John Ugwuamakofia Nwodo was a former member of the Eastern Regional House of Assembly who later was a minister of Commerce and Industry in the East and later a minister of Local Government. He was the patriarch of the Nwodo family of Ukehe, near Nsukka, Enugu State.
Nwodo was in born Ukehe, Nsukka to the family of a paramount chief, Odo Nwokoro. He got married in 1930 to Josephine Diyoke. He received his education at the Catholic St Peter's School Enugu, and then went on to study at Government College, Umuahia and later earned a diploma in Public Health. He started work as a treasury clerk in the Nsukka Native Authority and later became a health superintendent. In the early 1950s, in the midst of the regional elections and the movement for independence, he was elected a member of the Eastern House of Assembly and served in the assembly for 14 years from 1952-19566. He was a parliamentary secretary for Health and later works. After the proscription of political activities in 1966, he entered the businessworld and was also the proprietor of Premier Secondary School, Nsukka. He was also involved in the movement for the creation of Enugu state.
Nwodo was a member of various community organizations. In the 1950s, he was a member of the Nsukka Overseas Education Fund and later served as vice president of the Nsukka Federal Union and President of the igbo Etiti County Council.