Awa Kalu is a distinguished legal scholar. A graduate of University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo (University) Ile-Ife who has to his credit LL.B (Hons) second class upper, B.L and LL.M (Unilag) and eminent legal practitioner. He has several academic prizes, including Olu Ayoola prize as Best Over-all LL.B part I Student; Irvine & Bonner Scholarship as best over-all LL.B. part II student and Justice Madarikan prize as best over-all final year law student.
After his compulsory NYSC programme in Sokoto State as Pupil State Counsel, he enrolled at the Law Faculty of the University of Lagos for his Master’s Degree programme in law. Thereafter, he settled down at the University of Lagos as a lecturer before he was head-hunted by the venerated scholar and administrator, Professor M.J.C. Echeruo to transfer his services to the then young Imo (now Abia) State University to work with great scholars like Professor Oye Chukwurah and Professor Osita Eze, to establish a veritable law faculty. As a foundation staff at the then Imo State University established by the government of the visionary Chief Same Mbakwe, Awa Kalu worked tirelessly with his colleagues to ensure that the products of the school especially the law faculty measured up to the accepted professional standard. The young law faculty despite its teething take-off challenges strived to give the very best to her students through the uniting and selfless contribution of Awa Kalu and his team of youthful buy dynamic professional colleagues. Till date, most students that passed through the institution under the coaching skills of Awa Kalu remain grateful that he painstakingly taught them the nuances of the law of Evidence, Torts, Criminal Law and other law courses that effectively equipped them for legal combat in all spheres of human endeavours.
Prominent amongst his former students are Senator Anyim Pius Anyim GCON, Secretary to Government of the Federation; Chief Ume Kalu, Attorney-General of Abia State; Mr. J. U.K Igwe, SAN; Elder Paul Ananaba, SAN; Prof. Anselm Chidi Odinkalu, Chairman, Human Rights Commission; Chief Emeka Wogu, Hon. Uzo Azubuike of the House of Representatives; Chief Chuka Odom, former Minister of State for FCT; Professor Nnamdi Obiaeriri, Associate Professor Chris Anyanwu, Associate Professor Sam Erugo, Dr. K.U.K Ekwueme, several judges of various State/Federal High Courts, corporate executives etc. As an advocate, Awa Kalu is painstaking. He leaves no stone unturned. He is meticulous and abides always by the ethics and doctrine of the legal profession. He enjoys the respect and admiration of his seniors, mates and juniors alike. In 1989, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. He had the unique opportunity of serving two Attorneys-General in a stretch, Hon. Prince Bola Ajibola SAN and Hon. Sir. Clement Akpamgbo SAN.
It is worthy to not that Awa’s tenure and records of advancement of frontiers of legal education alongside Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN (his co-Special Adviser to the duo of Attorney-General of the Federation at the material time) at the Federal Ministry of justice is yet to be surpassed in recent time. It is on record that kalu and Osinbajo revitalized the production of All Nigeria Law Reports; revised the Laws of the Federal 1990; mid-wifed the company and Allied Matters Decree 1990 & the BOFID.
Attorney_General of Abia State 1999-2003