ODENIGWE, Godwin Anibeze




Date of Birth: State ofOrigin: Local Government Area: Udi Village/Town: Saturday(Eke) 12,h December, 1925 Enugu Amaokwe Professor Godwin Anibeze Odenigwe BA (Hons) MA, PhD is a political scientist and university teacher who committed much of his time in using practical knowledge of his expertise in political science to assist in building up a strong administrative system in the governments in Igbo Land. This was particularly true in the Old East Central State which was made up of the present Anambra, Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Enugu States. Professor G.A Odenigwe was among the few educated and enlightened top academics who helped to build up the wrecked political and administrative system of the Post War Igbo nation. He did this to the admiration of many of his Igbo compatriots. He stands as an Icon of integrity and respect who stood with his people in times of cold and warmth. Education Central School Umuabi 1931 1932 St Patrick's School Amokwe 1937 1940 St Thomas School Udi 1941 St. Charles' Teacher Training College Onitsha 1942- 1945 Morehouse College Atlanta Georgia, USA 1950 1953 Clerk University , Worcester, Massachusetts USA 1953 1957 University of London, England. Called to the Bar, Gay's Inn , London 1958 Job Experience • Appointed Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Government and Administration, Nigeria College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan • Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka • Reader and Professor Dept of Political Science University of Nigeria, Nsukka • Special Adviser, to President Shehu Shagari on Political Affairs 1979 1983 Membership ofProfessional Bodies • Member, Nigeria Society for Public Administration • Member, Nigerian Political Science Association • Member, Governing Council of Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology 1959 1961 • Member, University of Nigeria Senate • Director, Modern Ceramics Industry Umuahia Ltd • Member, Udi Divisional Local Authority Council • Member, Town and Country Planning Association • Former Provincial Administrator Oji River Province, Republic of Biafra (1967 1970) Hobbies - Swimming, Lawn Tennis and Football. Professor Odenigwe is married to Esther Chinyelu and they are blessed with three children. Source Publication: The Igbo Icon
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