Prof. Chukwuemeka Alphonsus Nwadinigwe was born at Umuoka Ubirielem in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State in Nigeria. He attended Christ the King School, Aba, Abia State from 1950 to 1957. He obtained a distinction in his First School Leaving Certificate of the then Eastern Region of Nigeria and a first position in a very competitive scholarship examination organized by the then Aba Urban County Council. This feat earned him the Aba Urban County Council Scholarship (1958-1962) for secondary school education. He utilized this scholarship in St. Patrick’s College, Ikot Ansa, Calabar, Cross River State (1958-1962) and obtained Division One in the West African School Certificate. Nwadinigwe was awarded the Silver Trophy Award for Academic Excellence by St. Patrick’s College, Ikot Ansa, Calabar in 1962.
Prof. Nwadinigwe gained admission into the Department of Chemistry, University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1966. There was the disruption by the civil war which lasted till 1971. He was awarded the Federal Government of Nigeria University Undergraduate Scholarship from 1971 until when he graduated in 1973, obtaining the best degree result in Chemistry the same year. He was immediately issued a Certificate of Merit and Departmental Prize for best graduating student in Chemistry, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Prof. Nwadinigwe was employed in the University of Nigeria and awarded the Postgraduate Junior Fellowship Award of the University, running from 1974 to 1977. He utilized this Fellowship by proceeding to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, (UMIST), Manchester, U.K., where he obtained the PhD degree in Petrochemicals and Hydrocarbon Chemistry in October 1977.
His hobbies include games (lawn tennis, table tennis, badminton); and developing Chemistry Teaching Aids. He is happily married to Associate Prof. Alfreda Ogochukwu Nwadinigwe. The marriage is blessed with six children.