UNIZIK gets new Vice Chancellor


The Governing Council of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has appointed a Vice Chancellor for the University. He is Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone.

In a remark shortly before the announcement and formal presentation of letter of appointment, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Azeez Oladotun Bello thanked the members of the Council for their efficiency and sacrifice in the discharge of their duty. He also congratulated the new Vice Chancellor for emerging tops in the rigorous selection process and urged him to work in the overall interest of the University.

Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone was born in Tiko, Cameroon. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Sasse, Cameroon and with B.Pharm, M.Pharm and PhD from the University of Nigeria. He is Professor of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and the pioneer Dean of the Faculty.

Prof. Esimone was former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He became a Professor at the age of 37, emerging as the youngest Professor in the University and her first professor of Pharmacy as well as first professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology in South-Eastern Nigeria. He has well over 200 publications. Recently, in “The List of 28 Most Published Scholars in Nigeria”, Prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone was nominated as the 18th most published scholar in Nigeria.

He speaks English, French and German. He is recipient of several awards which includes Alexander von Humoidt Fellowship to Germany (2003-2005), visiting Scientist to the University of Pittsburgh, USA (2007-2008), the ANDI Bright Contest Award for the Best Africa Innovative Researcher, South Africa (2009), Young Scientist representing Nigeria at the “Summer davos” Annual Meeting of New Champions, Tianjin, China (2010), and the CV Raman Senior Fellowship, India (2013).

He is a member of the Governing Council of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Nanomedicine Society of Nigeria. He has successfully supervised over 50 postgraduate students. He is a recipient of various national and international grants and a reviewer of several national and international journals. He is a member of several professional bodies including the Global Young Academy and the American Society for Cell Biology.

Prof. Esimone is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy. He is also a member of Board of Trustees of Anchor University, Lagos. He is happily married and the marriage is blessed with three boys and two girls.

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