Former Nigerian Minister And Renowned Scholar Dies At 81

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Early Life and Education

Dr. Osuji, a distinguished figure in academia and former Nigerian minister, passed away at the age of 81 on Wednesday morning. Born on January 20, 1942, he pursued his education diligently, attending prestigious institutions such as Holy Ghost College, Government College, the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, and the University of Ibadan. His academic journey also led him to conduct post-doctoral research at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.

Academic Achievements

Dr. Osuji’s career was marked by significant contributions to the field of Zoology. He held various academic positions at the University of Ibadan, including Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Associate Professor. His expertise extended globally as he served as a Visiting Scientific Fellow at esteemed organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

International Recognition and Contributions

His impact transcended borders, with appointments as a Dean at Imo State University and later as a Professor at St. John’s University in New York. Dr. Osuji’s scholarly work was widely acclaimed, with 35 publications to his name. He was revered for his dedication to education and celebrated by peers and loved ones on his 80th birthday in 2022.


Dr. Osuji leaves behind a legacy of academic excellence and a profound influence on generations of students and scholars worldwide. His commitment to education and research has left an indelible mark on the academic community both in Nigeria and beyond.

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