Board of trustees

Agwu Ukiwe Okali

LL.B (Lond.,LSE), LL.M, SJD (Harvard)

Attorney-At-Law, Member, Connecticut (USA) State Bar; Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General/Registrar, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; Founder-Chairman, OSIFA, and author of the forthcoming OSIFA book publication, OF BLACK SERVITUDE WITHOUT SLAVERY: The Unspoken Politics Of Language

Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo

M.A. (Glasgow), M.A. (UCLA), Ph.D. (Ibadan), Hon. D.Litt.(Ibadan), Hon. D.Litt. (Port Harcourt).

Professor Ayo Banjo, as he is more popularly known, attended Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos, for his secondary education. Thereafter, he studied at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, University of Leeds, England, University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Ibadan. He was appointed Lecturer at the University of Ibadan in 1966 and was appointed Professor of English Language in 1975. In 1984, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the university, and on retirement in 1994, was made a Professor Emeritus.  He has served as Pro-Chancellor of the Universities of Port Harcourt and Ilorin and of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies at Barbados, Agdar College, Kristiansand, Norway, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, England.

Professor Ayo Banjo is a Fellow and Past President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and currently Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Nigeria Prize for Literature. He has been honoured with the insignia of Commander of the Niger (CON) and with the distinction of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM).

David Uke Ukiwe Okali

B.Sc. (Lond.), M.A. (Oxon), Ph.D. (Sheffield), Hon. D.Sc. (Umudike)

Emeritus Professor of Forest Ecology, University of Ibadan; Past President, Nigerian Academy of Science; Fellow The World Academy of Sciences; currently working to promote sustainable societal interaction with the environment and particularly local approaches for combating climate change in Africa.


B.SC. , M.SC. , PH.D. (IBADAN)

A Virologist with over 13 years of teaching and research experience at the University level. Has also had in- country and overseas trainings on research implementation. Was a research Fellow of Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwepen, Belgium and a Visiting Scientist to learn virus cloning and sequencing techniques at the Biomedical Research Institute, Georg Speyer Haus, Germany and trained in Professor Phyllis Kanki’s Laboratory at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA on molecular epidemiology of HIV in Nigeria. Was the Co-PI of the APIN supported on HIV/TB project in Oyo State. A Co-Investigator of the University of Ibadan NIH Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN) program and the Science and Technology Education Post Basic, STEP-B supported University of Ibadan Centre for Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases program. A Reader and the current Acting Head of Department of Virology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Laboratory coordinator of the US government Harvard PEPFAR project in UCH. Has supervised three Ph.D. research projects and over 20 M.Sc. dissertations in virology. Current research areas are viral epidemiology, diagnostic virology, retrovirology and hepatitis viruses. I am a team player with interest in collaborative research within and outside Nigeria.