1 Jan 2018

Biography of Professor Amandianeze Felix Obi-Okoye

Professor Amandianeze Felix Obi-Okoye  popularly known as Professor Amandi  was born on October 30, 1946 at Nri to
Okoye Okpa and Iyom Okpa. 

He is from Uruofolo village, Akampkisi, Nri, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. 

He has 4 siblings, 2 brothers and 2sisters. However his elder sister is deceased.

Professor Amandianeze showed early promise, bagging a distinction in his First School Leaving Certificate in 1958. He had his Secondary Education at St. Marks TTC, Nise. 

After managing the issues of life and overcoming the challenges that comes with losing one’s father early in life, he proceeded doggedly with his Educational pursuit and bagged a B.Ed (Hons) degree in English (second class upper) in 1979 and M.Ed with Distinction in Curriculum English in 1981 both from the University of Jos. 

He went further to obtain his doctorate as a Commonwealth Scholarship Research Fellow, at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia in 1989.

Professor Amandianeze is a professor of English Language Education. It is worthy to note that he headed the Department of English Studies, Rivers State University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt.

Prior to when he became Head of Deparpartment, he had served three tenures as the Dean Emeritus, School of Languages (1993-2002), and two-tenure Director (1996-2000), Center for Continuing Education, Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra State. 

Professor Amadianeze also served as part time lecturer and project/thesis supervisor for M.A. and Ph.D programmes from 2005 until his retirement in 2012.

Amandi, as he was then fondly called, is very active in his communities and in the development and preservation of Igbo culture. 

Amongst his numerous achievements is the fact that he was the founding Secretary of Nri Sports Club 1970-1980 which sponsored Osadebe’s Nri Sports Club album in 1978; he served as the President-General of Nri Progress Union (NPU) 1997-1988, and from 2001-2005; in 1998 he delivered the acclaimed Nri Progress Union constitution. He was the Secretary General of the same body 1998-2001. 

Professor Amandi  was also the President General Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anaocha LGA and Vice President-General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State 2003-2008. He also served as National Secretary  Anambra State Association of Town Unions, ASATU 2003-2007. He was the Founder/Chairman of Nzuko Anaocha/Anaocha Leaders of Thought 2005-2009.

Professor Amandi has however retired from the Civil Service after so many years of fruitful service.

Another landmark achievement worthy of note in the life of Professor Amandianeze is the fact that he let go of his Ozo title, Ugogbuzie–Ochake na Nri, after he came to Christ and has taken on the call name more apt with his life aspiration, Ochoudo-Nri.

Trully, a great and courageous man, his life is worthy of emulation and he has laid down a wonderful legacy for all who knows him to follow. 



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