Prof Elizabeth Nehiweze Ekpo

Prof Mrs Elizabeth N. Ekpo

Vice President



Prof E.N. Ekpo (Nee Obazee) was born in Benin-City Edo State on the 1st of February 1956. She attended Convent School No 3 Primary School, St. Maria Goretti Girls College and the University of Benin in Benin City, Edo State. She obtained B.Sc. Microbiology in 1979 (UNIBEN). She proceeded to University of Ibadan where she got her M.Sc. in Agric Biology/Plant Pathology, September (1982) and Ph.D. Degree in Plant Pathology (1988). She joined the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm research, (NIFOR) in August 1980 after her National Youth Service as Research Officer in Training and rose to the post of Senior Research Officer after her Ph.D at the University of Ibadan (1988). She later transferred to Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan in 1989 as a Senior Research Officer where she rose to the rank of Director and retired in February 2021.

She did her research in plant pathology and later developed the technique for cultivating edible Mushrooms at FRIN. She also supervised projects and thesis for many students from higher institutions in the areas of plant pathology, Mushrooms Research and agricultural research. She became a research Professor of Plant Pathology in 2019.

Prof. Ekpo has over 70 publications comprising Journals, Edited Proceedings, Conference/Workshop papers as well as Technical reports. She has attended several National and International Conferences and Workshops where she also presented many papers.

She belongs to several Professional Associations including Nigerian Society for Plant Protection, International Society for Mushroom Science, Association of Women in Forestry and Environment, the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, Africa Women in Agricultural Research and Development, Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research for Development and Nigerian Field Society.

Prof. Ekpo enjoys travelling, listening to Christian music and reading novels. She is blessed with children and grand children.