Wing Command Emmanuel Ukaegbu hails from Ndi Ejim, Ibinaukwu Autonomous Community, Igbere in Abia State Nigeria.
His early education started at Ehamaufu. He was a traveling scholar. His primary education took him to Makurdi, and then to Enugu, and ended in Port Harcourt. He started his secondary education at Holy Family College Abaki, which was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. After the war, he resumed his secondary school at Obollo Eke, St.
Patrick Secondary School; from there to Emene High School, now known as St. Patrick Emene, Enugu. From there he transferred to Federal Government College Enugu where he completed.
Thereafter, he joined the Nigerian Air Force as a potential pilot .He did a basic military training at the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDE) Kaduna. Then he moved to Nigeria Air Force base Kaduna where he had primary flying training on graduation. After that, he went abroad to United Kingdom where he undertook basic and advance flying training at the College of Air Training Hamble for about a year and half and then returned to Nigeria.
Emmanuel Ukaegbu was commissioned to the rank of pilot officer and at the same time commenced a conversion course on the Domairi 28 Air Craft. Thereafter, he proceeded to United States of America for under graduate navigation course. Soon after he did C130 basic and tactical course, it took him to three air force bases:
namely San Antonio in Texas, Sacramento in California, and finished in Little Rock, Air Force Base in Arkansas.
Finally, Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu returned to Nigeria in 1982, to commence operational flying on the C130 Air Craft type, which was the main Nigeria Air Force transport aircraft. Operating with this aircraft offered him the opportunity to fly around the world. While engaged in flying, he progressed in rank. He earned his
promotion as at when due and had the opportunity to serve in various operational and training portfolios.
Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu taught at Nigeria Defense Academy and then later proceeded to the Command Staff College Jaji, where he did junior staff course. On completion, he returned back to field operational duties. While carrying out the flying duties, he had opportunity to take Bachelor of Science course in Business
Administration, at University of Lagos. In 1992, he proceeded to Ghana Armed Forces College, where he did his senior staff course for one year. While in Ghana, he also took a diploma course in Public Administration at Ghana Institute of Public Administration.
On return to Nigeria, he was deployed to Command Staff College Jaji as a Directing Staff (Lecturer). He was there for almost three years before he left in 1996 to 81st Air Centre Benin (that is the Nigeria Air Force Maritime Base). He was deployed as the group operation officer. Then in 1997, he was posted to 301 Flying Training School Kaduna, as the commanding officer for the academic wing of the school.
He functioned in this capacity up to 1998 when he was re-assigned on political appointment as the Military Administrator of Anambra State. He left on May 29, 1999 and shortly thereafter retired from service.
Wing Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu is a member of Oganihu Age Grade of Igbere. He is married to Mrs. Helen Ndunma Ukaegbu and the couple is blessed with four children namely, Ikechukwu, Ugonma, Kelechi and Chioma. His belief is that marriage is an injunction from God.
In the area of contribution to development in Igbere, in 1999, he took the initiative that saw to the successful re-activation of Igbere Borehole Water Works. According to Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu, “our people should be more objective and think of what will benefit the community and not the individual, see yourself as coming
from Igbere first, and whatever we do as individual should be aimed at bringing unity and prosperity to Igbere. Of course, it is necessary that those in position of leadership should be accountable to the people.