Prof. Amali (OFR)

Professor Shamsudeen Onyilokwu Onche Amali was born on 29th January 1947 in Upu, Otukpo Local Government Area to the family of Mallam Aliyu Amali. Amali attended University of Ibadan from 1966 to 1970 where he graduated with B.A (Honours) in English before attending University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA from 1972 to 1976 for his PhD in Theatre and Drama.

Amali, who is a renowned Professor of Theatre and Drama began his distinguished career in 1970 as a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan where he rose to the position of a Research Fellow II before moving to University of Jos as Lecturer II in 1977 and was one of the pioneer staff of the Department of Theatre and Communications Arts. At Jos, he would rise to become a Professor of Theatre Arts and before leaving the services of the University of Jos in 2002, he was twice elected as Dean of Faculty of Arts (1986 – 88 and 1988 – 90); was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) from 1990 to 1994 and was the speaker at the 7th inaugural lecture of the University of Jos in 1998, where he presented the “The Amalian Two Theories on Cultural Creativity and Change“.

In October 2002, Prof. Amali was appointed Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, a position he held until the end of his tenure in 2007. In January 2010, Prof. Amali became the Vice-Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, a position he held until December 2013. At both Universities, he made his mark by creating conducive environments for learning and academic research excellence.

A prominent and respected bilingual playwright, who writes in Idoma & English languages, Prof. Amali has many acclaimed publications to his name, some of which are listed in the books section of this website. This distinguished son of Idoma Land has achieved many firsts in his career:  Prof. A

  • first Nigerian to obtain a PhD in modern drama
  • first Nigerian to become a professor of modern drama
  • first professor of Theatre Arts from northern Nigeria
  • first professor of Theatre Arts to become a Vice-Chancellor in Nigeria

Prof. Amali has been recognised with awards for his academic achievements as well as his contributions to national development. Some of the awards include

  1. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Distinguished Merit Award – 1992
  2. Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) – 2005
  3. Distinguished Personality Award (Musai-Du-Deen) by the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria – 2006
  4. Committee of Vice-Chancellors’ of Federal Universities Award for Distinguished & Outstanding contributions to the Nigerian Universities and Educational System – 2008
  5. Society of Nigeria Theater Artists (SONTA) Lifetime Achievements Award  – 2010

Prof. Amali, who is from a family of professors, has been married to renowned economist, Prof. Mrs. Ebele Amali since 1972 and their marriage is blessed with three children; Musa, Hauwa and Mohammed.


  1. Amali, S.O.O., 1999. The Amalian Two Theories on Cultural Creativity and Change. Maiduguri: Kamel Publications
  2. Profile of the Vice Chancellor-Professor Shamsudeen O.O. Amali, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

Prof. Elaigwu

Professor Jonah Isawa Elaigwu was born on 10th March 1948 and attended Methodist Central School, Otukpo between 1954 and 1960. After his primary school, he proceeded to Benue Provincial Secondary School, Katsina-Ala in 1961. Upon successful completion of his O’ Levels in 1965, he attended King’s College Lagos, from 1966 to 1967, where he got his A’ Levels.

Between 1968 and 1971, Professor Elaigwu was in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria where he graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Political Science and following his graduation from Zaria in 1971, he proceeded to Stanford University, USA. By the time Professor Elaigwu left Stanford in 1975, he had obtained an A.M. (Masters degree) and Ph.D (conferred in January 1976) in Political Sciences.

On return to Nigeria in 1975, Professor Elaigwu became a Lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and dedicated himself to sharing his knowledge with his students. During his time in Zaria, he was also a visiting Fulbright-Hays Lecturer at University of Kentucky and Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, USA from 1978 to 1979.

In 1979, Elaigwu moved to University of Jos as a Senior Lecturer and also became the Head, Department of Political Science, a position he held until 1981. In 1981, he was made an Associate Professor and became a Professor in 1983. Professor Elaigwu also had a second stint as the Head, Department of Political Science, University of Jos from 1983 to 1985 and was also a member of the University Senate from 1983 to 1998. In 1990, he was a visiting Professor at State University of New York, Binghamton, N.Y., USA. Until he left the service of University of Jos in 1998, Professor Elaigwu was renowned for his captivating and interesting style of lecture.

Professor Elaigwu was the Director-General and Chief Executive, National Council on Intergovernmental Relations, Abuja, from 1992 to 1996 and since 1996 has being the President, Institute of Governance and Social Research (IGSR), Jos.

Professor Elaigwu who is happily married with 6 Children has held many national & international bodies’ membership positions and has also written many books.

Prof. Adikwu

Professor Michael Umale Adikwu was born on 19th April 1963 in Amejo, Okpokwu Local Government Area. He started his education at St. Paul’s Primary School, Utonkon between 1970 and 1975 before proceeding to Federal Government College, Jos in 1976. In 1981, Professor Adikwu graduated from high school as the overall best student at Federal Government College, Jos and in same year he gained admission to University of Nigeria, Nsukka to read Pharmacy

At Nsukka, he distinguished himself and his hard work paid off when he graduated in 1986 with a second class honours (upper division) Bachelor degree. Professor Adikwu also obtained his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Nsukka in 1989 and 1994 respectively.

He began his post-NYSC working career in 1988 with Benue State Health Services Management Board (HSMB) as a Hospital Pharmacist. Professor Adikwu was in the service of HSMB for a couple of years before joining the services of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as a Lecturer II in 1990.

In 1995, he had his first of two stints as Head of Department, a position he held until 1998, the same year he was made a Professor of Pharmaceutics.  Professor Adikwu’s second stint as Head of Department was between 2002 and 2004

Professor Adikwu who was a visiting professor working at School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Manchester, UK has researched and worked on various aspects of pharmaceutical sciences, including health sector reforms as well as raw materials production from various agricultural and forestry products.  He currently has over 170 research articles in both national and international Journals.

Professor Adikwu has won research grants from many local and international bodies such as The Royal Society of Chemistry of Great Britain; The Third World Academy of SciencesThe International Foundation for Science, Sweden; The Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Abuja and The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Abuja.

In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Science’s Outstanding Scholar in Science award for his research into the beneficial effects of snail mucin (a waste product usually washed away when snails are being prepared for cooking) for the topical treatment of wounds and burns. He is also the winner of the 2009 May and Baker Professional Service Award in Pharmacy.

In February 2009, Professor Adikwu was elected Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Science.  He was previously the National Project Coordinator for Science and Technology Education Post-Basic (STEP-B) Project in the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja.

Professor Adikwu was elected Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja on 30th June 2014.