OSADEBAY, Chief Dennis Chukudebe

LLB, Lawyer, politician, born June 29, 1911, Asaba, Bendel State; married Veronica Ndah 1950, four sons, four daughters; Education: Government School, Asaba, Sacred Heart School, Calabar, Hope Waddell Training In stitution, Calabar, University of London, England, 1946-49; Called to Bar, Lincoln's Inn, London, 1948; Supervisor, Department of Custom and Excise, 1930-46; engaged in Private Legal Practice, 1949-51; member, Western House of Assembly, 1951; member, Nigerian House of Assembly, 1952; Leader of the Opposition, Western House of Assembly, 1954-56; Deputy Speaker, Western House of Assembly, 1956-58; President, Nigerian Senate, 1960; Acting Governor-General of Nigeria, 1961; Administrator, Mid-Western Nigeria (now Bendel State), 1963; First Premier, Mid Western Nigeria, 1964-66; ap pointed Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, University of Lagos Governing Council, since 1980; Nigerian Representative, Boys Scouts World Jamboree, England, 1929; Scout master, 13th Owerri Group, Port Harcourt, 1933; member, Nigerian Delegation to the Constitutional Conference in London, 1953, 1957 and 1958; member, Governor's Privy Council, Western Nigeria; member, Western Region Scholarship Board; member, Western Region Law Revision Committee; member, Western Region Finance Committee; member, Nigerian Customs and Excise Law Revision Committee; Chairman, Parliamentary Guild of Old Scouts, Lagos and International Com missioner of Nigerian Scouts, I960; Chancellor, Anglican Diocese of Asaba, 1977; member, English Association; Life Member, British Red Cross Society; fellow, Royal Geographical Society; Political Parties: member, defunct National Convention of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), 1944-66; National Legal Adviser, National Vice-President, NCNC; member and one of the Founders of the banned National Party of Nigeria (NPN), 1979-83; National Vice-Chairman, National party of Nigeria; Traditional Titles: Ojiba of Asaba. 1956, Odoguwu of Ashara, Odumaraida of Uzairue; National Honours: Conferred with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), 1964; Foreign Honours: conferred with Commander of the Order of Senegal (COS), 1961; Recipient ofthe Silver Eagle Medal Award of Boys Scout, 1960; Honorary Degrees: Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws (Hon. LLD), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1964; Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree (Hon D.Litt), University of Benin, 1980; Publications: "Africa Sings" (England, Arthur H. Stockwell, 1952); Bui/ding a Nation (Lagos, Macmillan, 1978); One Hundred and Ten Years ofChristianity in Asaba and Neighbouring Towns (1985); Hob bies: tennis, music, philosophy, walking, foot ball; Official Address: Osandenis House, 9,Strub Street, Cable Point, Asaba, Bendel State; Telephone: (046) 281742.
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