Former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and one of the founding fathers of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], Chief Dr. Dozie Onyeanusi Ikedife is dead. He died at the age of 86 after a brief illness.
His death occurred Tuesday evening, December 11, 2018, at his country home in Nnewi.
Chief Dozie Onyeanusi Ikedife was born on August 24, 1932, to the family of Dunu-Ifeneti Ikedife Dunu-Ugochukwu and Ejeagha (Nzewi) Ikedife, Dozie Onyeanusi Ikedife had his education at the University of London and University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he obtained Bachelor of Science in 1958 and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1959, respectively.
He also obtained a Diploma in obstetrical from the Royal College Ob-Gyn in 1960. He also obtained a doctorate degree in Public Administration from World University, Tucson, in 1983.
He was Senior House Officer, Registrar in obstetrics-gynecology in Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow from 1960-1963; Medical Officer Special Grade, Ministry of Health, Lagos, Nigeria, from 1964-1966; Medical Officer Special Grade, Eastern Region, Enugu, Nigeria, from 1966-1967; founder, specialist-in-charge, City Hospital, Aba, Nigeria, 1967-1970; founder, specialist-in-charge, Specialist Medical Center and Ikedife Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria, since 1970; reader in obstetrics-gynecology., Nnamdi Azikiwe University College of Health Sciences, Nnewi, Nigeria, since 1995. Examiner in obstetrics-gynecology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1981; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, 1994; Nigerian National Postgraduate Medical College, 1978-1984; West African Postgraduate Medical College, since 1994.
Ikedife was the first chairman, Community Council, Nnewi, 1972-1975. He was the Honorary Commissioner for Economic Development, East Central State of Nigeria, 1975. First Honorary Commissioner Finance and Economic Development, Anambra State, 1976. He was also the first Special Assistant to first Executive President, Federal Republican Nigeria, 1979-1983.
Dr Ikedife was the member, Nnewi Royal Cabinet, 1972. Co-founder, first chairman, Confidence Newspapers Ltd., Nnewi, 1995.
He established Dozie Ikedife Annual Medal and Prize for Best Graduating Medical Doctor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, 1995; and Doctor Dozie Ikedife Annual Prize for Best Student in Community Health, University Nigeria, Nsukka, 1988.
He was Fellow, Medical College Ob-Gyn. (Nigeria), West African College Surgeons, Royal College Ob-Gyn., International College Surgeons (President, Nigeria national section 1987-1995, federation secretary 1991-1994, member executive council 1991-1994, world vice president 1994-1996), Learners Society Nigeria (founder).
He was member of Nigerian Medical Association and was the first Nnewi zonal chairman 1972-1976); Society Ob-Gyn. of Nigeria (executive member 1976-1984); International Society Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons (honorary); Rotary Club International (district officer district 9140), Rotary Club of Nnewi (Charter President 1984-1986; One Star Paul Harris Fellow, Vocational Services Award 1997).
He was a Nigerian obstetrician, gynecologist, researcher. He was awarded first Chieftaincy title (Ikuku Ebu Nkpu) by 14 towns in Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ekwusigo local government areas, Anambra State in 1980; and equally awarded Honorary Chieftaincy title (Ikenga Nnewi) by the Igwe, the Royal Cabinet, and the people of Nnewi in 1981.
He was also awarded Honorary Chieftaincy Title of Odezuligbo Umueje in 1997.