University of Nigeria, Nsukka – Faculties, Alumni & Vice Chancellors

The University of Nigeria, commonly referred to as UNN (with Nickname – Lions & Lionesses), is a federal University located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. The University of Nigeria was the first “indigenous” university in Nigeria, and the second University in Nigeria after the University of Ibadan. The current Vice Chancellor is Professor Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba

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UNN is founded in 1955 and formally opened on October 7th 1960. The University of Nigeria has four Campuses – Nsukka (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN), Enugu (University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, UNEC) and Ituku-Ozalla – located in Enugu State (University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH) and one in Aba, Abia State Nigeria (University of Nigeria Aba Campus, UNAC).

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The Nsukka Campus houses the Faculties of Agriculture, Arts, Biological Sciences, Education, Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

The Enugu Campus houses the Faculties of Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Law and Medical Sciences.

UNTH hosts the Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences and Technology while The Aba Campus (UNAC) hosts the institute of Nigerian Languages.

The University has 15 Faculties and 102 Academic Departments. The university offers 82 Undergraduate programs and 211 postgraduate programmes. The University celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 2010.

Recently, The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) recognised the former Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Institution, Prof Bartho Okolo with the conferment of an award of excellence. The VC was named the Best Vice-Chancellor in Nigeria in infrastructure development.

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University of Nigeria is one of the country’s leading institutions and remains one of the few institutions in Africa that researches and offers courses in astronomy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Mission of the great institution is to Restore the Dignity of Man.

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Notable Alumni from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka

  • Brig-Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, Former Director General, National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) (2011 – 2013)
  • Lam Adesina, pioneer class of 1963; Governor of Oyo State, Nigeria (1999–2003)
  • Olisa Agbakoba, class of 1977 (Law); Senior Advocate of Nigeria; founder of Nigeria’s foremost human rights organization, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (2006 – 2008)
  • Gabriel O. Ajayi, class of 1965 (Physics); Professor of Communications, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; first Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Abuja
  • Dora Akunyili, Federal Minister of Information and Communication, Nigeria (2008–2010) and Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)(2001 – )
  • C. Amucheazi, former Director-General, National Orientation Agency
  • Sullivan Chime, Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria (2007 – date)
  • Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, Nigeria
  • Joy Emordi, class of 1979; Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Anambra North Senatorial Zone, Anambra State) 2003 –
  • Akpan Isemin, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria (1992–1993)
  • Ousman Jammeh, Gambian Foreign Minister (2009–2010)
  • Gregory Ngaji, class of 1977; Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Cross River North Senatorial constituency, Cross River) 2003 –
  • Chris Ngige, Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria (2003–2007) and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Anambra State, Anambra Central Senatorial District), 2011 – date
  • Chimaroke Nnamani, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Enugu East Senatorial District, Enugu State) and Governor of Enugu State (1999–2007)
  • Peter Obi, Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria (2006 – date)
  • Peter Odili, Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria (1999–2007)
  • Osita Ogbu, Former Economic Adviser to the President and Minister of National Planning Commission of Nigeria
  • Kanayo KGB Oguakwa, class of 1987, Member, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria(Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency, Enugu State) 2003 –
  • Fabian Osuji, former Federal Minister of Education
  • Oserheimen Osunbor, Governor of Edo State, Nigeria (2007–2008) and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Edo State, Edo Central Senatorial District), 1999–2007
  • Niki Tobi, first person to earn a PhD in Law from University of Nigeria (1983); Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Nigeria (2002–2010)
  • T.G. Toby, pioneer class of 1963 and former Deputy Governor, Rivers State, Nigeria
  • Patrick Utomi, Presidential candidate for the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the Nigerian April 2007 elections and former Director of the Center for Applied Economics, Lagos Business School, Pan African University
  • Michael Ade-Ojo, class of 1965 (Business Administration); founder of Elizade Nigeria Limited, major distributors of Toyota Motors in Nigeria
  • Assisi Asobie, Chairman of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and former President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Nigeria
  • Cathy Echeozo, Deputy Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc
  • Godwin Emefiele, Group Managing Director/CEO, Zenith Bank Plc, Nigeria
  • O’tega Emerhor, class of 1983 (Accountancy); Vice Chairman/Group CEO, Standard Alliance Insurance Plc
  • Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice President (Africa Region), World Bank and Federal Minister of Education (2006–2007) and Solid Minerals Development (2005–2006), Nigeria
  • Chima Ibeneche, former Managing Director, Nigeria LNG Limited and former, Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO)
  • Gerald Ilukwe, Managing Director/CEO, Galaxy Backbone Plc and former, General Manager of Microsoft Nigeria
  • Emmanuel C. Iwuanyanwu, Businessman
  • Tunde Lemo, Deputy Governor (Operations), Central Bank of Nigeria and former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Wema Bank Plc, Nigeria
  • Okey Nwuke, Executive Director, Institutional Banking, Access Bank Plc, Nigeria
  • Emeka Onwuka, Chairman, Enterprise Bank and former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank Plc, Nigeria
  • Arunma Oteh, Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria and Vice-President for Corporate Services, African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (2006–2009)
  • Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Governor Central Bank of Nigeria (2004–2009)
  • Herbert Wigwe, Group Deputy Managing Director and Co-founder, Access Bank Plc, Nigeria
  • Cyril N Enweze, Director IMF -Fmr, Vice President ADB-Fmr, Vice President IFAD, Rome – Fmr
  • Chukwuma Anyanwu, Pharmacist, Epidemiologist and Zoologist
  • Charles Chidume, Professor of Mathematics, President, African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, Nigeria and Mathematician, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy
  • Okwesilieze Nwodo, Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria (1992 – 1993)
  • Pius N. Okeke, Professor of Physics and first person to earn a PhD in Physics (1975) from the University of Nigeria
  • Ola-Rotimi Matthew Ajayi, pioneer Vice Chancellor, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State (2011 – ); Professor of Political Science
  • Abhulimen Richard Anao, Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, Nigeria (1999–2004)
  • Christian C. Anieke, pioneer Vice Chancellor, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu (2009 – ); Professor of English and Catholic Priest
  • Boniface C.E. Egboka, Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State (June 2009 – ); Professor of Environmental Hydrogeology
  • James Epoke, Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar (2010 – ); Professor of Microbiology
  • Chibuzo Ogbuagu, Vice Chancellor, Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State; Professor of Economics
  • Ogwo Ekeoma Ogwo, pioneer Vice Chancellor, Renaissance University, Ugbawka, Enugu State (2006 – 2011) and former, Vice Chancellor, Abia State University (2000 – 2005); Professor of Marketing
  • Austin Ilochi Okafor,(SAN), former Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka;Former Attorney General in the old Anambra state; Profesor of Law.
  • Jacob K. Olupona, Professor of African Religious Traditions and Chair of the Committee on African studies at the Harvard Divinity School with a joint appointment as Professor of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University
  • O. Onah, former Vice Chancellor, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria; Professor of Marketing
  • Celestine O. E. Onwuliri, former Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State (2006 – 2011) and acting Vice Chancellor, University of Jos; Professor of Zoology.
  • Chidi Obi, Scientist, California, USA
  • Lam Adesina, Governor ofOyo State, Nigeria (1999–2003)
  • Akpan Isemin, Governor ofAkwa Ibom State, Nigeria (1992–1993)
  • Dora Akunyili, Federal Minister of Information and Communication, Nigeria (2008–2010) and Director-General,National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)(2001 – )
  • Esther Ebigbo, Resonance gospel music group singer and first class graduate of Philosophy, University of Nigeria Enugu campus.
  • Sullivan Chime, Governor ofEnugu State, Nigeria (2007 – date)
  • Glory Chuku, formerMBGN
  • Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, Nigeria
  • Joy Emodi, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Anambra North Senatorial Zone, Anambra State) 2003 –
  • Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice President (Africa Region),World Bank and Federal Minister of Education (2006–2007) and Solid Minerals Development (2005–2006), Nigeria
  • Aituaje Iruobe(WAJE), singer and songwriter
  • Ousman Jammeh, Gambian Foreign Minister (2009–2010)
  • Marcia Kure, artist
  • Gregory Ngaji, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Cross River North Senatorial constituency, Cross River) 2003 – 2011
  • Chris Ngige, Governor ofAnambra State, Nigeria (2003–2007) and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Anambra State, Anambra Central Senatorial District), 2011 – date
  • Chimaroke Nnamani, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Enugu East Senatorial District, Enugu State) and Governor of Enugu State (1999–2007)
  • Okwesilieze Nwodo, Governor ofEnugu State, Nigeria (1992 – 1993)
  • Nwabueze Nwokolo, lawyer and chair of BSN: Black Solicitors Network, UK
  • Jide Obi, former singer
  • Peter Obi, Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria (2006 – date)
  • Peter Odili, Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria (1999–2007)
  • Olu Oguibe, Professor of Art and African-American Studies and interim Director of the Institute for African American Studies at theUniversity of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs, Nigeria;MBGN 1988, Miss Intercontinental 1989
  • Chris Okotie, Televangelist and pastor of the Household of God Church International Ministries
  • Jacob K. Olupona, Professor of African Religious Traditions and Chair of the Committee on African studies at theHarvard Divinity School with a joint appointment as Professor of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University
  • Zack Orji, actor
  • Fabian Osuji, former Federal Minister of Education
  • Oserheimen Osunbor, Governor ofEdo State, Nigeria (2007–2008) and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Edo State, Edo Central Senatorial District), 1999–2007
  • Arunma Oteh, Director-General,Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria and Vice-President for Corporate Services, African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (2006–2009)
  • Charles Chukwuma Soludo, GovernorCentral Bank of Nigeria (2004–2009)
  • Niki Tobi,Associate JusticeSupreme Court of Nigeria (2002–2010)
  • Obiora Udechukwu, head, Fine Arts Department, Lawrence University, New York
  • Patrick Utomi, Presidential candidate for the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the Nigerian April 2007 elections and former Director of the Center for Applied Economics,Lagos Business School, Pan African University
  • Uzo, New York based film director and producer
  • Chinua Achebe, Emeritus Professor of English, 1985
  • Adiele Afigbo, renowned Professor of History (1966–1992)
  • Samuel A. Aluko, professor of Economics and Chairman of the National Economic Intelligence Committee (NEIC)
  • El Anatsui, Africa’s most famous artist and Professor of Sculpture
  • Alexander Animalu, Emeritus Professor of Physics and former Research Scientist, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America; former President, Nigerian Academy of Science and Director-General, National Mathematical Centre, Abuja
  • Peter Onyekwere Ebigbo, father of Esther Ebigbo, Professor of Clinical Psychology, College of Medicine University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. Department of Psychological Medicine, Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (2005 – 2007), Foundation Director, Directorate for Research and Publication College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu (1998 – 2005), Formerly Deputy Provost, College of Medicine (1992-1998), Former Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology (1989-1991), Former Chairman, University of Nigeria Secondary School Board of Governors, Former Head Department of Psychological Medicine College of Medicine
  • Anya O. Anya, Professor of Zoology and former, President, Nigerian Academy of Science
  • Eme Awa, Professor of Political Science and Chairman, National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), 1987 – 1989
  • Michael J.C. Echeruo, pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Imo State University (1981 – 1988); Professor of English
  • James O.C. Ezeilo, Professor of Mathematics, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria and Bayero University Kano; pioneer Director-General, National Mathematical Center, Abuja; one of a trio of mathematicians (withChike Obi and Adegoke Olubummo) who pioneered modern mathematics research in Nigeria
  • Babs Fafunwa, Emeritus Professor of Education; First Dean of the Faculty of Education and Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria (1964 – 1966); Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and the first Nigerian recipient of a doctoral degree in education; former Federal Minister of Education
  • Gaius Igboeli, Professor of Animal Science, Vice-Chancellor, Paul University; former Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State and former, Pro-Chancellor, Enugu State University of Science and Technology
  • C. Iloeje, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; former Commissioner (Research and Development), Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Abuja; former Director, Energy Planning and Analysis, Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Abuja
  • Eni Njoku, Professor of Botanist; First Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, 1962 – 1965 and Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria, 1966 – 1967
  • Augustine N. Njoku-Obi, Professor of Virology; Developer of Cholera vaccine during the Nigerian-Biafran War
  • Ben O. Nwabueze, Professor of Law
  • Michael A. Nwachuku, renowned Professor of Electronic Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri; First Dean, Faculty of Engineering and First Head, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nigeria
  • Osita D.I. Nwokah, Professor of Control Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States and former Chairman of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, United States of America
  • Thomas C. Nwodo, Professor of Electrical Engineering, former Acting Vice-Chancellor, Enugu State University of Science and Technology (1998), co-founder and first President, Internet Society (ISOC), Nigeria Chapter; visiting Professor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  • Chukuedu Nwokolo, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, first Head, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine and co-founder, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu
  • Humphrey Nwosu, Professor of Political Science and Chairman, National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), 1989 – 1993
  • Ikenna Nzimiro, Distinguished Social Anthropologist
  • Chuka O.G. Obah, former Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  • Chukuka Okonjo, Professor of Economics and first Nigerian Head of Economics Department; former Director, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana; former Director, Centre for Population Studies, University of Ibadan
  • Samuel Okoye, renowned Professor of Astrophysics
  • Gilbert O. Onuaguluchi, Professor of Pharmacology and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Jos (1975–1978)
  • Cyril A. Onwumechili, Professor of Physics and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ife and Anambra State University of Technology; first indigenous Head, Department of Physics, University of Nigeria
  • Bernard Maruwa Amalaha, Department of education,(1966-1974), former Dean school of education, Alvan Ikoku college of education (1974-1979)
  • Samuel Okoye, Professor of Astrophysics
  • Peter Uchenna Nwangwu, Professor of pharmacology, toxicology and clinical pharmacy.

 

The Vice-Chancellor is supported by two deputy vice-chancellors. Former and current persons who have fulfilled the position are:

  • Professor Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba: 2014 – Present
  • Professor Barth Okolo: 2009 – June 2014
  • Professor Chinedu O. Nebo: June 2004 – June 2009
  • Professor Ginigeme Francis Mbanefoh: 1999 – 2004
  • Professor Umaru Gomwalk: May 1994 – (appointed as the Sole Administrator)
  • Professor Oleka K. Udeala:1992 – 1995
  • Professor Chimere Ikoku: 1985 –
  • Professor Frank Nwachukwu Ndili: 1980 – Oct. 1985
  • Professor Umaru Shehu: 1978 – 1979
  • Professor James O.C. Ezeilo: 1975 – 1978
  • Professor Herbert C. Kodilinye: 1971 – 1975
  • Professor Eni Njoku: July 1966 – 1967; 1967 – 1970
  • Professor Glen L. Taggart: 1964 – 1966
  • George Marion Johnson: 1960 – 1964

Credits: Wiki, Ibiwoye, Dotun, UNN Alumni Associations

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