Usua H. Amanam

Chairman/CEO – Amakpe International Refineries Nigeria Limited President/ CEO – Amakpe International, Inc 


AA (Chemistry) 1974, Ohlone College

BS (Biological Sciences) 1976, California State University, Hayward

MPH (Master of Public Health) 1978, San Jose State University 

Amakpe International Refineries: 

The co-founder and the president of the first Private Refinery in Africa, and located at Eket in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Amtrat International Corporation: 

After a short stint with California Rural Health Federation as a health program specialist and latterly as Marketing Director in 1981, Mr. Amanam discovered that there was no trade between the United States and most developing nations. At the same time, most returned merchandise like shoes, garments, furnishing, and accessories were either given away as donations or sent to landfills. He funded Amtrat International to bridge the enormous gap between the insatiable appetite of the United States for new and improved merchandise and the basic needs of the growing populations in the developing countries.  By adhering to strict quality control and logistics, he was able to form coalitions with various national and cultural business leaders. 

The business grew to several million dollars in revenue and served over 55 countries at its peak.  Mr. Amanam retired from Amtrat International Corporation in 2014 to spend his energy developing Amakpe International Refineries.

Senior Partner – Maxim Assmaye Construction Company:

30 Million USD project, funded by the Government of Afghanistan, to rebuild and furnish the school system in the country damaged by the war. Project was completed in December 2007.

Awards and Recognitions:

2007 – Businessman of the year, US National Republican Congressional Committees (NRCC)

2007 – Honorary Chairman of the US House of Representative’s Majority Trust and President Dinner from the Republican members of the House of  Representatives

2003 – Businessman of the Year, US Republican Congressional committee’s Business Advisory Council, Washington DC

1999 – Innovative Exporter Award, Baytrade, Oakland, California 

1998 – Outstanding Entrepreneur, Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, California 

1999 – Exporter of the year, United States Department of Commerce. 

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

1997 – Recognized as 16th fastest growing Business of San Francisco, Business Times

1996 – Certificate of Appreciation, City of Los Angeles

1996 – Lifetime Achievement Award, Akwa Ibom State Association

1995 – Certificate of Appreciation Metropolitan Dade County, Florida

1994 – Certificate  of Appreciation, City of Miami