Obinna Chukwudum Uzoh, lawyer, administrator, industrialist, politician and the managing director/chief executive officer, Gocuz Group Limited, 50, March 17. Born in Ihiala, Anambra State, he was educated at the University of Lagos; the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, and Lagos State University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Master’s degree in Marketing, and LLB in law. He also holds a doctorate in Economics from the Lagos State University. A philanthropist who has touched the lives of many people through the award of scholarships to students, educational endowment, sport development, and building of places of worship, Uzoh is the chairman, Board of Trustees, Madonna University Okija, Anambra State; member, Nigerian Bar Association; fellow, Institute of Cost Management; fellow, Institute of Internal Auditors; member, Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, and member Nigerian-Asian Chamber of Commerce, amongst others. Uzoh is also a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as well as a former gubernatorial aspirant of the party in Anambra State. He is married with children.
Ebongabasi Ekpe-Juda, managing director, Acts Resources Limited, Okota, Lagos, 56, March 16. Born in Nigeria, he attended Holy Family College, Abak, Akwa Ibom State, 1971-1976; University of Maiduguri, 1978-1982, and University of Ibandan, 1985-1986. Ekpe-Juda was employed as management trainee, United Africa Company of Nigeria, UACN, PLC, 1984-1985; branch manager, UACN, 1987-1988; assistant director, Data Science Nigeria Limited, Ikeja, Lagos, 1992-1993. He is a member, Nigeria Institute of Management, NIM, and member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR. Ekpe-Juda is also a member of Intercessors for Nigeria, Africa and beyond. His hobbies include football, volleyball, lawn and table tennis, squash and swimming. He is the author of the Bewitched Church.
Osuagwu Ihechinyerem Kelechi, physician, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, chief medical director, Newlife Specialist Clinics and Maternity, 41, March 16. Born in Okpanku, Amumara, Ezihinitte, Mbaise local government area of Imo State, he was educated at Central School, Amumara, 1978-1983; Archdeacon Dennis Junior Seminary, Mbieri, Owerri, Imo State, 1984-1990, University of Ibadan, 1991-1998. He was medical officer, Kaltungo General Hospital, Gombe, 1999-2000; registrar, obstetrics and gynaecology, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, 2001-2005; senior registrar, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, 2005-2008; head clinical services, Princess Medical Centre, Port Harcourt. He is a fellow, West African College of Surgeons, FWACS; member, International Aids Society, European Society of Gynaecological Oncologists, and zonal chairman/South-East regional coordinator, Nigerian Cancer Society. He is director Jasonik Global Services.
Emeka Etiaba, lawyer, philanthropist and politician, 48, March 16. Born in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, he was educated at Nike Grammar School, Enugu; Okongwu Grammar School, Nnewi, and University of Jos in 1988. He attended Nigerian Law School and was called to Bar in 1989. He has been in private legal practice and his law firm has branches in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Nnewi. He is a member of the International Bar Association and Ikoyi Club. He was governorship aspirant under the People’s Progressive Alliance, PPA, in Anambra State 2010 governorship election, but lost in the party’s primaries.
Ibrahim Coomasie, former inspector general of police, 70, March 18. Born in Katsina State, he was educated at the Provincial Secondary School, Zaria; Barewa College, Zaria; Detective Training College, Wakefield, UK, and in Institutions based in Washington DC, US.
Josephine Odumakin, Nigerian human rights activist, awarded the US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award, on March 8, 2013. The US merit award was conferred on Odumakin for her exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment. She was honoured alongside nine other women around the world as an event marking the 2013 International Women’s Day.
Professor Ebere Onwudiwe, as the new executive director, Ken Nnamani Centre for Leadership and Development, KNCLD. Onwudiwe is a professor of political science and economics at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, US. Until his appointment, he was the executive director of the Centre for International Studies, Central State University, Ohio. He was also a lecturer at the Ohio State University, Antioch College and the United Nations University in Costa Rica. He has served as a governance consultant with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu
— Mar. 18, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT