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59 Garlands To World’s Renowned, Digital And Rivers Most Celebrated Twins (Prof. & Justice Georgewill)

By Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

“….“We grew up in our village Abonnema after we relocated from Lagos due to the death of our father who was the bread winner of the family when we were less than one year old. Life was difficult as growing up kids with no support save for the determined belief of mum and grandma that their little twin sons must be educated no matter what it takes even if means selling their priced possessions.

We were introduced early to the knowledge of God and christianity by our mum and grandma. We went through various stages of education solely depending upon God as we worked hard to make good grades despite the huge challenges that faced us. People gave to us. God granted us favour too.

The circumstances of our upbringing made us to realise early in life that many people like us out there need others to give to make them achieve their dreams. This is the origin of the spirit of giving in our lives that grew from little giving to substantial giving to people churches organisations etcetera.

We give in obedience to God’s word that instruct us to give and be given back in good measures shaken together and running over. We give out of compassion for the needy. We give out of our desire to make people happy. We give out of our desire to make people smile. We give out of our desire to make people achieve their dreams. We give out of our desire to see organisations such as churches, schools, hospitals and communities meet their needs to provide services and transform people. We give because we are not interested in primitive accumulation of wealth. We give and God gives more than we give. We give and God blesses us tremendously. The prayers of the receivers availeth much. We give because it is more blessed to give than to receive. We give when we have little. We give when we have much. Testimonies abound in people and organisations such as schools, hospitals and communities who had and are receiving from us. The joys we get out of giving cannot be quantified.” Sir Chief Hon Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill JCA and Sir Chief Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill

PREAMBLE

May 15 and the significance it holds in the annals of human calendar marks an important epoch in the commemoration of birth anniversaries world over.

The date reminisces about the birth of two men whose penchant for public service and upward career trajectory transcends human quantification and qualify for an encyclopedia in a symphony of human knowledge.

Rivers State, an oil and gas hub with an unbeaten record as the most politically delicate and hostile terrain in Nigeria located in the Niger Delta region of the country was the recipient of the gift of this day; a set of twins; Sir Chief Hon. Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill, Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria (JCA) DSSRS Ksc, and Sir Chief Prof. Owunari Abraham Georgewill, Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, – whose giant strides in their various fields earned them the sobriquet -‘Rivers greatest and Digital Twins.’

It has long been settled that their birth was a divine orchestration carefully schemed by God for some special distinguishable assignments for the good of society.

About the Rivers Twins:

While Professor Owunari graduated from University of Port Harcourt, Justice Biobele studied at University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Tricia Marrapodi in his quote with the Georgewills in mind stated, “Being a twin is like being born with a best friend”. These two great gifts to Nigeria have maintained their relationship as both brothers and best friends and have most importantly continued to excel in their distinct career paths. While Hon. Sir Justice Biobele is a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Nigeria, Professor Owunari is a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the current Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, one of the best Federal Universities in Nigeria. These remarkable twins are no doubt, a global brand and have continued to preform meritoriously in their professional engagements, leaving indelible prints on the sands of time.

Throwing more light about these two Distinguished sons of Rivers State, a seasoned Journalist with the Sun Newspaper highlighted, “Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill and Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill are two notable personalities in one with exceptional academic prowess and intelligence.

When Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill was a High Court judge of Rivers State, as a journalist covering the Judiciary, I loved covering his court because of the way he handled cases and kept lawyers on their toes. He was extremely outstanding.

Talking about Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill, VC, University of Port Harcourt, I have attended several academic events where he spoke. And you would see the intellectual aura he carries. Two of them are rare breeds.”

I have no reservations to mention that I am one Nigerian with the rare privilege of a very cordial relationship with the ‘Rivers Twins’, particularly the erudite Professor who enjoys the luxury of social interactions more than his twin brother, the Hon. Justice Biobele Georgewill, whose extra-judicial relationships, interactions and activities are minimal and guided by the strict rules of the bench in line with what are considered best practices for Judicial Officers.

The above notwithstanding, I will still attempt to expose to the world this unassuming, humility personified, unique extraordinary fellow but most importantly one of our best BRAINS in the Judiciary in Nigeria at any given time.

BRIEF RESUME OF SIR HON JUSTICE BIOBELE ABRAHAM GEORGEWILL, JCA, DSSRS, KSC

Hon Sir Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill, Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State of Nigeria, Knight of St Christopher, is one of the set of twins born on 15th day of May 1965.

His Lordship had his Primary Education from 1970 to 1976 and his Secondary Education from 1976 to 1981 all in Rivers State Nigeria and later obtained his LLB (Honours) Degree, Second Class Lower, from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 1984 to 1988 and subsequently obtained his professional qualification certificate of BL (Honours), Second Class Lower, from the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island Lagos from 1988 to 1989.

On 14th December 1989, he was called to the Nigerian Bar in Lagos, Nigeria. He had his NYSC in the Ministry of Justice, Kwara State of Nigeria from 1989 to 1990.

Biobele had extensive private legal practice in Kwara, Kogi, Benue and Rivers States in Nigeria and later became the Managing Solicitor and Principal Counsel in the law firm of B. A. Georgewill & Associates, Legal Practitioners & Corporate Consultants, in Port Harcourt for many years.

On 22nd day of April 2002, by dint of hard work and the grace of God, His Lordship was elevated to the High Court Bench in Rivers State as a Judge at the relatively young age of 36.

In 2003, His Lordship was appointed the Registrar of the Diocese of Niger Delta of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). In 2004, His Lordship was voted the best judge in the Rivers State Judiciary by the Nigerian Bar Association, Port Harcourt Branch. In the same year he was investitured as a Knight of St. Christopher (KSC) of the Diocese of Niger Delta, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion. He also received the “Centenary Achievers Award” of the National Executive of the Young Women Christian Association, (YWCA).

In 2005, he was appointed the Deputy President of the Scout Movement of Nigeria, Rivers State Command and also served as the National Patron of the Association of Drama Ministers in Nigeria (ANCEDRAM). In 2006, he received the Development in Nigeria Merit (DINMA) in the Legal Profession by PSR National Award Committee, Abuja, Nigeria. Between 2007 and 2008, he served as a Member of the Election Tribunal in Anambra and Edo States respectively. In 2010, his lordship was appointed the Lord Chancellor of the Diocese of Niger Delta of the Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion).

In 2011, he served as the Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Communal crisis in Ogoni land between K – dere & B – Dere Communities. In 2013, his lordship served as the Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the crisis in the Rivers State House of Assembly.

He was later elevated to the high office of a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria at the relatively young age of 48. In December 2015, he served on the Appeal Panel on the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria. In the same year, he was appointed a National Patron of Anglican Youth Fellowship of Nigeria, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

In April 2015, he was nominated and served as a Member of the Panel of Judges at the Finals of the World University Moot Court Championship organised by the World Jurists Association which held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. In 2016, he served as the President of the Panel of Judges at the West African University Moot Court Championship held at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria.

In August 2017, he was appointed by H. E. Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON, the Acting President of Nigeria as Chairman of the Presidential Investigation Panel to Investigate Compliance with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement by the Nigerian Armed Forces in the Fight against Insurgency and Militancy in Nigeria.

In August 2018, His Lordship was appointed by H.E. President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone as the Chairman and Sole Commissioner of the Sierra Leone Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Government of the Immediate Past President of Sierra Leone 2007 – 2018 and his Ministers.

Biobele is a very hardworking and incorruptible judge and a quintessential gentleman and a consummate professional, who is the author of the book: “The Right to a Good Name”, a book which has enjoyed so much review and remains a book of reference on the law of defamation in Nigeria till date.

His Lordship is a much sought after speaker in several professional, academic and religious seminars and conferences as a resource person, including his recent invitation to speak at the Radcliff Institute of Harvard University in Boston United States of America.

His Lordship is a recipient of several awards from several reputable organizations, local, national and international, and commendations for excellence from the National Judicial Council for his commitment and excellence performances in the discharge of his judicial functions as a judge.

He is happily married to his wife, Dame Funmilayo Stella Biobele Georgewill JP, an Administrator and Educationist, and his blessed with four princely daughters, Fustinah, Lolia, Emmanuellla and Princess and a foster son, Afam and two grandsons, Emeka and Munachim

His lordship upholds a personal philosophy of life that ‘Godly Contentment is Great Gain’.

JUSTICE GEORGEWILL AND SOLUTION TO THE POLITICAL QUAGMIRE FACING NIGERIA POLITICS

Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill in one of his lectures proffered solution to the politicians always reverting to the court for a way out of most of their challenges suggested that the key to keeping judiciary out of politics in Nigeria is the enthronement of internal democracy in the country’s political parties.

He made the historical assertion while delivering a lecture with the theme, ‘Judicialization of Politics in Nigeria: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities’, on the occasion of the Law Week organised by the Yenagoa branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

He suggested that the ways forward are overall good governance, transparent and credible elections, enthroning and enforcing internal democracy in political parties and amendment of the Electoral Act to accommodate smart card readers.

He also recommended the establishment of an independent electoral offences commission, setting up of political parties’ commission and the reduction of judicial interference in political parties’ affairs.

He equally recommended an amalgam of justices and judges to hear and determine all election petitions once and with finality, stressing that the process would reduce the time, energies and resources as well as tensions in the land over post-election matters.

The two great twins were recently honoured with the University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA) highest awards Education.

PROF OWUNARI ABRAHAM ABRAHAM GEORGEWILL KSC, FIIA, FIHSC, FWASOT, DFCIHTMA AND HIS EXTRAORDINARY FEATS:

Prof. Owunari Abraham Georgewill, KSC, FRSB, London, is a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, an erudite scholar, a respected administrator and an author of repute with several publications to his credit. As Vice Chancellor, he has introduced several revolutionary inputs which are instrumental to the current status of the University of Port Harcourt as one of the best public tertiary institutions in Nigeria today.

In one of my press statements titled, “Ranking UNIPORT As Number One University In Nigeria Proves That Vice Chancellor, Prof. Owunari Georgewill Is Truly A Trailblazer, An Extraordinary Visionary Administrator And Superlative Performer” where I celebrated the emergence of the University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) under the leadership of Prof Georgewill as the best in the Nigerian Universities ranking, I stated that this feat was a laudable made possible by the sterling performance of the management team of the institution led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Owunari A. Georgewill, KSC, FIIA, FIHSC, FWASOT, DFCIHTMA, who is leading an aggressive campaign for a holistic reform through a carefully crafted action plan targeted at placing the University on the global map.

In that statement which went viral, I further highlighted that uniRank World Universities Rankings & Reviews and Nigeria University Rankings for the year 2024 saw Uniport beating 160 other universities in Nigeria in multiple criteria to emerge top on the list.

To me this was a giant stride in the university’s ambitious pursuit of a pride of place in the global index under the leadership of Prof. Owunari Georgewill, reaffirmed his confidence in the university’s management team to transform the school into a model for other universities in Africa.

I highlighted that the achievement calls for celebration from people of goodwill across the board, emphasizing that the Vice Chancellor and his team deserve some accolade for their determined efforts in ensuring that the university is strategically transformed to compete favourably with global counterparts, adding that the quality of leadership adopted in administering the institution has continued to pay off in very appreciable degrees.

I further commended the Vice Chancellor for placing utmost priority on the welfare, growth and development of staff of the institution in areas considered as fundamental to giving the required boost to their career and giving them worthwhile and enduring workplace experience.

The implementation of the modified career structure which brought to an end many years of stunted growth and career stagnation amongst staff of the institution, is a thoughtful initiative that is helping the university deliver on its mandate in teaching, learning, research, community service and entrepreneurship.

Some of the criteria for the uniRank selection include- being chartered, licensed or accredited by the appropriate Nigerian higher education-related organization offering at least three-year bachelor’s degrees or postgraduate master’s or doctoral degrees delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, non-distance education format.

UniRank aims to provide a non-academic League Table of the top Nigerian Universities and Colleges based on valid, unbiased and non-influenceable web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources rather than data submitted by the Universities themselves.

For the University of Port Harcourt to dust notable institutions like UNN, UI, UNILAG, OAU etc all established many years ago, is evident that the VC., Prof Georgewill is not only a trailblazer but an extraordinary administrator with a massive degree of competence.

Proverbs 29:2 tells us more about Prof Georgewill and the force behind his style of Administration:

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

Prof. Owunari Georgewill exemplified the foregoing of a righteous man in leadership. Both the students, the academics, the non-academics and the host communities, even the general public are rejoicing under the administration of Georgewill in UniPort. Never has it been so in the annals of that ivory tower. Do you know why?

Because a Godly who understands the epistemology cum logic of university administration is the the saddle. Not only is he humane but also, has infectious humility. The Vice Chancellorship is just a stepping stone for him, for he has acquitted himself creditable!

To the Dean of Students Affairs of the University Professor Chima Chibuike Wokeocha stated as follows, the incredible impact Prof. Owunari has made in his field is enormous. His achievements are a reflection of his talent, dedication, and resilience. Recognizing his tireless efforts and impressive accomplishments. the Dean of Student Affairs describes the Vice Chancellor as a role model whose success story motivates people to strive for excellence. He stands out as an exceptional leader whose love and care of both Staff and students is infectious no matter the position of anybody the fact remains that Prof Georgewill is doing great in university of Port Harcourt

Look at the present hardship facing us as a nation, Prof Georgewill as a caring father instituted a scholarship for some indigent student in collaboration with his twin brother, Justice Biobele Georgewill.

Apart from this, he ensured that the university provided students with foodstuffs to help reduce the effect of the harsh economy on them.

Looking at the economic situation where so many students of the university lack food stuff due to the economy, the Vice Chancellor set up a team that will be going from the hostel to the hostel to play a lucky dip game where any student who picks an item like a Rice pack, noodles pack or Tea pack will get the items which can last the students for at least a month

It’s more like palliatives. It is entirely free and his main target is to provide at least 100 students in each hostel of the university.’

This act is the highest demonstration of love that I have ever seen amongst human beings.”

BUT WHO IS THIS AMAZING VICE CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT

Prof Owunari Abraham Georgewill, KSC, FRSB, London, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, an erudite scholar, a respected administrator, author of repute with several publications to his credit.

Throwing more light on the person and personality of Georgewill, Comrade Kenson Ibialabo-Briggs, the author of A Journey into the Creeks described Georgewill thus: “He is a man humble and kindhearted. An encounter with him will let you know his nature and true character. Very intelligent, yet doesn’t pride in his achievements. Befriends all, and his relationship cuts across status, levels and lines. He relates freely with the poor as much as he does with the rich. To him, life is just a passing phase and every opportunity given to you should be used to make living better for others and society. He is a man with great vision and passion for the educational advancement of the society.”

Prof Owunari A. Georgewill, who hails from Abonnema, Rivers State, graduated with upper division second-class honours, from the University of Port Harcourt Medical School in 1990, and proceeded to do his horsemanship at the UPTH after which he did his NYSC in Edo State. He began residency training in 1993 and was employed as Lecturer 2 in Pharmacology in 1994. He also obtained a master’s degree in pharmacology and became a professor of pharmacology on May 4, 2010. He also holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Master of Science in Pharmacology and a Doctorate of Medicine in Pharmacology and Toxicology among other qualifications. He is a professor of pharmacology, researcher and administrator.

Services to UNIPORT

In 2010, he was appointed Dean, the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, at NDU.

In 2012, he was elected deputy provost of UNIPORT Medical School.

In 2013, he was voted into the Governing Council of UNIPORT as Congregation Representative.

He has published a book, Reasoning in Drug Biology, over 50 original articles in many journals, over 15 abstracts and several research works which took him to many places, including Harvard.

And by Prof Georgewill’s membership for four years (2013-2017) of the Governing Council of Uniport, playing significant role in the affairs of the university and in addition to having served as member of council, Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of Niger Delta University (2010-2011), deputy Provost of the College of Health Sciences of Uniport (2012-2015) as well as Associate Dean, Students Affairs (2000-2006) and acting Head of Department of Pharmacology (2006-2008). In all these positions stated above, his exceptional performance and the results were well documented.

Earlier, he was trusted to serve in the Finance and General Purpose Committee of the council, Campus Security Committee of the council, Appeals Committee of the council, Board of Cordec/University Bottling Company, chairman/member, Senate ad-hoc committees; chairman, board of UDPS; chairman, Post-graduate verification committee; member, Board of the Graduate School.

Others were: Chairman, of Departmental Graduate Board; chairman/member of faculty boards; member of the University Senate since 2010; member, of Board of the College of Health Sciences, UNIPORT and NDU; chairman/member, of Nigeria University Commission accreditation terms to universities; resource person to Nigerian Senate on Education summit; consultant to Senate Committee on Education; member of panel on Commonwealth scholarship plan of Federal Ministry of education, etc.

Membership of International Bodies

He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Biology, London; a Member of the International Association of Medical Educators, USA; a Member, the Society of Pediatric Oncologists, Italy; the American Society of Neurochemistry; the West African Society of Pharmacology; Nigerian Medical Association; the Specialist Medical Doctors in Academia; Indian Society of Pharmacology; World Academy of Science; Research-in-Medicine Society; National Cancer Investigation in UK; World Health Workers without Borders; West African Society of Toxicology and fellow, Institute of Industrial Administrators..

In 2015, he served as a commissioner, of the Rivers State Commission of Enquiry. Currently, he is a member of the editorial board of the Asian Pacific Journal.

Multiple Awards

Justice of Peace, 2002, by Dr Peter Odili, then governor of Rivers State.

Knighthood of St Christopher, Niger Delta Diocese of the Anglican Communion, 2008.

Kalabari Chieftaincy in the Abonnema Council of Chiefs, 2009.

Rotaract Club of Port Harcourt Township: Award of Excellent Service, 2015.

Rotaract Club of COE, St John’s: Award of excellence in professional service, 2006.

St Clement’s Anglican Youth Fellowship, Degema: Patrons Shield for service to God and humanity, 2005.

Niger Delta Diocese, Anglican Communion: Service Award in recognition of service and show of love to the Diocese and the Bishop, an epistle written in the hearts of men 2010.

St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Abonnema: Distinguish Service Award for service to God and humanity 2013.

Association of Biochemistry/Chemistry Tech: Award of Patron for vast experience and benevolence service as a sign of confidence as a good leader 2019.

National Association of Biomedical Students: Award of Excellence for generosity, philanthropy, fatherly service and benevolence to students at large 2019.

Port Harcourt University Medical Students: Honours Roll 2019

Grand Nigerian Youth in Ghana: Honour as Patron 2019.

Nyemoni Grammar School Abonnema Old Boys 81 class: Commendation for professional achievements and doyen of prestigious class, 2019

Kalabari Kengema Ikia Ogbo of Abonnema: Award of Excellence as a worthy medical icon of good service for contributions to the development of the Abonnema community over the years 2012.

Port Harcourt Rotary Club: Conferment of Honorary membership for service to God and humanity, 2014.

International Institute of Professional Security: Best security supporting personality, South-south, 2014

The York City Choir Abonnema: Living Legend of Music Award for assistance and encouragement to choristers and the church of Christ, 2011.

Man ‘O’ War, University of Port Harcourt Command: Award of Excellence for remarkable contribution to humanity and the command, 2005.

Port Harcourt University Medical Association and Port Harcourt University Medical Graduates Association: Distinguished Alumnus Award for inspiring and contributing to the sustenance of PUMSA and its alumni association, PUMGRADA, 2017.

Nigeria Red Cross: Special award as a life member in recognition for contributions to society and humanity, 2013.

National Union of Izon Ibe, Ijaw Worldwide: Award of Excellence for contributions to the enhancement of education in Ijaw Nation, 2018.

National Union of Rivers State Students: Award of most student-friendly-lecturer, for unending quest to improve the lives of Nigerian youth through various educational support and empowerment 2019.

Youth Leadership Network of Nigeria: Certificate of recognition for Meritorious service, sterling leadership qualities and positive contributions to development, 2018.

St Mark’s Anglican Church, Alakahia: Macedonian Award, 2019.

League of African Development: Merit award of excellence for 2019 distinguished African Patriots’ service as African Patriotic Personality of the Year 2019, in recognition of outstanding patriotism, immense contribution to the African quest for development, and service to God, humanity and Africa 2019.

Snooker Section Senior Staff Club, University of Port Harcourt: Snooker merit award, 2018

Association of Nigeria Authors: Conferment of honorary membership of the association, 2018

Partum Awards recognising creative individuals and organisations creme de la creme awards: Award of Excellence for sterling performance and contributions towards the development of UNIPORT, 2019.

Ghana-Nigeria Awards 2019: Impactful Personality in Health award for great achievements, effective leadership, passion for humanity and consistent efforts in being a positive role model to young people across the world 2019.

FURTHER FEATS BY PROF GEORGEWILL

Prof. Georgewill, while taking stock of the journey so far for UNIPORT under his headship, said the career structure he inherited on the assumption of office defectively restrained some staff of the institution from gaining career progression demoralized those affected.

According to the Professor of Pharmacology, “the career structure of this university has been in the backline for more than fifteen, sixteen years. The old structure was such that some staff didn’t have where to climb to. They get to a point where they’re stuck, with no career channel to progress on.

“We realised the challenge and said it was not good enough. We ensure that all necessary actions and decisions were taken and the varsity now has a new career structure which has well been approved, stimulating opportunities of growth for staff in various career pacts.”

Among other achievements since taking over a few years ago, the UNIPORT VC listed a weekly information update on the varsity, delivery of more infrastructures, a partnership agreement with foreign universities, global partnership on tackling climate change, improved cohesion among management, governing council, senate, staff and students, all of which, he said, has made running the school easier than it could have been.

Worthy of note is the addition of two new faculties to the list of programs offered by the university -the Faculty of Computing and the Faculty of Media and Communication Studies.

On the issue of climate change which poses danger to our world, the VC said the university is working with local and international partners to tackle the menace, including flood and other forms of natural disaster ravaging our planet and particularly, Nigeria.

Under his watch, the University of Port Harcourt has won various local and international Laurels and awards becoming the champion of the 2022 Nigeria Universities Games Association, NUGA held at the University of Lagos.

Still under the inspiring leadership of Prof. Owunari, the University today can boast of an exquisite Guest House at Abuja situated at 6 Harare street, Wuse 1, Abuja.

SOME OF THE FEATS BY PROF GEORGEWILL THAT PLACED HIM AHEAD OF HIS PEARS

His administration was able to attract quantifiable projects to the University which inter alia include:

a. Perimeter fencing at the Senate Building

b. Ongoing construction of the Social Science Annex building

c. Rectifying damages at various blocks and buildings within the three campuses which were caused by the heavy rain fall on Monday 18th April, 2022.

d. University of Port Harcourt was amongst eight universities by the Head of Chancery, Nigerian Embassy, Canada for a meeting with a delegation from University of Ottawa for possible collaborations.

e. For the purposes of ease of identification, the University carried out labeling of offices of Principal Officers of the University.

f. A world class convocation arena currently nearing completion.

g. Under the administration of Prof. Georgewill Dr. Obari Gomba of the Department of English Studies won the Pan-African Writers Association (PAWA) Poetry Prize and emerged as Africa’s Best English Poet.

The University participated in an International Conference on Continental Educational Strategy for Africa CESA-16-25 to deliberate on National Research and Educational Networks in Africa. The programme which held in Nairobi Kenya, was organized by the Association of African Universities.

Another great feat was the gold medals won by the University Debate Club at the just concluded National Debate which held in Kwara State.

An on-the-spot assessment of the ongoing Phase II of Faculty of Social Science building, Unipark was carried out.

Embarked on giving a facelift to the Senate Building and Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium.

Accreditation for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSN) by the Accreditation Team from National Universities Commission was successfully executed

The following projects was inspected

a) Prototype building at Ghana-Ama

b) Demolition of abandoned hostels (Aminu Kano Extension and Kwame Nkrumah Medical Hostels) at Choba Campus

c) Renovation and Furnishing of the Pro Chancellor’s lodge

d) Renovation and Furnishing of the Council Chambers

e) The provision of borehole at the School of Science Laboratory Technology

f) The supply of 250 units of chairs at the ICTC

g) Renovation of Senate Chambers

I must commend Prof. Owunari for the very many feats recorded within the short period he has held sway as VC and tasked him not to relent in his efforts to break new grounds and give the institution a pride of place in the comity of varsities in Nigeria and beyond.

And called for more support from staff and students alike to enable the VC achieve more for the institution and Nigeria.

BUT WHO TRULY IS PROF OWUNARI ABRAHAM GEORGEWILL

Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill a unique personality attended Bishop Crowder Memorial School, Abonnema between 1970 and 1976 and obtained a credit pass in the First Leaving School Certificate Examination. He then proceeded to the Nyemoni Grammar School also in Abonnema where he obtained his G.C.E “O” Level certificate in 1981 in flying colours. His quest for higher education, took him to the University of Port Harcourt to study Medicine. In 1987, he graduated with Second Class Honours Upper Division B.Med. Sc. degree in Pharmacology. His diligence and hardworking nature earned him the nickname “Prof” as early as his secondyear of undergraduate study. In 1990, he obtained the MBBS degree of the University of Port Harcourt.He did his housemanship at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital before proceeding to Edo State for his one year National Youth Service as Medical Officer at the Specialist Hospital, Ossiomo. In 1993, he commenced residency training as a Registrar in the Department of Internal Medicine, UPTH. In 1994, on the leading of his teacher and mentor, Professor Reginald Nwairegbu Pawa Nwankwoala of blessed memory, he applied and was employed as a Lecturer II in Pharmacology after a successful interview.He rose through the ranks and was promoted to the rank of a Professor of Pharmacology on May, 4, 2010 at age 44. He also holds the MScdegreeinPharmacology and the MD degree of the University of Port Harcourt. Professor Owunari Georgewill has served the Department of Pharmacology, the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, the College of Health Sciences and the University of Port Harcourt in various capacities:

As examination Officer in the Department of Pharmacology, He supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Department. He has served as Acting Head of Department, Pharmacology and Associate Dean of Students Affairs, member, Hostel Maintenance Committee, Students welfare committee, medical Officer, Team Uniport, Deputy Team Leader Team Uniport at WAUG in Kumasi, Ghana and Quaquadugo, Burkina Faso. He served as Board Chairman UDPS Governing Board. In all these positions, he discharged his duties creditably.

Professor Owunari Georgewill is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology London member International Association of Medical Educators USA, member Society of Peadiatric oncologist Italy, member American Society of neurochemistry, member of the West African Society of Pharmocology, member Nigerian Medical Association, member Association of specialist medical doctors in academia, member Indian society of Pharmacology, member The world academy of science, member Research in medicines society, member National cancer investigation society UK, member world health workers without borders, member West African society of Toxicology, Fellow institute of industrial administrators. He is a friend to the New York Academy of Medicine and the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Owunari Georgewill has also served his community Abonnema, his State, Rivers State, his Professional Associations NigeriaMedical Association and the West African Society of Pharmacology in various capacities. He was appointed Justice of Peace by the Rivers State Government in 2002. He has served as Assistant Secretary General NMA, R/S, Editorial Board member,

Journal of the WASP, Secretary, Board of Governors, Comprehensive Secondary School, Abonnema, and Executive Adviser on Health, AKULGA. In 2015, he served as Honorable Commissioner in Rivers State Commission of Enquiry.

He is a reviewer of Pharmacology articles for many journals. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine.

In 2010, Professor Owunari Georgewill was appointed Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Niger Delta University, where

He served creditably during his tour of duty there. In February, 2012 he was elected, Deputy Provost, College of Health Sciences of this University. In 2013, he was voted into the Governing Council of the University of Port Harcourt as Congregation Represntative where he served in various committes of council including the Finance and General purpose committee F&GPC.

On the National arena, Professor Owunari Georgewill, served as Chairman, Syndicate session on UBE in National Education

Summit, organized by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Abuja in 2008. He served as member of Technical Committee for the Senate Committee of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Education between 2008 and 2009. He was a Resource Person at the National Education Conference organized by the Senate Committee on Education in conjunction with SIGNIP promotions in Abuja in March 2010. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria.

Professor Owunari Georgewill’s engagement in research activity began in 1987 and has culminated in the writing of a textbook

in Pharmacology: “Reasoning in Drug Biology”, and contribution of Chapters to text books on Pharmacology. He has over 50 original articles in Peer Reviewed, Local, Regional and Foreign indexed Journals. He has over 15 abstracts, published in conference

proceedings.

His research activities has taken him through the university of Texas in Houston, the MD Anderson cancer centre in Houston, the faculty of medicsl sciences university of Newcastle upon Tyne Uk, Cancer research centre London, German cancer research centre Heidelberg Germany , School of Tropical medicine Liverpool, Department of pharmacology university of Liverpool, New york academy of medicine NY, Department of pharmacology university of Birmingham, Harvard mefical school Boston, University of Ontario, Canada, University of Bradford UK amongst others.

He has served as external examiner in MBBS, MSc and PhD examinations In many universities In Nigeria.

Professor Owunari Georgewill is happily married to his lovely wife Dr. (Mrs.) Udeme O. Georgewill, a lecturer also in the Department of Pharmacology. He has 4 children, Barrister Melford, Miss Tamunoemi, Miss Tamunodein and Miss Tamunobakam. He loves his wife, his twin sibling Hon. Justice Biobele A. Georgewill and his children dearly.

He is a devout Christian of the Anglican Communion. He is a licensed lay reader and a Knight of St. Christopher. In 2009, in recognition of his invaluable services to his community, he was installed a Chief in the Otaji group of houses of Abonnema Council of Chiefs. Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill, an erudite scholar, an academic colossus, an achiever per excellence, a Knight of St. Christopher, a lover of God, a loving husband, a doting father of four, a Justice of Peace, a traditional ruler, a Pharmacologist, a toxicologist per excellence, a politician, a great and unique set of twin, a humble and unassuming academic.

GOODWILL BIRTHDAY MESSAGES FROM FRIENDS:

1.:” I celebrate with you both on your new age Sirs as I wish you both a long life much more sound health and prosperity. Happy birthday to you both brave men an icon of our time, a great leaders we look up to. Happy birthday to you both Sir. From Mr Elvis Olungweonwi

2.” A very happy birthday to two powerful duo. Wishing them many happy returns of the day.

May the Lord continue to overshadow their lives with his blessings and cause them to soar higher and higher in Jesus Name-Amen.” Ajibo Doris Nnenna

3″ For I know my plans for you’ Says the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future”(Jeremiah 29.11). HAPPY GLORIOUS BIRTHDAY TO US AMEN.From the Twins

4.” At 59 years old. We are in the hollow of God’s Hands. In the hollow of His Hands. We are safe whatever may betide us. In the hollows of His hands Amen. Amen and Amen.From the Twins

5  A  beautiful Birthday T-shirts designed in Sierra Leone titled, “DIGITAL TWINS’.with the message , “Wow! All the way from Freetown, Sierra Leone to the Unique Georgewill twins! To God be all the Glory Amen”

Recall that Justice GEORGEWILL once served there for two years as Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that investigated the former President of Sierra Leone Dr Ernest Bai Koroma from 2019 – 2020

THE TWIN REACTS:

“We grew up in our village Abonnema after we relocated from Lagos due to the death of our father who was the bread winner of the family when we were less than one year old. Life was difficult as growing up kids with no support save for the determined belief of mum and grandma that their little twin sons must be educated no matter what it takes even if means selling their priced possessions.

We were introduced early to the knowledge of God and christianity by our mum and grandma. We went through various stages of education solely depending upon God as we worked hard to make good grades despite the huge challenges that faced us. People gave to us. God granted us favour too.

The circumstances of our upbringing made us to realise early in life that many people like us out there need others to give to make them achieve their dreams. This is the origin of the spirit of giving in our lives that grew from little giving to substantial giving to people churches organisations etcetera.

We give in obedience to God’s word that instruct us to give and be given back in good measures shaken together and running over. We give out of compassion for the needy. We give out of our desire to make people happy. We give out of our desire to make people smile. We give out of our desire to make people achieve their dreams. We give out of our desire to see organisations such as churches, schools, hospitals and communities meet their needs to provide services and transform people. We give because we are not interested in primitive accumulation of wealth. We give and God gives more than we give. We give and God blesses us tremendously. The prayers of the receivers availeth much. We give because it is more blessed to give than to receive. We give when we have little. We give when we have much. Testimonies abound in people and organisations such as schools, hospitals and communities who had and are receiving from us. The joys we get out of giving cannot be quantified.” Sir Chief Hon Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill JCA and Sir Chief Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill

APPRECIATION BY THE TWINS:

“We are grateful to you all for all your kind words and best wishes on our birthday. May God be continuously kind to you and all yours Amen. Sir Chief Hon Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill JCA and Sir Chief Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill

In thesame vein, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the Holy Spirit for granting me the Grace and wisdom to embark upon this not minding my health condition

To my wonderful daughter, Monica Chidinma Ada Chukwuemeka-Elechi who spent all night with me to type out most of the messages contained in this Treatise and of course my PA who stood by to ensure that all went very well

I couldn’t conclude this without thanking my wife who endured with me while working on this

Thanks my dear Tony John and Prof Chima Chibuike Wokeocha for your inputs

To the Publishers that will get this published, I pray God to bless you all for me.

I appreciate. Thanks 🙏

Conclusion

Let me formally conclude this treatise by stating that my good friends Chief Sir Professor Owunari Georgewill has served at the highest decision making organ of the University of Port Harcourt governing council, while his twin brother, Chief Sir Hon Justice Biobele served as a panelist in Commission of Inquiry, Freetown. They have occupied distinctive positions in the University of Port Harcourt and in the Judiciary (local and international) respectively.

I must proudly state that Nigeria, Rivers State and kalabari kingdown in particular is blessed to have such men of impeccable qualities as sons and I am very lucky to have such great minds as a friends.

As I join friends, brothers and associates to celebrate this World’s most celebrated Twins, I pray God to grant them more fruitful years for better services to humanity.

Eze Chukwuemeka Eze is a Port Harcourt based Media Consultant & can be reached on: ezemediaconcept2020@gmail.com or 08022049770.

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