presidentProfessor Onwuka was born 60 years ago at Ibadan Oyo State. He attended Edo Government College, Benin City and St. Anthony’s College, Ubulu-Uku for his secondary school education which he completed in 1971. He was back at Edo Government College, Benin City between 1972 and 1973 for the Sixth form and sat for and obtained the Higher School Certificate (H.S.C.) in June 1973. He proceeded to the University of Ibadan in 1975. He stayed at the University of Ibadan for 8 years during which by divine grace and hard work he obtained the degrees of B.Sc. Agric. Biochemistry and Nutrition, Second Class (Honours) – Upper Division in 1978, M.Sc. Animal Science (Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition) in 1980 and Ph.D. (Animal Science) Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition in 1983.

Prof. Onwuka is an accomplished academic and researcher who started his working life as a Teacher at St. Columbus’ Grammar School, Agbor between 1973 and 75. He had a brief stint at United Bank for Africa, (UBA) Ltd. Benin‑City in 1975. On graduation from Ibadan in 1978, He was posted to the Nigerian Livestock and Meat Authority – Poultry Production Unit, Ilorin for the mandatory National Service (NYSC) between 1978 and 1979. His love for teaching made him to also help out at Government Secondary School, Ilorin during the same period. He took up appointment as Agric Officer II Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Benin‑City in the old Bendel State. His stay was very brief as he was back at Ibadan the same year for the Postgraduate studies. During his graduate studies at Ibadan he also served as Teaching Assistant; Department of Animal Science. On completion of his Doctorate programme in 1983 he worked at Kikachikwu Agricultural Enterprises, Benin-City /Ogwashi-Uku as Production Manager in Charge of Feed mill and Parents stock.The then Dr C.F.I. Onwuka was appointed as a Lecturer II at the University of Uyo in 1984. He Left Uyo as a Lecturer I and took up appointment as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in 1990 and attained the rank of full Professor on 1st., October 1998.


Professor Onwuka is an erudite scholar with over a hundred publications in peer-reviewed journals (local and international), conference proceedings, books, chapters and monograms to his credit. He has mentored many students during his career, a substantial number of who are in top positions in public and private enterprises, University and other allied Research Institutions. Herbert is an accomplished scientist. He has supervised many undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral Research Students and had also served as External Examiner to Universities in all the Geo-Political zones in Nigeria. He had also been involved in Assessment of Candidates for Readership and Professorial Levels in many of our public and Private Universities as well as Assessment of Principal and Chief Lecturers for some Nigerian Polytechnics and Monotechnics. Prof Onwuka has served the Academic community in various capacities such as Head of Department, Director of SIWES, Dean of Students, Dean of Agriculture (at Igbinedion Universty), Chairman/ Member of NUC Accreditation Team to some Universities, Chairman/ Member of many University standing and ad-hoc committees (FUNAAB). He had also served as Member/Secretary Assoc. of Deans of Agric. in Nig. Universities (ADAN) National Chairman and Committee of Deans of Student Affairs in Nigerian Universities (CODESANU). Prof was a member of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and Igbinedion University, Okada    at various times. During his sabbatic period at Igbinedion University apart from serving as Dean of Agriculture, he also served as Acting Director of Acdemic Planning. He was a member of the National Organising Committee of the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA) between 1999-2005. 



Prof Onwuka has the following distinctions and awards to his credit

  1. Federal Government Scholarship Award                                           ‑           1975 ‑ 1978
  2. University of Ibadan Postgraduate Scholarship Award                     ‑           1979 ‑ 1983
  3. Listed in the Profiles of African Scientists by the African Academyof Sciences, Nairobi, Kenya.                                                              -1990, 1991 and 1994
  4. Conferred “Member, Nigerian Society for Animal Production”, MNSAP  ‑            1993
  5. Conferred  “Member, Animal Science Association of Nigeria           MASAN   ‑     2000
  6. Listed in the Editions of Who’s Who in the World                            –    1998, 1999, 2000-2006
  7. Fellow, Nigerian Society for Animal Production       (FNSAP)                    -2009
  8. FULL MEMBER, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science MNIAS (RAS 278)          – 2010
  9. Certificate of Academic Excellence. by The Institute of AdministrativeManagement of Nigeria (IAMN), Lagos on the 31st of January, 2011.                             2011
  10. Certificate of Honour and Distinction –
    • Certified and Distinguished Educator (CDE)
    •  National Leadership Merit Award (NLMA) by The Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria (IAMN), Lagos   2011 Prof Onwuka is a member of the following Learned Societies, Associations and   Networks
  1. Charter Member ‑ International Goat Association, (IGA) USA. From 1982.
  2. Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP).
  3. Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS)
  4. Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association (NFTA), Hawaii, USA.
  5. Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN).
  6. Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN).
  7. Small Ruminant Research Network (SRNET).
  8. African Feed Resources Network (AFRNET).
  9. Alley Farming Network in Tropical Africa (AFNETA).
  10. Pastoral Development Network (PDN), U.K. On the professional front Prof Onwuka had served as
  1. Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Animal Production – 1992-1994.
  2. Editor‑in‑Chief ‑ Nigerian Journal Animal Production.  1994 March-to-March, 1998.
  3. Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Agricultural Journal –  2000-2006
  4. Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Agricultural Journal     –          2006- 2009.
  5. Sub-Editor, Small Ruminant Research Journal (Elsevier , Netherlands)
  6. Editorial Reviews for a number of Scientific Journals.
  7. Editor – in – Chief, FUNAAB Journals Management Committee, for
  1. Journal of Agricultural Science and environment
  2. Journal of Natural Science and Engineering
  3. Journal of humanities, social sciences and the Arts
  1. Chairman Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN) Fellowships Award Committee
  2. Member of the National Executive Council of ASN from 2010 to Date
  3. President, Nigerian Society for Animal Production- March 2012 to Date
  4. Member of the National Livestock Development Committee (NLDC) – March 2012 to Date His Community services are diverse and many among which are:


  1. Patron, Chemical Sciences Students’ Association, UNAAB
  2. Patron   ‑ Animal Science and Livestock Production Students Association,(ASLIPSA), UNAAB {now NASSA}
  3. Adviser‑Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students, UNAAB 1992 to date.
  4. Patron   ‑ Akwa Ibom State Students Association UNAAB 1991 to date.
  5. Staff Adviser ‑ Leo Club, UNAAB (1991 to date).
  6. Staff Adviser/Member AISEC Board of Directors
  7. Member ‑ Group Committee, Ibara Local Assoc., Boy Scout Movement, Ogun State.
  8. Council Member, Ogun State Scout Council
  9. Publicity Secretary- ASUU, UNAAB Branch-(1992-94).
  10. Member ‑ Abeokuta Sports Club, Abeokuta.
  11. Patron, Man O’ War Club, & Road Safety Club, UNAAB
  12. Special Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, {FRSC}
  13. Staff Adviser/Member, Board of Directors, JCI, UNAAB Chapter
  14. Knight, Order of the Knights of St Mulumba, Nigeria (KSM) Prof Chryss Onwuka was elected Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) UNAAB .in September 2009  and served in that capacity for two years during which period he assisted the Vice-Chancellor in the running of the University. By virtue of this position, he was involved in the following Academics-related statutory bodies, Committees and responsibilities:
  1. University Senate                                                                   –           Member
  2. Business Committee of the University Senate                                   Chairman
  3. Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC)                                             Chairman
  4. Academic Planning & Curriculum Committee                                   Chairman
  5. Appointments & Promotions Committee for Academic Staff (APCAS)–    Member
  6. Appointments & Prom. Committee for Non-Teaching Staff (APCONTS)–Member
  7. University Governing Council                                                            –           Member
  8. Finance and General Purposes Committee                                                     Member
  9. Capital Development Committee                                                                   Member
  10. Tenders Board                                                                                                –           Member
  11. University Staff School Board                                                   Alternate Chairman
  12. Library Committee                                                                              –           Chairman
  13. SIWES Committee                                                                             –           Chairman
  14. Post-UTME Screening Committee                                                     –           Chairman
  15. University Management Team                                                            –           Member
  16. Local Organizing Committee for NUGA Zone F Preliminaries 2011   –        Chairman
  17. Examinations
  18. Admissions
  19. Students’ Matters.
  20. Participated in the Annual Conference of All-Africa Students Union / The Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award Held at the University of Ghana, Legon on Saturday,May 1, 2010.
  21. Participated in the Access to Success Workshop organized in Accra, Ghana by the Association of African Universities, (AAU). at the La Palm Royale Beach Hotel, Accra Ghana 3-4 May 2010.
  22. Participated in the Indo-Global Education Summit organized in Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India by the Indus Foundation of  USA, 2-8 December 2010
  23. Participated in the 15th Annual Internationalization Conference organized by IEASA in Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa from 30th August to 3rd September, 2011. (As Leader of UNAAB’s delegation)
  24. Other responsibilities assigned from time to time by the Vice-Chancellor, Senate and the Governing Council of the University.

    Professor Onwuka is happily married to Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Ogugua Onwuka an equally

    accomplished lady with wonderful children and grandchildren.