Leading Men

Minister Spotlight: Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science & Technology





Date of Birth: December 1, 1951

Place of Origin:  Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State in Nigeria.


Education & Qualification.

  • In 1976,  graduated with a first class honors degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemical Engineering (without passing through a Masters degree) at the reputable University of California, Berkeley, California, USA, in 1980,


  • A pioneer staff in the Faculty of Engineering and the first Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Taught at the University of Port Harcourt as the pioneer Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering.
  • President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt and the Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers of old Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States’ Chapter.
  • Pioneer National President of the Raw Materials Society of Nigeria.
  •  Member of the First Board of Governors of the Federal Government Raw Materials Research and Development Council.
  •  Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers
  • Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers
  • Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.
  •  Longest served Directors of the Nigeria Cement Company, Nigercem, Nkalagu, Ebonyi State.
  • In 1991, Dr. Onu was elected the first Governor of old Abia State.


  • The 2004 Man of the Year of the reputable American Biographical Institute
  • Governor of the Year (1992) Award
  • Star Governor (1993) Award.
  • Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award 2011/2012 by the West African Students Union Parliament
  • “Vanguard of True Democracy” award by the Pan African Students Union Parliament.
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State
  • University of Lagos Golden Jubilee Distinguished Alumni Award.


Traditional Chieftaincy Titles

  • Ikeoha Uburu
  • Dike-Eji-Eme-Udo of Eastern States
  • Akajiugo Nnewi
  • Ogbuagu Abiriba
  • Ugochinyere Umuahia
  • Ozurumba Orlu
  • Odiukonamba Eziudo Mbaise
  • Dikeora Abagana
  • Ikemba Afikpo.
  • Togbe Kwami Vidza of Kpando District, Ghana.
  • Onu is a member of the ancient and noble order of the Knights of St. John International (KSJ).


Books Authored

  • “Technology and National Development”
  • “Building a Modern Nigeria”
  • “A Footprint: Memoirs of a Chief Servant”.


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