John Nnia Nwodo

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Chief John Nnia Nwodo is a Nigerian lawyer, economist, and minister. He serves as 9th President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.[1][2]

Chief John Nnia Nwodo
9th President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Assumed office
January 2017
Personal details
Born(1952-12-11)11 December 1952
Igboetiti, Enugu State, Nigeria
ResidenceEnugu state
EducationUniversity of London, University of Ibadan
OccupationLawyer, economist, politician
Known forPresident-General Of The Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Former Minister of Information and Culture
Former Minister Of Civil Aviation.

Early life and educationEdit

Nwodo, the third-born male child of his family, was born in 1952 in Enugu State, Nigeria.[3] He completed his primary and secondary school education in Enugu State. In 1971, he gained admission to the University of Ibadan.[4]

He attended the London School of Economics and returned to Nigeria in 1988.[5]


During the second republic, under the government and administration of Shehu Shagari, Nwodo served as Minister of Civil Aviation.[6] Under the government of Abdulsalami Abubakar, Nwodo served as Minister of Information and Culture.[7]

In 2017, Nwodo won an election that decided the 9th President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural organization that represents every Igbo speaking community, and protects the rights and interests of the Igbo people around the world.[8] He won with a total of 242 votes whilst his opponent, an ex-Vice Chancellor of the former Anambra State University of Technology, Prof. Chiweyete Ejike, had 13 votes.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Nwodo was married to Regina Nwodo, who was a Justice in the Court of Appeals of Enugu State until her death in 2013.[11][12]


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  4. ^ "UIAA Enugu State Branch". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ Ibiam, Okwukwe. "We Welcome John Nnia Nwodo To Ohanaeze – APGA Think-Tank". E-max. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  6. ^ Editor, Online (22 January 2017). "Ohanaeze Election: Nwodo and Igbo Unity". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 19 February 2017.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Former Minister of Information, Nwodo, now President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo | | NewsBreakers". NewsBreakers. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  8. ^ "CISA - Council of Igbo States in Americas - CISA is a USA-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Igbo culture worldwide". CISA - Council of Igbo States in Americas. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Nwodo wins Ohanaeze Presidency, Okwukwu Secretary General – Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Nwodo emerges President-General of Ohanaeze, says I'll die for Ndigbo – Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Eulogies, as Justice Nwodo is laid to rest | TheCitizen – Nigeria's Leading Online Newspaper". Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  12. ^ "From silver spoon to silver spoon... a tribute to Justice Nwodo – Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2017.