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Chimoroke Nnamani Biography: Inside The Life Of Nigerian Politician And Medical Doctor

 

Chimoroke Nnamani (born May 30, 1960) is a Nigerian politician and medical doctor. He was the governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007, after winning the gubernatorial election in 1999. Following that, he represented the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Enugu East Senatorial District from 2007 to 2011, and was re-elected in 2019.

Early Life and Education

Chimoroke Nnamani was born on May 30, 1960, in Port Harcourt, and he is from Enugu State’s Agbani and Kanu West Local Government Areas. In Enugu, he attended both the College of the Immaculate Conception (CIC) and the Methodist Primary School. He studied medicine at the University of Nigeria’s College of Medicine (Enugu Campus).

He pursued post-graduate studies in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the State University of New York and the Inter-faith Medical Center/Down State Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In addition, his postgraduate education and research continued at the Perinatal Biology Centre, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Southern California; the Molecular Biology and Tissue Cytology Laboratory, Jerry “L” Pettis Veterans Administration Hospital, Loma Linda, California; the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Perinatal Biology, Loma Linda University (with a specialisation in maternal-fetal medicine); and the College of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.

Professional Career

Research Specialities

Basic Science

Gap junction physiology, tissue cytology, molecular biology, and foetal biology Connexin protein regulates cell-to-cell communication.

Clinical Interest

Pregnancy at high risk, preterm labor, obstetric ultrasonography, prenatal diagnostics, and genetics He has published research and presented abstracts at major scientific conferences and journals (Nnamani et al., 1994, Biology of Reproduction, 50, 377–389).

Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA 92354; Veterans Administration Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA; Departments of Gynecology/Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology.

Medical Practice/Teaching

Before returning to Nigeria, Dr. Nnamani worked as an attending physician at the following American hospitals: Loma Linda University Medical Center, San Bernardino County Medical Center, Riverside General Hospital, Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida, and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children, Orlando, Florida. He also worked as a maternal and foetal medicine specialist for the Maternal and Foetal Medicine Associates, Principal Practising Group in Orlando, Florida.

Professional Societies

He was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Perinatal Obstetricians, the American Society for Cell Biology, the Society for Gynecologic Investigations, and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine, as well as licensure in California, New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Nigerian Medical Association’s (NMA) and Enugu State’s Board of Trustees (BoT).

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Political Career

Chimaroke served as Governor of Enugu State from May 1999 to May 2007. From 2007 to 2011, he was elected to the Senate on the People’s Democratic Party platform to represent Enugu East Senatorial District. (PDP). He ran for re-election on the newly formed People for Democratic Change (PDC) platform, but was defeated in controversial circumstances. He ran for the same seat again in the 2015 elections and was widely expected to win until, to the public’s surprise, his primary rival was unexpectedly declared the winner, sparking days-long, unplanned, massive protests in the nation’s capital of Enugu.

Chimaroke, Jacob Nwatu, and four private firms were charged on May 26th, 2011 before Justice Benedict Agbata of the Enugu State High Court with 15 new charges relating to alleged misappropriation of state funds and collection of money under false pretenses between August 3rd and November 28th, 2002.

Return to the Senate

Chimaroke rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party from the Enugu State Chapter in 2017. (PDP). When he selected the party’s senatorial nomination form for the Enugu East Senatorial District, he put an end to growing speculation about his political future and focused on the 2019 general elections.

On October 2, 2018, he received 601 votes in the Senate primary election, easily defeating six other candidates, including incumbent Senator Gilbert Nnaji, who received 69 votes. He quickly launched an energetic street-to-street campaign, energizing Enugu City as people flocked to his support. He further cemented his reputation as a crowd-pleaser by taking his campaign to all of the development centers in the senatorial district’s six local government councils, as well as the major marketplaces.

He easily won the subsequent National Assembly elections on February 23, 2019. Nnamani received a total of 128.843 votes, crushing Prince Lawrence. Ozoemeka Ezeh of the APGA received 14,225 votes, while Uchenna Agbo of the PDP received 1,586 votes.

Nnamani has repeatedly attributed his smooth return to the Senate to the strong support he received from his state’s governor, Rt. Hon. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (aka Gburugburu). On March 14, 2019, he received his certificate of return as a senator-elect from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and he took office on June 11, 2019, following the inauguration of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 9th Senate.

In addition to membership in the Senate Committees on Health, Foreign Affairs, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Diaspora and NGOs, Land Transport, and Women’s Affairs, he was appointed as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa/NEPAD and Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Drugs and Narcotics.

Personal Life

Chimoroke marriedNnenna Agnes Nnamani, who passed away on September 4th, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, USA, as a result of complications from a cerebral aneurysm and sickle cell disease, and had been blessed with a son and a daughter.

Honours

  • Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • D.Sc. (Honoris Causa).
  • University of Nigeria; Distinguished Fellow of the Nigerian Law School.
  • D.Sc. (Honoris Causa), Babcock University, Illisan, Remo, Ogun State.
  • Adjunct Professor (Political Science), Babcock University, Illisan Remo, Ogun State.
  • Honorary fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Ijanikan, Lagos.
  • Distinguished Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons
  • He is a Visiting Professor of Physiology, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

Net Worth

Chimaroke Nnamani is one of the wealthiest and most well-known doctors in the world. An estimate of Chimaroke Nnamani’s net worth is approximately $1.5 million.

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