

1997: Recognized as the 16’“ Fastest Growing Private Business in San Francisco- San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco, CA

1996: Certificate of Appreciation – City of Los Angeles, CA

1996: African Entrepreneur of the Year -African Sun Times, New York, NY

Lifetime Achievement Award -Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria, Inc

1995: Certificate of Appreciation -Young Men’s Christian Association, Inc.

1995: Certificate of Appreciation -Metropolitan Dade County, Florida

1995: Certificate of Appreciation – City of Miami

1994: Named in the “Who is Who Worldwide Global Business Registry.”