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Michael C. K. Awa, P.E., was born in Eha- Amufu,                   
Isi- Uzo Local Government Area, Enugu State,
Nigeria, to Late Mr. and Mrs. Young Kalu Obiansi Awa
of Umuobasi Amankalu Igbere, Bende L.G.A. Abia State,
who passed onto Glory on September 10, 1973 and
November 15, 2004, respectively.


MCK attended the Local Authority Primary School Eha-Amufu from 1966 to 1967 that was
disrupted by the Nigerian civil war. He went back in January 1971 to complete his primary
education at Union Central School (Former Saint Philips Primary School). He had a double
promotion in 1972 that made it possible for him to do elementary three and four in one year. He
finished his elementary school in 1974 with credit pass in the First School Leaving Examination.

He was admitted into Federal Government College Enugu in 1974. He served as a captain
for three and half years (Form I to Form IV), the Editor-in-Chief of the school Press Club, (Form
IV-V), Peace House football second goal keeper, two hundred meters school champion 1975/76
academic year, a member of the 1975/76 East Central State Secondary School Intermediate 4x
100 meter relay team champion.  He completed his secondary education in 1979 and passed
the West African School Certificate / General Certificate of Education.   His tertiary education was
at University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN). He was admitted into UNN in 1980 to study civil
engineering. While waiting for his admission he spent one year doing his “Lower Six”, that is
Higher School Certificate in Federal Government College Kano.

At University of Nigeria Nsukka, he served as the future editor and later the President of
Undergraduate Press Club, the publisher of Pandemonium “ panda’’ in 1983, and 1984/85
respectively. He was elected in 1984, the Project Coordinator of Civil Engineering students of the
University. This recorded the most active and result oriented period of this office. In his first year
he was honored for honesty as the highest “ ragger’’ in Hall D, Zik’s Flat Hostels because he
returned all the money that he raised as Williams Club one of the clubs in the University at the
same time. He graduated with Honor (B.Eng.) in civil engineering 1985. In 1986, he did his
National Youth Service in the then Bendel State, part of which is now Delta State, teaching
mathematics, in Ibru College, Agbara- Otor and served as the Youth Corper civil engineer for the
community development.


He secured a job in 1987 with Hass- Ra Consulting Engineers, Kano as Pupil Engineer and
served as the Project Engineer for the new arrival hall (terminal building) for Mallam Aminu Kano
International Airport Kano, Nigeria and participated in the design and supervision of other

In 1988 he moved to Amecron Consulting Engineers, Kano and worked there until 1989.
Meanwhile he had in 1987 founded and registered Poly Engineering and Associates, Kano. He
left Amecron Consulting Engineers for full practice on his own at the end of 1989. He received
his engineering license to practice engineering in Nigeria from the Council for Regulation of
Engineering Practice member of Nigerian Society of Engineering Practice in Nigeria (COREN) in
1992, after passing the required examinations. He is a life member of Nigerian Society of
Engineers, Member American Society of Civil Engineers. Poly Engineers and Associates are still
rendering efficient and reliable consulting engineering service today.   He left Nigerian for the
United States of America in July 30, 1995.  He worked for Compaq Computers Inc. in 195/96 and
left to work for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), State of Texas, USA as an
engineering specialist.  He secured his professional engineering license after passing his
professional examination in 2006, from Texas Board of Professional Engineers, to practice as a
Professional Engineer (P.E.) in USA.  He is now a transportation engineering supervisor
(Manager) in TxDOT.


In April 1990, he met his beautiful wife to be,                
Miss Chinyere Nnenna Okorie, (an undergraduate
medical student of University of Calabar, Calaber)
the first daughter of His Royal Highness Eze,
Dr. (Chief) Jonah Nduka Okorie of Amaoji Igbere.
He got married to Miss Okorie in December 26,
1994,in All Saints Peter Presbyterian Church,
Onu Ibina Igbere.  


He is a member of Odinma Ebiri Age Grade, Igbere.  More so, he was a member Odinma Ebiri
Age Grade Amankalu Igbere Branch Project Committee (1989-90).  In 1989-90 as his
contribution he designed and supervised the construction of the bridge between Ndi-Okoro and
Ndi-Ero, Amankalu Igbere, as community development project executed by Odinma Ebiri Age
Grade, Amankalu, Igbere.

1990 – 1995: He was appointed Deputy Chairman and later Chairman, Church Building
Committee for Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Kano Parish and served as the Project Engineer.  
1994, he was elected the representative for Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Kano Parish to the
Presbytery of the North.  In 1995 he was elected an Elder in Presbyterian Church of Nigeria,
Kano and yet to be ordained because of his departure to United States. Also he was elected in
1991 the board member, Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Kano Parish.

1993 – 1995:  He was elected and served as the Treasurer for University of Nigeria Alumni
Association Kano branch.

1993 – 1995: He was elected and served as the General Secretary, Igbere Welfare Union, Kano

2002 – 2004: He was elected and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Old
Bende Cultural Association (OBCA), Houston, Texas, USA.

2005 – 2008:  He was elected the President Old Bende Cultural Association, Houston, Texas,
USA.  He is serving his second term in office.

2003 – 2005: He elected and served as the General Secretary, Igbere Progressive Association,
Texas, USA.

1999 – Date:  He was appointed the Chairman for the Building Committee for “The Master’s
Vessels Ministries, Inc.” Houston, USA.  Under his coordination the building has been
completed and dedicated in July 2008.

2004 – 2005: Served as a member of Odinma Age Grade Igbere Ezumezu 2005 Organizing
Committee and as its overseas Coordinator.

2005 – 2007: Served as a member Caretaker Committee for Igbere Progressive Association
International, Inc. (IPAI).

2007 – Date: Elected the first Executive President of Igbere Progressive Association
International during IPAI 2007 Convention held in Atlanta Georgia, USA.

2008: Offered and became the Vice President Igbo Peoples Congress, Houston, Texas, USA.

Mike believes in community service, respect of our elders and everyone and being a source of
joy to others by helping.  His source of strength is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Chief Mike Awa: Executive President, IPAI
Chief Mike Awa, addressing delegates during the IPAI Convention 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Chief Mike Awa and Dr. (Mrs) Chinyere Awa
Chief Mike Awa and Commodore Amadi Ikwechegh (former Governor of Imo State), during the IPAI Convention 2007 in Atlanta
The Family of Mike Awa
Chief Mike Awa and Dr. (Mrs) Chinyere Awa during and Old Bende Cultural event in Texas
L-R: Chief Mike Awa and
Commodore Amadi
Ikwechegh (former
Governor of Imo Sate)
during  the IPAI 2007
Convention in Atlanta,
Dr (Mrs) Chinyere Awa
during Old Bende
Cultural Association
event in Texas
IPAI Convention 2013
Making a Difference
Clan Rulers
Chapter Event
They are now blessed with four
children, Kalu Chimaobi M. Awa Jr.,
Sarah Nnenna Anyafu Awa, Eleanor
Ori Awa and Nduka Jason
Chukwuemeka Awa.  His wife Dr.
(Mrs.) Chinyere N. Awa is a woman of
great virtue and an achiever. A medical
doctor licensed to practice medicine in
Nigeria and United States of America.
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We congratulate Chief
Michael C. K. Awa (former
Executive President, IPAI)
who has been certified as a
Project Management
Professional (PMP). This
world highly respected
certification in project
management is issued by
U.S. Project Management
Institute is recognized and
accepted in over 185
countries. We are
delighted and thank God
for this blessing and these
successes recorded by  
IPAI members.