Nigerian politician and Senator Joy Emodi who was declared the elected Senator for the Anambra North constituency of Anambra State, Nigeria in 2005 after the election of Emmanuel Anosike was annulled. She was born on born May 23, 1955 in Onitsha, Anambra State and is of Igbo extraction.
Emodi attended the Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha and went on to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she earned a B.Sc. in Geography Education (1979), and then an LLB. Law (1985). After further legal training at the Nigeria Law School, Lagos she became a professional lawyer in 1987.
She was an Education Officer with the Anambra State Schools Board (1983–1986), then Executive Secretary, Anambra State Development Authority (1994–1995) and was also elected National Deputy Chairman in 1994. In 1995 she represented Nigeria at the Third African-American Summit in Senegal and at the World Women Conference in Beijing China. In 1996, Emodi became the National Legal Adviser for the Congress for National Consensus (CNC) party during the administration of General Sani Abacha.
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In February 2005, Emodi took her seat as the winner of Anambra East/West Constituency of the House of Representatives. She was appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, and a member of committees on Senate Services, Communications, Federal Capital Territory, Housing, Privatization, Sports and Women Affairs & Youth Development.
Emodi was re-elected in 2007, but her second election was appealed by Alphonsus Obi Igbeke, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate who was declared winner on 25 March 2010.