These are 12 Facts you should know about the Late Vice-President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme.
Nigeria’s first Executive Vice-President, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme was pronounced dead on Sunday 19th November 2017 from a London clinic.
Dr Ekwueme had to be flown to the United Kingdom for medical attention after he slumped again in his Anambra home in which he had fallen and went into a coma earlier.
Tributes have so far poured in in honour of the former Vice-President.
However, these are 12 Facts you should know about the man who is widely acclaimed both within the shores of the country and internationally.
1. Dr Alex Ekwueme hailed from Anambra and was born on October 21, 1932.
2. He started primary school at the St John’s Anglican Central School, at Ekwulobia, then he proceeded to King’s College, Lagos.
3. He attended the University of Washington where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and City Planning and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning.
4. He also attended the University of London where he obtained degrees in Sociology, History, Philosophy and Law. He gained a BL (Honours) Degree from the Nigerian Law School before obtaining a PhD in Architecture from the University of Strathclyde.
5. The former Vice President wedded his wife, Beatrice on December 19, 1959, and their union is blessed with children.
6. Dr Ekwueme worked briefly with ESSO West Africa, Lagos, overseeing the Construction and Maintenance department.
7. He was an architect who started his professional career as an Assistant Architect with a Seattle-based firm, Leo A. Daly and Associates, and also with the London-based firm Nickson and Partners
8. He founded Ekwueme Associates, Architects and Town Planners, the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria.
9. Before he gained national and international limelight as the Vice President of Nigeria in 1979, he was actively involved in the socio-economic development of his community.
10. He was the leader of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) observer team to the Tanzanian Presidential and Parliamentary election in 2000.
11 Ekwueme was also a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Council of Elders.
12. Up until death, he was the Ide of the Oko kingdom in Anambra State, where his younger brother, Prof Lazarus Ekwueme, is the traditional ruler.