Prof (Chief) Obidinnma Isaiah Okoli Onyemelukwe, was born 84 years ago at Nanka in Anambra State. He attended the prestigious Dennis Memorial Grammar School and came out in flying colors.
He proceeded to Addis Ababa University and graduated with high grades, scoring a distinction (the equivalent of First Class Honours), and a Masters and PhD in Economics in 1977 from the University of Michigan, USA having written his doctoral dissertation on Econometric Analysis of Structural Patterns of Economic Development. He had postgraduate diplomas from the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, The Netherlands, International University of Comparative Sciences, Luxembourg in 1962 obtaining a diploma in Comparative Economics. United Nations Fellowship from the United Nations African Institute for Development and Planning, Dakar, Senegal in 1966. He was the recipient of several scholarships and awards.
He began his career at the Ministry of Economic Planning, Enugu, and rose to become a Permanent Secretary in 1988, having worked on Economic Development and Planning for the governments of Eastern Nigeria, East Central State, and later on Anambra State from 1962 up to his retirement as Permanent Secretary in 1992.
Retiring in 1992, he moved into academia, having already been a part time lecturer for several years, he transitioned from civil service into full time university teaching on his retirement. From 1992 until 2012, he lectured at various institutions of higher learning, the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, where he also served as Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Ebonyi State University, Abakiliki where he also served as Head, Department of Economics from 1999 to 2001, and Anambra State University, Uli. He was the author of several books and many published academic articles.
He was an Old Boy of Dennis Memorial Grammar School Onitsha (DMGS) and participated fully in the old boys activities. A member of the DMGS Old Boys Association (DOBA), Enugu Branch, he served in various positions, including as Secretary, Financial Secretary, and later on as President. He was a Rotarian since 1984 and served in various positions including as President of the Rotary Club of Trans-Ekulu.
Prof (Chief) Obidinnma Isaiah Okoli Onyemelukwe was a member of the Igwe’s Council in Nanka with the title, Ichie Ochimba. He was a titled man, holding the Ozo title of Chibugo.