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Patrick Okedinachi Utomi

Patrick Okedinachi Utomi
Designation: Professor
Gender: Male


Patrick Utomi was born in Kaduna, he is a descent of Igbuzo in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State. He had his primary education at St. Thomas, Kano 1960 - 1962; Our Lady of Fatima, Gusau 1962 - 1966; Christ the King College, Onitsha[6] and Loyola College, Ibadan, finishing his secondary education at the age of 15. The entry age for university education was 17, so he enrolled at the Federal School of Arts and Science in the interim. He later got admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1973 to study Mass Communication. Patrick Utomi graduated from university of Nigeria Nsuka in 1977, He attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, where he got his Ph.D. MPA, MA. He was appointed professor of Social and Political Economy Environment of Business and Entrepreneurship at Lagos Business School in 2003. he has been a scholar-in-residence at the Harvard Business School and the American University in Washington, D.C.


member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR.
Institute of Directors, IOD.
Nigeria Economic Summit Group
Nigeria Economic Society.


Nigeria as an Economic Power House, Can it be Achieved in Robert P Rothberg (ed) Crafting the New Nigeria – Confronting the Challenges. Lynne Rienner Publishers Boulder Co. 2004 pg 125 – 138
Nigeria “Changes as Prospects” in the Africa Competitiveness Report (ed) Jeffrey Sachs, World Economic Forum 2000.
Performance under Constraints. The Nigeria Press Under Military Rule. Gazette Vol 28 1982
Philosophical Foundations of Government Ownership of Newspapers in Nigeria. Gazette vol 27 no 1 1981
Values and Economic Stagnation in Africa: A Paradox of Poverty in Nigeria. The International Journal of African Studies Vol. 3.2. Spring 2004
Utomi P, Managing Uncertainty: Competition and Strategy in Emerging Economies. Ibadan. Spectrum Books 1998
To Serve is to Live. Ibadan. Spectrum Books, 1999
Utomi, Patrick Okedinachi. To Serve is to Live: Autobiographical Reflections on the Nigerian Condition. Spectrum Books Limited, 2002.
Critical Perspectives in Political Economy and Management, Ibadan. Spectrum Books, 2000
Why Nations are Poor, Lagos. Business Day Books 2006
Business Angel as a Missionary, London. Makeway Press, 2010
Conscience: Opinions in the Struggle for Nation Building, Lagos Patike Book 1999
Further Thoughts in the Quest for National Rebirth Patike Books, 2000.
Edited Volumes of Interview with Pat Utomi. Golden Thoughts compiled by Godfrey Obioma Intec Press 2004.
In the words of Pat Utomi edited by Uju Onyechere, Lagos. Benson Edwards Publications, 2003
Pat Utomi: A Purpose driven life: Interviews of Pat Utomi by Godfrey Obioma
The Duty to Lead: An article by Pat Utomi
Contributor to 40 First Job: A book by Ukinebo Dare
The Art of Leading: Open Secrets of Leadership Effectiveness. CVL/Makeway Press, 2015
Golden Thoughts: Creative Views and Writings on the Nigerian Economy, Politics and Social System. Godfrey Obioma, 2004.


Political Economy, Communications, Business Management, Public Administration, Governmental Affairs.

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Utomi has served in various private sector associations including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the National Council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, he is also the chairman of Poise Nigeria Limited, and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA). He has spoken on issues in the following areas on various international platforms; growth economics, comparative development, leadership, oil and China’s economic surge and growing influence in Africa. He has collaborated frequently with the center for strategic and international studies (CSIS) in Washington, and Chatham House, in the UK. He has also written commissioned papers for the UK's DFID including the latest collaboration with Colleagues from Oxford on the Political Economy of growth in Nigeria. (2006).
Upon his return to Nigeria from Bloomington, Indiana, United States, Pat got enlisted by the former vice-president Alex Ekwueme to provide consultancy services on some public policy papers. Soon after, he was appointed Special Assistant by former president Shehu Shagari a position he lost following the military coup of December 1983, which terminated the Second Republic .

Following the end of the Second Republic, he became chairman/chief executive officer, Utomapp Holdings Limited, 1984 – 1986, and assistant general manager, corporate affairs, Volkswagen Nigeria Lagos, 1983 - 1993.
Utomi also ran a failed attempt for presidency of Nigeria in 2011.
In 2021, Pat and other political stakeholders pioneered the formation of a new political opposition ahead of the 2023 Nigerian general elections.