OKEZIE, Dr.Josiah Onyebuchi Johnson

LSM, physician, politician, administrator, born November 26, 1924; married Rose Chioma Onwucheka 1966, three sons, one daughter; Education: St. Silas Primary School, Old-Umuahia, 1930-36; Government College, Umuahia, 1937-40; Dennis Memo rial Grammar School, Onitsha, 1940-42; Higher College, Yaba, 1943; Achimota College, Ghana, 1943; Yaba College of Medicine, 1944-47; University College, Ibadan, 1948-49, Royal College of Surgeons of England & Wales, 1955-57,University of Cam bridge, England, 1983; Career: Appointed Assistant Medical Officer, Civil Service of Nigeria, 1950-54; founder/Medical Superintendent, Ibeku Central Hospital, Umuahia- Ibeku, 1958-date; Senior Medical Officer, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Umuahia-Ibeku, 1970; appointed Federal Commissioner(now Minister), of Health, 1970-71; Federal Com missioner for Agriculture & Natural Re sources, 1971-74; Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Old Imo State Branch, 1975- 78; Chairman, Board of Directors, African Continental Bank Limited, member, Nigerian Medical Council, NMA, 1965-66; Secretary, (Eastern Nigeria) Nigerian Medical Association, 1960-70; Secretary, Eastern Nigeria Science Association, 1961-63; Initiator, Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Abia State; President, Old Imo State Scout Council, 1976-91; President, Council of Knights, Umuahia Diocese, 1994-97; Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Sales Management of Nigeria, 1994; Patron, Imo State IYMCA; Patron, Society for the Promotion of Igbo Language & Culture; Patron, Imo State Red Cross; National Patron, Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria, 1987-Date; Patron, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Imo State Branch, 1980; Patron, University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Umuahia Branch; Pa tron, Umuahia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture, 1991-date; Pa tron, Keep Imo Clean Society, 1995; Patron, Association of General & Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, 1992; Life Member, Nigeria Bible Society; Patron, Council of Knights, Umuahia Diocese, 1998; Awards/ Honours: Recipient, Gold Plaque For Distinguished and Meritorious Service by Nigeria Medical Association (N.M.A), Aba Branch, 1992; recipient, A Gold Certificate of Honour by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (N.O.C), in recognition of contribution for the development of the Olympic Movement; Foreign Honour: Award Winner,by Times Magazine of America for Sophisticated readership and ability to discuss key issues intelligently and impressively, 1988; Award Winner, by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, U.K, in recognition of outstanding contribution to medicine, Science, politics and the Church; Listed in the Marquis Who's Who in the World, since 1974; Listed in John Dickie aid Alan Rake - Who's Who in Africa; mentioned in Dictionary of International Biography, Vol. Eleven, 1975; Listed in Europe International Who's Who in Africa South of the Sahara, 1975; member, defunct Eastern Nigeria House of Assembly, 1961-66; Publications: The Evolution of Science, 1959; Atomic Radiation, 1961; The Unity of the Church, 1976; Executive Presidency to the Draft Constitution, 1976; The Role of Traditional Rulers in Promoting Well Informed Citizenry in A Developing Society, 1976; Rejoinder To Portrait of A Leader, 1985; Political Party: Leader, defunct Republican Party, 1964-66; Traditional Title: Ezeomereoha of Bende, 1974; Ochiagha of Ibeku, 1983; Eze Udo I of Abiriba 1983; Onunekwuru Igbo of Umuopara, 1997; Publications: The Evolution of Science (1959), Atomic Radiation (1961); Hobbies: reading, poetry,gardening; animal keeping; Official and Home Ad dress: Ibekwe, Central Hospital, P.O. Box 306, Umuahia-lbeku, Abia State; OR Independence House, Ibeku, Umuahia, Ibeku, Abia State; Telephone: 088-220-673.
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