The Authority Icon: CHUDI OFFODILE
For being a compelling model for Anambra and Nigerian youths and his positive, proactive contributions to the national parliament as former lawmaker; for his exemplary discipline, focus and sincerity which have meshed to leverage society, Hon. (Barr.) Chudi Offodile is The AUTHORITY Icon.
No less a child of providence, he is an intriguing thinker, notable writer and astute politician who have impacted his milieu at a period of regional, national self-doubt and challenging internal political stress. Meet Honourable (Barr.) Chudi Offodile.
He was born on November 19, 1964, in Lagos. At the age of two in 1966, his family was forced to relocate to Enugu, capital of Eastern Nigeria at the time, following widespread inter-ethnic tension and outright hostilities against Igbo people and other Easterners after the January 15th 1966 coup and the counter coup of 29th July 1966. The ensuing civil war following an attempt by Biafra (Former Eastern Region of Nigeria) to secede lasted from July 1967 to January 1970. He spent most of his formative years in Enugu, where he also had most of his education.
He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, in 1987 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 1988, after the mandatory one-year legal training at the Nigeria Law School, Lagos. He also obtained a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus in 1994.
He was elected to Nigeria’s Federal House of Representatives in May 1999 as the representative for Awka North/South Federal Constituency of Anambra State. Offodile served as the Chairman of the Special Committee on Joint Venture Oil Operations from 2001 to 2003 and as Chairman of the Public Petitions Committee between 2003 and 2005. He was also Member of Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) between 2000 and 2005.
Offodile has written several articles published in Nigeria’s notable newspapers. He is a notary public and Managing Partner in the Abuja-based law firm of Chudi Offodile & Co.
He is the author of the book, “The Politics Of Biafra And The Future Of Nigeria” and is working on his second book titled, “My Harliburton Diary”, a detailed account of the Harliburton bribery investigation he conducted as the Chairman of the Public Petitions Committee of the House of Representatives.
He retired from electoral politics after two unsuccessful attempts to get elected to the Senate in 2007 and 2011 but after a rigorous, philosophical self-interrogation; he has decided to seek higher political responsibility in Anambra State. Seeking to challenge for the state’s top job on the platform of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Offodile has put himself forward with an alternative vision of transformative leadership to rewrite the Anambra story.
He is married with five lovely children.