Vice Chancellor University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah


The year 2020 will perhaps go down as the most troubled period in the history of university education in Nigeria, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and strike by lecturers which have resulted in the shutdown of the system for nine months. But some academic staff of the University of Abuja’s resilience in the face of these crises is remarkable. They weathered the storm, demonstrating academic achievement by writing, carrying out research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and winning awards/ grants for the University. As of December 2020 over 700million Naira worth of grants in US dollars, pounds etc, had been won by these staff.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, said the staff had done the University proud, and deserved to be celebrated. So at the Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday 23rd December 2020, the researchers and authors received honours and award based on the amount of grants they brought into the purse of the University and the number of research papers they had published. While staff with N10, 000,000 and above grants won gold medal, those with N2, 000,000-10,000,000 won silver and those with less than N2, 000,000 grants, won bronze. Seven of the lecturers were awarded gold medals, two (2) silver medals and nineteen (19) for the TETFund Institution Based Research (IBR) Grants. Author category has two (2) gold, five (5) silver and two (2) bronze recipients for the year.

“The awardees were selected following the review of submissions by a total of 28 candidates who received grants in 2020,” said the Director, Centre for Sponsored Project (CSP), Professor Obiageli Nnodu, whose centre coordinated the award ceremony, and had provided support to researchers in the University to access available funds nationally and internationally.

Meet the Seven UofA Researchers 2020 who won gold medal

Professor Obiageli E. Nnodu

Professor Obiageli E. Nnodu

She is a professor of Haematology, and the National Coordinator, American Society of Heamatology Consortium for Newborn Screening in Africa for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Professor Nnodu, a Chevening Scholar and alumnus of Imperial College, London, is also the Nigeria Principal Investigator for Sickle Pan African Research Consortium (SPARCO) Nnodu’s work with the government and international agencies including the WHO AFRO, led to the inclusion of newborn screening for SCD in the strategic plan of action of non-communicable diseases in Nigeria (2019-2025) and in the NDHS (2018). Nnodu coordinates the largest network of SCD in Africa, the Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria. She is the Director, Centre for Sponsored Projects, University of Abuja.

Dr. Dike Ojji

Dr. Dike Ojji

Dr. Dike Ojji attended the University of Ibadan, and had his PhD in cardiovascular medicine from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians, American College of Physicians.
Ojji is Principal Investigator of three NHLBI-funded implementation research studies that evaluate effectiveness and implementation of multi-level system interventions for hypertension control at primary care centres, including among individuals with co-morbid HIV.
He has over 74 publications in pubmed central with over 2630 citations, h-index of 25 and i10-index of 42 peer reviewed journals including NEJM, JAMA, Lancet, Circulation, European Heart Journal, and European Journal of Heart Failure.

Professor Kassim Waziri

Waziri is a professor of Law at the University of Abuja. He obtained his LLM and PhD from the University of Jos. He joined the service of the University of Abuja in 1995 as an Assistant Lecturer and rose through the ranks to become a professor in 2018. His research interests include intellectual Property, Competition Law and International Economic Law.
Professor Kassim Waziri and Dr. Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, University of Sussex are collaborating on research by The Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) and Agile Response Fund to address COVID-19. Their project was titled “Poverty, Vulnerability and Crime: What does COVID 19 mean for Nigerian Street Vendors.”

Professor Kassim Waziri

Dr. Abubakar Umar Kari

Dr. Abubakar Umar Kari

Kari was educated at the University of Abuja and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His areas of research interests include politics (both local and international), media, conflict and social research. He has participated in numerous studies sponsored by the UNDP, World Bank, Mc Arthur Foundation and TETFund. He was once the National Expert on Political Parties and the Legislature for the US-based International Republican Institute, and has presented papers at many academic conferences within and outside Nigeria.
Currently he is Dean, Students’ Affairs and Member of the University of Abuja Governing Council (Congregation Representative). Dr. Abubakar Umar Kari and Professor Parvati Raghuram of the UK Open University, are collaborating on a research project on Peace Building and Education in Africa. The project which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will be carried out simultaneously in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Nigeria. It began on 1st April 2020 and will last till 31st March 2024, unless an extension is required.

Dr Bilkisu Adedoyin

Bilkisu Adedoyin holds a PhD in Applied Chemistry (Natural Products Chemistry and Drug Discovery) under a Split Research in partnership with Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS), Sokoto, Nigeria and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Liverpool, United Kingdom with PhD Scholarship award by Petroleum Development Trust Fund (PTDF) 2016. Her research interests include Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, toxicology, green chemistry. She teaches Organic Chemistry, Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry, and Drug Discovery at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Abuja.
Adedoyin was a winner of two competitive research fellowships, each won at first attempt (for research in the UK through PTDF scholarship 2016 and Royal Society of Chemistry grant 2018). She has facilitated and participated in academic workshops in Nigeria and UK. She won The Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity Fund (“RSC”), Cambridge UK, Grant 2020 for a project titled “Promoting Inclusion, Supporting Diversity and Equity in Chemistry" aimed at improving the levels of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity among members of the chemistry community in Nigeria, and to contribute to the promotion of excellence in teaching, learning and research in the university system.

Dr Bilkisu Adedoyin

Dr Abdullahi Muhammed Evuti

Dr Abdullahi Muhammed Evuti

Evuti is Associate Professor at the University of Abuja. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai-Johor with specialization in Environmental Pollution Control, Climate Change and Carbon Emission Control, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Bioremediation and Process Engineering.
He is a registered Engineer with the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and has served as panel member/chairman of Ministerial Committee setup by the Hon. Minister of Environment to review draft EIA Report for several proposed plants nationwide. He is collaborating with Raw Materials Research and Development Council of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology on the Development of Metakaolin for Application in the Cement Industry. Dr. Evuti will be working on this project with colleagues in the Federal University of Technology, Minna.

Dr Evans Chinemezu Ashigwuike

He had his PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering with specialization in Electromagnetic Non-Destructive Testing and Structural Health Monitoring, from Brunel University, London, in . 2015. His main research interests include Sensor Technologies, Electromagnetic Nondestructive Testing Techniques, Structural Health Monitoring, wireless System Networks, Power System Automation and Artificial Intelligence. He is a registered member of several professional bodies including Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), Canadian Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing. Dr Ashigwuike has over 45 peer reviewed and indexed Journals.
Two others, Dr Musa Tanko Zarmani and Dr Adewale Alli, who were honoured for their research, won silver

Dr Evans Chinemezu Ashigwuike


Those who won bronze are as follows:
  1. Prof. Oseremen Shadrach
  2. Dr Adeyemo Bolade Thomas
  3. Dr. Adiat Ibironke Arogundade
  4. Dr. Amina O. Jibril
  5. Dr Maxwell Madueke Nwegbu
  6. Prof. Obiageli Eunice Nnodu
  7. Dr. Oluwaseyi Ajagbe
  8. Dr Isa Alkali Hezekiel
  9. Dr. Fatimah Saka Sanni
  10. Dr. Sani Nuhu Abdulazeez
  11. Prof. Ocholi Ekundayo Fehintola
  12. Dr. Idoko Sunday Idoko
  13. Prof. Saratu Mamman
  14. Dr. Musa Tanko Zarmai
  15. Dr. U.E. Okolocha
  16. Dr. Perpetua U. Ibekwe
  17. Prof. Titus Ibekwe
  18. Dr Anjorin Toba Samuel
  19. Dr. Dahilo Auta

UofA Authors 2020

For the UofA Author’s 2020 category of awardees, nine entries were received from authors. The criteria for categorization of the awards after meeting the Indexing and Impact factor standards are:
  1. 1 publication- Bronze Badge
  2. 2 publications - Silver Badge
  3. 3 - 4 publications- Sliver Badge and Plaque.
  4. 5 & above - Gold Badge and Plaque.
The winners are


  1. Prof Obiageli Nnodu 10 publications
  2. Dr. Akaba Godwin 9 publications


  1. Prof CBI Alawa 4 publications
  2. Prof Ukertor Gabriel Moti 3 publications
  3. Prof T. C. Ogwueleka 2 publications
  4. Dr. Jeremiah Tersur Vambe 2 publications
  5. Dr Hezekiah Isa Alkali 2 publications


  1. Prof Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi, 1 publication
  2. Dr. Richard Onalo. 1 publication