The Authority Icon: DOZIE ONYEANUSI IKEDIFE
For his broad, progressive vision of life which shaped a journey of many accomplishments, positively impacting his region and country; for his consistency and principled courage in deploying his professional training and unique leadership attributes for the growth and development of society, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, OON, Ikenga Nnewi, is The AUTHORITY Icon
He is an anthropologist, medical scientist, elder statesman, traditionalist, notable intellectual and former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. His has significantly impacted his professional and socio-cultural environment, in sync with his broad, dynamic vision of life. Meet Dr. Dozie Ikedife, OON, Ikenga Nnewi.
He was born on August 24, 1932, at Nnewi, Anambra State to Dunu-Ifeneti Ikedife Dunu-Ugochukwu Ikedife and Ejeagha (Nzewi) Ikedife. He had his primary and secondary school education at Central School Nnewi and D.M.G.S Onitsha, respectively. Going forward, he did his Higher School at City College, Norwich, England 1952.
He proceeded to the University of Glasgow, Scotland. While studying medicine in Glasgow University, he concurrently registered as an external student of University of London. He bagged his first degree in Anthropology from University of London in 1958 and qualified as a doctor from University of Glasgow in 1959. In 2003, he took a Diploma in Health System Management from Galilee College, Israel.
Dr. Ikedife holds many Professional Diplomas, Memberships and Fellowships. He is an honorary fellow of International Society of Cardio-thoracic Surgeons based in Japan. He is a Fellow of Nigeria Medical College in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Fellow of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He is also a Fellow West African College of Surgeons, Fellow of International College of Surgeons and Fellow Royal Society of Medicine England.
Returning to Nigeria in 1964 he started work as Medical Officer Special Grade with the Federal Ministry of Health Lagos between 1964 and 1967. Then he worked at Lagos Island Maternity and General Hospital Lagos. He moved East at the outbreak of civil hostilities and civil war. He worked at Enugu General Hospital which was converted to a teaching hospital in 1967 later moved to Aba and founded the City Hospital Aba 1967.
When Aba was overrun by Federal troops in 1968 he moved to Nnewi and founded the Ikedife Hospital (A Specialist Medical Centre). He runs this centre as Senior Specialist i/c to-date.
He served as a Commissioner for Economic Development in East Central State of Nigeria in 1975 and later was Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development in old Anambra State when it was created in 1976. He also was Special Assistant to President Shehu Shagari in the Second Republic from 1980-1983.
He is a Charter President of Rotary Club of Nnewi and Two Star Paul Harris fellow of Rotary International and is a senior active Rotarian to date. He also is Patron, Director, Chairman or President of many institutions and organisations, locally and internationally including the Deputy Director General of International Biographic Centre Cambridge England.
He was the President of the International College of Surgeons (Nigerian National Section) for 9 years, (1987-1995) and was world Vice-President of International College of Surgeons with headquarters in Chicago USA. He was the Chairman of Nnewi Royal Cabinet for many years and Convener of South East Elders Forum and Chairman Board of Trustees of Alaigbo Development Foundation.
He is a past President-General Ohaneze Ndigbo, world-wide and member of the Nigeria National Conference 2014. He holds various honorary degrees and traditional titles, prominent among which are: Ikenga Nnewi, Ikiku Ebu Mkpu, Odezuligbo Umeje, Ogige Agbachienyi Nke Olu na Igbo and Owelle Idu of Eri Kingdom. He was given the National Honour of 00N in 2009.
He is married to Hon. Chief (Mrs.) Christie Ikedife and together they have grown-up children and some grand-children.