Professor Chukuka Okonjo, the father of the World Trade Organisation’s Director-General, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is dead.
In a statement by the WTO’s Director-General, on behalf of the family on Monday, said the immediate past Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State died at the age of 91.
“On behalf of my siblings and relatives of the Umu Obi Obahai Royal Family of Ogwashi-Uku, I announce the passing of my father, Obi Professor Chukuka Okonjo, the immediate past Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State at the age of 91.
“He died in Lagos soon after he arrived from a trip to the United States of America and Ghana.
“We are immensely grateful that his last moments were peaceful and that he died the same way he lived his life – with quiet dignity,” he said in the statement.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala said her father was an accomplished man on so many levels, “a highly respected academic, international public servant, university administrator, intellectual and traditional ruler.”
The late Obi held a BSc in Mathematics, London, UK; MSc in Mathematics, Erlangen, Germany; MSc in Economics, Erlangen, Germany and PhD in Mathematical Statistics, Cologne, Germany.
In the course of his career, he served in many positions.