Honorable was born on 22nd September 1924 in Oguta, Imo State, hence he is fondly called Oputa from Oguta. He had his early education in Sacred Heart School, Oguta and Christ the king College, Onitsha.
After this, he proceeded to Yaba Higher College but was sent along with others to the famous Achimota College, Ghana, then Gold Coast due to the aftermath of the Second World war. There he graduated with B.Sc (Hon) Economics in 1945. After this he came back to Nigeria and took up a teaching appointment with Calabari National College. He later came to Lagos where he worked as an ADO (Assistant District Officer). It was here that Justice Oputa achieved a remarkable feat; he studied at home and obtained his BA (Hon) history at home. In 1966, Justice Oputa was appointed Judge of the High Court of the then Eastern Nigeria and moved on to become the first Chief Judge of Imo State ten years later.
In 1984, he rose to the position of Honorable Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He distinguished himself as a man moved by classical works of literature, history and divinity and brought this to bear on the Supreme Court. Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, Charly boy’s father has been in critical condition for sometime now, and his son is very concerned about his health, wrote a touching memo about his ailing father: narrating his growing years and his relationship with his father. Finally, Justice suffered a stroke and gave in to the stings of death. Farewell