Akanu Ibiam was an accomplished doctor and statesman. He was the governor of the Eastern region of Nigeria during the first republic and later an adviser to Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu during the Nigerian civil war. He was also a distinguished church leader.
Ibiam attended Hope Waddell Training School and King's College, Lagos before proceeding to the St Andrews University, Scotland. In 1935, he passed his medical exams and was qualified to practice medicine. Akanu Ibiam is known as one of the most astounding graduates of the Hope Waddell Training School, Calabar, a missionary school, which became known for a while for its presbyterian pedagogic leanings.
Akanu Ibiam himself was involved in the Nigerian and international Christian community as a leader of the World Council of Churches.