Prof. Uchenna Ikonne is a Nigerian optometry professor. He was appointed as the 7th Substantive Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University in December 2015.
Previously, he was the Rector of Abia State Polytechnic in Aba (on a Rescue Mission) from 2014 to 2015.
Uchenna Ikonne State of Origin, Hometown
Which state is Uchenna Ikonne from?
Uche Ikonne originally hails from Agburuike-Nsulu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area, Abia State, in the southeastern part of Nigeria.
Uchenna Ikonne Date of Birth and Age
How old is Uchenna Eleazer Ikonne?
Uchenna Ikonne was born on August 15, 1956, and he was 66 years old before his death.
The erudite professor Uchenna Eleazer Ikonne celebrates his birthday every year on August 15. Prof. Uchenna Ikonne celebrated his 66th birthday on August 15, 2022.
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Uchenna Ikonne: Family, Parents, and Siblings:
Uchenna Ikonne was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ikonne in Nsulu, Isiala Ngwa. Details about his father, mother, and siblings are not known.
Uchenna Ikonne: Educational Background
Uchenna Eleazer Ikonne attended the prestigious and famous Ngwa High School, Aba which later metamorphosed as the Faculty of Law and Aba Campus of the then Imo(now Abia) State University. He also had an academic stint at St. Augustine’s Grammar School, Nkwere, where he obtained his Higher School Certificate before proceeding to the Philippines where he studied Optometry, a course that sought to stand him out and distinguished him as an uncommon scholar.
At the Manila Central University, the Philippines, young Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne displayed awesome and enviable brilliance as a student of Optometry, where he not only earned a degree of Doctor of Optometry but in addition, graduated with a Specialist Master’s Degree program in Hospital Optometric Practices and Administration.
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Uchenna Ikonne Death
SpeedUp9ja had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Abia state, Prof Uche Ikonne, passed away today, 25th January 2023.
This was confirmed in a statement by his son, Dr. Chikezie Uche-Ikonne, on Wednesday.
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The statement read;
I regret to announce the death of my dear father, Prof Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, who died at the National Hospital Abuja today 25 January 2023, by 4 am after a brief illness.
Uchenna Ikonne: His Professional Life
Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne returned to Nigeria in 1986 and joined the former Imo (now Abia) State University, Etiti Campus, as a pioneer Academic Staff of the School of Optometry. In 2006, he reached the pinnacle of his academic career as a Professor.
Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne possesses easily discernible intellectual, academic, and social abilities that instill a sense of comfort. He also has fantastic social blending, humor, adaptability, and acceptability, which endears him to everyone.
Professor E. Uche Ikonne, a colossus in the Optometry profession, has made incalculable and valuable services available to society and his professional bodies, culminating in his elevation as Chairman, of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria by the President, Commander-In-Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
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Professor Ikonne held several administrative positions prior to his appointment as the 7th Substantive Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University on December 1, 2015, by the Visitor to the University and Governor of Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu Ph.D.
- Aba State Polytechnic’s rector (on Rescue Mission)
- ABSU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) from 2010 to 2014.
- Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences Director, Institute of Distance Education (IDEA) Head, Department of Optometry, ABSU.
- Professor Ikonne is a worthy Knight of St. Christopher, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Apostle of “Our Story Must Change,” and ABSU’s 18th Inaugural Lecture Laureate, “….Seeing is Believing.” He is widely published in local and international peer-reviewed journals and books.
Professor Ikonne has transformed Abia State University from 93rd to 27th and 2nd Best State University in Nigeria in the 2020 Nigerian University Ranking and has practically changed the story of Abia State University, academically and infrastructurally, into an enviable Citadel of Learning.
Professor Ikonne’s contribution to society and humanity is unparalleled. We are determined to emulate his Worthy Legacies and Giant Strides as a Role Model.
On May 25, 2022, Uchenna Ikonne was elected as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate for the 2023 General Elections after winning the primary election with 468 votes.
Uchenna Ikonne: Awards/Recognition
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including:
- Ikemba 1 of Agburuezeukwu
- Ugo Mmuta of Abia State
- 2019 Most Outstanding Vice-Chancellor in Nigeria
- Best Performing Vice-Chancellor (South-East) on Staff Welfare and Development
- Icon of Nigerian Students
- Senior Course Rep. Of ABSU Students etc.
Uchenna Ikonne’s Net Worth:
Uchenna Ikonne is currently one of the richest vice Chancellor with an estimated net worth of about $1 million US dollars.