Nigeria: General Elections 2019

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Professor Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu

Professor Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu

Prof Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu was born on 25 October 1963. He hails from Alor in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State. He obtained his WAEC in 1980 from Oraukwu High School, Oraukwu and spent a year at the Higher School at the Federal Government College, Ikot-Ekpene before proceeding to the University in 1982. He attended and obtained educational qualifications from the following institutions.

  • Anambra State University of Technology, Enugu. B.Sc. (Hons), Applied Biochemistry, 1986
  • University of Ibadan, M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry, 1988.
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Ph.D. in Applied Biochemistry, 1992.
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Govt. (Executive Education). LDM Cert. 2012

Professional career

He started his career as an Assistant lecturer in the Department of Applied Biochemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences in the then Anambra State University of Enugu 1989 and rose to the rank of Lecturer II in 1993. Following the creation of the then Anambra State into Anambra and Enugu State and the splitting of the University, he joined the services of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka attaining the rank of a Professor in the Department of Applied Biochemistry in 2001 at the age of 38yrs. In 2010 he was appointed a dual Professor in the Department of Drug & Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the same University.

Francis C. Ezeonu is active in teaching and research, well published and have an impressive academic web presence. Some of his publications have been variously cited by other researchers internationally and one of his research publications, Seasonal profile of nitrate and nitrite in potable water sources in Onitsha, published in Environmental Toxicology and Water Quality (Canada) in 1996 is cited as one of the Scientific Supporting Documents adopted for Nitrate Quality Guidelines in Canada.

He has served as an external examiner to many Nigerian Universities and has supervised and mentored a lot of academics some of whom have become professors. He served as a visiting lecturer at different times to Ebonyi State University, Abakiliki and Madonna University, Okija, and played key roles in the development of the Biochemistry curriculum in both universities.

Professional recognitions

He is an erudite scholar with high reputation and visibility in his academic discipline and command respect among his peers nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB) and a Chartered Member, Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON). His is a Fellow, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria, ICCON (2007), a Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration, CAI (2009), and an International Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2010 he was appointed as the only African scientist in a 31-member International Joint Expert Committee of FAO/WHO.

Honours ann awards

Professor Ezeonu has earned academic prizes and travelling grants from Intenational Occupation and Hygiene Association, IOHA (2006), African Network for Science and Technology Infrastructure, ANSTI (2009), World Health Organization, WHO (2010) and Health Canada (2010) among others. He has received numerous honours and meritorious service awards and his profile has appeared in numerous biographical listings including MARQUIS WHO’S WHO in the World 17th , 18th and 19th editions respectively, the Dictionary of International Biography, 27th and 28th editions respectively, WHO’s WHO Science and Engineering 6th Edition, amongst others. He is also a Distinguished Visitor to Miami Dade County, U.S.A. (2008).

Management  & Leadership experience

Prof Ezeonu is a consummate management executive, extremely versatile with high caliber cross-functional management qualifications, experience backed judgement and management. He is a two-term member of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Council (1997 – 2000 and 2009 – 2013), a two-term Dean of Student Affairs (2005 – 2009) and a member of the University’s first Strategic Plan Committee. Among numerous other assignments in the University, he pioneered the establishment of three Directorates at Nnamdi Azikiwe University; he was Director, International Cooperation (2009 – 2011), Director, Information and Communication Technology (2010 – 2011), and Director of Research, Innovation and Development (2013 -2015). He was the founding Vice Chancellor of HEZEKIAH UNIVERSITY, Umudi (2015 – 2016), the first private University in Imo State.

He obtained formal leadership trainings at both the Centre for Management Development (CMD), Shangisha, Nigeria (2008) and J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, U.S.A. where he obtained a Certificate in Leadership Decision Making (Executive Education) 2012.

Service to Society

He was a one-time Student Union President (1985-86) and a one-time branch Secretary of ASUU (1992 -1994). He is an active member of the Nigerian Civil Society community and is very visible within the lecture circuitry and public discourse arena within the South East Nigeria and beyond. He has offered services to numerous governmental and non-governmental agencies and served on a Ministerial Committee, National Committee for the Integration of out-of-school children in the South/East and South/South States into the Universal Basic Education and led visitation teams of the committee to Edo, Abia, and Imo States respectively for different assignments between 2012 and 2013. He has prior to his appointment as a Resident Electoral Commissioner officiated in elections in INEC elections since 2011 on various capacities.


Prof francis Chukwuemek Ezeonu is happily married with four children and is widely travelled.