Winifred Akoda

Professor of History at University of Calabar

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Profile

Winifred Eyoanwan Akoda (Nee Eyo Adam) is a Professor of History in the Department of History and International Studies at the University of Calabar. A mentor in Research Methods to both undergraduate and postgraduate students for over two decades, Wini has published in numerous journals and books in diverse areas of interest such as Research Methods and Historiography, Biographical History, Gender Studies and Calabar Historical and Cultural Studies. She is also a widely travelled scholar, having attended several conferences within and outside the African continent. Between 2012 and 2014, Prof. Wini Akoda served as the Head of the Department of History and International Studies where she recorded several outstanding achievements for the department. Wini is the mother of two enterprising children, Philip and Mary-Brenda, with whom she loves to travel and play badminton with during her leisure time.

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Facts

Professor Winifred has achieved a lot in her career since she started out as a Graduate Assistant. It can be summarized in the stats below:

Years of Experience

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Books Written

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Historical Society of Nigeria - Member
Historical Society of Nigeria - Council Member, Southern Region (2007-2008)
Corporate Institute of Administration, Nigeria - Fellow
International Association of Professional Etiquette Consultants - Member

Academic Background

Doctor of Philosophy

In History - University of Calabar, Nigeria
October 1995 - September 2002
Thesis: “Calabar: A Cross River Metropolis, 1600 – 1960”.

Master of Arts(Hons)

In African History - University of Calabar, Nigeria
October 1990 - September 1993
Thesis: “Migrant Communities in Calabar: A Case Study of the Hausa, 1930 – 1966”.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.)

In History (Best Graduating Student with CGPA: 3.5/4.0), University of Calabar, Nigeria
October 1985 - September 1989
Thesis: “The Role of Efik Women in Calabar: 1850s – 1950s
Awarded Prof. Eyo-Ita Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the Department of History.
Awarded Chief Ekanem Ita Ekanem Prize for the Best Graduating Student in History Dept.

Certifications

Human Resource Management: HR for People Managers Specialization

University of Minnesota (Cumulative Grade Average: 94%), October 2021.
6-month 5-course Specialization comprising courses such as Preparing to Manage Human Resources, Recruiting, Hiring and Onboarding Employees, Managing Employee Performance, and Managing Employee Compensation

Managing Social & Human Capital

Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania (Grade: 74%),
June 2021.

Human Resources Analytics

University of California, Irvine (Grade: 90%),
May 2021

The Manager's Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work

University of London and Birkbeck, University of London (Grade: 91%),
May 2021.

Academic Ranking Timeline

Professor Winifred Akoda has experienced a steady growth in career since 1993 when she started out as a Graduate Assistant in University of Calabar. The full detail is presented below:

Professor

University of Calabar, Nigeria
Oct. 2015 - Present

Reader

University of Calabar, Nigeria
2012 - 2015

Senior Lecturer

University of Calabar, Nigeria
2006 - 2012

Senior Lecturer (Sabbatical)

University of Uyo, Nigeria
2009 - 2010

Lecturer I

University of Calabar, Nigeria
2003 - 2006

Lecturer II

University of Calabar, Nigeria
1999 - 200

Assistant Lecturer

University of Calabar, Nigeria
1993 - 1999

Graduate Assistant

University of Calabar, Nigeria
Feb. 1993 - Apr. 1993

Experiences

Professor Wini has built a solid academic, social and administrative experiences within and outside the Universty. Details are as outlined below:

Member, University of Calabar Academic Fraud Investigation Senate Committee

University of Calabar, Nigeria
February 2016 - December 2020; January 2021 -Present (Reappointment)
  • 1 of 7 Professors hand-picked by the Vice-Chancellor based on the highest integrity.
  • Investigate staff who have been petitioned due to alleged academic misconduct.
  • Recommend appropriate sanctions if petitioned staff are found guilty of corrupt practices.
  • The only committee (out of 6 committees) with its members re-appointed by the succeeding Vice-Chancellor in 2021, based on continued high integrity.

Founder, Consultant, and Volunteer

Etiquette and Rhetoric (E&R) Consult, Calabar, Nigeria
April 2015 - Present
  • Collaborated with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Calabar Secretariat and the University of Calabar to organize over 24 interactive and engaging workshops in Interview Dynamics, Presentation & Public Speaking, CV Writing & Personal Development.
  • Trained over 2500 final-year university students, youth corps members, & job seekers (in the above areas) to become confident, socially skilled, employable, & enterprising youths.
  • Certified as a Professional Etiquette Consultant by the International Association of Professional Etiquette Consultants.

Chairperson, Faculty of Arts Seminar/Public Lecture Committee

University of Calabar, Nigeria
October 2017 - September 2019
  • Organized over 24 seminars for lecturers & postgraduate students to present their research work in the field of Arts & Humanities, & receive feedback from other academics.

  • Formerly Chairperson, Dept. of History and Int’l Studies Seminar Committee (2014 - 2016).

Human Resources Panelist

Arthur Jarvis University, Nigeria
February 2017 - March 2017
  • Invited as a panel member in charge of interviewing over 10,000 prospective academic and non-academic staff and students for the university’s inaugural year.

Member, Committee to Actualize Bassey Andah Institute for African and Asian Studies

University of Calabar, Nigeria
March 2014 - October 2015
  • Collaborated with a team of 6 to design the curriculum which led to the successful establishment of the Institute (also the only institute in Nigeria that teaches Asian studies).

Head, Department of History and International Studies

University of Calabar, Nigeria
April 2012 - Obtober 2014
  • Established the first-ever E-library in the Faculty of Arts, among other projects, to encourage research and maintain academic excellence.
  • Renovated the department’s Resource Center, among other infrastructure, by securing donations from high-profile alumni.
  • Facilitated sponsorship from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for 3 staff members to attend and present at conferences in France, Ivory Coast, and South Africa.
  • Awarded Administrative Excellence Award by the National Association of History and International Studies Students, the University of Calabar Chapter.
  • Elevated the department’s ranking to Number 1 in the Faculty of Arts and thus, a role model for other departments.
  • Carried out human resources management procedures, evaluated employees’ work performance, & provided feedback to heighten performance for the institution’s benefit.
  • Member, Faculty of Arts Committee on Student Counseling/Advising, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2011).
  • Member, Faculty of Arts Committee on Student Life/Relation, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2011).
  • Member, Post Graduate Board Committee, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2006 – Present).
  • Chairperson, Book Assessment and Quality Control Committee, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2007; 2011-2012).
  • Examination Officer, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2005-2009).
  • Chairperson, Welfare Committee, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2002-2007).
  • Member, Departmental Admissions Committee, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2007).
  • Member, Project Defence Committee, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2006).
  • Member Post-University Matriculation Examination (UME) Screening Committee, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2005-2006).
  • Member, Faculty of Arts Curriculum Committee, University of Calabar (2002).
  • Chairperson, representing Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State, Clan Verification Programme, Cross River State, Nigeria (2002).
  • Member, Examination Committee, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (1998-1999; 2002-2003).
  • Member, History Seminar Committee, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (1998-1999).

External Assessorship Roles

  • External Assessor examining candidates for the position of Full Professor, Imo State University, Imo State, Nigeria (2022).
  • External Assessor examining candidates for the position of Full Professor, Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria (2022).
  • External Assessor examining candidates for the position of Full Professor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria (2021).
  • External Assessor examining candidates for the position of Associate Professor, Redeemers University, Osun State, Nigeria (2019).
  • External Assessor examining candidates for the position of Full Professor, Adekunle-Ajasin University, Akongba-Akoko, Ondo State (2018/2019 - Present).
  • External Assessor examining candidates for the position of Full Professor, Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria (2018).
  • External Examiner for the PhD. Program in the Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria (2018/2019).
  • External Examiner for Masters & PhD. Programs in the Department of History & International Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria (2016/2017; 2017/2018).
  • External Examiner for the Master’s Program in the Department of History, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (2012/2013; 2017/2018; 2018/2019).
  • Supervisor overseeing over 21 Master’s theses and 13 PhD dissertations, which were all successfully completed and covered areas in Social History, African History, Biographical History, among other areas, Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (2012 - Present).

Courses Taught

Prof. Akoda has taught numerous courses since the start of her lecturing career in 1993. Some of these courses include:

  • Field Research in History
  • Historiography/Historical Methods (Postgraduate)
  • Major World Civilizations
  • History of Africa to 1500
  • History of African Religion
  • History of Pan-Africanism
  • West Africa since 1800
  • West Africa to 1800
  • History of East Africa
  • An Introduction to History
  • History of South Africa to 1910
  • Theories of Imperialism
  • Europe and the Wider World
  • An Introduction to European History to 1848

Publications

Professor Winifred Akoda has been a voice in the field of History. She has published extensively in local and international fora. Some of her publications are listed below. For a full list of her publications, click here.

  • Books
  • Artices
  • Book Chapters

Book

From the Abyss of Memory: Efiong Ukpong Aye

Book Chapter

Indigenous Technology and Palm Oil Processing in Southern Nigeria

Journal Article

Evolution of Medical Pluralism in Nigeria: The Case Study of Calabar, Southern Nigeria

Journal Article

Interpreting Women’s History with Museum Sources: An Experience in a Nigerian Museum

Book

ABC of Project Writing for Researchers and Students of the Humanities

Journal Article

Because we don’t learn from History: A Comparative Analysis between the Lapses of 1959 and 2011 Elections in Nigeria

Journal Article

Service to God and Humanity, Revered Hope Masterton Waddell in Calabar (1846-1858); a Biological and Prosopographical Study

Book Chapter

Geography and Potentiates in West Africa: A Concise Study in History and International Relations

Contact

Location:

Department of History and International Studies,
University of Calabar (UNICAL),
Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

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