March 1, 1932 – June 10, 2020

James Nwoye Adichie

(Odelu Ora Abba)

Emeritus Professor of the University of Nigeria 

“The Children and I adore him”- Grace Ifeoma Adichie 

James Nwoye Adichie,the adored –

Husband of Grace.

Father of Ijeoma, Uche, Chuks, Okey, Chimamanda and Kene.

Grandfather of Toks, Chisom, Amaka, Chinedum, Kamsi, Arinze, Chimkasi, Munachino and Obidike.

Father-in-law of Obi, Sonny, Tinuke, Oluchi and Ivara.

Uncle of Rose, Nneka, Chimaobi, Amaka, Chioma, Ugonwa

He was born in Abba, Anambra State, on March 1, 1932, the first of David and Agnes Adichie’s three children.

He studied Mathematics at Ibadan and got his PhD in Statistics from Berkeley, later becoming Nigeria’s first professor of Statistics.

He married Grace Ifeoma Odigwe in April 1963. They had six children.

His dedicated life’s work was at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he was, at various times: Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences, and Head of the Department of Statistics. What mattered to him most was teaching.

He helped establish the National Mathematical Center and worked at the Federal Office of Statistics in Abuja.

He was a devout Roman Catholic and a titled Igbo man (Odelu Ora Abba) deeply committed to his community.

For those who knew him, these words will forever recur: integrity, wise, honest, thoughtful, loving, strong, quiet, principled, simple, kind.