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Prof Charles Okechukwu Apointed New UNIZIK Vice Chancellor

The Governing Council of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UNIZIK has appointed prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone as the 6th substantive Vice Chancellor.

In a remark shortly before the announcement and formal presentation of letter of appointment, the Pro-Chancellor and chairman of Council, Alhaji Azeez Oladotum Bello thanked the members of 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, UNIZIK New Vice Chancellor

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

Professor Esimone was the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) 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 the 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 a recipient of several awards which include the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to Germany (2003-2005), Visiting Scientist to the University of Pittsburgh, USA (2007-2008), the AND1 Bright Contest Award for the Best African 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 the Nanomedicine Society of Nigeria. He is indeed the Pioneer National President of the 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 to 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, 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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