LAW PROFESSOR WINS LITERARY PRIZE

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Cheluchi Onyemelukwe Onuobia is a Nigerian . She attended Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia for her Doctor of Juridical Science, and further more at the University of Nigeria where she obtained her first degree in Law. In 2017, she published Health Research Governance in Africa which was published by Routledge Publishing. In 2019, she published The Son of the House, a family saga which has been translated in different language and has also received critical acclaim. She is also a Professor of Law in Babcock University.

She Is the founder and executive director of Centre for health ethics, law and development (CHELD), an organisation that provides a holistic approach to health law and policy developments in Nigeria.

She holds a doctorate degree in law, specialising in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy from Dalhousie University, Canada. She has a First Class degree in law from the University of Nigeria. Cheluchi has practised law in a top law firm in Nigeria, developed policy and regulation within government, conducted research in health law, ethics and policy, and helped draft health legislation and regulations, and consulted for different international development organisations.

Most recently, she has taught Health Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Cheluchi is involved in several health promotion activities, including serving on the board of Sharing in Health, an organisation that is established to provide medical literature freely online to medical students in developing countries.

She is a member of several professional bodies, including the Nigerian Bar Association and the World Association of Medical Law. She has presented at various national and international forums and before diverse audiences, including young people and persons in different professions. Her research on health law and policy has been published in reputable journals in Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and New Zealand.

She has won numerous awards, scholarships, and fellowships, including the Killam Scholarship, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy, the Justice Olujide Somolu Prize for Civil Procedure at the Nigerian Law School and the Faculty Prize for the Best Graduating Student at the University of Nigeria

She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Son of the House, published by Penguin Random House South Africa and Parresia Publishers, Nigeria, and forthcoming in 2021 from Durndurn Press in North America, Europa Editions in the UK, and Edizioneo in Italian. It won the Best International Fiction Book Award at the Sharjah International Book Fair in 2019 and was named a Top Ten Fiction Book by Channels Book Club. Cheluchi is a lawyer and academic who has done extensive work on health, gender, and other social sector issues.

She is currently working on her second novel.

Story compiled by Queen Onwughalu

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