Dick W. Emuchay’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Nigerian doctor
Was Physician
From Nigeria
Type Healthcare
Gender male
Birth 5 August 1919, Abak, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Death 8 May 2011
(aged 91 years)
Star sign Leo
King’s College, Lagos
University of St Andrews
Government College Umuahia

Dick W. Emuchay (5 August 1919 – 8 May 1995), also referred to as “D. W. Emuchay”, was a British-Nigerianmedical doctor and administrator. He served as the first chairman of the Public Service Commission of the East Central State. In 1981, Samuel Onunaka Mbakwe, Governor of Imo State, appointed Emuchay as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the newly created Imo State University, later Abia State University He served in that position until 1985. He is reputed to have set up the first privately run rural hospital, when in 1961 he set up a 180-bed cottage hospital in his home town of Azumini, in Ukwa East, Abia State

The first medical doctor from Azumini, Emuchay was unanimously elected the first national chairman of the Azumini Welfare Association during the association’s inaugural meeting on December 30, 1958. He also played a role in establishing the National Secondary School, Azumini.

Early life

Emuchay was born in Abak, Akwa Ibom State in eastern Nigeria, and he attended Government College Umuahia, 1932 – 1934
King’s College, Lagos, 1935-1936
Higher College, Yaba Lagos 1937-1942
University of St Andrews, Scotland 1945-1949
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, England (Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene). He took his examination in 1953.

Professional career

He taught biology at Igbobi College, Yaba, before proceeding to St. Andrews University Scotland and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He practised medicine briefly in the United Kingdom both as a general practitioner and house Surgeon before relocating back to Nigeria.

  • Senior Science Master, Igbobi College, Lagos
  • General Medical Practitioner, Lancashire, England, 1949
  • House Surgeon, Lancashire, England, 1950
  • Senior House Surgeon, Lancashire, England, 1952
  • Medical Officer-in-charge of Rural Areas, Aba, 1955-1958
  • Medical Officer-in-charge, General Hospital, Degema, Rivers State, 1958-1959
  • Medical Officer-in-charge, Maternity Hospital, Aba, 1959-1961

In 1961, D. W. Emuchay became the Proprietor and Medical Superintendent, Cottage Hospital, Azumini which he founded. Years later, his son Dr. Chika O. Emuchay established the Group Medical Practice (GMP) at No. 1 Emuchay Close, Ogbor hill, Aba to provide support to Cottage Hospital, Azumini.

  • Chairman, Public Service Commission, East Central State, Enugu, 1972–76
  • Chairman, Public Service Commission, former Imo State, Owerri, 1976–82
  • Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, former Imo State University, now Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria 1982-1985

In 1986, the federal government conferred on him a national honour, the award of Member of the Federal Republic.


D. W. Emuchay married Christiana Nne Alali in 1956 at St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church Aba, Abia State. He is the father of 8 including Nigerian diplomat and former Consul-General to South Africa, Okey Emuchay, MFR.

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