DR. Richie John Onaiwu  Receives Honorary Doctorate from American University

RICHIE John Onaiwu, CEO of RichieRich Global Group of companies, has been conferred an honorary 

doctorate from America University of Peace and Governance in Leadership and Business 

Management and investiture as distinguished Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Peace and

Governance, Texas, USA.

As Chair of RichieRich Global Group of companies, Dr. Richie collaborates closely with 

local authorities in tackling homelessness, real estate, provision of supported healthcare 

facilities and has established his roots within his local community, which creates job 

opportunities and pioneered the career of several Nigerians in entertainment on the 

international platform, helping to enhance their career pathways.

He received his honorary doctorate in Leadership and Business Management conferred by

Professor Kevin Nwanna Uchechukwa at the 13th Edition of the PAN African Leadership 

Symposium & Honours and investiture as a distinguished Fellow of the Chartered Institute of 

Peace and Governance by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Johnathan Ojadeh; Global President & 

Chairman Supreme Council, UNIPGC – the scheduled destination ceremony that took 

place on the 9th

the of March in Kigali, Rwanda, saw other notable esteemed leaders in different fields 

including H.E Dr. Morie Komba Manye; the High Commissioner for Sierra Leone to the 

United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Major General Dayo Olukoju (retired), who were also 

investiture as Fellows. Also, in attendance, were co-Fellows Dr. Ijeomah Arodiogbu; APC 

National vice Chairman, South East Nigeria, Prof. Ephantus M. Kariuki, Dr. Agnes 

Nyirankera and other notable attendees from the United Nations and other organizations.

The UNIPGC and CIPG honorary doctorate and fellowship investiture is awarded to those 

who have contributed profoundly to the progress of leadership and the promotion of peace. 

Upon receiving his honorary doctorate and fellowship during the ceremony, Dr. Richie said:

‘’I am proud to receive this conferment from America University of Peace & Governance 

and the Chartered Institute of Peace and Governance - it is an enormous honour.

I have a deep affinity with exemplary leadership as an immigrant in diaspora, having lived in 

areas that required a strong promotion of community support. It has been a great privilege to collaborate with governmental authorities in tackling issues in areas of homelessness 

prevention, contributing to an improved living within communities that closely affects 

Africans in diaspora.’’

He also urged other honourees to promote the vision of the Chartered Institute of Peace and 

Governance (CIPG) and the United Nations International Peace and Governance Council

(UNIPGC). He said:

‘’ Until exemplary leadership is seen as an individual responsibility to inspire those in a 

position of weakness, the promotion for peace that changes the narrative of effective

governance and the execution of sustainable changes, the role of a leader has not yet been 


The ceremony ended with a gala dinner night and a tour of the city of Kigali, and the genocide memorial site.