Meet Our New Professors

Meet Our New Professors

Our New Professors

Professor Modesta Amaka Egiyi

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Prof. Dr. Modesta Amaka Egiyi, is an accomplished academician, accomplished administrator, and distinguished member of the academic community. With a wealth of experience, notable achievements, and a commitment to excellence, Prof. Egiyi has left an indelible mark in her field and beyond.

**Early Life and Education**

Prof. Egiyi’s academic journey began in the heart of Enugu, Nigeria. She laid her educational foundation at Housing Estate Primary School, Abakpa Nike, Enugu, and continued to flourish at Girls’ Secondary School, Abakpa Nike, where her dedication to learning first emerged. Her thirst for knowledge led her to the prestigious Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy. Building upon her foundation, she pursued further studies at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC), obtaining a Master of Science in Accountancy. Her academic journey reached its zenith with a Ph.D. in Accountancy, further solidifying her expertise.

**Professional Affiliations and Achievements**

Prof. Egiyi’s commitment to her field is evident in her numerous affiliations and accomplishments. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), she is also a member of the Society for Women Accountants in Nigeria (SWAN) and a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (ICAD). Her dedication extends to the Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators of Nigeria (IPMA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors of Nigeria (IIAN), where she holds full membership. Notably, she is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, CITN.

Her contributions extend beyond professional affiliations. Prof. Egiyi’s service as the secretary of the Annual Accountants Conference of the Enugu and District Society of ICAN highlights her commitment to her profession’s growth and development. Her leadership as the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the 8th ICAN Academic Conference in 2023 reflects her organizational prowess. Additionally, her consultancy work with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Vienna, Austria, showcases her international involvement.

**Awards and Recognitions**

Prof. Egiyi’s dedication and impact have not gone unnoticed. From being named the Best Student in Academics during her secondary education to receiving the Distinguished Merit Award for Bursars of Nigerian Universities in the South East, her journey has been punctuated by recognition. Her merit award from the Girls’ Secondary School, Abakpa Nike, Old Girls Association, and her subsequent appointment as their patron speak volumes of her contributions.

**Academic Journey and Leadership**

Prof. Egiyi’s journey at Godfrey Okoye University is marked by her ascent through various roles. Starting as an Accountant, she steadily progressed to become a Senior Accountant and Deputy Bursar. Her dedication and leadership led her to the position of Acting Bursar, and she currently holds the esteemed position of Bursar at the university. Her academic prowess is equally remarkable; from her beginnings as a lecturer to her current status as a full professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance, she has imparted knowledge and guided countless students.

**Personal Life and Legacy**

Beyond her professional achievements, Prof. Egiyi finds fulfillment in her role as a spouse and mother of four children. Her legacy as an educator, administrator, and influencer continues to inspire future generations to strive for excellence and make meaningful contributions to society.

In sum, Prof. Dr. Modesta Amaka Egiyi stands as a beacon of dedication, leadership, and excellence in academia and administration. Her journey, marked by achievements and service, serves as an inspiration to all who have the privilege of crossing her path.

Professor Bisong M. Tabang

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Professor Bisong M. Tabang, is an exceptional scholar and educator whose expertise traverses the realms of English and Literary Studies as well as Law. With a distinguished academic journey spanning various fields, Professor Tabang has left an indelible mark on both academia and the legal landscape.

**Educational Journey: **

Professor Tabang’s educational journey is a testament to his commitment to learning and intellectual exploration:

– NCE in English/Special Education (1992) – Federal College of Education Oyo, Nigeria.

– BA in English and Literary Studies (1997) – University of Uyo, Nigeria.

– MA in English and Literary Studies (2004) – University of Calabar, Nigeria.

– PhD in English and Literary Studies (2011) – University of Calabar, Nigeria.

**Additional Qualification in Education: **

– M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Planning (2003) – University of Calabar, Nigeria.

**Additional Qualifications in Law: **

– LLB: Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – Second Class (Upper Division) (2008) – University of Calabar, Nigeria.

– LLM: Masters of Law (2016) – University of Uyo, Nigeria.

– Ph.D. in Law (In Progress) – University of Jos, Nigeria.

**Multidisciplinary Expertise: **

Professor Tabang’s diverse academic background showcases his interdisciplinary approach to knowledge acquisition. His dual expertise in English and Law enables him to explore the intricate connections between language, literature, and legal discourse.

**Contributions to Academia: **

Renowned for his excellence in teaching, research, and mentorship, Professor Tabang has profoundly impacted the academic journeys of numerous students. His insightful guidance and dedication to nurturing scholarly growth have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers and protégés.

**Integral Member of the University Community: **

As an esteemed member of Godfrey Okoye University, Professor Tabang continues to inspire students and colleagues. His enthusiasm for learning and his unwavering pursuit of intellectual advancement sets an example of lifelong dedication to knowledge.

In summary, Professor Bisong M. Tabang embodies the spirit of intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, and interdisciplinary exploration. His journey through English, Literary Studies, and Law showcases a remarkable commitment to shaping the minds of future scholars and contributing meaningfully to various fields.

Professor Chigozie Nnebedum

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Professor Chigozie Nnebedum, is a distinguished scholar whose intellectual journey spans across continents and disciplines. With a passion for education, a remarkable array of degrees, and a commitment to research, Professor Nnebedum is a prominent figure in the academic community.

**Early Life and Education: **

Professor Chigozie Nnebedum was born on July 20th, 1971, in Awlaw, Oji River L.G.A. of Enugu State, Nigeria. His educational path began with achievements like his First School Leaving Certificate in 1982 and his West African School Certificate/SSCE in 1989. His post-secondary education led him to St. Joseph Major Seminary, Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, from 1991 to 2000, where he laid the foundation for his intellectual journey.

**Academic Pursuits and Achievements: **

His academic journey is marked by an impressive array of credentials:

– B.A. from the University of Uyo.

– B.Phil. and B.Th. from Urban University Rome, Italy.

– STL (M.A.) and STD (Ph.D.) in Social Ethics from Catholic University Linz, Austria.

– Ph.D. in Sociology from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.

**Contribution to Academia: **

Professor Nnebedum’s dedication to academia has led him to various institutions and roles. From serving as a lecturer at Volkshochschule (Adults Education High School) in Perg, Austria, from 2010 to 2013, to becoming a Senior Research Fellow at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, he has consistently showcased his commitment to education and research.

**Areas of Specialization: **

Professor Nnebedum’s primary specialization lies in migration, empirical research methods, policy development, and integral education. His diverse academic pursuits have taken him across the globe, presenting papers at conferences in the United States and Europe. His contributions to the field are substantiated through numerous scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals and reputable publications.

**Research Interests: **

Currently, his research interests revolve around Migration and people-centered development policy, Value Measurement Theories, and Social Stratification. His multifaceted academic background, coupled with his rich experiences, positions Professor Chigozie Nnebedum as a valuable asset to the academic community.

In conclusion, Professor Chigozie Nnebedum’s journey from Nigeria to Europe, coupled with his dedication to research, education, and multidisciplinary expertise, exemplifies his role as a prominent figure within the academic world. His contributions continue to shape the fields of sociology, psychology, and beyond.

Rev. Father Professor Ikechukwu J. Ani

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*Professor of Ethics, Director of Ethics Directorate, Godfrey Okoye University*

Rev. Father Professor Dr. Ikechukwu J. Ani, is an esteemed scholar, priest, and academic leader at Godfrey Okoye University. With a rich educational background, diverse expertise, and a commitment to ethical values, Father Ani has made significant contributions to both academia and the broader community.

**Education and Academic Journey**

Rev. Father Prof. Dr. Ikechukwu J. Ani’s academic journey began with a solid foundation at St. Peter’s Primary Obeleagu Umana. His thirst for knowledge led him through institutions such as the Sacred Heart Seminary Nsude, St. John Cross Seminary Nsukka, Bigard Memorial Seminary (Philosophy Campus, now St. Joseph Major Seminary) Ikot Ekpene, and the esteemed Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria.

**Teaching and Research**

Father Ani’s passion for teaching emerged as a senior seminarian, where he engaged in apostolic work at the Institute of Ecumenical Education. His dedication to education continued as he embraced roles at various institutions, including the Catholic Institute for Development, Justice, and Peace (CIDJAP) as the Deputy Director and Coordinator of Research. His expertise extended to lecturing in Liberation Theology, Catholic Social Teaching/Theology for Lay People, and more.

**Leadership and Contributions**

Father Ani’s influence expanded as he assumed diverse roles. He served as the Chaplain of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT). He contributed significantly to the Spiritan International School of Theology (SIST), where he continues to lecture in Social/Religious Ethics. His appointment as Director of the Godfrey Okoye University Directorate of Ethics solidified his commitment to promoting ethical values in education and beyond.

**Global Collaboration and Initiatives**

Father Ani’s dedication to ethical principles extends internationally. He collaborates with in Geneva, Switzerland, as the Nigerian Coordinator and a member of the Pool of Experts and Consortium for Ethics in Higher Education. He has established himself as a leading figure in the promotion of ethical attitudes and behaviours across various contexts.

**Academic Leadership**

Father Ani’s remarkable contributions to Godfrey Okoye University include serving as the Principal Assistant Registrar (Admissions), Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance (DAP), and Dean of Student Affairs. As the Founding Director of the Directorate of Ethics, he played a pivotal role in fostering ethical awareness and considerations within the university community.

**Continued Service and Legacy**

Currently, Father Ani serves as the Chaplain of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu. He also coordinates Catholic education in the Enugu State dioceses, showcasing his commitment to the spiritual and educational well-being of the community.

**Scholarly Achievements**

Father Ani’s academic pursuits have resulted in numerous authored, co-authored, and edited books and articles. His research focuses on “Institutionalizing Ethical Attitudes and Behaviours,” emphasizing ethical considerations in various spheres of life.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Father Ani holds the esteemed position of Professor of Ethics at Godfrey Okoye University, enriching the academic landscape with his expertise, dedication, and unwavering commitment to ethical values.

Rev. Fr. Paul Martin Obayi

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*Professor of Mass Communication | Peace and Conflict Resolution Specialist*

Rev. Fr. Paul Martin Obayi is a distinguished academician, renowned priest, and a dedicated peace advocate with a remarkable journey of educational and spiritual accomplishments. His expertise spans across the fields of Mass Communication, Education, and Peace and Conflict Resolution, making him a valuable asset in both academia and spiritual guidance.

**Personal Information: **

– **Full Name: ** Rev. Fr. Paul Martin Obayi

– **Gender: ** Male

– **Marital Status: ** Priest

– **Date of Birth: ** March 3rd, 1965

– **Place of Birth: ** Nsukka, Enugu State

– **State of Origin: ** Enugu State

– **Nationality: ** Nigerian

**Education: **

– Ph.D in Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria, 2013

– M.A. in Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria, 2010

– PGD in Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria, 2008

– B.D. in Theology, Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, 2000

– B.A. in Religion, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, 1995

– B.A. in Philosophy, Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, 1995

– SSCE, Government Technical Collage, Nguru, Nsukka, Enugu State, 1984

– FSLC, Urban Primary School, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria, 1979

**Teaching and Professional Experience: **

– *Reader, Department of Mass Communication* 

  Godfrey Okoye University, Emene, Enugu State 

  Since 2013

– *Spiritual Director* 

  Okunerere Adoration Ministry, Nsukka 

  Since 2000

**Expertise: **

Rev. Fr. Paul Martin Obayi possesses a wealth of expertise in various fields, making him a multifaceted professional:

– A seasoned academician with a deep understanding of Mass Communication theories and practices.

– A peace advocate with a comprehensive grasp of conflict resolution strategies and techniques.

– A skilled educator, having contributed significantly to Education and Mass Communication.

– A dedicated spiritual guide, providing guidance and direction to Okunerere Adoration Ministry.

**Achievements and Contributions: **

Rev. Fr. Obayi’s notable achievements include his pivotal role in fostering peace and understanding within both academic and spiritual communities. His extensive educational background, particularly in Mass Communication and Peace and Conflict Resolution, has empowered him to address complex societal issues through effective communication and peaceful negotiation.

**Philosophy and Approach: **

Rev. Fr. Obayi’s academic and spiritual pursuits are underpinned by a belief in the power of education, communication, and spirituality to transform lives. His teachings and guidance are grounded in empathy, understanding, and harmony principles, emphasizing the importance of resolving conflicts through peaceful dialogue.

Rev. Fr. Paul Martin Obayi’s remarkable journey, from his humble beginnings to his current role as an esteemed academician and spiritual leader, reflects a life dedicated to knowledge, peace, and the service of humanity.