History was made Wednesday, September 27, 2006 when another Nigerian in the Diaspora was honoured with another American award. "The 2006 congressional Medal of Distinction" award was given to Peter Uchenna Nwangwu. Prior to this award, he was awarded the 2005 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal by the National Republican Congressional Committee, as well as the "Businessman of the Year 2005, by the Business Advisory Council.
Nwangwu is a Nigerian-American, originally from Ogidi in Anambra State, Nigeria. Though he lived in Midland, Texas, home of President George Bush, he is home in Nigeria as the executive assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He was selected for the awards based on unyielding support of the Republican Party, outstanding leadership in business, several inventions in the fields of medicine and pharmacology, and contributions to the local economy. He is one of the 12 men in the United States selected for .... more
Nwangwu: Practicing Pharmacology With Distinction
Prof. Nwangwu, is a highly educated Nigerian-American, with two earned doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska, who has lived in the United States for 34 years. In a recent book, The Nigerian-Americans, by Prof. Ogbaa, Prof Nwangwu, along with Hakeem Olajuwon and Philip Emeagwali, were among the top 12 Nigerians who were selected and documented to have made the most significant positive impact and contributions to the American society.
Prof. Nwangwu has previously received several honors and awards in the United States and Europe, including biographical listings in over 20 prestigious reference books such as, Men of Achievement, Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, World Book of Honor, The Marquis Who's Who in the World, The International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement, Personalities of America, Community Leaders of America, 5,000 Personalities of the World, Edition one, Two Thousand Notable Americans, International Book of Honor, The Directory of Distinguished Americans, International Who's Who of Professionals.
Prof. Nwangwu has made many remarkable achievements including the invention of two new techniques in pharmacology that are used widely worldwide, invention of seven new drugs that are patented in the United States,... more
UNN to Earn N14 Billion From Foundation
"University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is to earn a sum of N14 billion in two years from the establishment of a new foundation. According to UNN Alumni Public Relations Officer, Gozie Arazu, the University of Nigeria Research and Economic Development (UNRED) Foundation is the vehicle for realizing this enormous task to be driven by an executive assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chinedu Nebo and Prof. Peter Nwangwu.
Addressing the members of the university community, Nwangwu said "we shall do a new thing at the University of Nigeria, and that is to raise N14 billion in two years."
Already incorporated in the United States of America as a non-profit corporation, UNRED is envisaged to invest its funds in productive ventures that will ensure financial stability for the university.
Among its areas of focus include the establishment of an industrial park, developing partnerships between the university and industrial concerns by commercialising research findings and revitalising on-going and projected research..." more
The healthcare project for Nigeria
"It was while I served at St. John’s University, New York in the early 80’s that I became especially troubled
about the state of healthcare services in Nigeria. At first I felt quite helpless about the scope and magnitude of the problem. But I eventually decided to pursue an idea that I felt would make significant contribution to alleviation of the problem. As you can appreciate, the key to making any significant and lasting impact on the problems of healthcare in Nigeria is having a dependable source of large sums of money – not just for the development of the proper healthcare infrastructure, but also for the perpetual maintenance of the infrastructure. I decided to set up a modern drug manufacturing company which will have the capacity to earn significant sums of money, and the sensitivity to commit the profits from this enterprise to the development of the healthcare sector in Nigeria..." more
Revamping university education system
As a graduate student at the University
of Nebraska Medical Centre,
I was in my laboratory working on
my research project until 2:00a.m
in the early morning sometimes,
without any interruption whatsoever
with supply of electricity, water,
etc., and no concern about security
or safety. In Nigeria, when the light
goes off, you are compelled to go
home, while your colleagues in laboratories
in the civilised world are
busy working. Most people in Nigerian
universities have become so
used to poor productivity from decadence
and poor infrastructure that
their brains suffer from disuse atrophy.
Some of these same men and
women, if placed in New York, London
or California, will be the engines
that drive research productivity
and research commercialisation... more
Creation of a robust university
In less than 10
years of proper infrastructure
and enabling environment for
students and staff, the University
of Nigeria will become the
most prestigious and productive
University in Nigeria. When it
becomes the number one university
in the nation, the certificates
of all alumni, including all
past alumni, will have more value
and prestige nationwide.
The university will also
become ranked among the
best in the world, which will
be a source of pride and honour
for all alumni worldwide.
If Harvard University
can become number one in the
world without government
funding, the University of
Nigeria can become number
one in Nigeria, and become
ranked among the best in the
world without government
funding, if we re-engineer
the university through proper
economic planning and sustained
economic development." more