Who’s Who: Michael C. K. Awa

Michael M. C. Awa

Michael C. K. Awa, P.E., was born in Eha- Amufu, Isi- Uzo Local Government Area, Enugu State, Nigeria, to Late Mr. and Mrs. Young Kalu Obiansi Awa of Umuobasi Amankalu Igbere, Bende L.G.A. Abia State, who passed onto Glory on September 10, 1973 and November 15, 2004, respectively.

EDUCATION
MCK attended the Local Authority Primary School Eha-Amufu from 1966 to 1967 that was disrupted by the Nigerian civil war. He went back in January 1971 to complete his primary education at Union Central School (Former Saint Philips Primary School). He had a double promotion in 1972 that made it possible for him to do elementary three and four in one year. He finished his elementary school in 1974 with credit pass in the First School Leaving Examination.

He was admitted into Federal Government College Enugu in 1974. He served as a captain for three and half years (Form I to Form IV), the Editor-in-Chief of the school Press Club, (Form IV-V), Peace House football second goal keeper, two hundred meters school champion 1975/76 academic year, a member of the 1975/76 East Central State Secondary School Intermediate 4×100 meter relay team champion.  He completed his secondary education in 1979 and passed the West African School Certificate / General Certificate of Education.   His tertiary education was at University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN). He was admitted into UNN in 1980 to study civil engineering. While waiting for his admission he spent one year doing his “Lower Six”, that is Higher School Certificate in Federal Government College Kano.

At University of Nigeria Nsukka, he served as the future editor and later the President of Undergraduate Press Club, the publisher of Pandemonium “ panda’’ in 1983, and 1984/85 respectively. He was elected in 1984, the Project Coordinator of Civil Engineering students of the University. This recorded the most active and result oriented period of this office. In his first year he was honored for honesty as the highest “ ragger’’ in Hall D, Zik’s Flat Hostels because he returned all the money that he raised as Williams Club one of the clubs in the University at the same time. He graduated with Honor (B.Eng.) in civil engineering 1985. In 1986, he did his National Youth Service in the then Bendel State, part of which is now Delta State, teaching mathematics, in Ibru College, Agbara- Otor and served as the Youth Corper civil engineer for the community development.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
He secured a job in 1987 with Hass- Ra Consulting Engineers, Kano as Pupil Engineer and served as the Project Engineer for the new arrival hall (terminal building) for Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano, Nigeria and participated in the design and supervision of other
projects.

In 1988 he moved to Amecron Consulting Engineers, Kano and worked there until 1989. Meanwhile he had in 1987 founded and registered Poly Engineering and Associates, Kano. He left Amecron Consulting Engineers for full practice on his own at the end of 1989. He received his engineering license to practice engineering in Nigeria from the Council for Regulation of Engineering Practice member of Nigerian Society of Engineering Practice in Nigeria (COREN) in 1992, after passing the required examinations. He is a life member of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Member American Society of Civil Engineers. Poly Engineers and Associates are still rendering efficient and reliable consulting engineering service today.   He left Nigerian for the United States of America in July 30, 1995.  He worked for Compaq Computers Inc. in 195/96 and left to work for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), State of Texas, USA as an engineering specialist.  He secured his professional engineering license after passing his professional examination in 2006, from Texas Board of Professional Engineers, to practice as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in USA.  He is now a transportation engineering supervisor (Manager) in TxDOT.

FAMILY LIFE

In April 1990, he met his beautiful wife to be, Miss Chinyere Nnenna Okorie, (an undergraduate medical student of University of Calabar, Calaber) the first daughter of His Royal Highness Eze, Dr. (Chief) Jonah Nduka Okorie of Amaoji Igbere. He got married to Miss Okorie in December 26, 1994,in All Saints Peter Presbyterian Church, Onu Ibina Igbere.  

They are now blessed with four children, Kalu Chimaobi M. Awa Jr.,  Sarah Nnenna Anyafu Awa, Eleanor  Ori Awa and Nduka Jason Chukwuemeka Awa.  His wife Dr. (Mrs.) Chinyere N. Awa is a woman of great virtue and an achiever. A medical doctor licensed to practice medicine in Nigeria and United States of America.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
He is a member of Odinma Ebiri Age Grade, Igbere.  More so, he was a member Odinma Ebiri Age Grade Amankalu Igbere Branch Project Committee (1989-90).  In 1989-90 as his contribution he designed and supervised the construction of the bridge between Ndi-Okoro and Ndi-Ero, Amankalu Igbere, as community development project executed by Odinma Ebiri Age Grade, Amankalu, Igbere.

1990 – 1995: He was appointed Deputy Chairman and later Chairman, Church Building Committee for Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Kano Parish and served as the Project Engineer.

1994, he was elected the representative for Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Kano Parish to the Presbytery of the North.  In 1995 he was elected an Elder in Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Kano and yet to be ordained because of his departure to United States. Also he was elected in 1991 the board member, Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Kano Parish.

1993 – 1995:  He was elected and served as the Treasurer for University of Nigeria Alumni Association Kano branch.

1993 – 1995: He was elected and served as the General Secretary, Igbere Welfare Union, Kano
branch.

2002 – 2004: He was elected and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Old Bende Cultural Association (OBCA), Houston, Texas, USA.

2005 – 2008:  He was elected the President Old Bende Cultural Association, Houston, Texas, USA.  He is serving his second term in office.

2003 – 2005: He elected and served as the General Secretary, Igbere Progressive Association, Texas, USA.

1999:  He was appointed the Chairman for the Building Committee for “The Master’s Vessels Ministries, Inc.” Houston, USA.  Under his coordination the building has been completed and dedicated in July 2008.

2004 – 2005: Served as a member of Odinma Age Grade Igbere Ezumezu 2005 Organizing Committee and as its overseas Coordinator.

2005 – 2007: Served as a member Caretaker Committee for Igbere Progressive Association International, Inc. (IPAI).

2007 – 2011: Elected the first Executive President of Igbere Progressive Association International during IPAI 2007 Convention held in Atlanta Georgia, USA.

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