Mary Odili Biography, Early Life, Age, Family, Education, Career And Net Worth

Mary Odili

Mary Odili is a Nigerian judge and wife of Peter Odili, a former Governor of Rivers State who served from 1999 to 2007.

Prior to becoming the Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili held several important offices, including serving as the Judge, High Court of Rivers State from 1992 to 2004, Justice, Court of Appeal, Abuja Division from 2004 to 2010, and Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division from 2010 to 2011.
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Mary Odili Profile

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Full names: Mary Ukaego Odili (née Nzenwa)
Date of birth: 12th May 1952
Age: 69 years (2020)
Place of birth: Imo State
Nationality: Nigerian
Parents: Eze Bernard Nzenwa, Ugoeze Benadette Nzenwa
Education: University of Nigeria, Nigerian Law School
Spouse(s): Peter Odili
Children: Njideka Odili, Adaeze Odili, Chinelo Odili, Peter Odili Jr.
Position: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
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Mary Odili Biography and Education Background

Mary Ukaego Odili was born on the 12th of May, 1952 to the family of Eze Bernard Nzenwa and Ugoeze Benadette Nzenwa in Amudi Obizi, Ezinihitte-Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State. Her father worked as as a lawyer in the United Kingdom during 1959 before he was made Secretary of Nigeria Airways. She is the second daughter of her parents.

For her primary education, Mary attended a number of schools, including St Benedict's Primary School, Obizi Ezinitte, St Michael's Primary School, Umuahia, St Agnes Primary School, Maryland and Our Lady of Apostles Primary School, Yaba.

After obtaining her First School Leaving Certificate, she enrolled at the Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, also in Yaba, Lagos where she briefly attended before relocating to the southeast of the country following the outbreak of the civil war in 1967. In Imo State, she first enrolled at the Mbaise Girls Secondary School, before proceeding to the Queen of the Rosary College in Onitsha, Anambra State. 

In 1972, Ukaego passed with Grade I (aggregate 6) in the West African School Certificate Examination. The same year, she gained admission to study Law at the prestigious University of Nigeria, Enugu campus.

In her second year in the university she earned a scholarship for maintaining the second class upper division league with higher scores. 

In 1976, Odili graduated with an LLB (Hons) and was rated the best student in the department of commercial and property law. Shortly after, she attended the Nigerian Law School and received her B.L. certificate in 1977, before embarking on her youth service in Benin City and Abeokuta.


Mary Odili began her legal career as a Magistrate Grade III in November 1978. Between 1980 and 1988, she served as Chief Magistrate Grade I, Chairman of the Juvenile Court, President, Marine Board of Inquiry into the 1979 Buguma Boat disaster, Chairman, Constitution Drafting Committee of the University of Nigeria Alumni Associates, Inaugural Chairperson of the International Federal of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Rivers State and Secretary, Nigerian Horticultural Society. 

With her support, her husband Peter Odili ventured into politics, serving as member and leader of Rivers State Delegates to the Constituent Assembly. In 1992, while she was a High Court Judge, Odili was serving as the Deputy Governor of Rivers State. In 1999, following her husband's election as governor, Ukaego became the First Lady of Rivers State, serving until 29 May 2007.

Mary Odili has held the offices of Justice, Court of Appeal, Abuja Division and Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division. 

On the 3rd of May, 2011, former President Goodluck Jonathan nominated Ukaego with two other Appeal Court Justices to the Supreme Court. In the new arrangement, she will represent the South-East geo-political zone in the apex court bench. 

Personal Life

Mary Odili met her husband, Peter Odili, a medical doctor, at a campus party and the two began a romantic relationship. They got married in 1979. The union is blessed with four children, Njideka Odili, Adaeze Odili, Chinelo Odili and Peter Odili Jr.

She is a devoted Christain.

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