Joseph I. Amuka hails from Aku in Igbo Etiti Council Area of Enugu State of Nigeria. He had his Primary School Education in his home town before going to Nri Boys’ Secondary School for his Secondary education. He was admitted to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics at the University of Nigeria in 1988 and completed the programme in 1992. After his one year National Youth Service, he joined Ministry of Finance Enugu in 1994 as an Accountant.
In 1995, Joseph went back to University of Nigeria for his Master of Science Degree in Economics and completed the programme in 1998. Thereafter, he started his Doctoral programme and earned a PhD in Development Economics and Planning in 2008. He started his teaching career at Anambra State University in 2004 and transferred to the University of Nigeria in 2005 and has remained there till now.