Adichie, a professor of statistics died Wednesday night at Chira Memorial Hospital, Awkuzu Oyi local government of Anambra state.
His son, Okey Adichie, confirmed his death stating that Professor Adichie, aged 88, died after a brief illness.
“Our father, Professor J. N. Adichie, Odelora Abba, died late yesterday night, June 10, 2020, at Chira Memorial Hospital, Awkuzu,” he said.
The first Nigerian Professor of Statistics celebrated his 88th birthday on March 1.
James Nwoye Adichie, a native of Abba in Anambra State, was a retired professor of Statistics and Mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
Prof James Adichie was born in 1932 and went to Nimo Primary School and later moved to Akwuzu Primary School where he finished standard six.
After primary education, he attended Our Lady’s High School, Onitsha, 1947-48, and Yaba Technical Institute (now College of Technology) Lagos, 1948-50.
He also attended University College, Ibadan, 1957-60, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 1963-66
He was research Officer, Central Bank of Nigeria, July-September, 1960; Statistician, Federal Office of Statistics, Lagos, September- December, 1960; Lecturer in Mathematics, Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Enugu, January-September, 1961; Assistant Lecturer in Statistics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1961-66; Lecturer, 1966-72; Senior Lecturer, 1972-74; Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1974-76; appointed Professor of Statistics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, since 1976 and he retired in 1997 from UNN where he has been living.