igwe Orizu 111 honoured Prof. Ahaneku with a Chieftaincy title.

I have worked and served in Nnewi community for more than 21years.”

Echoing the exact words of amiable and youthful vibrant Vice chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku.
The day ancient town of Nnewi in Nnewi North L.G.A. of Anambra State was thrown into jubilation when the town’s monarch, His Royal Highness Igwe Dr. K.O.N Orizu III J.P. C.O.N honoured three deserving Nigerians and one foreigner with chieftaincy titles, as part of the celebration of this year’s Ofala Festival being the 53rd and Igwe’s 91 years on earth.

Among honoured are the Chief Medical Director (C.M.D) of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Prof. Anthony Igwegbe, the C.E.O. of Innoson Group, Dr Innocent Chukwuma, the Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku and the Managing Director of West Ham United Football Club of England, Angus Kinnear unavoidable absence due to logistics hiccups. 

The noble title, presented to him prospectively-triumph of trust over bigotry. The honour presents him with an immediate challenge. How does he go about actually earning it?

Asked how he feels about the recognition and earning it, he replied: “I feel quite elevated and erratic to be honoured by the Great Igwe Nnewi and his Cabinet today the 28th day of December 2016. Today is one of the happiest day for me and my family. A memorable day. I have worked and served in Nnewi community for more than 21years.”

Prof Joe Ahaneku, a sharp shooter. Read Biochemistry with unparalleled brilliance at University of Ibadan,Obtain M.Cc and Ph.D in chemical Pathology at the same 1987 and 1991 respectively. Institute of Biology in London in 1993. Senior lecturer to a professor in 1997

Elected Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University 2014. Born in 1962 in Ahiara, Ahiazu Mbaise in Imo state. Obtained  B.Sc degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ibadan. M.Cc and Ph.D in chemical Pathology in the same University in 1987 and 1991 respectively.

Ahaneku, already a world-class scholar whose concept of administration has to be based as much on fundamental moral principles; ethical rules became his hallmark. He wrote numerous truly medical books and articles of pure scholarship.

But particularly after moving to Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) to become an epitome of medical intellectual, opining all the medical issues of the day, often in the medical review of books. Critics like former Student union President.
Noble Eyisi, former President of the Students’ Union Government(SUG) who was impeached in a controversial circumstances linked to A letter written to Prof. Ahaneku by him, relating to students welfare; a demand of an accrued students’ dues monetary figures.  a letter and quest believed by some to be in a bad taste…..questioned his consistently liberal conclusions. But none could deny the force, elegance and articulateness of his decisions. 
Despite the stereotype, there’s a lot more change taking place in Nnamdi Azikiwe University than many imagine while that was happening sweeping change in a way the institutional systems and departments are organised and governed. “People forget that Ahaneku’s was elected on an ambitious reform agenda for school society a majority of people felt needed improving” says, Tricia Steven university staff.

Some of his critics have since revised their views of him.

University has long been seen as the place where everyone can make it. And yet studies from the past decades all point to a different reality.
Some of the criticism of Ahaneku’s program has come from the usual ideological opponents, though his program squarely aimed at creating greater equality of opportunity and accountability, outcomes. Other critics share his goals but worry about the systems track record in sustainability without taking limp on students pocket.

But his critics are jumping to conclusions about a very complicated subject of digitalization without understanding the approach but dwell on its limitations.

Prof Ahaneku has many local and international fellowships as well as awards under his belt. Over 62 journal publications, many book chapters and conference papers. He had already, packed a lot of achievements into his 54 years life, became a Professor at 35years age. He has been enigma among the four previous one.

His ascension to the present post though turbulent, passed five stages; processes stipulated within provision of the federal law. Namely: Declaration of Vacancy/Advertisement, Search, Shortlist, Interaction/Interview and Selection/Appointment.

An eventful election and eventual appointment that had him favoured by 8 out of the 11 members of the council present. while three (3) voted for Prof. Gregory C. Nwakobi for him to emerge as 5th Vice Chancellor of the University, holding broad stubborn lead over his main rival Prof Nwakobi.

An appointment, council members in behavioural pattern, had never expressed a clear preference than that and why should they?  They sees plenty of causes for optimism in him. They seemed heartened even inspired, by Ahaneku’s down-to-earth and pragmatic style.
Given the repeated failure of successive administration to end the so called bureucracy. which gave space for social vices like cultism, exam malpractices, prostitution, educational moral decayed-ness among others.

Since he took rein of Unizik affairs, the institution has become an educational hub in many ways, has come to be regarded as a paradigm of successful educational development in Nigeria.
His task was immense, a job of stitching back together the most educational failed system, an apocalyptic mess of raging cultism, soaring discord, mass academic paralysis, and establish peace and academic prosperity.
Prof. Ahaneku represented new beginning, replacing i “I have worked and served in Nnewi community for more than 21years.”

Echoing the exact words of amiable and youthful vibrant Vice chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku.
The day ancient town of Nnewi in Nnewi North L.G.A. of Anambra State was thrown into jubilation when the town’s monarch, His Royal Highness Igwe Dr. K.O.N Orizu III J.P. C.O.N honoured three deserving Nigerians and one foreigner with chieftaincy titles, as part of the celebration of this year’s Ofala Festival being the 53rd and Igwe’s 91 years on earth.

Among honoured are the Chief Medical Director (C.M.D) of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Prof. Anthony Igwegbe, the C.E.O. of Innoson Group, Dr Innocent Chukwuma, the Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku and the Managing Director of West Ham United Football Club of England, Angus Kinnear unavoidable absence due to logistics hiccups.

The noble title, presented to him prospectively-triumph of trust over bigotry. The honour presents him with an immediate challenge. How does he go about actually earning it?

Asked how he feels about the recognition and earning it, he replied: “I feel quite elevated and erratic to be honoured by the Great Igwe Nnewi and his Cabinet today the 28th day of December 2016. Today is one of the happiest day for me and my family. A memorable day. I have worked and served in Nnewi community for more than 21years.”

Prof Joe Ahaneku, a sharp shooter. Read Biochemistry with unparalleled brilliance at University of Ibadan,Obtain M.Cc and Ph.D in chemical Pathology at the same 1987 and 1991 respectively. Institute of Biology in London in 1993. Senior lecturer to a professor in 1997

Elected Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University 2014. Born in 1962 in Ahiara, Ahiazu Mbaise in Imo state. Obtained B.Sc degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ibadan. M.Cc and Ph.D in chemical Pathology in the same University in 1987 and 1991 respectively.

Ahaneku, already a world-class scholar whose concept of administration has to be based as much on fundamental moral principles; ethical rules became his hallmark. He wrote numerous truly medical books and articles of pure scholarship.

But particularly after moving to Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) to become an epitome of medical intellectual, opining all the medical issues of the day, often in the medical review of books. Critics like former Student union President.
Noble Eyisi, former President of the Students’ Union Government(SUG) who was impeached in a controversial circumstances linked to A letter written to Prof. Ahaneku by him, relating to students welfare; a demand of an accrued students’ dues monetary figures. a letter and quest believed by some to be in a bad taste…..questioned his consistently liberal conclusions. But none could deny the force, elegance and articulateness of his decisions.
Despite the stereotype, there’s a lot more change taking place in Nnamdi Azikiwe University than many imagine while that was happening sweeping change in a way the institutional systems and departments are organised and governed. “People forget that Ahaneku’s was elected on an ambitious reform agenda for school society a majority of people felt needed improving” says, Tricia Steven university staff.

Some of his critics have since revised their views of him.

University has long been seen as the place where everyone can make it. And yet studies from the past decades all point to a different reality.
Some of the criticism of Ahaneku’s program has come from the usual ideological opponents, though his program squarely aimed at creating greater equality of opportunity and accountability, outcomes. Other critics share his goals but worry about the systems track record in sustainability without taking limp on students pocket.

But his critics are jumping to conclusions about a very complicated subject of digitalization without understanding the approach but dwell on its limitations.

Prof Ahaneku has many local and international fellowships as well as awards under his belt. Over 62 journal publications, many book chapters and conference papers. He had already, packed a lot of achievements into his 54 years life, became a Professor at 35years age. He has been enigma among the four previous one.

His ascension to the present post though turbulent, passed five stages; processes stipulated within provision of the federal law. Namely: Declaration of Vacancy/Advertisement, Search, Shortlist, Interaction/Interview and Selection/Appointment.

An eventful election and eventual appointment that had him favoured by 8 out of the 11 members of the council present. while three (3) voted for Prof. Gregory C. Nwakobi for him to emerge as 5th Vice Chancellor of the University, holding broad stubborn lead over his main rival Prof Nwakobi.

An appointment, council members in behavioural pattern, had never expressed a clear preference than that and why should they? They sees plenty of causes for optimism in him. They seemed heartened even inspired, by Ahaneku’s down-to-earth and pragmatic style.
Given the repeated failure of successive administration to end the so called bureucracy. which gave space for social vices like cultism, exam malpractices, prostitution, educational moral decayed-ness among others.

Since he took rein of Unizik affairs, the institution has become an educational hub in many ways, has come to be regarded as a paradigm of successful educational development in Nigeria.
His task was immense, a job of stitching back together the most educational failed system, an apocalyptic mess of raging cultism, soaring discord, mass academic paralysis, and establish peace and academic prosperity.
Prof. Ahaneku represented new beginning, replacing ideology and dogma with academic pragmatism and, quite simply, re- injecting institution with a little intergrity and intelligence.

He was so much accepted by the indigene of Anambra state,
history can never fail to record, and judge him as the first non-indigene of the host state to be appointed the VC. Now the question is what made him so beloved to an extent of accosting series of awards from host community, what stand for emulation?

While he bows politely and graciously shakes hands with long lines of well wishers, he comes across as earnest and stoic. He tends to stick on script, cold, not cool says his critics, who, perhaps unfairly call him the ” obstinate king”.

Like Biblical moses, suffers fool neither gladly nor in any other way( except when he has to, when talking to Journalists)
Behind the scenes, that measured calm-if the legends are true-become a merciless cold-ness that roots out confusion and incompetence, conveying sense of urgency in dealing with key issues.

At one of the ceremonies to celebrate him, National Enquirer seized an opportunity to have brief chat with the much-refuted administrator, Prof. Ahaneku, to talk about his current honour and numerous award nod he has been amassing from the host community.

We Walked up to him to capture his feeling and get closer look to this uncommon Varsity administrator, who had defied all odds to transform the Varsity known for masquerades of social discord and corrupt practices to become default setting for others.

His macho frame, and a stare that managed to intimidate and strip, capped with a smile that poses to disarm, made the youthful administrator a natural for combative force. He always found work when he wanted it- including his current post. He dishes out ageless wisdom
to intrusive questions.

The spectacle at the reception venue spelt out what he represents. A man in peace with his traditional heritage and finds comfort in a culture he can reckon with. Dancing to the beat of the African drum, flowing in steps with rhythmal unifying harmony of the music with other dancers in circles. What one saw that day was a man, amid the populous adulation and successes has managed to remain uncontaminated by scandal or controversy in position that has been laden with examples of both. Fame has not turned his head: he remains modest, atimes soft-spoken and self-effacing. He embodies the best of what Mbaise town in Imo state can be – an effervescent. administrator whose achievements elicit braggadocio or triumphalism. As his kinsmen hailed frolic Professor as he dances along with them, bystanders chorused in hailing a symbol of what, as a nation, we collectively aspire to be.

” We have department of Igbo, a cultural research centre. You must identify and know your root in all you do. Embrace the culture of people as development technology. Bring your western, bring cultural heritage, put them side by side, packaged and give to the society”. He stated.

Recently, he solely championed Igbo language introduction in China subject curriculum and lectures reposted to impact it, likewise Chinese lecturer to teach at the institution. A diplomatic approach, he noted would encourage knowledge sharing between the two institutions.

Ahaneku was not the sort to squander words for poetic effect. A straight talker, had forged a template by which Vice- Chancellor anywhere might measure their achievements; Excellence, discipline and self- reliance goals.

Unlike biblical namesake, Joseph is comfortable with his post and has long been in the public eye of the institution.

The host community and enviros never fail to recognise his uncommon reformation in the face of institution resistance. A
Change he forced on a distorted institution that have not been the fan of change, stuntously pushing, through raft of new policies to the system.

He reinvigorated social conservatism and, by refusing to believe history moved in only one direction, led a challenge that hastened the ebb, eventual collapse of the varsity’s cultism era.

Prof. Ahaneku is an actuality point, to anyone who wants to cultivate excellence based academic culture and penciled a future of a set get- along precedence with host community. He stood up to social illicit vices of students and staffs, and made a point, “It won’t work this way and got to stop,’ Anyone who is open and honest about it deserves a place in host community firmament.

Prof. Ahaneku took charge of educational society that invests more energy in blocking change than in adapting to it.
At present, zoom it out, you will hear voices of an altogether different kind, those embracing reform he stands for.

An institution he took over barely 3 years ago, pushed up a make-over to an international outlook, attracting global recognition, steering to high global ranking.

But the highest triumph for this self described black moses had to be in his redefinition of road map for academic culture and excellence among academic staff and students of the institution, and his injection of commercial oriented programmes within intellectual contribution platform geared towards financial self-sustainance goal.

“We are human managers. We are trainers of human persons and development of human persons.
He went further to state ” I have trained lots of people. My students are now Professors, Doctors, Consultants etc. As a University administrator, we take care of very critical population of the society, directing them to the right for the future” he says.

Host community and students particularly see him as a liberal but firm who could effect and challenge the skewed varsity establishments. Though long been in front runner occupying different roles, Prof. Joseph seems aware that he needs to jazz up the decayed systems and broaden his appeal beyond the oldset of applying analogue to digital solution.

He understood what is expected of academic leaders: not necessary ringing phrases and great speechifying (though he could certainly do that) but a sense that decent students, decently schooled, were worthwhile. A strength of conviction that brooked few moderating influences of his administration.

At inception of his regime, his to-do list has focused on repairing the Institutions successive tarnished image.
The administrative rocked by high-level corruption scandals and revelations, authorities and their relatives abused power to amass wealth at detriment of ever suffering students. To expand the admission processes and examination that follow duly processes, a step in a long catch-up game to his set goal of internationalizing the Institution to world high rank.

Ahaneku introduced digital processes to improve dependable accountability against askew system, An approach that helped create platform for life-long learning outcomes more equitable, reduces corruptive leakages with the institutional processes.

He created new do and don’ts for students amd employees; includes eliminating lopsided delay in result publications, he trimmed back exam malpractices incidences.

This data-driven technocrat introduced biometric data capturing, a start-up to match jamb registration for quick students identification, admission, screening, learning processes and attendances to ensure 75% minimum attendance stipulated were strictly adhered to by both students and lecturers and timely release of results( latest within 31day) after examination.

While supporters elbowing for more combative- resolution of problems linked to money leakages though prohibitively expensive, but to cut admission-based charges imposed on new entrants.

He shaped up the years of the Institution makeover, positioned Nnamdi Azikiwe University to global model that might have sounded unlikely, helped defined what are expected of academic leaders: not necessary ringing phrases and great speechifying (though he could certainly do that) but a sense that decent students, decently schooled, will be a worthwhile to self and awaiting society. A strength of conviction he has that brooked few moderating influences.

There is now every sign that it will remain so. Discipline, Self reliance and Excellence are the rock on which Ahaneku’s success has been built.
Prof. Joseph Eberendu a stew of pride, moral and math. Championing the unheralded valor of accountability; That is Prof. Joseph legacy.

Everyday brings new evidence of a kind of empowerment fueled by technology that represents improving education to meet the need for professional and technical personnel. He uphold processes which has often languished under the weight of official privilege and lack of accountability fairly pathetic- to this data-driven technocrat.

This will be VC Prof. Ahaneku’s epitaph for future historians.
deology and dogma with academic …

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