Elechi Amadi
P.O. Box 331, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Phone (+234) 803 339 8036

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Name: Captain Elechi Amadi (rtd)  
Date of Birth: May 12, 1934  
  • Government College, Umuahia           1948 - 1952
  • Survey School, Oyo                             1953 - 1954
  • University College, Ibadan                 1955 - 1959
  • Institution of training and organisation development, University of Pittsburg and Brookings Institution                                                                            1977

  1. B.Sc. (London) Maths, Physics
  2. Land Survey Certificate


  • Former East Regional Government of Nigeria. 
    Land Surveyor (1959 - 1960)

  • Physics/Maths teacher in several schools 

  • Asa Grammar School
    Principal (1967 - 1968)
  • Rivers State Government
    Permanent Secretary  (1973 - 1983)
    • Responsibilities included the following:
      Construction of several standard secondary schools including Isaka, Emohua, Eneka, Isiokpo, etc.
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      Being sworn in as Commissioner for Education (Rivers State) by Governor Anthony Ukpo in 1987
  • Commissioner for Education (1987 - 1988)
    • Achievements included the following:
      • Set up pension schemes for University of Science and technology, College of Education and College of Arts and Science.
      • Set up Bori Polytechnic
      • Organised and supervised the first Junior WAEC in the state.  It  was fully computerized.

  • Commissioner for Lands and Housing (1989 - 1990)
    • Achievements included the following:
      • Built the Marine Base Housing Estate.
      • Set in progress the construction of the Aggrey Road Waterfront Housing Estate.
  • Rivers State College of Education
    Writer-in-Residence and Lecturer
    • Other Positions held included:
      • Dean of Arts
      • H.O.D. Literature
      • Director of General Studies
Military Service:
  • Peace Time
    Nigerian Military School, Zaria (1963 - 1966)

  • Civil War
    • Served with the 3rd marine Commandoes under Col. Benjamin Adekunle and later Col. Olusegun Obasanjo as:
    • Officer in 14th Brigade under Col. Innih in the Etche front.
    • Commandant, Port Harcourt Airport.
    • Military Administrative Secretary for Port Harcourt and the liberated environs.


  • Retired in the Rank of CAPTAIN.

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As a Federal Infantry Soldier during the Nigerian Civil War

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As a Captain in the Nigerian Army

Books Published:
  1. The Concubine (novel) London: Heinemann (1966)
    Used as WAEC Exam Text for 30 years

  2. The Great Ponds (novel) London: Heinemann (1969)

  3. The Slave (novel) London: Heinemann (1977)

  4. Estrangement (novel) London: Heinemann (1987)

  5. Isiburu (play) London: Heinemann (1973)

  6. Sunset in Biafra (war diary) London: Heinemann (1973)

  7. Peppersoup (play) Onibonoje: Ibadan (1977)
    Junior WAEC Text

  8. The Road to Ibadan (play) Onibonoje: Ibadan (1977)

  9. Dancer of Johannesburg (play) Onibonoje: Ibadan (1977)

  10. Ethics in Nigerian Culture (philosophy) London: Heinemann (1982)
    A University Text Book

  11. The Woman of Calabar (play) Gitelle Press, Port Harcourt (2002)

  12. Speaking and Singing (Essays and Poems) University of Port Harcourt Press (2003)

Books Published About Me:
  • Elechi Amadi: The Man and his Work
    Prof. Ebele Eko(Essays and Poems) Pub. Kraft Books Ltd. - P.O. Box 2963, Yaba, Lagos.
  • Elechi Amadi at 55
    Ed. Prof. Ebele Eko and Prof. W. Feuser 
    Heinemann Educational Books - 1, Ighodaro Road, P.M.B 5205, Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Rivers State Silver Jubilee Merit Award (1992)

  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Education, honoris causa awarded by Rivers State University of Science and Technology (2003)

  • Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Education (2003)

  • Member of the Order off the Federal Republic (MFR) - 2003

Membership of Associations:
Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors (Rivers State Branch)


Billiards, writing and literary activities, piano playing.

Marital Status:

Married with Children
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