Biography Of Ogbonnaya Onu

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Ogbonnaya Onu was born December 1, 1951, to the family of His Royal Highness, Late Eze David Aba Onu, the Eze Adu of Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area
of Ebonyi State in Nigeria.

Onu attended Izzi High School, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State where he obtained grade one with distinction in his West African School Certificate Examination. He also sat for the High School Examination at College of Immaculate Conception (C.I.C) Enugu, and obtained distinctions in Physics and Chemistry, graduating as the best overall student. After his secondary education, Onu attended the University of Lagos where he graduated in the year 1976 with a first class honours degree in Chemical Engineering. He later obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemical Engineering.
Thereafter, Onu proceeded to the University of California, Berkeley, California, USA where he obtained his post graduate degree in 1980 after doing an extensive work on coal liquefaction and production of synthetic fuels under mild conditions.

While at the University of California, Berkeley, Ogbonnaya Onu was the President of the African Students Union; Member of the Graduate Assembly of the University of California at Berkeley and also President of the Nigerian Association of Northern California, Inc.
Soon after his graduation from the University, Ogbonnaya Onu became a teacher at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Ezzamgbo, Ebonyi State. After completing his doctoral studies in the USA, he became a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt. There, he became the pioneer Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He later served as the Acting Dean of the University’s Faculty of Engineering and was also elected as a Member of the Governing Council of the university.
Onu was one of the Directors of the Nigeria Cement Company, Nigercem, Nkalagu, Ebonyi State.
In the year 1991, Ogbonnaya Onu contested for and won election as the first Governor of Abia State. He was the first Chairman, Conference of Nigerian elected Governors. Onu believes in Nigeria’s unity and as the governor of Abia State, he abolished the State of Origin Syndrome and pioneered the appointment of non-indigenes of the State into top positions of responsibility in his Administration.

In the year 1999, Ogbonnaya Onu contested election for the position of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the umbrella of the All Peoples Party, APP, which was later known as the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP.

In the year 2010, while still the National Chairman of the defunct ANPP, Ogbonnaya Onu initiated discussions with the leadership of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria {ACN} on how the major opposition political parties could work together to effect change in the Nigerian polity. Later he also initiated the coming together of the National Chairmen of all major opposition political parties. These initiative of Ogbonnaya Onu finally resulted in the merger of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and some members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), and the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP). Consequently, on July 31, 2013, All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed by the grand merger of the above mentioned political parties.
Ogbnnaya Onu was one of the presidential nominees for ministerial appointment under President Muhammadu Buhari. He was later assigned the portfolio of the Minister of Science and Technology.
Dr., Ogbonnaya Onu is the author of many books, including: “A Footprint: Memoirs of a Chief Servant”, “Building a Modern Nigeria” and “Technology and National Development”.
He is married to Dr. (Mrs) Chinyere Onu and their marriage is blessed with Children.

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Chukwuma Dominic Okechukwu(Ufuma, Anambra, Nigeria)says...

This biography is indeed a motivation for me, very inspiring one

I love the part that he is a politician...

We need engineers in politics for all round transformation in our country state art of engineering, science and technology. Dear Sir, you are an inspiration to me.