Dr. Mangete Eric David Otorudigiyo (1939-2017)

Dr. Mangete Eric David Otorudigiyo, a distinguished medical practitioner hailing from Nembe, specialized in thoracic surgery, obtaining his degree in 1978. He dedicated decades of his life to the university system, using the ivory tower as a platform to provide altruistic services to humanity. At one point, he emerged as one of the top administrators in Nigeria.

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Birth and Parentage

Dr. Mangete Eric David Otorudigiyo came into the world on November 9, 1939. His parents were Mr. SA Mangete, the son of the late Chief Mangete Ogbari, who served as the paramount chief of the Ogbari group of houses, and late Mrs. G E Mangete, the daughter of Mr. Daniel Ockiya. Additionally, he was the grandson of King Constantine Ockiya of Nembe in Bayelsa State.

Education and Medical Career Life

Dr. Mangete Eric David Otorudigiyo began his educational career in 1947 at St. Cyprian’s primary school Port Harcourt. He later proceeded to Government College, Umuahia in 1953, (one of the best in Nigeria at the time). It is on record that he was among the first batch of six students selected to sit for West Africa School Certificate Examination after four years instead of the usual five years in which he obtained the West African school certificate (WASC) in 1957. Thereafter, he gained scholarship to study for the Cambridge Higher school certificate, a certificate he obtained in 1959. He late proceeded to the prestigious University of Bonn Medical School, Bonn Germany where he read Medicine and obtained his First degree. He obtained the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1968.

It is worthy to note that Dr. Mangete, a distinguished man of his noble profession, acquired further professionalism in his chosen field medicine when he obtained a specialist degree in General surgery in 1974 and decided to further specialize in Thoracic Surgery a very rare specialty. This feat was accomplished in 1978. It is interesting to note also that he was a fellow of all the major colleges for example he iwas a fellow of the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College (Surgery) (FNMC(s)); Fellow West African College of Surgeons (FWACS); Fellow International College of Surgeons (FICS).

In the area of teaching, Dr. Mangete had a stint of it when he taught O’ Level Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at Saint Gregory’s College Obalenda, Lagos in 1960. At the undergraduate (while in Germany) his teaching experience was full time. Thereafter, He returned to Nigeria and was employed by the University of Port Harcourt from 1980 to 2010 thereabout. At the postgraduate level, he takes care of residents preparing for the various postgraduate professional examinations in Surgery since 1982. He is resource person in Surgery to the National Postgraduate Medical College.

While at the university of Port Harcourt, Dr. Mangete was made the pioneer Head of Department of Surgery both at the University and Teaching Hospital. This assignment brought out his creativity in that he was responsible for the setting up a department and drawing up its academic programme, a feat that earned him commendation by the accreditation team of the Nigerian Medical Council.

Dr. Eric Mangete contributed significantly to the University of Port Harcourt, serving in various roles such as Chairman of the House Committee, Member of the Board of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (representing the Senate), Vice Chancellor, and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Teaching Hospital.

In terms of professional activities, Dr. Mangete, as the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, played a crucial role in overseeing clinical services and training at the teaching hospital. He served as a consultant general surgeon and consultant thoracic surgeon at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital from 1980 onward. Dr. Mangete extended his expertise as an external examiner to the University of Calabar and served as an external examiner in surgery for the National Postgraduate Medical College, evaluating candidates in both Part I and Part II examinations.


Later, he transferred his services to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, where he took on the role of Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee in 1990. In 1994, he reached the esteemed position of Chief Medical Director (CMD) at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, successfully completing two tenures in this influential position.

Other Appointments

Dr. Eric Mangete was widely recognized for his contributions beyond the medical field. He served as a board member of Risonpalm Limited, a Rivers State-owned company, from 1984 to 1987, having been appointed by the then Military Governor of Rivers State, Col Anthony Ukpo. Following this, from 1988 to 1990, he assumed the role of Chairman of the Old Rivers State Sports Council, appointed by the then Military Governor, Ernest Adeleye. During his tenure, Dr. Mangete played a crucial role in revitalizing these two organizations, particularly at a time when Risonpalm was facing challenges, and the Rivers State Sports Council required strategic direction.


Dr. Mangete stands as a medical icon, embodying various roles that serve as exemplary models, a testament to his professional ethics. Despite his demanding schedule, he manages to dedicate time and genuine interest to sports, particularly in areas such as soccer, hockey, and cricket. Notably, he secured a school record for the 100-yard event. Beyond his athletic pursuits, Dr. Mangete is an avid reader and a listener of classical music. Furthermore, he is an accomplished writer with numerous research publications, papers, articles, and book chapters to his credit. His contributions extend to presenting papers at conferences, participating in important workshops and seminars, and co-authoring original articles and chapters in books.


It was during the tenure of late Alabo Mangete as the Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital (UPTH) and with the collective efforts of management and the federal Ministry of Health that work recommenced at the permanent site of UPTH, Choba which was abandoned for fourteen (14) years. By this feat, He received an award as the best CMD in Nigeria from the national executive of the medical and health workers union of Nigeria in the year 2000.

Also, he was appointed Justice of the peace (JP) in 1999. he was called upon to serve his home state as the Chairman Taskforce on on the accreditation of the faculty of medicine, Niger Delta University in 2006 by the Government of Bayelsa state under the leadership of then government of Goodluck Jonathan. His pioneering efforts as head of the task force and those of others lead to the eventual accreditation of the faculty of medicine in 2012.

late Alabo Mangete published many scientific articles in both National and International journal. His name was has been mentioned in the 18th edition of “Marquis Who’s Who in the World” published in 2001 inclusion in which is limited to those individual who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their own fields of endeavors and who have, thereby contributed significantly to the betterment of contemporary society.

Traditional Title

In 1995, he was conferred the title of Alabo, signifying a respected chief, within the Ogbari group of houses. This title bore the name of his grandfather, Chief Mangete-Ogbari, who had previously served as the Head of the House two generations before him. In approximately 2008, he contested for the esteemed position of Amayanabo of Nembe. Unfortunately, he did not succeed in securing the position, as he lost to the incumbent Amayanabo of Nembe, His Eminent King Edmund Maduabebe Daukoru.


He entered into matrimony with late Florence Ayebatonyeseigha in 1973, and their union resulted in the blessing of two children.

His Death

Dr. Mangete Eric David Otorudigiyo passed away in 2017 from natural causes and was laid to rest in his native town of Nembe Ogbolomabiri, located in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. May he rest in peace. It’s a significant loss, and we hope that his contributions and legacy continue to be remembered and appreciated.

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