Rev. Prof. Obiora Ike
The Very Reverend Monsignor Professor Obiora Ike is a Roman Catholic Prelate of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu. Ordained a priest in July 1981 in Hohenems Austria, he studied Philosophy, Theology, Economics, Political Science and History in universities across five countries in Nigeria, Austria, the United Kingdom, France and Germany from 1975 – 1985.
After graduation, with the doctorate in Systematic Theology/Catholic Social Thought, he returned to Nigeria in
1986 and was appointed to serve the Social ministry of the Church as Chairman of the Commission for Justice, Development, Peace and Caritas.
He founded the research and development organ known as Catholic Institute for Development Justice and Peace (CIDJAP) and is Director and Chair of the Institute.
Ike has served the Church as Vicar General; Vicar for Public Relations; Consultor, Curia Member, Chaplain for the Youth; Chaplain to the Catholic Women Organisation and the Holy Rosary College and currently is Parish Priest at St. Leo the Great Parish, Enugu.
He is active on the national and international scene with many research and practical initiatives to bridge the growing gap between faith and life, Church and Society and worked for several years as one of the experts at the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria. Professor Ike is the current President of the Club of Rome, Nigeria chapter; Founder and Chairman of over 20 non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and a regarded philanthropist.
Widely travelled and author of over 60 books, Ike has lectured in several universities worldwide and holds teaching positions with the Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt/M Germany as Professor of Social Ethics and African Studies and the Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.
Highly honored with Awards at international and local levels, Mgr Obiora Ike received in June 2010 the prestigious Heinrich Pesch Prize in Cologne, Germany for his outstanding contributions to the dissemination and practical application of Catholic Social Teaching in Africa.
He thus became the first African to receive such Award. Pope Benedict XVI invited him to the Vatican in October 2009 to join the Second Plenary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Africa as a Synod Father.
He is the second chairman of the Umuchinemere Pro-Credit Micro Finance Bank (UPMFB), having being so appointed by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of the UPMFB Ltd in October, 2008.