Last Updated on April 22, 2023 by Uncle Pat Ugwu
This article contains the autobiography of Pat Ugwu II and this is how my story should be told.
Mr. Patrick Chigoziri Ugwu De Second or Pat Ugwu II (a.k.a. ‘Akanne’ bu ogwu) was born to Late Mr. Patrick Umeha and Mrs. Veronica Uzoaku Ugwu (Nee Ugwu) in Ebe, in Udi Local Government of Enugu State.
Uncle Pat, as he is fondly called, is a kindhearted man who strongly believes in the Christian principles and doctrines of the Catholic Church. Importantly, He likes to offer help to humanity in his capacity, especially in the area of digital literacy. He is married with a kid.
Pat Ugwu II started his primary education at Central School Ebe in the year 1988 and continued at Iva-Valley Primary School Enugu where he completed his First School Leaving Examination in the year 1993. His secondary education was at Community Secondary School Iva-Valley, Enugu and he finished in the year 1999.
He gained admission for higher education in OSISATECH Polytechnic, Enugu in the year 2005. He completed his National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in 2010. In addition to the above, Pat later did a degree programme with Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) and got the award of B.Sc. Ed. Computer Science Education in 2013.
In 2015, Uncle Pat secured postgraduate admission for his master’s (M.Sc.) degree programme in Computer Education at ESUT. He completed the programme in the year 2019, but Covid-19 pandemic delayed his final defence till 2021.
Pat started his career in the year 2000, a year after his secondary school, where he learned motorcycle spare parts trading. He started the business in 2002 but quit it a year after to venture into academics. While he was seeking admission into a higher institution, he worked with Kezz Photo Lab, and he later became an event photographer for a few years.
He went for computer training in the year 2003 where he mastered the use of Microsoft Office packages and graphic design software. As an undergraduate, Pat worked in many computer schools in Enugu as a Computer Instructor. After his graduation, he started his own computer training school in 2010, he trained numerous people in ICT skills over these years.
Mr. Ugwu was later employed by his alumni school OSISATECH Polytechnic Enugu as an ICT officer in March 2011 following the recommendations of one of his lecturers. He worked as an ICT Officer in the exams and records unit. In the year 2014, he was given some computer courses to teach in the department of computer science as a graduate assistant.
In 2019, he was appointed as an Education Officer by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), an agency in the Nigeria Federal Government (under the Ministry of Education), they are in charge of teachers registration and licensing. Following this, his previous appointment with OSISATECH Enugu was reviewed to be on a consultancy basis for the then newly equipped ICT Unit of the institution. He is also a Lecturer in their Weekend (Part-Time) Programme.
Below are some of the various contributions made by Mr. Patrick Ugwu.
As a Computer Instructor
In the year 2005, Uncle Pat participated as a computer instructor in the training of 40 students selected from College of Immaculate Conception Enugu and Girls High School Emene on computer literacy. The training was done by Action Aid Academy at New Haven Enugu. It was sponsored by Global Health Awareness Research Foundation (GHARF), a non-governmental organisation. GHARF said the training was part of their community development.
Subsequently, in 2007, 140 secondary school teachers were drawn from the 17 Local Government Areas in Enugu state to participate in training and learning of basic computer operations. The programme was organised by the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Enugu State chapter. Pat was one of the lead instructors and provided part of the training materials. Most of the teachers used the computer for the first time with us.
Pat also trained numerous students on SIWESS or IT at ABC Technics Ltd., Agbani Road, Enugu before starting his own computer training school in 2010 known as Cedars Computing Center on the same Agbani road. He trained many individual and corporate bodies, including police personnel.
As an ICT Officer
Following his employment in OSISATECH Polytechnic, Enugu. Mr. Patrick Chigoziri Ugwu computerized the processes of the institution. He designed and computerised the production of statements of results, academic transcripts, and electronic record keeping of student results.
He also designed and launched OSISATECH’s official website. In the year 2020, Pat created the online platform which the school used to teach and conduct online examinations due to the Covid-19 global lockdown.
Online Learning Resources
In the year 2014, Mr. Pat launched his own personal website, where he teaches digital literacy. The website features blogs, online courses, video tutorials, and so on.
The main purpose of the website is to promote the use of technology in teaching and learning and to enlighten the public on digital literacy. You can learn more here.
Pat was born a Catholic, and he remains in the Catholic faith to date. As a member of Block Rosary Crusade, he was elected a centre president in 1994. He began catechism classes in that same year and always takes the role of an instructor whenever the Rev. Sr. in charge of teaching their class was not around. Pat received his first holy communion in the year 1995.
After the reception of his first holy communion, Pat join Altar Night Servers (Mass Servant) in 1995 and rose to become the President of St. Patrick Parish Iva Pottery Altar Servers Association, Enugu in 1998.
In 1999, Pat joined the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria (CCRN), Jesus the Light Prayer Group, Iva-Valley Enugu where he did his “Life in the Spirit Seminar”. Pat also joined many sub-grouped and participated in many CCRN activities both at the parish and diocesan levels. He also held different positions which includes the Chairman of the Morning Call group, and secretary to the Marriage committee amongst others.
Recently, Brother Pat joined Kingdom-Word Ministry, a non-denomination ministry, and also follows some Men of God online for Bible and religious studies. He shares his Christian knowledge on his social media accounts.
Pat believes that “the meaning of life is to give life meaning”. He also agrees with the Igbo adage that says “live and let live”.
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