Francis Arthur Nzeribe, engineer, industrialist, philanthropist and politician, 75, November 2. Born in Oguta, Imo State, he was educated in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Nzeribe is the founder and chief executive director of Franze Organisation, London; executive director, Sentinel Assurance Company Limited, Lagos; director, Lion Investments Limited, Lagos; director, Unity Life and Fire Insurance Company Limited, Lagos and founder, Chief Arthur Nzeribe Educational Foundation, 1988. He was elected senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, October-December, 1983; was on self-exile in London, 1984-1986 and elected senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999-2007.


Richard Akinjide, lawyer, 82, November 4. Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, he was educated at St Peter’s School, Aremo, Ibadan, 1937-1942; Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife, 1943-1949; University of London, England, 1952-1956. Akinjide was engaged in private legal practice, 1956; elected Member of Parliament, Ibadan South-East constituency, 1959-1966; president, Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, 1970-1973; member, editorial board, Nigerian Monthly Law Reports; pro-chancellor and chairman, Governing Council, University of Jos, 1976 and was appointed minister of justice, 1979-1983. Akinjide became Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, 1978.

Alex Uche Osunkwo, teacher, scholar, administrator and community leader, 57, November 4. He is a researcher and professor of Chemistry, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research, Abuja. Born in Lagos, he attended Government Primary School, Surulere, 1967; Emmanuel College, Owerri, Imo State, 1974; University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1979; University of Benin, 1987 and University of Jos, 1991. Osunkwo was lecturer 1, 1988; senior lecturer 1990; associate professor of pharmacology, 1994; appointed professor in 1995; chairman, board of management, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital; chairman, best practices sub-committee; committee of chairmen and chief executives of Federal Tertiary Hospitals. He is a member, American Society of Pharmacognosy; member, African Society for Toxicological Sciences; member, West African Society of Pharmacology and member, Nigerian Society of Biometrics. He has 43 academic publications.


Ernest Enegi Emenyonu, university don and former provost, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, 74, November 1. Born in Mbaitoli, Imo State, he was educated in Nigeria and the United States of America, USA. He was president, West African chapter of the Association for Common Wealth Literature and Language Studies. He is a professor of English, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Onyekwere Herbert Orji, economist, investment banker and chief executive officer, Summa Guaranty and Trust Company PLC, 64, November 2. He was educated in Nigeria and the United States of America, USA. He was the first managing director of defunct Progress Bank of Nigeria.



GEORGE Uriesi, managing director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has been elected vice-president of the Airports Council International, ACI, Africa Region. His election took place on October 22, 2013 during the 22nd annual general assembly of the ACI in Lome, Togo. Uriesi would work with Paschal Komla from Togo and president, ACI. The tenure of the executives is three years. FAAN maintained a very colourful exhibition stand which played host to a good number of visitors during the conference. It maximised the opportunity of that conference and exhibition to showcase the numerous remodelling works that are ongoing at the airports.

Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu 

— Nov. 11, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT

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