Dr. (Sir) Jude Nnam a.k.a Ancestor, has been acclaimed by many as a great musicologist and the most prolific music writer of the Catholic Church in Africa. He has hundreds of original pieces and arrangements in several languages (English, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Bini, Efik, Igala, Ibibio, Swahili, Ashanti, Zulu, Spanish, Esan, Kalabari, French and the latest in Chinese and Hindu) to his name.
He has certificates in music from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Trinity College of Music, London (TCM) and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
He is a multi-instrumentalist with his unique style of musical accompaniment that has influenced the greater fraction of the young and upcoming organists in the Catholic Church all over the world. Dr. Jude Nnam was part of the music contingents led by Prof. Dan. Agu, who represented Anambra State and won the highly coveted ‘Golden Gong’ trophy in the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) held in Bauchi in 1989.
A music director par excellence, Sir Jude Nnam directed the “Papal Choir of a thousand Voices” in Abuja during Saint Pope John Paul 11’s second visit to Nigeria, March 1998.
Recently, he became involved in efforts to bridge the canyon, created by ethnic and denominational divides, between choir groups in Nigeria through musical activities. A recent survey showed that no Sunday Mass ends in most part of Africa, Europe and America without at least two of Jude Nnam’s numerous songs having been sung, especially within the African worshipping community. Sir Jude Nnam can safely be said to be the greatest and highest composer of Catholic songs today.
Dr. (Sir) Jude Nnam was nominated and endorsed by YAMAHA MUSIC GULF, the world’s foremost music company as the first YAMAHA AMBASSADOR FOR AFRICA ON CHURCH MUSIC. Five, out of his numerous original choral compositions were selected and included as DEMO songs in the new YAMAHA EXPANSION PACK! By this, Sir Jude Nnam became the first African to achieve this feat. The five songs are: In thanksgiving and love Take and sanctify, Pay back time, A gift from my heart and In love with Jesus.
In 2002, Sir Jude Nnam was knighted by the Catholic Church of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to the growth of liturgical music and he became a member of the Brotherhood of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria (ksm).
Jude Nnam Foundation (JNF) is a non-government Organisation founded by Sir Jude Nnam, which takes care of the clinical and educational needs of children living with Down Syndrome. The Foundation is also into youth mentoring and encouragement of using musical activities as a way of fighting stress (Music Therapy). The Jude Nnam Chorale (JNC) is a choral group based in Abuja which takes care of the musical arm of the foundation.
Sir Jude Nnam is currently working as the; Music Director, Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral Garki, Abuja. Music Director, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja. Music Coordinator, Catholic Television Abuja, Nigeria. National Music Director, National Catholic Liturgical Council, Nigeria (NACALIMCON).