ORIZU. Dr. Akwaeke Abyssinia Nwafor

BA, MA, statesman, educationist, businessman, born July 11. 1920, Nnewi, Anambra State; married 1949, has children; Education: St Thomas' Central School and Onitsha Central School, 1924-31. Achimota College, Ghana, 1938, Lincoln University. Pennsylvania, USA, 1939,Ohio Slate Univer sity, USA, 1940-42, Columbia University, New York, 1943-45; Pupil Teacher, CMC Central School, Otolo, Nnewi, 1932; Founder and Principal, Nigeria Secondary School, Nnewi, 1950; First Onitsha Member, defunct Eastern House of Assembly and elected Member, defunct Federal Legislative House, 1951-53; member, Oil Palm Produce Representative Board, Eastern Nigeria; First Senator (Representing Onitsha Province), Nigerian Senate. 1960, and Senate President, 1964; Ac ting Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria, October 1965-January 15, 1966 (Handed over power to the Federal Military Government during the coup of January 15, 1966); First Chairman, Nnewi Divisional School Board, 1971-72; appointed Chairman, Golden Guinea Breweries, 1972-75; Founda tion Chairman, Teachers' Service Commis sion, former East Central State, 1974-75; ap pointed Chancellor, University of Jos, January 1982; member, Universal Negro Improvement Association (Marcus Garvey Movement), New York, 1940; Treasurer, Cosmopolitan Club, Ohio State University, 1940-42; member, Alpha Sigma Phasi, Ohio State University, USA; Co-Founder, African Students Associa tion of USA and Canada; member, Interna tional Students Union; fellow, American Geographical Society, 1944; member, Academy of Political Science; member, Inter national House; Associate Editor, "Negro Digest;" Contributing Editor, "Pittsburgh Courier"; Co-Founder, "African Interpreter" (International Organ of African Students in the US); Patron, African Academy ofArts and Research; Founder and President, American Council on African Education Incorporated; Political Parties: member, defunct Zikist Movement, First Chief Whip, Regional and Central Legislatures, defunct National Council of Nigerian Citizens and First National Political Adviser, NCNC, 1959-66; Chairman, Orizu Commission into defunct Mid-West NCNC Crisis, August 1964; Honorary Degrees: Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws (Hon. LLD), Lane University, Jackson Ten nessee, USA, 1948, Honorary Doctor of Let ters (Hon. D.Litt), University of Jos, 1982; Publications: Without Bitterness; The Leader ship We Want; Horizontal Ent Education; Hobbies: lawn tennis, poetry, writing; Official and Home Address: Dr. Orizu Country Home, God's Village, P O Box 48, Nnewi, Anambra State; Telephone: (042) 460529.
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