EDOZIEN, Obi Prof Joseph Chike (CFR)

Born July 28, 1925


Obi Prof. Joseph Chike Edozien, CFR, JP, is the Asagba or traditional ruler of Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria. His academic career began with an appointment as a Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry in Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1951. He returned to Ibadan after further studies in Ireland. In 1952, Obi Edozien was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Pathology at the University College, Ibadan.Obi Edozien’s career at Ibadan ended in 1967, a casualty of the political crisis that ended the euphoria of the late 50′s and early 60′s and resulted in the coups of 1966 and eventually led to the Nigerian Civil War. Obi Edozien was instrumental in the efforts to establish the University of Benin in the newly created Midwestern Region of Nigeria in 1967. He was also implicated in the plots that resulted in the Biafran invasion of the Midwestern Region at the beginning of the civil war and was forced to flee the country. After a period as a refugee in France, he was appointed as a Professor of Nutrition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1971 he became a Professor and head of Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina. In 1990, Obi Edozien was appointed the Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research. Shortly thereafter he was selected to become the 13th Asagba of Asaba. He retired as a Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina and returned to Nigeria in 1991.
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse Modupe Smith
State of Origin: Asaba, Delta State
Father's Name Mr. Nathaniel Okafor Edozien
Mother's Name Mrs. Nwakuso Edozien née Odogwu
Working Experience

Asagba of Asaba, Delta State

Previous Appointments:

– Lecturer, Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London, 1951;

– Senior Lecturer, University of Ibadan, 1952;

– Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ibadan, 1962;

– Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts;

– Professor and head of Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, 1971;

– Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, 1990;

– Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Catholic School, Warri from 1933-1937; Christ the Kings College, Onitsha, 1938-1942; Higher College Yaba,1942; Achimota School, Accra, Ghana; University College Dublin, Ireland, 1944; National University of Ireland,1948

– Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR), 2003

July 28, 1925
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