Born: Tuesday, 20 October 1953.
Primary Education: 1959-1966 at St. Anthony’s Catholic School, Umudioka, and St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, Ifitedunu.
Secondary Education: Christ the King College, Onitsha (1967). His education was interrupted by a civil war in Nigeria (1967-1970). Through the inspiration of then Monsignor Emmanuel Otteh (Late Emeritus Bishop of Issele-Uku) he continued his secondary education at All Hallows’ Seminary, Onitsha (1970-1973).
Post Secondary Education: Philosophical Studies: 1975 – 1977, and Theological Studies: 1977 – 1981, at Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu and Ikot Ekpene respectively.
Priestly Ordination: Saturday July 11, 1981 by Most Rev. (now Cardinal) Francis Arinze, then Archbishop of Onitsha.