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The need to celebrate and immortalize icons and achievers for their contributions to both human and infrastructural development has been stressed.

This formed the focus of lectures at the fifty-eighth Founder’s day and the inauguration of Prof. Chike Obi Memorial Lecture by the University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Onitsha branch.

The event held at the Sharon House, Onitsha, was attended by Mathematicians, the academia, members and other branches of the association, including Enugu and Delta branches, among others.

The Prof. Chike Obi inaugural lecture has the theme “Harnessing Mathematical Advantage for Business, Governance, Science and Technology.”

Presenting a keynote address on the theme of the inaugural lecture, a former Minister of Power, Prof. Bartholomew Nnaji, represented by Chief Emeka Anyaoha, narrated a story on how Prof. Chike Obi solved a mathematical head spinner, proving the existence of periodic solutions to non- linear ordinary differential equations.

In a lecturer, a former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, described education as the driven force for knowledge and development, stressing the need for the society to celebrate achievers like Prof. Chike Obi; adding that knowledge changes the world and makes people rich.

Prof. B.I.C Ijeomah spoke on the role of Prof. Chike Obi and the relevance of mathematics in the calculation; while Prof. Alexander Animalu, spoke on “Mathematics for National Development- A Tribute to the Memory of Professor Chike Obi”.

The Chairman on the occasion and the State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi, commended the initiative for inauguration of Prof. Chike Obi memorial lecture, saying that the international icon was committed to better his people and change his environment positively; while the President of the Association, Chris Ajugwe and his Vice, Mr. Chris Achebe, sad that their aim was to keep alive those icons, who gave selfless services for the development of the nation.

Others, who spoke at the event were the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. Charles Igwe, Lady Pat Okeke,
Rev. Father Arazu, Mr Vincent Obi and Adaeze Omaliko, among others.

Presentation of prizes for Prof. Chike Obi competition and Golden Girls of Technovation, USA 2018, as well as a presentation of awards also featured at the event.

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