Chief Chibuzo Nduwueze Ziggy Azike was born on the 19th day of September, 1959 in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, to Chief & Mrs. Ebenezer Uchegbu Azike of Okohia Osu-Owerre in Isiala Mbano L.G.A. of Imo State. He finished his primary education at the Salvation Army School, Surulere Lagos where he sat for and passed the First School Leaving Certificate with Distinction in 1971.

 Thereafter, he proceeded to St. Gregory’s College, Lagos for his secondary education, from where he obtained the West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1976.He was a pioneer student of the Federal School of Arts and Science, Aba, (1976/78), where he obtained 3 A/Level papers, he also passed JAMB and was admitted into the University of Nigeria to study law in 1978. He graduated in 1982 with a degree in Law (LL.B [Hons], and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School where he earned a call to the Nigerian Bar in 1983.

Chibuzo Azike had his National Youth Service Programme (NYSC) with Union Bank of Nigeria Plc; he was assigned to the Legal Department. At the completion of his NYSC programme in 1984, he was automatically offered employment by the bank for his outstanding performance during his NYSC programme.

He rose to become the Sole Legal Adviser to the Bank in charge of debt recovery department. He resigned from the Bank in 1989 to go into private legal practice and for this purpose, set up the law firm of CHIBUZO N. ZIGGY AZIKE & CO. before he set up practice he had a two month re-orientation at Onyeabo Obi & Co.

Chief Chibuzo N. Ziggy Azike is a prominent and active figure in the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He has been a member of the National Executive Committee of the NBA since 1987.

Chief Ziggy Azike is a member of the following: Institute of Directors, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), International Bar Association (IBA), Capital Market Solicitors Association, Maritime Lawyers Association, Life Member Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind, Life Patron Boys Brigade Imo State, Patron Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (Catholic Diocese of Okigwe), Island Club, Ikoyi Club (1938) and the Metropolitan Club..

Chief Chibuzo Nduwueze Ziggy Azike is a political force to reckon with. In 1998 he was a founding convener of the PDP, Imo State. He had contested for election at various times and was unsuccessful in his bid for the Senate in 1999 and 2003. In 2007 he was the ANPP Governorship Candidate in Imo State.

Chief Azike was appointed a member of the Presidential Visitation Panel to Federal College of Education Okene in 1999. The President also appointed him as a member of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Fire Incident at the  Muritala Mohammed Airport (Local Terminal) Ikeja, Lagos. He was also appointed by the President as a member of the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE) Steering Committee on Pension Reforms which assignment yielded the National Pension Commission. He represented Imo state as a delegate to the National Political Reform Conference Abuja in 2005 where he was the Secretary to the South-East caucus and Secretary to the Igbo Elders Forum. Suffice it to say that he acquits himself creditably in each of these assignments. Chief Azike’s exceptional devotion in the service of humanity and God earned him recognition and admission into the Order of Knighthood of Saint Christopher (KSC) in 1995. In 1996, he was also honoured by his people with the traditional chieftaincy title of “Omezimba - Osu-Owerre” in Isiala-Mbano L.G.A., Imo State.

He was conferred with the Chieftancy title of “Nwa-eji amatu” by the Diokpa of Okpanam in Delta State in 1999. So many other titles and recognitions have followed this God fearing man, some of these include: a) Ikeoha Assah-Ubirielem (Chief) (b) Omezimba Okatta (Chief)

(c) Omezimba Nsu (Chief) (d) Odenigbo Ndigbo Lagos State (Chief) etc (e) Ugoha Nkwesi Kingdom (Chief) (f) 50 Men of Integrity in Corporations Nigeria by Thisday Newspapers (2009)

▪️Extract by Ahamefula Njoku (Esq); a friend and associate.

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