Ngozi Nma Odu, a distinguished Nigerian politician and esteemed professor of microbiology, currently holds the prestigious position of deputy governor of Rivers State. Her illustrious career and remarkable achievements have earned her widespread acclaim and admiration.

Born on October 19, 1952, in the Egi clan of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area in Rivers State, Nigeria, Odu’s journey to prominence is marked by academic excellence and dedicated service. She earned her first degree in microbiology from Paisley College of Technology in Renfrewshire, Scotland, where she garnered accolades, including the Best Academic Prize for two consecutive years in 1977 and 1978. Subsequently, she pursued a Master’s degree in Food Science and Management from the University of London (Queen Elizabeth College) in 1983, followed by a groundbreaking PhD in microbiology from the University of Port Harcourt in 1989, making her the first PhD graduate in the department.

Odu’s commitment to continuous learning and professional development is evident in her attendance at a Leadership course at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, in 2005. Her expertise and leadership abilities were further honed during her tenure as permanent secretary in the Rivers State Ministry of Health from 1999 to 2006. In January 2006, she was appointed as the Rivers State Commissioner of Education by the former governor, Peter Odili, where she made significant contributions to the advancement of education in the state.

Throughout her career, Odu has served as a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Port Harcourt, demonstrating her passion for education and knowledge dissemination. She also played a pivotal role as the first Acting Executive Director of the University of Port Harcourt Foundation and continues to make valuable contributions as a visiting professor at Rivers State University.

In recognition of her exemplary leadership and dedication to public service, Odu was nominated as the deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 Rivers State gubernatorial election. Her extensive experience and unwavering commitment to the welfare of the people have undoubtedly positioned her as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the citizens of Rivers State.

As the deputy governor-elect, Odu brings with her a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and a deep-rooted passion for the development and progress of Rivers State. Her visionary leadership and tireless dedication to advancing the state’s interests are evident in her role as the Director of Academic Planning at Pamo University of Medical Sciences in Rivers State before her election. Odu’s remarkable journey from academia to politics underscores her versatility, resilience, and unwavering commitment to public service.

Her leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to various sectors, including education and healthcare, have earned her the trust and confidence of the people of Rivers State. As she assumes her role as deputy governor, Odu’s steadfast dedication to promoting progress, inclusivity, and excellence will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the state’s development trajectory.

In celebrating Ngozi Nma Odu’s remarkable achievements and contributions to Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole, she embodies the values of integrity, excellence, and service. Her leadership serves as a source of inspiration and motivation for future generations, and her commitment to driving positive change will undoubtedly continue to shape the future of Rivers State for years to come.