Patrick Utomi

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Patrick Okedinachi Utomi
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Professor Lagos Business School
Personal details
Born (1956-02-06) February 6, 1956 (age 63)
ResidenceLagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Alma materUniversity of Indiana

Patrick Okedinachi Utomi (born February 6, 1956) is a Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert.[1] He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria[2] and a former presidential candidate.[3] He is the founder of Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL)[4] and the African Democratic Congress. He is a professor at Lagos Business School,[5] and has served in senior positions in government, as an adviser to the president of Nigeria, the private sector, as Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Nigeria.[3]


Patrick Utomi was born in Kaduna, [6] he is a descent of Igbuzo in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.[6] He had his primary education at St. Thomas, Kano 1960 - 1962;[6] Our Lady of Fatima, Gusau 1962 - 1966;[6] Christ the King College, Onitsha[6] and Loyola College, Ibadan,[6] 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.[6] He later got admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1973 to study Mass Communication.[6] Patrick Utomi graduated from university of Nigeria Nsuka in 1977,[6] He attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, where he got his Ph.D. MPA, MA.[6] He was appointed professor of Social and Political Economy Environment of Business and Entrepreneurship[7] at Lagos Business School[5] in 2003. he has been a scholar-in-residence at the Harvard Business School and the American University in Washington, D.C.


South South Economic Summit 2009 - Gov. Imoke, President Goodluck Jonathan, Pat Utomi Gov. Oshiomole

Within a few months of 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[3] 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.[2]

Utomi was scholar-in-residence, American University, Washington DC, USA, 1996 and research associate, the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 1996. (Lagos Business school started operating in 1991.)

Utomi also belongs to many professional bodies. He is a member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, Institute of Directors, IOD, Nigeria Economic Summit Group and Nigeria Economic Society.

Utomi coordinated the establishment of several civil society groups on good governance and accountability such as Transparency in Nigeria, the Centre for Values in Leadership, the Concerned Professionals, and the Restoration Group. In the business sphere, Utomi was the vice-chairman, Platinum–Habib Bank. He is a columnist, and chairman, BusinessDay Media Limited and creator of Patito’s Gang, a television talk show.[citation needed]

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).

Utomi also ran a failed attempt for presidency of Nigeria in 2011.

Governorship candidacy[edit]

Pat Utomi was declared as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress for the 2019 general election in Delta State by a faction of the All Progressive Congress.[8] The national working Committee of the All Progressive Congress overturned the factional declaration and declared Chief Great Ogboru as its Delta state gubernatorial Candidate for the 2019 general Elections.[9][10]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Nominated and voted by the Public as one of Nigeria’s top ten Living Legends in the Vanguard/Silverbird Television Awards.[11]
  • Great Nigeria Lives of the 20th Century;[12]
  • Who is who in Africa[6]

Books and selected publications[edit]

  • Utomi P., 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
  • Utomi P. Nigeria “Changes as Prospects” in the Africa Competitiveness Report (ed) Jeffrey Sachs, World Economic Forum 2000
  • Utomi P, Performance under Constraints. The Nigeria Press Under Military Rule. Gazette Vol 28 1982
  • Utomi P, Historical – Philosophical Foundations of Government Ownership of Newspapers in Nigeria. Gazette vol 27 no 1 1981
  • Utomi P, 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
  • Utomi P, To Serve is to Live. Ibadan. Spectrum Books, 1999
  • Utomi P, Critical Perspectives in Political Economy and Management, Ibadan. Spectrum Books, 2000
  • Utomi P, Why Nations are Poor, Lagos. Business Day Books 2006
  • Utomi P, Business Angel as a Missionary, London. Makeway Press, 2010
  • Utomi P, Conscience: Opinions in the Struggle for Nation Building, Lagos Patike Book 1999
  • Utomi P, Perspectives: 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

Keynotes speeches[edit]

Keynote speaker at the Annual Conferences of the following:

Has been guest speaker at the annual Business Club meetings of the Africa Business Club at the Harvard Business School, Wharton, Kellogg School and the TedxEuston at the University of London.


  1. ^ Suzy Oruya (12 August 2012). "Nigeria's economy is in crisis - Utomi". Onitsha: Tribune. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b ":: Our Activities". Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Pat Utomi – Entrepreneur & Social Activist". Financial Freedom Inspiration. 6 February 1956. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Channels Television - Nigeria's Award Winning Television Station". 10 November 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2017. The challenging health conditions in areas affected by the flood disaster should be the critical emphasis of policy makers as the floods begin to recede. This was the call made by the founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Prof. Pat Utomi, at the presentation of relief materials to officials of Delta State Government at St Patrick’s College, at the Asaba camp for displaced persons.
  5. ^ a b "Lagos Business School - Milestones". Lagos Business School. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k profile. "Mr Patrick Utomi | Who's Who Profile". Africa Confidential. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Fashola, Utomi, others seek action on entrepreneurship education". 27 September 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
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  11. ^ Oct 04 (6 February 1956). "Pat Utomi – 50 Greatest Nigerians of All Time? (Video) :: Naija's Most Incredible". Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  12. ^ Godday Odidi (16 October 2012). "Of national awards and falling integrity". Tribune. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012.