Richard Orim PhD
As Professor Florence Banku Obi, the Eleventh Vice Chancellor of the reputable University of Calabar and first female VC of the university since inception, she adds another year to her God given personality we hope to enjoy her wisdom and impeccable leadership style in managing the Academic kingdom by name University of Calabar (Unical).
Professor Banku is a Nigerian academic, author and a professor of education with specialization in psychology and special needs education.
A woman who After her appointment as the Unical VC, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who chaired the Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review of the Ninth Senate, described Prof. Obi as “an astute educational icon.
Florence was a candidate in the 2015 VC election but was not elected prior to her appointment as Unical VC in 2020 she was the deputy vice-chancellor, academics, two times Dean of the Faculty of Education and commissioner for women affairs in Cross River State.
Obi is from Bansan–Osokom, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. She started her education at St Bridget’s Primary School, Ogep Osokom, Boki, Cross River State where she got her F.S.LC, graduating in 1969, she moved to St Thomas’s Teachers Training College, Ogoja, Cross River State, where she graduated in 1983. She obtained her degree in Special Education at University of Calabar. In 1990, she got her M.Ed in special education, at the same institution.
She moved to the Jordanhill College where she obtained a PGCEE in 1993. In 2002, she finished her PhD in psychology of education, University of Calabar.
In 1990, Obi started her academic career as an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of Calabar. In 1992, she won a six-month postgraduate scholarship to Jordan-Hill College of Education, under the World University Service (WUS), World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) during an interview for staff of the Institute of Education.
After the scholarship offer, she was placed in charge of the WWF/NCF funded schools and community education programmes. In 2007, she became a professor of special needs education.
Happy birthday “the human Mechanic”.
Dr Richard Orim is of the
Department of Science Education, Faculty of Science & Voc. Education
University of Calabar,
He is presently serving as the Special Adviser (Admin), to the Minister of Sports Development.
Senator John Owan Enoh.