Prof Obe, attended Ilesa Grammar School and Igbobi College 1962-1968 and the University of Lagos from 1968-1971 where he obtained a B.Sc. Hons in Mathematics (First Class) in 1971. He also obtained M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science in 1973 and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil Engineering with specialisation in Applied Mechanics/Systems in 1976 both from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Prof. Obe was a Commonwealth Scholar (Canada) (1972-1976); an NSERC/CIDA (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council/Canadian International Development Agency and a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar (1980 – 1981). He served the University of Lagos from 1 October 1972 as a Graduate Assistant through 1976 as Lecturer Grade II till 1983 as Professor. He also served as head of Engineering Analysis Unit (1991 – 1995) and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University (1995-1999).
In April 2000, Prof Obe was appointed deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos and later became the vice-chancellor by May 1, 2002. He was the chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities and was awarded the Best Vice Chancellor’s Prize (2004 and 2005) for the Nigerian University System (NUS). Prof Obe is president of the Nigerian Academy of Science and is the current Vice-chancellor of the Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ikwo( FUNAI), Ebonyi State. He has published extensively in reputable international journals and has written and delivered numerous academic, social, advocacy, papers since his appointment as professor.