Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Ms. Angela Onyeador is a Lagos socialite, a former beauty pageant/organiser and founder of African Foundation for Arts.
Born to Mr. Alexander Onyeador from Arochukwu in Abia State, Angela and her siblings were brought up in Shell camp in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. Angela attended Shell Camp primary school before proceeding to Queens College, Lagos. She later attended the University College London where she graduated with a degree in Psychology.
In her fifties, Ms Onyeador is still regarded as one of the most beautiful women in Nigeria. Angela will always be remembered as a pioneer of beauty pageants in Nigeria.
Monday, 26 April 2010
Chief Chika Okpala, aka, Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo alias 4:30, is one of Nigeria's greatest comedians. His TV comedy series 'New Masquerade' was probably the funniest of all TV comedies in Nigeria. It ran from 1983-1993. Chika became famous for using incorrect English in his role as Chief Zebrudaya and continued with that style years after New Masquerade was rested.
Chika was born in 1950 and attended St. Paul’s CMS School, Ebenisi-Nnobi, Government School Ahoada Rivers State Baptist Day School and University of Nigeria, Nsukka.The entertainer who has bagged such national honors as MON and MFR.
Chika Okpala is a living legend.
Sources: Linda Ikeji Blog, Wikipedia
Friday, 23 April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Daniel Amobi Amadi Anyiam (November 26, 1926 – July 6, 1977) was a Nigerian football player and coach who was the national football coach of the country from 1954-1956 and again from 1964-1965. Prior to training as a coach, he was a player and was the first captain of the national team in 1949. He was also the first coach of Enugu Rangers and was selector for the national team after the Biafran War.
A stadium in Owerri is named after him. He went to C.M.S. Central School, Nkwerre, Orlu, Etinan Institute, and Government Teacher's College, Calabar. He worked in the press offices of the West African Pilot briefly and then joined the staff of U.A.C. in Lagos where he also played football. He was U.A.C.'s captain when they won the 1950 Governor's Cup.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Nnenna started playing the piano at age six, studying at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory and graduating with honors in piano and composition. She attended Oberlin Conservatory as an undergraduate, followed by the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary for graduate studies. She is completing her Doctor of the Musical Arts degree with Gilbert Kalish at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her former teachers include Ferenc Rados, Lidia Frumkin, and Enrique Graf. She has coached with Gyorgy Sebok, Julius Levine, Leon Fleisher and Bob McDonald.
She has performed in Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States. As a performer, she has a reputation for exquisite tone color and expressivity, combined with technical command and a thoroughly engaging stage presence. She was the recipient of the Stern Scholarship, the Turner Fellowship and the Fulbright Fellowship Award. She regularly works with composers, performing and premiering their work in order to help insure the vitality and continuity of contemporary music. She is currently the Director of Chamber Music, as well as a member of the piano faculty, at the 92nd St Y School of Music in New York, NY. Ms. Ogwo is presently working on two recording projects to be released later this year. She is the founder of Working Projects, a works-in-progress venue for Brooklyn artists and musicians as well as the Brooklyn Chamber Players, a group of musicians committed to bringing excellent chamber music to diverse communities.
Source: Nnenna Ogwo web site
Monday, 12 April 2010
Louis Nwachukwu Mbanefo was born in Onitsha, Eastern Nigeria on the 13th of May 1911. He was educated at The Methodist Boys High School in Lagos and subsequently at the prestigious Kings College, also in Lagos, which was modelled on Eton and Harrow Colleges and where he ws a keen Cricketer and Footballer- all these between the years 1925-1932. He was then admitted to the University College London, where he studied Law, graduating Second Class Upper in 1935 and was called to the Bar at The Middle Temple later on in the same year. He was then admitted to Cambridge, where he obtained a further Degree in the Humanities in 1937.
He returned home to Nigeria and set up practice in his hometown of Onitsha and is on record as the first Lawyer from the East of Nigeria. He veered into politics and was elected into the Eastern Region Parliament in 1950, where he distinguished himself as an excellent Orator and Lawmaker. However the pull of the Legal profession was such that he returned after 2 years, but this time to the Bench, as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1952, with his first posting being to Warri in the Mid-West of Nigeria, where he sat as resident Judge.
He was later seconded back to the Eastern Region as Chief Justice in 1961 and in 1962, reached the peak of his Judicial career by appointment to the International Court of Justice, as an ad-hoc Judge, a position he occupied till 1966, when he returned to his post as Chief Justice of the Eastern Region. His appointment to the ICJ being to sit on South-Western Africa Cases i.e. Liberia v South Africa and Ethiopia v South Africa ICJ Reports 1966 ICJ which spanned over four years.
In 1961, he received a Knighthood from the Queen and assumed the title which he proudly answered till his death- Sir Louis Mbanefo.Upon the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War, he was appointed the Chief Justice of Biafra and Ambassador Plenipotentiary. He was actively involved in the Peace talks with the Nigerian Government and worked actively towards a diplomatic resolution of the Crisis. He remained in Biafra till the very end.
He dedicated his later years to Charity and Church work, serving variously as President of the Christian Council of Nigeria, Chancellor of the Niger Diocese- a position he had held since 1946, President of the Anglican Consultative Council from 1972 and a Fellow of the University of London.
Sir Louis died in 1977.
Friday, 9 April 2010
Dr. Anyanwu is one of few surgeons world-wide trained in all aspects of thoracic transplantation including heart transplantation, heterotopic heart transplantation, heart-lung transplantation, domino heart transplantation and lung transplantation.
Dr. Anyanwu trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Harefield Hospital, London, United Kingdom and affiliated hospitals in the University of London Network. He was trained by internationally renowned surgeons including Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, Professor Gilles Dreyfus and Professor Tom Treasure. Under the tutelage of Professor Yacoub and Dr. Ashgar Khaghani, he was trained in Heart and Lung Transplantation. Harefield Hospital has performed more thoracic organ transplants than any other hospital in the world.
At Harefield hospital he was also trained in various aspects of heart valve surgery including homograft implantation, another field pioneered by Professor Yacoub’s team. His other areas of specialized training include multiple arterial revascularization using bilateral skeletonized internal mammary artery grafts. Dr. Anyanwu also has an interest in minimally invasive surgery and received training in this area in London. His interests include reducing invasiveness of surgery by minimizing incisions and tissue dissection, avoiding cardiopulmonary bypass or myocardial ischemia and reducing level of anesthesia and monitoring. He has performed open heart surgery on awake patients with use of epidural anesthesia, a technique that may hasten patient recovery and reduce morbidity in selected patients.
Following his training in England, Dr. Anyanwu joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York in 2004 as a Senior Clinical Fellow. His primary interests were Mitral Valve Repair, Complex Valvular surgery, Surgery for Heart Failure and Re-operative Cardiac Surgery.
Under the close instruction of Dr. David Adams, Dr. Anyanwu was trained intensively in the entire spectrum of techniques for mitral valve repair, and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the United States to received formal training in mitral valve repair to a proficient and advanced level. His main interests are in minimally invasive mitral valve repair and mitral valve repair for dilated cardiomyopathies.
Apart from mitral repair, during the Fellowship at Mount Sinai, Dr. Anyanwu acquired expertise in complex re-operative valvular surgery, and heart failure surgery.
Sources: Nairaland, Mitral Valve Repair Centre, Wiki
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Chinyelu Susan Onwurah hopes to become the North’s first black woman MP as she stands for the Labour Party (the Newcastle Central seat) at the next election.
44-year-old Chinyelu was born in Newcastle and attended the city’s Kenton Comprehensive School before leaving and eventually heading to the bright lights of London to go to university. She is currently a Senior Engineer working in the public sector.
“I was honoured when the local members of Newcastle Central Labour Party selected me to fight the next General Election. It is a great city, with a proud history. And whilst the future will bring challenges, it will bring great opportunities too. When the election is called I will be seeking your support to succeed Jim Cousins as your Member of Parliament. I want to use my experience in business and the technology industries to place Newcastle at the centre of a new green revolution” - Chi
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Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Mike Ezuruonye is a Nollywood actor. He received two nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008 and 2009.
Mike was born in Lagos and is the eldest of 4 siblings. Mike attended FGC Wukari, Archbishop Aggey Memorial Secondary School Lagos and Federal Polytechnic Oko. He got his big break when he was spotted by Ruke Amata of the Amata Dynasty buying fuel at a gas station.
Popularly nicknamed Fair Mike, the handsome actor quickly proved his talent and capabilities to convince some of the most influential decision makers in Nollywood, namely director Aquilla Njamah and producer Emem Isong to give him a chance. Director Dickson Iroegbu gave him his big break in the movie "Broken Marriage."
To date Michael has featured in more than 30 home movies among which the critically acclaimed "Critical Decision", "Endless Passion", "Occultic Kingdom", "Unforeseen", and "Beyond Reason."
Mike hails from Uzoakoli in Abia State.
Sources: Wikipedia, Nigeriamovies.net.
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