Prof. Mark Nwagwu
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is among eminent Nigerians that will attend the public presentation of a book written by Nigeria’s pioneer molecular and cellular biologist, Prof. Mark Nwagwu, on June 30, 2022.
Obasanjo, who co-authored another book with Nwagwu, My Dear God, presented during the former president’s 85th birthday, will be leading some eminent Nigerians, including Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, former Governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and theatre scholar, Emeritus Prof. Femi Osofisan, to the event.
A statement signed by the author notes that the book, Dreams Dance: My Journey Through Life, is a memoir, written in honour of his late wife, Prof. Helen Nwagwu, who passed on in 2018 due to complications from cancer.
Nwagwu, who has published a number of books on poetry and short fiction, said he decided to write the book to document his experiences through life, including his journey in the academia, marriage, love for science and family, and travels around Nigeria and the world.
Dreams Dance, according to him, “is the story of my life with its mishaps and successes. Even in the midst of misguided errors, God in his infinite mercy stayed with me and never let me out of his sight or I would have been a dismal failure. In my last year at UCI, 1960/61, it became crystal clear to me I must work like hell to be able to earn a good degree. So, I harnessed my freedom and lived on a strict regimen of work, work, and more work.”
The book presentation, which is being organised as part of the author’s 85th birthday and wedding anniversary, is scheduled to hold at the Grand Ballroom of Lagoon Restaurant, Victoria Island Lagos.
Nwagwu was born in Obetiti, Nguru in Imo State, on May 17, 1937. He attended St. Patrick’s College, Calabar (1950-1956) and, beginning in 1957, studied zoology at University College, Ibadan (now University of Ibadan). He was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of London in 1961 and in 1965, received a PhD from the University of Stockholm.
Nwagwu went to the University of Connecticut, USA, in 1966, where he accomplished spectacular research on myosin messenger RNA and muscle-protein synthesis on a post-doctoral fellowship. In 1969, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Brock University, Canada, and rose to Associate Professor in 1973.