OBI PROF. JOSEPH CHIKE EDOZIEN, CFR, JP, ( ASAGBA OF ASABA)

HRH Obi prof.Joseph Chike Edozien was born on July 28, 1925 in Asaba, Delta State,Nigeria.
His father was Nathaniel Okafor Edozien a direct descendant of Nnebisi the founder of Asaba,
and one of the most senior indigenous officials of the Nigerian Coal Corporation in Enugu.
His mother, Nwakuso Edozien née Odogwu, was the daughter of a prominent Asaba chief, and a notable trader.

He started his academic pursuit at the Catholic School in Warri from 1933 to 1937.
He also attended Christ the Kings College, Onitsha for his secondary education from 1938 to 1942.
In 1942 he attended the Higher College Yaba and then proceeded to Achimota School, Accra, Ghana.
His university education began with an admission to the University College Dublin, Ireland in 1944.
There he completed his BSc with honours in Physiology from the National University of Ireland in 1948,
MSc in Physiology in 1950, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Chemotherapy (MBBCh) in 1954.
And also won several academic awards in the process.

His academic career began with an appointment as a Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry
in Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1951.
In 1952 he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Pathology at the University College, Ibadan.
He returned to Ibadan after further studies in Ireland.
The young Chike Edozien got married to his wife Modupe Smith a radiographer at the University
of Ibadan teaching hospital in 1955.
Her father was one of the first indigenous managers of the United Africa Company
and her maternal grandfather was Herbert Macaulay,
Nigeria’s first surveyor and one of the principal actors in Nigeria’s independence movement.

Edozien’s groundbreaking research in nutrition helped win it a reputation as a rising academic centre.
He was appointed a professor in 1961 and became the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 1962.
His career ended at Ibadan in 1967,
After a period as a refugee in France due to the political crisis that surrounds the civil war,
he was appointed as a professor of Nutrition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,MA.
In 1971 he became a professor and head of Department of Nutrition,
of the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina.

In 1990 Edozien was appointed the Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.
He was selected to become the 13th Asagba of Asaba. He retired as a Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina
and returned to Nigeria in 1991.
His installation was the same year in 1991

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