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A Brief Sketch
I, Ndukwe Okoroafor Uche, also known as Nd, was born in the late fifties to Late Mazi Mark
Okoroafor Uche and Martha Uche of Igbere in modern day Abia State of Nigeria.
I started primary school in Amokwe Item, continued at Akoli Imenyi, near Uzuakoli and finished at
Igbere in 1970 after some war interruptions.
For secondary education, I attended the Enuda High School, Abiriba, between 1971 and 1975,
finishing with Distinction in WASC, making A’s in eight subjects.
In 1976, while waiting for University admission, I worked for the then Nigerian Broadcasting
Corporation (NBC), Enugu as a trainee Engineer. There, I saved enough money from my meagre
salary to start myself at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where I had eventually been offered
admission to read Electrical/Electronics Engineering. I actually made what amounted to a big
leap of faith because the Federal Scholarship I applied for was yet to be granted and there was
little hope for any other means of funding my University Education. The Scholarship was
subsequently granted in my second term of the first year of University and helped me through the
rest of that first year.
At the end of the first year of University, my performance was such that the University put my name
forward to major companies for scholarship, whereupon Elf Petroleum Company of Nigeria
awarded me full scholarship for the rest of my five-year degree programme, subject only to
continued good performance. I maintained high performance and graduated in
Electrical/Electronics with high honours in 1981.
Upon graduation, I had job offers from five leading companies including UAC of Nigeria, NEPA
and Shell Nigeria. I worked for a while at UAC Foods Division in 1982 as an Electrical
Engineering Manager in Training before leaving same year for Shell where I have remained ever
In my 24-year long Shell career, I have worked in PortHarcourt, Warri and Lagos in Nigeria. I have
also worked in Holland and Malaysia and I am currently working in The Sultanate of Oman,
where I head up the Information Technology Infrastructure organisation.
During my secondary school days, teachers said I showed intellectual balance, doing as well in
the sciences as in the Arts. This continued throughout my University days where, while doing well
in Engineering, I was also quite active as a writer and actually led a literary group at the same
time as I was the President of the Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department’s student body. I
wrote and published essays, plays and short stories in those Undergraduate days. My short
story, Together Forever, actually won a Radio Nigeria national Short Story Competition in 1980
and was broadcast on national Radio and published in the Radio/TV Times of that era. My two
plays were used on NTA channel 6 Aba. I have since published a collection of my early poems,
Ahead, and have completed the manuscript of a full-length novel. I have not written much during
my Shell years because of my full official work load over and above the equally full load of raising
I am also often accused of possessing strong leadership credentials which I discharge mostly
quietly, sometimes stubbornly. As indicated above I led several student bodies in my University
days, including serving as the leader of Bende and Igbere students at Nsukka. Today, I have the
unique privilege of serving the interests of the Nigerian Community in The Sultanate of Oman in
the capacity of Community Chairman.
To contribute to Community development back home in Nigeria, I have single-handedly
organised two public events on economic development themes that featured some of the best
minds my village has produced; one event at the village itself and the other at Aba. I have learned
something about and regularly share my views on sustainable development with anybody I can
rob minds with on that kind of subject. More recently, I teamed up with some great minds in
Igbere to found a Cooperative Society whose initial objective was to find work for idle hands in the
While visiting home from Lagos in 1998, I noticed, like everybody else, that a large section of my
village was on the verge of being cut off from the rest of the village by a major erosion problem.
Deciding to act immediately to arrest the situation, I teamed up with another Igbere son and we
spent huge amounts of our time and personal money on major civil works that mended the road
and redirected flood water. That intervention sustained the road for over two years until
Government belatedly intervened.
As a family man, I am equally fulfilled. Married for the past nineteen years, to beautiful Ngozi
Uche, the second daughter of Late Chief P. I. Chukwu, we are blessed with two special boys,
Okoroafor and Uchechukwu, who are doing very well indeed. The wife herself is doing quite well
and is currently an MBA student of Leicester University, England.
About the Author
Engineer currently based in the
Middle East. This novel is Nd's
second published book. The first is
"Ahead" - a collection of poems,
published in 1997. He has also
written and published numerous
essays, short stories and plays.
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