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Welcome to our list of Idoma sons and daughters who have made us proud. You can click here to suggest a name you think should be listed here.

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1 Professor Shamsudeen Amali (OFR)

Professor Shamsudeen Onyilokwu Onche Amali was born on 29th January 1947 Upu in Otukpo Local Government Area to the family of Mallam Aliyu Amali. Prof. Amali attended University of Ibadan from 1966 to 1970 where he graduated with B.A (Honours) in English and attended University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA from 1972 to 1976 for his PhD in Theatre and Drama.

2 Professor Michael Umale Adikwu

Professor Michael Umale Adikwu was born on 19th April 1963 in Amejo, Okpokwu Local Government Area. He started his education at St. Paul’s Primary School, Utonkon between 1970 and 1975 before proceeding to Federal Government College, Jos in 1976. In 1981, Professor Adikwu graduated from high school as the overall best student at Federal Government College, Jos and in same year he gained admission to University of Nigeria, Nsukka to read Pharmacy.

3 Professor Jonah Isawa Elaigwu

Professor Jonah Isawa Elaigwu was born on 10th March 1948 and attended Methodist Central School, Otukpo between 1954 and 1960. After his primary school, he proceeded to Benue Provincial Secondary School, Katsina-Ala in 1961. Upon successful completion of his O' Levels in 1965, he attended King’s College Lagos, from 1966 to 1967, where he got his A' Levels.

4 Prof. Robert Gelston Armstrong (Late)

Late Professor Robert Gelston Armstrong, Odejo K’Idoma, was born on 29th June 1917 in Danville, Indiana, USA and attended Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, graduating in 1934.Armstrong’s love for languages was apparent in High School and by the time he left Western Hills, 17 year old Armstrong had a good understanding of Latin, French & German. He then proceeded to Miami University, Oxford, Ohio where he graduated in 1938 with a major in Economics and a minor in Sociology.

5 Peter Ogbu Okwoche

Peter Ogbu Okwoche is a well known international broadcaster from Nigeria. He was born in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in Nigeria, on 18th September 1968. His Parents are Oga Okwoche, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to France and Chief Mrs Inori Okwoche.

6 Mohammed Acha (Late)

Late Mohammed Acha was born on 21st July 1974 and had his education in Otukpo at St. Francis Primary School and Government Secondary School (GSS) before proceeding to Vincennes Junior College in Indiana and Costal Carolina University in South Carolina.

7 Innocent Ujah Idibia (2Face)

Innocent Ujah Idibia better known as 2Face, was born in Jos on 18th September 1975 to Michael & Rose Idibia. 2Face had his O’ Levels from Mount Saint Gabriel's Secondary Makurdi in 1992 and also attended the one year pre-degree remedial programme at University of Jos in 1994.

8 Godwin Odumu Obla, SAN, FCIArb

27th November 1962 in Kaduna was an exciting day in Joseph Obla’s household as his lovely wife, Mami, gave birth to their 5th child, a son he would name Godwin Odumu Obla. While Joseph, a Warrant Officer in the Nigerian Army, had hoped Godwin will grow up to be a good man, little did he know that his 5th son would become the pride of the whole Idoma Land.

9 Gabriel Amanyi (Terry G)

Gabriel Oche Amanyi aka “Terry G”, the first child of four children born to Lagos based clergy parents, attended Starfield Educational Centre in Lagos but due to financial constraints could not further his education.

10 Ene Oloja

Born in Nigeria in 1957, Ene Oloja is the first of eleven children born to Chief & Mrs. Oloja. She pursued her academic education with vigor and enthusiasm, always coming out top of her class from elementary to High School, earning the support and love of her teachers, and the respect and admiration of her peers. She played High School sports and was involved in the Dramatic and Debating clubs, competing and winning against opponents statewide.

11 Dr. Edwin Ogbu

HRH, Dr Edwin Ogebe Ogbu was born on 28th December 1926 to Chief Ogbu Iyanga, the paramount Chief of Utonkon and Mrs Eje Ogbu. He attended primary schools in Utonkon and Igumale before proceeding to the famous Methodist College Uzuakoli in 1938 where he excelled and came out with division one in the Cambridge School Certificate Examination (one of the precursors to modern day Senior School Certificate Examination) in 1945.

12 Dr Roy Clive Abraham (Late)

Late Dr Roy Clive Abraham was born on 16th December 1890 in Melbourne Australia and had his early education at University College London Preparatory School (now University College School); Clifton College, Bristol  and Heidelberg College.


13 Dr Edwin Idoko Obe (Late)

Late Dr Edwin Idoko Obe (Osonyenta K’Idoma and Odejo Owukpa) was born on 3rd April 1937 in Ai’Roga, Itabono-Owukpa and began his primary education in Otukpo in 1942 following the relocation by his family from Owukpa to Otukpo a couple of years earlier.

14 Daniel Amokachi

Daniel Owefin Amokachi, the Nigerian living football legend, was born in Kaduna on 30th December 1972 to Mr. Ikwulechin Amokachi who hails from Otukpa in Ogbadibo Local Government Area. Amokachi aka "The Bull" came to national limelight in 1988 when he broke into the first team at Ranchers Bees FC of Kaduna in the second half of the 1988 Nigeria Division One League Football season.

15 Brigadier Emmanuel E Ikwue

Brigadier Emmanuel Ebije Ikwue was born on 6th June 1940 in Otukpo, Benue State. He attended the Methodist Central School Otukpo after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Military School from 1954 to 1958. He enlisted into the Nigerian Army and was sent for training as a member of Course 11, Regular Officers Special Training School Teshie, Accra, Ghana (1958 – 1959). Thereafter he attended the Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot England and Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (1959).

16 Bongos Ikwue

Bongos Ikwue, the music legend was born in Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria, on the 6th of June 1942. In 1956, he attended St, Paul’s Secondary school in Zaria, Nigeria, where his friends called him “Forge” because he was always making up (forging) and singing his own songs.

17 Augustine Ahmedu (BlackFace Naija)

Augustine Ahmedu also known as BlackFace Naija was born in Obalende Lagos in 1974. He completed his early education at Army Children School Otukpo in 1974 and had his O’ Levels from Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School Makurdi in 1991. In 1996, he graduated from Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu with a National Diploma (ND) in Business Administration and Management.