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Alex Ekwueme biography

Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON (born October 21, 1932) was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, in office from 1979 to 1983. He is the Ide of the Oko kingdom in Anambra State, where his younger brother Prof Lazarus Ekwueme, reigns as the traditional ruler. He was also honoured by the council of Traditional Rulers in the old Aguata as the Ide of Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State comprising forty-four (44) towns.

He died at 10.00pm on Sunday 19 November 2017 at a London clinic. He had to flown there after his relapse to a coma which he fell into as a result of his fall in his Enugu residence.
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BornOctober 21, 1932 (age 85), Anambra State, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigerian
Party: National Party of Nigeria
President: Shehu Shagari
Education: University of London, King’s College, Lagos, Nigerian Law School, University of Strathclyde, University of Washington
Siblings: Igwe Laz Ekwueme
Dr. Ekwueme is from Oko, Anambra State and was born on October 21, 1932. He is the first Vice-President of Nigeria (1979 – 1983).
Alex Ekwueme attended King’s College, Lagos as an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship in the United States America. He was the first Nigerians to receive this award. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Architecture and City Planning from University of Washington and a Masters degree in Urban Planning. He also holds degrees in sociology, history, philosophy from the University of London and law from Nigerian Law School.

Dr. Ekwueme ran a flourishing private Architectural firm – Ekwueme Associates, Architects and Town Planners. It was the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria with 16 offices spread all over Nigeria prior to his assumption of office as the executive Vice President of Nigeria. These offices and firm was wound up to assume this office.

He organised the group known as G34 which stood up against the dictatorship of General Sani Abacha during the era of military rule in Nigeria. This group later metamorphosed into the present-day People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and was subsequently appointed its founding Chairman and first Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees.

Chief Alex Ekwueme has always identified with his people and was the Head of Planning of the Biafran Airports Board in the defunct Republic of Biafra. By the time hostilities ended, he had two functional airports, viz the Uli and Uga Airports, while Mbaise, Ntigha Ngwa, Umuleri, and Arochukwu airport projects were at various stages of completion. He also established the Alex Ekwueme Foundation to promote his ideals, values and principles, offering scholarship to numerous students.

In his capacity as the Executive Vice President of Nigeria, he played a major role in facilitating the state pardon and eventual return from exile of the late Ezeigbo Gburugbu, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

He is a proud recipient of Order of the Republic of Guinea and Nigeria, the second highest national honours in Nigeria of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).

All hail His Excellency, Chief, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON, the Ide of Oko, a rare icon, a true democrat, selfless leader, prolific philanthropist, accomplished statesmen, renowned public servant, patriot, man of peace, a father figure of our current democratic dispensation and a great son of Igboland.

Alex Ekwueme’s Death News

Ex-Vice President Alex Ekwueme Is Dead

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme is dead. A statement from his family signed by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme said that he died by 10:00 pm in a London clinic, Sunday. The statement read: “Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON. “The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.”

Ekwueme had slumped in his Enugu residence, and immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital Enugu, where he relapsed and went into a coma.

As soon as he was stabilized in the hospital he was flown to London in an air ambulance last week.

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