Felix Nwanze Obi
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Felix Nwanze Obi
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Professor Felix Nwanze Obi was born in Umuezei quarters in Asaba on the 17th of January 1937, he started his early life in Asaba and attended all Saints Primary School cable point Asaba where he had his Primary education, thereafter in pursuit of a better life and knowledge he proceeded to Lagos state where he gained admission into the famous Baptist college upon his completion of his secondary education he joined Lever Brothers Plc where he worked briefly before journeying to England to pursue further academic development and to improve his general wellbeing.
He studied Iaw in London and was called to the English bar on the 24th of November, 1970 at the Inner temple, and in 1972 he left United Kingdom and proceeded to France where he was admitted at the French University Sorborne Paris where he obtained his doctorate degree with honors on the 21st of June 1976, and he returned back to the United Kingdom where he set up a shipping company with his good friend Mr. Robert Brookman, the company was named ROBERT CLAIRE AND COMPANY LIMITED the business flourished and had a strong footing in Africa and Europe because of his love for excellence, he further midwifed other business concerns which include:
1. Pyramid Nig. Limited
2. Susan Oversea Training Company
3. Mercury Press Ltd.
Return to nigeria
Seeing the need to also impact his wealth of experience in his home country, he returned to Nigeria for the law school and was called to bar as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Nigeria on 23rd October, 1980.
Upon his return to Nigeria he was recommended to the then military government of Bendel State as a proper person to be appointed as special nominated member of Oshimili Local Government, this was appointment was based on merit while serving as Honorable member of that first Local Government of Oshimili, he was again selected by the Asaba Community as one of the Five representatives to constitute a research committee that will investigate and report for settlement of lingering chieftaincy dispute that had torn the community apart since 1967 that was the Olinzele Chieftaincy dispute committee with Prof. F.N. Obi as Chairman.
In 1990 he was again selected as 2nd member of the first Local Government election tribunal for Bendel State, he was sworn in on the 5th of December, 1990 where he served meritoriously following his performance and record of integrity he was called up again to sit as chairman For election tribunal constituted to hear all local government cases in the newly created Delta State, He sat and within restricted time allowed for the tribunal’s sitting concluded the trials of all the petitions and delivered judgments without allowing any case to lapse and to achieve that the tribunal sat very often till 12, O’clock mid night. It is on record in Nigeria’s political history in terms of transparency and integrity that the local government which he served in as a Honourable member at the end of its tenor returned to the public treasury all the money not used in its works.
He was appointed as a professor at the Ebonyi State University where he held several position which the institution and at the expiration of his tenure he left and had a brief dint at River State University of Technology, from where he retired into private practice.
Professor (Dr.) Felix Nwanze Obi was a prolific writer and has authored several original works, he wrote a total of 25 books during his life time, which include on law,legal philosophy,sociology of law, social anthropology, political and traditional history,literature and philosophy.
Professor Felix Nwanze was married and blessed with 9 children and grandchildren, Professor Felix Obi bowed out and joined the saint on the 11 day of February, 2020
- Felix Nwanze Obi (1976). The British Occupation of Niger Territories, 1830-1914. Mercury (Overseas) Press. ISBN 978-0-906950-00-5.
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