Dr. Ukpabi Asika
Asika was educated at University College, now the University of Ibadan. He also studied at the University of California in the USA from 1961 to 1965 and then became a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Ibadan between 1965 and 1967.
Asika was appointed administrator of East-Central State in October 1967 at the start of the Biafran civil war. After the war ended in 1970 he was responsible for administering a large part of the former Biafran territories. He was also a member of the Technical Committee on the Review of the National Census from 1973 to 1975. He later was Team Leader of the Presidential Delegation to Niger, Chad and Cameroon which negotiated reopening Nigeria borders in 1985. He died on 14 September 2004.
Chief (Dr.) Gabriel Igbinedion
Chief (Dr.) Gabriel Igbinedion (b. September 11, 1934), is a Nigerian billionaire and philanthropist. Sir Gabriel Osawuru Igbinedion is the CEO of Independent Radio and Independent Television. He is a Nigerian businessman and developer who owns a group of companies under the brand name Okada which is also the name of a location close to the city of Benin where he was born and known for building various institutions.
In 1964, he moved to Benin to become the regional sales manager of Leventis, Midwest after the creation of the Midwest region in 1963. Igbinedion left Leventis in 1967 and established a motor sales and service firm, Mid-Motors which was partially funded with bank loans. In the 1970s, the firm was involved in assembling Hino Trucks in the country and it is considered the first motor assembly plant in Nigeria. The firm obtained distributorships with Hino Motors, Yamaha, Nedion Fiat and Marcopolo buses. He later ventured into bottling with Okada dry with the help of Canada dry and Okada airlines. He also owns expansive real estate in Benin where he bought the estates of deceased Bini chiefs. He also owns the ITV television station in Benin and formerly owned an oil license under Moncrief Oil.
His Excellency Chief Achike Udenwa
His Excellency, Chief Dr. Achike Udenwa obtained a Diploma in Accountancy at the College of Technology Enugu. He Joined Peat. Marwick. Cassleton Elliott &Co to train for professional Accountancy and qualified in 1976. Achike became a Fellow of Chartered Institute in 1982. He worked briefly in the Banking Sector soon after qualifying as an accountant. Audit Manager 1981, He Joined Monier Construction Company Nig. Ltd (MCC) in 1993 as the Financial Controller and later rose to the rank of General Manager Finance. Achike Udenwa served as the secretary general of the Students’ Union. College of Technology Enugu. He won election as the Executive Governor of Imo State 1999- 2003 and was re-elected 2003- 2007. He is married and blessed with six children.
Onoh, in the late 1940s, worked as a contractor, then produce inspector and then livestock trader. Using the money from these ventures, he funded his education in the United Kingdom, earning a law degree from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth in 1957.
In 1958, Onoh was elected member, House of Representatives for Enugu Constituency. He later resigned to take up appointment as the first indigenous chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Coal Corporation. From 1961 to 1966 he was on the board of the Nigeria Railway Corporation. During the civil war, Onoh was appointed administrator of Enugu Capital Territory. In 1970 he returned to private life as a lumber merchant. He was then appointed chairman of the Nigeria Mining Corporation, and in 1982, chairman of the Associated Ore Mines.
Onoh was elected governor of Anambra State in October 1983.
His daughter, Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, became a beauty queen and then a businesswoman. Christian Onoh died on 5 May 2009 at the age of 82.
Admiral Augustus Aikhomu
Aikhomu attended Yaba Technical Institute (now Yaba College of Technology). He attended the Higher College, Yaba, after which he proceeded to the Royal Britannia Naval College, Dartmouth in England. He further attended the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon, England; Long Gunnery Specialist Course, India, 1969-70; Defense Services Staff Course, Wellington, Inia, 1973 and National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in 1982.
He joined the Nigerian Navy on December 1, 1958; commissioned Sub-Lieutenant, Nigerian Navy in 1964; Lieutenant, 1967. The late Admiral was thereafter elevated to the post of Commander in 1974 and later Captain in 1977. He was promoted Commanding Officer in-Shore Patrol Crafts. From 1974 to 1975, he was the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Donna. Commanding Officer, NNS Nigeria (now NNS Obuma), then the Flag Ship, 1975-78; Flag Officer Commanding, Flotilla, 1978-80; Navy Commodore, 1980; Chief of Personnel, Naval Headquarters, 1980-83; Chief of Naval Operations, 1983-84; Rear-Admiral, May 1, 1984; Chief of Naval Staff: 1984-86.
He doubled as Chief of General Staff and Vice President between 1986 and 1993. On October 1987, Aikhomu became a Vice-Admiral, October 1987 and also a member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council in 1986. In 1987, he was made chairman of the National Boundary Commission. Passed Staff College, 1973; Nigerian Alliance Assurance Corporation Limited; Regency Alliance Insurance Plc; he was a member of the National Institute, 1982 and a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management, 1988. He was decorated with national honours such as the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, in 1992; Forces Service Staff (fss); Steering Committee, United Nigerian Democratic Party. Naval officer, former chief of general staff and Vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; politician, businessman. He was chairman, Board of Trustees, All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).
Prof. (Mrs.) Dora Akunyili
Akunyili obtained her first degree in Pharmacology in 1978 and got her Ph.D. in 1985 from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Dora Akunyili was a post graduate fellow of University of London and a fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists. She was also a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, member of the New York Academy of Science, International Narcotics Control Board, United States Pharmacopeia Expert Committee, Association of African Medicinal Plant Standards, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Medicines for Malaria Venture and International Council Control.
She served as Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) from 2001-2008 where she recorded outstanding successes. She brought in a new culture of excellence and honesty and as a result, the level of fake and counterfeit drugs in circulation dropped by a measurable degree. Akunyili also worked as the Minister of Information and Communication from 2008 to 2010 where she anchored the Rebranding Nigeria Project. Dora Akunyili during her lifetime had the highest number of awards received by any Nigerian living or dead.