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Wachuku, Jaja Anucha

Born: 1918 AD
Died: 1996 AD

1918 – Born in Nbawsi, Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria on Tuesday Ist January. 

1939-1943 – Jaja Wachuku was Secretary of the Association of Students of African Descent (ASAD) in Ireland.

Wachuku was the First African Laureate in Oratory of the Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

1941 – He was elected as Executve Member of the College Historical Society.

1943 –  Wachuku represented University of Dublin during the Inter-University Debate held at University of Durham.

1944 – He was called to the Irish bar association Kings Inn.

1939-1943 – Jaja Wachuku was Secretary of the Association of Students of African Descent (ASAD) in Ireland.

1943-1945 – Wachuku was founder, organizer and secretary of the Dublin International Club.

1944 – He was elected President of the Association of Students of African Descent (ASAD) in Ireland.

1945 – He represented ASAD at the fifth Pan-African Congress held in Manchester, England.

1945-1947 – He was president of the Club.

1947 – Wachuku returned to Nigeria.

1947 – Wachuku was Legal and Constitutional Adviser to the National Council of Nigeria and Camerouns

(NCNC).

1948-1952 – He was the First Regional Director of the African Continental Bank [ACB].

1949 – He founded a radical Youth Movement, the New Africa Party [NAP].

1950 – Affiliated it to the National Council of Nigeria and Camerouns [NCNC].

1951 – Jaja Anucha Wachuku married Rhoda Idu Oona Onumonu.

1949-1952 – He was a Member of the Ngwa Native Authority, Okpuala Ngwa.

1951 – He entered regional politics and was elected Second Member for Aba Division in the Eastern Nigeria

House of Assembly.

1957 – Wachuku became Deputy Leader of opposition when he joined the NCNC.

1958-1959 – Wachuku was Chairman of the Business Committee in the House of Representatives.

1959 – He was a Board member of the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria [ECN].

1959-1960 – Jaja Wachuku was First Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives.

1960-1961 – Wachuku was the First Ambassador and Permanent Delegate or Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York.

He was Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Economic Development.

1961-1965 – Wachuku was the First Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations.

1965-1966 – Wachuku was Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation.

1979-1984 – Jaja Wachuku was elected Senator representing Aba Senatorial Zone of Africa’s most populous country.

1983 – He was re-elected to the Nigerian Senate.

1996 – Jaja Anucha Wachuku died 7th of November at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu.