OKWUAKA, (HRH) Eze Godwin Onyekwuruje

Date of birth: State of Origin: Local Government Area: Orsu Village/Town: Contact Address: Friday (Eke) 2nd May, 1941 Imo Assah Ubirielcm Ezeigwe Royal Palace, P. O. Box 1 Assah Ubirielcm, Orsu LGA, I mo-State HRH Eze Godwin Onyekwuruje Okwuaka is an accomplished linguist of distinction who made a mark in the diplomatic arena so charismatica!!y the world over before his enthronement as a Royal Father. Even occuping that exalted stool as the EZEBUBE. IGWE II of Assah Ubirielcm he had left no one in doubt of his leadership potentials and capabilities as well as his demonstrable love and commitment towards the upliftment of the rural people and total rural transformation. His current rural evolutionary measures speak volumes of his resolve for a dedicated service to humanity which never failed to attract well deserved accolades. Education • Began his early education in 1948 at St. Mary's School Assah Ubirielcm. • St. Charles School, Ihitenansa. 1951 -1954 • Eastern Academy, Onitsha, 1955. • Abbot Secondary School Ihiala. 1956-60 • Higher School at Holy Family College Abak. 1961-1962 Tertiary Institutions Attended University of Nigeria, Nsukka 1964-1966 • Universite de Dakar. Dakar. Senegal 1966 • Universite de Poitiers. Tours. France 1967 • University of Nigeria. Nsukka. 1970-1971 • Universite de Montreal. Montreal. Canada 1971-1974 Academic Qualifications • First School Leaving Certificate 1954 • West African School Certificate 1960 Higher School Certificate with good grades in (Latin. History. Economics/Public Affairs. General Paper) 1963 • G.C.E Advanced Level with good high grades in Latin. History and British Constitution • Diplome d" Etudes Francaises with Option in Literature 1964 • Certificate d' Eludes Francaises (Coins Superior) 1967. • B.A 2NI) Class Hons. Upper Division: French and Spanish. 1971. • M.A. French (Montreal) 1974 dditional Certificates Obtained • Certificate of Participation by the British Council and the British High Commission for attending the Course on Practical Conflict Handling Skills. 1996 • Certificate of Participation at the Corps of Mediators Workshop for Community Mediation and Conflict Resolution Sponsored by the British High Commission and the British Council Work Experience and Public Posts • Began as a Teacher at St. Mary's High School Ifite Ukpo 1963-1964 • Again a Teacher at St. Brigid's College. Asaba. 1971. Thereafter became Interpreter/Translator. Ministry of External Affairs Lagos. 1974-1975 • Became Senior Protocol Officer and acted as Administrative Officer at the State House. Marina. 1975-1976. • Senior First Secretary. Africa Dept. and Consul (Education) Consulate General ol'Nigeria. New York. 1976-1979. • Hon. Consul General, Consulate General ol"Nigeria. New York 1979-1981 • Appointed Deputy Director of Protocol in-charge of VIP Presidential Lounge Ikeja Lagos, 1982. • Senior Counselor/Head of Chancery Embassy of Nigeria Addis Ababa. Ethiopia, 1982-1984. r Special and National Assignments Chairman 4"'Annual Lecture. Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI). Ilorin. Kwara State 1986. Executive Member Owerri Chamber of Commerce. Industry. Mines and Agriculture 1986. Nominated by the Imo State Government for the 1991 Presidential post-budget dinner in Abuja, 1991 Secretary. Council of Traditional Rulers. Orlu LGA 1986-1991 Member. Orlu LGA Education Committee 1990-1991 Secretary, Council of Traditional Rulers, Orsu LGA Member. Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers since 1991. Delegate for Imo State Conference of Traditional Rulers of the 9 Eastern States of Nigeria Membership of Government Committees imo State Ozuruimo Cultural Festival Committee 1990 Ahiajoku Lecture Planning Committee 1990-1995 Administrative Panel on Creation of New Autonomous Communities and Recognition of Traditional Rulers in Imo State. Imo State Committee on Vision 2010. Chairman. Planning Committee. Imo Slate Ozuruimo Cultural Festival 2001. Member. Eight man Imo Government Research Committee/Think Tank for Imo State delegates to National Political Reform Conference 2005 Member Justice Development and (J.D.P). Social Services Commission. Catholic Diocese of Orlu Greater Responsibilities Chairman. Grep Groupe Nigeria Ltd. 1984 Director. African Continental Bank Pic 1986 Chairman. Imo Golden Chicken Farms Ltd 1988 Chairman. Imo Concorde Hotel Ltd. Chairman. Ihem Davis Press Ltd 1991. Director/Representative of Imo-State Aluminium Technology Products Pic. President. Royal Peace Academy 1997 President. Alliance Francaise Owerri 1996. Royal Visitor. International Secondary School. Orlu. Patron. Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria 1999 Pro-Chancellor and Chairman. Governing Council. Imo State University Owerri 2000. Reappointed Pro-chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council. Imo Stale University Owerri for another term of4 years 2005. Chairman. Imo Elders Council 2006 Honours and Accolades National: Member of the Federal Republic MFR. awarded by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 2000. State: Imo State Silver Jubilee Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Development of Imo State 2001 Local Government: Orsu Local Government Certificate of merit in recognition ofcontribution lo humanity in the field ofleadership. Federal Government under-graduate Scholarship for Languages 1965. Prize as best student of the graduating Class. Dept. of Languages. University of Nigeria Nsukka. 1971. Honorary Membership of Chamber of Commerce Trade and Industry of New York 1979 Certificate of Appreciation from HE. Chun Doo I Iwan. President of the Republic of Korea for valued assistance durinu his visit 1982. Knight of St. Mulumba, KSM, of the Catholic Church, 1988 Cited in Africa Who's Who, 2nd Edition 1991 The Street. Eze Okwuaka Crescent, named after him by Owerri 1993 Local Government in recognition ofhis involvement in the development ofOwerri Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Nigeria Nsukka for excellence in Administration/Public Service. 1994. Justice of the Peace (J.P) 1995. Outstanding Royal Father Award by the National Association of Imo State Students. University of Nigeria. 1996 Nze Orji Foundation Merit Award for his contributions to the growth and development of Igbo culture. Special Certificate of Merit/Distinction by African Youth Congress. 1997.
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