15 Jan

My name is Emmanuel Andrew Chukwuedo NWANZE, a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Benin, Edo State of Nigeria. I was born in Uromi, modern day Edo State on 15th January, 1949. I hail from Asaba, in Delta State of Nigeria.

Between 1955 and 1960, I attended various primary schools in Nigeria, notably in Abraka, Auchi, Ibadan, Lagos, Osogbo and Sapele. I obtained the Primary School Leaving Certificate in 1960. I attended secondary school at Loyola College, Ibadan from 1962, and obtained the West African School Certificate/General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level in 1966 at Division One. Between 1968 and 1972, I obtained the Bachelor of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ibadan.

From 1972 to 1976, I was at the University of Warwick, where I was named a Master of Science in Molecular Enzymology in 1973, then a Doctor of Philosophy, Molecular Sciences. I returned to Nigeria thereafter to take up an appointment with the University of Benin, where I have worked since.

Between 1980 and 1981 I was a Fellow of the Swedish International seminar in Physics and Chemistry at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and I returned there between 1985 and 1986 as a Senior Fellow. I was also a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Milan, Italy from 1990.

I have a keen interest in tennis, which I also play. I am also interested in community activities such as group organisation, rural development and environmental issues.

I am married to Victoria Chibuzo, a lawyer, and we have five children.