Quality Assurance: An Index of Academic Exceptionalism

It’s another feat for the faculty of Agriculture Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka as she becomes the 1st faculty to host such an enormous career enhancing event at faculty level within the university.

The Dean Prof. Ebenebe C. I. in her opening remark said every academic staff, technologist and all professionals know that “quality” has to do with having excellence in what you do. The dean siad that the quality assurance seminar is organized to renew staff systematic, structured and continuous attention to quality in terms of quality maintenance and improvement in the academic system and beyond that.


Profesor Uche Eunice Ekpunobi is the first speaker of the event. In her presentation titled “INDICES OF ACADEMIC EXCEPTIONALISM”, noted that quality assurance has to do with developing an internal quality culture, where quality is a primary focus of the institution and where quality permeates. She also itemized the distinguishing factors of QA, drivers of excellence, ingredients of exceptionalism, etc.


Associate Prof. Aniedu Azubuike lectured extensively on quality assurance based CRIMS profiling and result procesing and uploads…  While the last presenter, Prof. Nkehi Patricia-Mary Esomonu spoke on the topic: “INDICES OF QUALITY TEACHING, QUESTION SETTING, MARKING SCHEME PREPARATION AND MARKING”. It was an iteractive sesssion with assessments and learning outcomes on the spot. Professor Esomonu disected the 21st cenyury pedagogy and spoke about types of tests, analysis of content and educational objectives, taxonomy of educational objectives, etc.

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Faculty of Agriculture Nnamdi Azikiwe University Maiden Banquet

The event was a noble one which showcased innovative exhibitions by various departments of the faculty of Agriculture Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. It was spectacular, filled with glamor and graced by his HRH, Igwe Ogidiga of Ifite Ogwari





The Igwe of Ifite – Ogwari, HRH Igwe Ogidiga, Eze Omasiri of Ifite Ogwari came in style with his entourage.


The Dean prof Cordelia Ifeyinwa Ebenebe in her opening speech at a faculty banquet welcome all and sundry from all walks of life who had come to honour the faculty’s maiden banquet. The dean started by commending the efforts of the visionary vice-chancellor professor Esimone Charles Okechukwu who led the faculty to the Promised Land. The Dean of The Faculty stated that the faculty is now winning take off flight to a Greater height where she would be ranked among the best 10 faculties of Agriculture in Nigeria and the world at large. Professor C. I. Ebenebe emphasized that with full support the faculty of Agriculture of Unizik will become self-sustaining like some faculties Agriculture in Nigeria and Africa. Along the same vein Prof. Ebenebe emphasized on the need for student hostel and staff living quarters at Ifite Ogwari.

Sen. Tony Nwoye who was in attendance at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Faculty of Agriculture Exquisite Banquet and Exhibition; promised to work together with Sen Victor Umeh in bringing government’s interventions towards installation and establishment of building facilities for the Faculty of Agriculture in Ifite Ogwari.

His Royal Highness Igwe Ogidiga – Eze Omasiri of Ifite Ogwari while acknowledging the great achievements by the VC and the efforts of the dean of the faculty, promised to continue to be of great support to the faculty of Agriculture Unizik and the University as a whole. in his words HRH Igwe Ogidiga said, “I assure you not to worry as I personally have very big plans in terms of the issue of accommodation… don’t shake at all”.

To spice up the event, the VC honored the highest cited staff of the faculty on google scholar…of which the awardees include,

Dr. Helen Obioma Agu, (!st)

Prof. J. C. Okonkwo (2nd) and

Prof. C. I. Ebenebe (3rd)

Also at the event, first class category of students were honored.



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The Dean, Prof Cordelia I. Ebenebe, Head of Departments & Professors of Faculty of Agriculture, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka welcomes the Anambra State Commissioner For Agriculture, Dr Forster Ihejiofor, Program Manager, Agricultural Development Projects, Mr. Jude Nwankwo and other State officials to the Faculty.

Speaking during a meeting, the Dean expressed readiness of the faculty to partner with the Ministry in domesticating some of their research findings for the benefit of the State.

The Commissioner challenged the Academics to come up with innovative solutions to multiple challenges faced by farmers in the State. These challenges to include, reducing the cost of livestock feed, gully erosion, development of native crops like Breadfruit (Ukwa), Bitter kola (Akilu), among others, as well as enhancement of native livestock, chicken (Okuko Igbo) and cow (Efi Igbo).

He said that Government would collaborate with the institution to chart the way forward especially in the area of “Gown-to-Town” initiative. The Commissioner indicated that in the first instance, the Government is ready to partner with the faculty in the following areas:

  1. Collaborate with Department of Forestry and Wildlife to improve and multiply early fruiting breadfruit (Ukwa). Hence facilitate offtake of 10,000 seedlings Ukwa to the State government
  2. Include experts in the faculty in the project the State government plan to have with Chinese Government as well as L- PRES project by World Bank

The Programme Manager ADP admitted the Faculty of Agriculture as one of the out stations for World Bank vegetable production project under his purview.

The climax of the meeting was a visit to the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Nursery to inspect the site for raising seedlings of various indigenous tree species and an already fruiting Ukwa planted 3 years ago.


Presenting the vote of thanks, Dr. Ngozi Obiekwe, the Faculty’s representative to Senate, thank the commissioner and his team for a giant step to foster the Gown to Town relationship.

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Dean’s meeting with the University Management and the new President General (PG) of Ifite Ogwari

Dean’s meeting with the University Management and the new President General (PG) of Ifite Ogwari: An indicator of a paradigm shift for FAG-UNIZIK

The Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. C. I. Ebenebe received the New PG of Ifite Ogwari, Engr. Peter Muonye and his Executives. Both the Dean, HODs and Ifite Ogwari EXCOs paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor. They were received by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. J. I. Ikechebelu who assured them that the VC, Prof. C. O. Esimone and University Management are committed to giving all the the necessary support to actualize the dream of the Faculty of Agriculture becoming the “Food Basket” of UNIZIK and Anambra State by extension.  The Dean present the needs of the Faculty, which includes

but not limited to: security, good road access, students’ hostels, staff accommodation & offices, functional internet services & class rooms among others.

The PG in response pledged that his regime is out to do every in their capacity to actualize the optimum running of the Faculty of Agriculture in Ifite Ogwari.  During the vote of thanks, the Dean reassured all of her commitment to take the Faculty to a greater heights.

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The Department of Crop Science and Horticulture has begun farming operations in their permanent field at Ifite-Ogwari, Anambra State. Ag. Head of the Department, Dr. Nneka Okoli, who led students and other members of staff to the flag-off ceremony, appreciated the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Charles Esimone, for providing tractor and other tools for the Faculty of Agriculture which has made farming operations easy.

In line with the Vision-200 of the University, the field will now be a pilot farm for Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) and an experimental field for undergraduate and postgraduate student Read more


On 26th May, 2022, the Faculty of Agriculture International Conference (FAIC) Committee led by Dr. Obidiebube Eucharia (Chairperson) and Mr. Onyekachi Chukwu (Sec. Gen), presented the 1st FAIC-UNIZIK e-Proceedings hardcopy to the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof N.T. Meludu⁩.

Along the same vain, the dean was informed that the conference website have been optimized, and that the complete FAIC e-Proceedings is available on the site for public download using the link below:




The 80th Inaugural Lecture of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, delivered by Prof Ernest Chukwusoro Igwe on Thursday, April 20, 2023 was all-consuming. Igwe, a Professor of Food Processing Chemistry and Animal Products, Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, UNIZIK, delivered a profound lecture on the topic: “In-built Quality Controls in Traditional Food Processing, Sociocultural Food Practices and Food Politics: Catalysts or Inhibitors to Traditional Foods Processing Industry in Nigeria?”

The inaugural lecture which had a worldwide audience through Zoom started out on an entertaining note when, in the course of reading Prof Igwe’s citation, it was noted that the esteemed scholar had aliases such as Omekannaya (He who achieves like his father) and Onye-nwanyi-egbughi (A man who is not killed by a woman). Prof Igwe’s beautiful wife who was on hand with their new baby, Sam-Ben, informed all that a man not killed by a woman shall enjoy a long life! Prof Igwe added the funny dimension that a man not killed by a woman is missing something!

The UNIZIK Inaugural Lecture Committee thus paved the way for Prof Igwe to deliver his refreshing thoughts on “In-built Quality Controls in Traditional Food Processing, Sociocultural Food Practices and Food Politics: Catalysts or Inhibitors to Traditional Foods Processing Industry in Nigeria?”

Prof Igwe began the six-section lecture with the information that “the Biafran-Nigerian civil war was a negative turning point in the life and times of Ernest Igwe.” Born on July 16, 1962, he “could not start pre-primary education as and when due because of the unfortunate Nigeria-Biafra war.” His family was resident in Umuahia, the then Biafra capital which fell to the Federal forces thus forcing the Igwes to flee home to Achalla, Umuchu in Aguata LGA of present-day Anambra State.

After taking his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, he started his lecturing career at the then Federal University of Technology, Yola in 1993 before transferring to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Of course he took his doctorate degree along the line.

Prof Igwe states that his reasons for the study of traditional foods, sociocultural food practices and food politics are legion. He is as ever determined to tackle huge post-harvest losses in Nigeria. There is “the understanding that people in Biblical and Pre-Biblical times not only lived longer but also lived healthier lifestyles.” It calls for attention “that the first four premier universities in Nigeria were established from proceeds from sale of agricultural produce as follows: University of Nigeria (Palm produce); Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, (Groundnut); University of Ife (Cocoa) and University of Lagos (Palm, Cocoa and Groundnut produce).

Prof Igwe puts his searchlight on the food processing industry and the concomitant preservation.

Traditional food plants and animals are duly analysed while food quality control and food safety are dissected. The evaluation of in-built quality control in traditional food processing in Nigeria is of course a major highlight. Diligent attention is given to sociocultural food practices affecting food quality and safety in Nigeria. In the charged field of food politics, Prof Igwe addresses conspiratorial politics of suppression of growth of Nigeria’s traditional foods. He does not pull any punches in dealing with what he calls “a neo-colonial mentality syndrome of inferiority of Nigeria’s traditional foods.”

Prof Igwe takes to task the persisting rivalry among professional groups and among Government MDAs. He condemns the “manifest lack of seriousness on policy directions by Nigerian leaders on the nation’s traditional food industry.”

He asserts that the “Nigerian government and her leaders through conscious and unconscious acts have been the greatest inhibitor to the growth of the nation’s traditional food industry.” He damns “the neo-colonial mentality that puts imported foods as being superior to Nigerian traditional foods.” It remains a cause for concern that NAFDAC does not have a formal database of statistics of traditional foods in Nigeria. He cites some Nigerian traditional foods that have in-built quality control to ensure safety such as fermented milk Kindirmo, Sobo, traditional soups, gari etc.

Prof Igwe recommends that the Federal Government should split NAFDAC into Drugs and Food and Water sections. He advises the government to stop “the bigotry of supremacy of health professionals’ over-and-above food professionals.”

He put it to the appreciative Vice-Chancellor Esimone that it’s time to establish a centre for traditional food study. The deteriorating situation in Nigerian universities irks Prof Igwe as he now sees them as Ivory Towers without the Ivory.

He makes the strong case that Nigerian traditional foods should be called by their native names first such as Ukwa before being baptized as Breadfruit! He would rather want Table Water as opposed to Pure Water that turns out to be Pure Cholera!

The Inaugural Lecture featured academic procession and the decoration of the Inaugural Lecturer by Vice-Chancellor Esimone. Prof Igwe showered deserving appreciation on his mentor, Prof P.O. Ngoddy, who was present beaming beatifically at the robust presentation of his mentee.

UNIZIK Faculty of Agriculture 1st International Conference (HYBRID)

Stakeholders in the Agricultural sector has harped on the need for sustainable agriculture geared towards massive food production and protection of the ecosystem. The charge was given during the two-day first hybrid International Conference of the Faculty of Agriculture, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka held from 23rd to 24th March 2023 at the University Auditorium with the theme, “Sustainable Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Climate Change Response”.

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