According to William Shakespeare, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, FAS (Mmirioma) is indeed a great man who has transcended barriers to achieve greatness. He’s indeed an achiever. The success of the on going Post UTME exercise is an attestation to the ingenuity of this great man.
An astute leader, seasoned administrator has continued to blaze the trail and living up to his vision towards taking Nnamdi Azikiwe University to enviable pedestal.
Today, we join his family, friends, well wishers and the University Community to celebrate this doyen of excellence.
We wish you more resounding success as you pilot the affairs of the University of all Times.
Below is the profile of this Change Agent as culled from the Archives of Authority Newspapers.
He is a notable scientist and uncommon administrator who used his knowledge and skills to leverage society. Meet Professor Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, PhD, FSTA, (JP), Fseh, MIPAN, CIBiol (Lond), FAS – the Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.
He was born on the October 1, 1962 to the family of late Chief and Lolo L. I. Ahaneku (KSM) of Nnarambia Ahiara, Mbaise, Imo State. Young Joe started his academic career at St. Joseph Primary School and Mbaise Secondary School all in Aboh, Mbaise Local Government Area, Imo State, where he made Division One (Grade 1) in his West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE).
He later proceeded to the University of Ibadan, where he obtained all his degrees: B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry, M.Sc. as the best Masters student and a PhD at the age of 28 years. Armed with a PhD from University of Ibadan, he joined the defunct Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) as a Lecturer 1 and foundation head of Department of Chemical Pathology in 1991.
In 1992, he was appointed Consultant, Chemical Pathologist to the Nnmadi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria. He rose through the ranks to become a professor of Chemical Pathology in 1997 at the age of 35years.
He was at several times an invited Research fellow in Molecular and Cellular Biology in Japan and the United States. He has enjoyed numerous International fellowships and grants from JSPS, Science and Technology Agency, Japan, Research Development Corporation of Japan, Pfizer Research Foundation. At several times, he was appointed head of the Department of Chemical Pathology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University. He was the Acting Sub-Dean, Pre-Clinical of the Faculty of Medicine, and the Sub-Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies of the University.
He has over eighty (80) scientific papers to his credit. A member of so many learned societies and professional bodies, Prof. Ahaneku is a member of the International Federation of Clinical Chemists, Fellow of the Japan Society for the promotion of Science, Fellow, Environmental Health Society of Nigeria.
He is a Chartered Biologist and Lipidologist and a Fellow of the prestigious Academy of Sciences. He has served as member of Board of Directors of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital for two terms and member Governing Council, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka for four years. On the commercial scene, he is the Chairman, Demlaz Group of Companies and the Executive Director, JG Ventures and Rental Services.
He was a two term Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of Nnamdi Azikiwe University and the Director, Confucius Institute at Nnamdi Azikiwe University from 2010 to 2014.
A Fellow of the Academy of Sciences (FAS), he is the fifth (5th) substantive Vice-Chancellor of Nnadi Azikiwe University, Awka known as Unizik. At Unizik, his vision and administrative footprints are indelible.
He is happily married to the love of his life, Dr. (Mrs.) Gladys Ifesinachi Ahaneku, a Consultant Physician/Cardiologist and Associate Professor at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi. The union is blessed with four lovely sons and daughter.