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  BRIEF PROFILE OF CHIEF CHIBUZO NDUWUEZE ZIGGY AZIKE, KSC. LIFE BENCHER

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 Corporate Nigeria by Thisday Newspapers (2009)

Chief Azike was a member of the Governing Council of Imo State University 1999 - 2003 and Member of Board Imo State Council of Arts and Culture 1995 – 1997. He was also a Member of the Governing Council of Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER) at Ibadan, He is a Council Member of the Nigerian Britain Association.

In 2007 in consolidation with other law firms Legacy firm Chibuzo N. Ziggy Azike & Co. translated to Adroit Lex & Co. Attorneys At law and Omezimba Ziggy Azike became the Principal Counsel of the Lagos Practice. Adroit Lex & Co. have other offices in Abuja. Chief Ziggy Azike is the first Lawyer from Imo State to be registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Capital Market Advisor.

An accomplished and outstanding lawyer, Chief Azike is a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is also a member of
the Body of Benchers which is the Body of Legal Professionals of the highest distinction (Section 3 of the Legal Practitioners Act), He has been elevated to the highest position any Legal Practitioner can attain as a LIFE BENCHER, thereby becoming a member of the INNER BAR, A SILK.

Omezimba is a philanthropist and supporter of missionary work in several mission fields all over the world; he is a mentor to hundreds of youths and sponsors several in various institutions. In October 2010, Chief Chibuzo Nduwueze Ziggy Azike Ksc became a voluntary blood donor at LUTH, and he has been donating blood since then.

He is married to Lady Chinyere Nneji Azike and they are blessed with Children.

       
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BOSS GIDA MUSTAPHA
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