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On the Path of Destiny is an autobiography of Distinguished Prof. John Oamen Igene. It tells the story of his entire life from birth through schools, working career, marriage and family life. Destiny has had significant impacts in the course of his life. In particular, the book tells the story of the faithfulness of the Lord in his life; how God orchestrated time and chance in his favour and brought him to enviable heights.
This book is a testament of God’s intervention in human affairs, turning disappointments into appointments which has translated into uncommon blessings in the life of the author from absolute nothing to something; all by God’s grace and mercy. The details of the circumstances, challenges and opportunities which propelled the life of Professor John Oamen Igene on his journey of life, love of family and sacrifice are clearly set forth in this book.
Born at Afuda Uwessan, Esan Central LGA of Edo State, Nigeria on 27th March, 1948, Distinguished Prof. J.O. Igene grew up in an environment where he was denied early primary school education.
A Fellow and a Past National President of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (FNIFST); he holds a B.Sc. Hons. (Ibadan), M.Sc. and PhD (Michigan State) all by academic scholarships and has been a full Professor of Food Science and Technology since 1987. He has had working experience at the Universities of Maiduguri (1979-1993) and Benin (1993 – date) all in Nigeria. He is the 1st Distinguished Professor of Research and Innovation of the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.
As a creative individual, he developed the first undergraduate degree programme in Food Science and Technology in Northern Nigeria in 1981. He has held various positions in Unimaid and Uniben such as Head of Department, Dean, Director etc He pioneered the Uniben Enterprises and was its Chairman/CEO (1998-2005) and in the process created the Uniben Table Water, as well as the Kilishi Project and was the Visionary Pioneer of the Faculty of Agriculture Multipurpose Cooperative Society as well as managing the University Guest House and the Printing Press.
Distinguished Professor Igene is a multiple prize winner and was a Pfizer Travel Fellow 1981, Senior Fulbright Scholar 1983; Association of Commonwealth Universities Fellow to the University of Agriculture, Malaysia (1989); National Facilitator/Consultant to the FGN/FAO National Programme on Food Security (NPFS) 2008-2010 and Visiting Professor/Consultant to the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) 2015-2018. He has Consulted extensively for National and International Organizations (UNICEF, FAO, FMI, NILS, RMRDC, UNDP) on Food Science and Technology and Agricultural related matters.
He is happily married with children and grand children and was a Past President of the Ugbowo Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship International ( FGBMFI) 2011-2015.
Professor Esosa Bob-Osaze is the consummate teacher, researcher and mentor of several professors and students of Financial Management, Investment Analysis/ Portfolio Theory and Emerging Capital Markets. In 2017, he celebrated thirty years as a full tenured professor of the University of Benin, a UBA Plc distinguished Professor of Finance of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a distinguished Professor of Capital Markets and The Stock Exchange at the University of Benin, Benin City, an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Veritas University, Abuja and Nassarawa State University, Keffi. He was also a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton. He was adjudged the Best Professor of Banking and Finance in Africa by the Africa Leadership Awards in Port Louis, Mauritius in 2013. Professor Bob-Osaze has produced fourteen Ph.Ds, six of whom are now professors. Ten others whom he taught at the undergraduate and MSc levels are also professors in their own right. Professor Bob-Osaze is still teaching and conducting research while consulting for industry. He has served as a Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Abuja, Nigeria and as a Capital Market Adjudicator on capital market offences, malfeasance and defalcations as a Member of the Administrative Proceedings Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Professor Bob-Osaze is married to Barrister Faith Osaze with three children and six grandchildren.
PROFESSOR CLEMENT ODIGIE OSIME
MBBS, MSC, FMCS, FWACS, DMAS, FMAS, LLB, BL, FICS, FACS
In this book, Prof. Clement Odigie Osime gives a vivid account of the circumstances surrounding his birth. He talks of the difficulties encountered in his early days particularly after he lost his father at a very tender age. He recounts his experiences right from primary, secondary and tertiary school days. His work experiences and life’s challenges are also captured in this book. The main focus of this motivational book is to encourage everyone that, with determination and God on your side, you can get to any level in life that you desire to get to; life’s numerous challenges notwithstanding. He concludes the book by giving special thanks to God who has been his help in ages past and his hope in the years to come. Professor Osime’s life is indeed a life that has been defined by God Himself hence the title of the book – Defined by Destiny: My Story.
Abel l. Guobadia graduated B.Sc.(Honours) Physics, University of London from the University College, Ibadan in 1957. He obtained the Ph.D Degree in experimental solid state physics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U. S. A. in 1966. He taught in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and in the University of Lagos where he rose to the position of senior lecturer in Physics. From 1971 to 1976, he was the President of the Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN).
He was appointed the Director of Planning of the National Universities Commission in 1971. The National Universities Commission is the government body established for the coordination and management of university education in Nigeria. Abel Guobadia was the acting Executive Secretary of the body for two years before he voluntarily retired from the mainstream civil service in 1983.
Upon his retirement, he was for three years, a commissioner in the former Bendel State of Nigeria and later, Nigeria’s Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Korea from 1987 to 1991. Guobadia has also held a number of part-time appointments as chairman or member of several Federal and State boards of parastatals and other government agencies. He was chairman of council and pro-chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. His last public appointment was his chairmanship of the Independent National Electoral Commission from May 2000 to May 2005. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), a non-governmental organization devoted to research and advocacy in women’s reproductive health.
Dr. Guobadia is happily married with three illustrious sons and a daughter, namely; Ibude, Imasogie, Idemudia and Itohan respectively.
He is also the author of Reflections of a Nigerian Electoral Umpire.
Abel I. Guobadia graduated B. Sc.(Honours) Physics, University of London from the University College, Ibadan in 1957. He obtained the Ph. D. Degree in experimental solid state physics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U. S. A. in 1966. He taught in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and in the University of Lagos where he rose to the position of senior lecturer in physics. From 1971 to 1976, he was the President of the Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN).
He was appointed the Director of Planning of the National Universities Commission in 1971. The National Universities Commission is the government body established for the co-ordination and management of university education in Nigeria. Abel Guobadia was the acting Executive Secretary of the body for two years before he voluntarily retired from the mainstream civil service in 1983.
Upon his retirement, he was for three years, a commissioner in the former Bendel State of Nigeria and later, Nigeria’s ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Korea from 1987 to 1991. Guobadia has also held a number of part-time appointments as chairman or member of several federal and state boards of parastatals and other government agencies. He was chairman of council and pro-chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. His last public appointment was his chairmanship of the Independent National Electoral Commission from May 2000 to May 2005. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Women’s Health and Action Research Council (WHARC), a non-governmental organisation devoted to research and advocacy in women’s reproductive health. Dr Guobadia is happily married with three illustrious sons and a daughter.
The Nemesis of Power is the story of Agho Obaseki, a dependable, efficient and capable agent of the British who filled the vacuum created as a result of the Oba’s deportation by assuming the leading role among Benin chiefs. Agho’s success based on his sterling qualities as a leader and statesman won him British support but made him numerous enemies amongst Benin chiefs.
This account deals with the life and times of Agho Obaseki, a prominent chief, paramount ruler, district head and Iyase of Benin, 1897-1920. The whole spectrum of the times of Agho Obaseki is examined and analysed in sufficient depth to show vividly the factionalism, polarization of the society and the major confrontations between divergent interest groups in colonial Benin. He emerged from the account as a perfect representative of that group of Africans who used the colonial regime to achieve a tenure of power unparalleled in the history of their kingdoms and localities.
Professor P.A. Igbafe graduated in History, University of London in 1961 and obtained his Ph.D degree from the University of Ibadan in 1968. He lectured at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (then University of Ife) 1964-1975. He was appointed Bendel State Commissioner 1975-1978 and appointed Professor of History, University of Benin in 1978. He was an elected member of the National Constitutional Conference 1994-1995. He was made a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria (FHSN) in 2008 and conferred with the national honours award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, MFR, in 2011. He has published several books and contributed in various journals.
This is an autobiography of Chief (Professor) E. U. Emovon. It tells the story of his life, his achievements, contribution and service to his Country and humanity. It also expresses his views and opinion on some contemporary issues in education and science for development. It is recommended for libraries.
Professor (Chief) E. U. Emovon was born in Benin City on February 24, 1929. He was educated in Edo College, Benin City, University College, Ibadan and University College, London and became the first Nigerian to obtain the Ph.D degree of the University of London in Physical Chemistry in 1959.
He spent most of his working life in the University system in such appointments as Dean, Faculty of Science, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor in some Nigerian Ivory Towers.
His public service appointments included member and/or chairman of some Boards, Commissions and Committees at National, State and Local Government levels. The highpoint of his public service was as Minister of Science and Technology under President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
He is a holder of the traditional Chieftaincy title: The Obayangbona of Benin Kingdom and a recipient of the National Honour Award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science (FAS) and Justice of the Peace (JP) amongst others.
He is happily married to Princess Adesuwa of the Benin Royal Family and they are blessed with illustrious three daughters and three sons.
This book is an attempt to bring to limelight the issues surrounding Ogiamienism in Benin history. It traces Benin history from the Owere era to Ogisos with emphasis on Ogiso Owodo’s maladministration, the interregnum of Evian as a leader (Okaevbo) and Ogiamien’s insurgency. The history of Ekaladerhan and the Benin – Ife relationships was also brought to bear on how Oba Ewedo ruthlessly put paid to Ogiamienism with the memorable battle at Ekiokpagha in about 1255 AD which ultimately eliminated all forms of republicanism in Benin Kingdom. Concerned persons (indigenes and non-indigenes) where taken aback in 2015 when Ogiamien family tried to resurface the insurgency which had been eliminated about 800 years ago. This book once again is an attempt to trace the historical facts and highlight the truths of the matter for all people of goodwill.
Chief (Hon.) Osayomwabo Osemwegie Ero hails from the great Ero family of Urubi, Benin City. Chief Ero is one of the seven Kingmakers in Benin Kingdom.
He has M.Ed Language Art Curriculum, PGDE Education and B.A. (Hons) linguistics and Edo Language (Combined) all from the University of Benin, Benin City and Diploma in Edo Studies, University of Lagos. He has taught in several primary, secondary schools, teacher training colleges and College of Education, Ekiadolor Benin. He later joined the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in 1974 and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (F.R.C.N) where he retired in 1987. He has published many books written in English and Edo Languages. He was honoured with chieftaincy titles of OBAZOGBON (2004), EDOBAYOKHAE (Eghaevbo N’Ogbe) (2011) and OKAO of Evbuerhoba Communities in 2014 respectively by the Oba of Benin Kingdom. He can be reached on 08055828788 and 08138428887.
Mr. S.P. Owie is an educationist, a school administrator and a trained writer. He holds the following Degrees: Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.Ed), University of Calabar, Masters in Adult and Non-formal Education (M.Ed) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA) both from University of Benin, Benin City.
Mr. Owie is a member of various Professional Educational bodies both in Nigeria and abroad. He has taught and served as a school head in both Cross-River and Edo States. He is currently a full time writer specializing in cultural and biographical writings. He can be contacted on 08032479110 and Owiepedro@yahoo.com.
This book is a collection of the citations written by the author between 1980 and 2011 at different times and in different institutions. Many of them were written at the University of Benin between 1980 and 1988 while the second group of citations were written at Benson Idahosa University between 2009 and 2015. Three of the citations were written for Igbinedion University, Okada in 2003. The citations throw into bold relief the lives and the very illustrious careers of some notable and eminent personalities here in Nigeria and abroad. The presentation is characteristically lucid, vivid and in flowing language for which the author has become well-known.
Reading them is exhilarating; the lives of the heroes and heroines come alive in a fashion that is forcefully real.
Philip Aigbona Igbafe, Professor of History and International Studies, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, since 1978 has lectured at various Nigerian universities since 1964. He retired from the University of Benin in 2006 and now lectures at Benson Idahosa University, Benin City. He served as Commissioner for Works and Transport, Bendel State Executive Council 1975 – 1976, and Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs and Culture 1976 – 1978. He was a member of the National Constitutional Conference, Abuja where he was the chairman, Committee on Power Sharing 1994 – 1995. He has also served as chairman and member of several boards and corporations at national and state levels. He is the author of Obaseki of Benin (Heinemann, London 1972), Benin under British Administration: The Impact of Colonial Rule on an African Kingdom, 1897 – 1938 (Longman, London, 1979), The Nemesis of Power: Agho Obaseki and Benin Politics 1897-1956 (Macmillan, 1991) revised and reprinted 2016 (Mindex Publishing Company, Benin City). His forthcoming volume is Troubled Times: Politics, Power and Conflicts in Benin, 1991 – 1993. He has also published widely and internationally in numerous books and academic journals.
He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria, FHSN and a recipient of the national honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR.
Senator Professor Adego Erhiawarie EFERAKEYA hails from Aghalokpe near Sapele in Delta State of Nigeria. He is a holder of B Pharm (Ife, now OAU), PhD and MD (Kansas, USA) degrees. Thus, he is a Pharmacist, Pharmacologist and Physician. He is a bridge between Pharmacy and Medicine. He is a retired (not tired) Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.
Professor Eferakeya is the author of the book titled “High Blood Pressure Time Bomb”, and also co-authored the book “Some Contemporary Health Issues” with Professors Peter Hugbo and James I. Ogonor. He has published many scientific research papers in reputable national and international journals.
He taught Pharmacology and Toxicology (for twenty six years) to undergraduate Dental, Medical and Pharmacy students and graduate students within and outside Nigeria. He supervised many MSc and PhD students some of whom are now Professors.
Administratively, Sir Eferakeya functioned as the Chief Pharmacist of the defunct Bendel State; Head, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin; Chairman, Department of Pharmacology, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Professor Eferakeya served his Country, Nigeria, as a Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria (2007 – 2011). He is honoured with Chieftaincy titles of OKAKURO, The Omakpokpor of Okpe Kingdom, The Ohworode of Mosogar Kingdom and The Ogburebe of Uvwie Kingdom. Sir Eferakeya is a Catholic Church Knight of the Order of Knights of Saint Mulumba Nigeria, (KSM). He is happily married to Barr. Lady Chief Oyeiwo M. Eferakeya (LSM, nee Osime) and the marriage is blessed with lovely children.