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Chief (Sir) Gilbert Nwoye Obu

Chief (Sir) Gilbert Nwoye Obu, FCA hails from Mgbagbu Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State. His early education started at St. Paul's Primary School, Mgbagbu Owa from where he proceeded to the Government Technical Institute (one of the few Government-owned Secondary Schools in the old Eastern Region of Nigeria) in 1960. After spending only three (3) years in the Secondary School, he passed the West African School Certification in Division One in December, 1963 due to his exceptional brilliance. He was immediately employed in the Civil Service of old Eastern Region of Nigeria (now comprising about 8 States) in 1964 and posted to the Audit Department as an Audit Clerk.

His academic ambition was interrupted by the Nigeria Civil War of 1967 to 1970. At the end of the war, he entered the then College of Technology, Enugu (now the Institute of Management and Technology) from 1971 to 1973. In 1977, he proceed to the United Kingdom where he enrolled into the City of Birmingham Polytechnic and the University of Aston (both in Birmingham) to study Accountancy. By the end of 1979, he passed the final examinations of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, London and was admitted as an Associate member (ACCA) in 1980. He returned to Nigeria the same year and went back to the Audit Department as a Senior Auditor.

Chief Obu was admitted as an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) in 1982 with Membership No. MB002435. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, London (FCCA) in 1985, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) in 1997.

He continued to work in the state Audit department where he rose to the position of Assistant Chief Auditor before transferring to the local Government Service in 1984. He served in many Local Government Areas of old Anambra State (now Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi States) as Director of Finance/Treasurer before retiring from service in 1999. After retirement, he joined the Accounting Firm of CHUKWU OYINZE OBU & CO (Chartered Accountants) as Partner; a position he holds up till today.

Chief (Sir) Gilbert Nwoye Obu, FCA is a member of the Ancient and Noble Order of Knights of St. John International where he is presently the Worthy President of St. Mulumba Commandery 764, New Haven, Enugu and also the Vice President of Enugu Grand Commandery covering Enugu, Abakaliki and Awgu Catholic Dioceses. He holds the Military Rank of a Colonel in the Knights of St. John International. He is the Vice Chairman of the Pastoral Council of Our Lady of Perpetual Parish, New Haven, Enugu.

He holds several Honorary Awards both within the Catholic Church and the wider Society. He was conferred with the Traditional Chieftaincy Title of 'EZESINACHI' of Mgbagbu Owa in 2004. He got married to his loving wife – Lolo (Lady) Celestina Ugo Obu in 1977 few weeks before his departure to the United Kingdom for further studies. The marriage is blessed with children and grandchildren. Chief Obu is a Director of Umuchinemere Procredit Micro-Finance Bank Limited.

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