Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Ogbonnaya Chukwu was born on 5th December 1964 at Amaeke Item Town, in Bende LGA of Abia State. He had his primary education at Umunnato Central School, Amaeke Item. He started his secondary education at Ibere Technical College, Umuahia and finished at Boys Technical College, Aba, Abia State.
Air Vice Marshal Chukwu gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy, as a member of 38th Regular Combatant Course in 1986. On completion of his Military Training he obtained a BSc Degree in Physics and was commissioned a Pilot Officer on 21th September 1991. Since then, he has risen through the ranks, and was promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal in September 2018.
Important courses attended by Air Vice Marshal Chukwu include Officers Engineering Course at Air Force Institute of Technology, where he studied Aircraft Engineering. Others include Aircraft Type-rating Courses on Air Beetle-18, Donier-128 and Advanced C-130 Aircraft Course in the UK. He did his Junior and Senior Command and Staff Courses at Jaji and Germany respectively. Air Vice Marshal Chukwu also attended High Level Security Course in Israel. He did his Higher Defence Management/Strategic Course at the National Defence College Abuja, during which he won the Chief of Air Staff’s award as the best graduating Air Force officer. Beside military courses, Air Vice Marshal Chukwu is a holder of Post Graduate Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and 4 Master’s Degrees in Business Administration (MBA), International Relations and Diplomacy (MIAD), Transport Management (MTM) and Strategic Studies (MSS). He also holds a Level 3 Certificate in German Language, which he speaks fluently. Currently, Air Vice Marshal Chukwu is pursuing a PhD programme in Security and Strategic Studies at Nassarawa State University.
Some of the appointments held by Air Vice Marshal Chukwu include Flight Commander Air Beetle Flight, Officer Commanding Electrical Squadron at 333 Logistics Group, and Camp Commandant Military Training Group, all in Kaduna. Others include Group Logistics Officer at 88 Military Airlift Group and Depot Training Officer at 401 Aircraft Maintenance Depot, Lagos. He also served as a Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Command Evaluation Officer and Command Logistics Officer at Air Training Command Kaduna and Mobility Command Yenagoa respectively. He was also a 3-time Commanding Officer of Personnel Services Wing, NAF Camp Abuja, 35 Engineering Wing Kaduna and 20 Engineering Wing Ilorin. Chukwu also served as a Directing Staff/Member of Faculty, and later as the Director of Communication and Information Technology at the prestigious National Defence College, Abuja. Air Vice Marshal Chukwu was later appointed the Deputy Director of Aircraft Engineering, and later as the Director of Research and Development at Nigerian Air Force Headquarters before he was appointed the Commander 121 Forward Operations Base, Badagry. He was later appointed Director of Erath Observation at the Defence Space Administration, National Space Centre, Abuja before he was appointed the Commandant, Nigerian Air Force Institute of Safety. His last appointment was Director of Safety at Headquarters Nigerian Air Force.
Air Vice Marshal Chukwu’s awards include Forces Service Star (FSS), Merit Service Star (MSS), Distinguished Service Star (DSS), Air Beetle Aircraft Development Merit Award, Command and Staff College Dagger psc(+), Silver Jubilee, Golden Jubilee and Centenary Medals, Chief of Air Staff’s Award for Best Performance at NDC, Fellow of the National Defence College fdc and Distinguished Fellow of the National Defence College fdc(+).
Air Vice Marshal Chukwu was happily married with Obiageli Chukwu. The marriage is blessed with children.
Air Vice Marshal Chukwu’s hobbies include golfing, reading, listening to music, watching war films, meeting people and admiring nature.