Professor Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche obtained a B.Sc. in French and Linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. USA, in 1975. She obtained an M.Ed. in Teaching of French from the University of Montreal, Canada in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1991 from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
She started her professional carrier as an education officer in the Federal Ministry of Education, Lagos working there from 1977 to 1980. Thereafter she was employed as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education of the University of Lagos from 1980 to 2010, rising to the post of a Professor of Language Education (Igbo).
Her areas of interest are mainly those of language and education. She has researched and published widely in the areas of language, linguistics, education and Igbo. Her on-going researches centre on language endangerment in Igbo and other Nigerian languages. As President of Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN), she has been preaching the gospel of the protection and promotion of all Nigerian languages. In particular, she has been asking all parents in Nigeria to teach their children their indigenous language and use it in their everyday communication within the family. This is the only way to prevent the extinction of the indigenous languages which has been predicted to be imminent within two or three more generations (50 to 75 years). A situation where many children now look at their parents in a funny way when they are speaking the indigenous language and ask them “Mummy, Daddy, what is it you are speaking”, is not the best, at all!
Her hobbies include reading and singing. However, do not ask her to sing now because the quality of her voice has greatly decreased since her childhood days in the church choir. Is this due to swallowing hard balls of ‘fufu’ over a long time? She consoles herself with interactions and good relationships with people of all backgrounds both in Nigeria and beyond. Unity, love and peace among all peoples remain of paramount interest to her.