JP, FNIM, FWACN, FRSH, U.K A Woman of Substance CHIEF PROFESSOR ROSE EBIEROBA EZONBODOR-AKWAGBE, PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:09

Ebieroba ,“ meaning fine girl which is the native name of Prof. (Chief) Rose Ezonbodor-Akwagbe JP, seems to have spiritually dictated or affected her life over the years. No wonder, everything about her is quality-driven, even in education where she is considered as one of the best brains in this part of the world. Rose as she is fondly called by her close associates, was born in 1950 to Mrs. Rebecca Ezonbodor and Rt. Hon. (Dr) Ninetry Alfred Ezonbodor, an astute Politician of the First Republic. The family hails from Asamabiri in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Chief Prof. Rose Ezonbodor-Akwagbe acquired her Primary Education at the St. George's Primary School, Falomo, Ikoyi-Lagos and later the Baptist High School, Orerokpe, Delta State.

Rose's passion for the service of humanity made her go into the Nursing/Midwifery Profession, first attaining the relevant Certificates through the Schools of Nursing/Midwifery, Benin-city, Edo State. Brandishing the best of Certificates in that field, she got a job at the Specialist Hospital, Benin-city and later the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Benin-city. She equally attended the School of Health Technology, in Benin-city, where she obtained the Public Health Nursing Certificate (Health Visitor's).

Haven considered herself not well equipped enough educationally. Chief Prof. Rose Ezonbodor-Akwagbe proceeded to the Nigerian Premier University, the University of Ibadan, obtaining a B.sc Degree in Nursing Administration in 1985.  Back to the University of Benin Teaching, she had several Certificate/Management Courses, including the Adolescent Fertility Management/Family Health and Child Life Network Certificates, both from Chicago, Illinois, USA and Diploma in Health Services Administration/Management (DHAM) from the University of Benin, Benin-city, Edo State.

Again, her insatiable appetite for education propelled her to move to the University of Ibadan for her Masters Degree in Health Education obtaining it in 1989 and in 1995 a Doctorate Degree in Health Education with Specialization in AIDS Health Education, University of Ibadan.

Chief Prof. Rose Ebieroba Ezonbodor-Akwagbe's life was not only about acquiring Academic Excellence, but also had an impressive working experience. She lectured at the University of Benin before getting out of the country to take up appointment in London and Oil Rich State of Kuwait in the Middle East. In London, Chief Prof. Rose Ezonbodor-Akwagbe worked in several organizations including the Benedict Nursing Home, the Sandridge House Nursing Home, Ascot. She also worked as an Adaptation Nurse, Lewisham University Teaching Hospital, Senior Staff Kingsdale Nursing Home, Home Manager, Ross Wyld Nursing Home as well as Director of Operations, City Nursing and Employment Agency Limited UK. She was also Lecturer 1 / Coordinator of Training Programmes, Professional Nursing Institute, Red Bridge College, Gants Hill, London as well as Senior Consultant Lecturer and later Associate Professor/Principal Consultant Lecturer, Middlesex University, Waltham Forest Campus, London. In the State of Kuwait, Prof. Rose Ezonbodor-Akwagbe took up appointment as Assistant Director of Nursing for Staff Training and Development, Armed Force Hospital, Ministry of Defense and later became the Substantive Director of Nursing for Staff Training and Development.

After sojourning Abroad for about ten (10) years, Prof. Rose Ezonbodor-Akwagbe succumbed to the pressure to return   home in 2004 to take up appointment at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State as Senior Lecturer/HOD, Community Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Bayelsa State.

In May 2008, she was made the Dean, Faculty of Nursing, Niger Delta University and Coordinator, United State's Presidential Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR, Niger Delta University Chapter, and in December,  2009, Visiting Professor, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Portharcourt, Rivers State.

In View of Chief Prof. Ezonbodor-Akwagbe's   outstanding performances and involvement in Academics, She became a member of several National and International Bodies, assuming leadership position in them. They include, member, Royal College of Nursing Britain, Fellow  Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, UK, Member, Institute of Health Management, UK, Member, Commonwealth Association for the Handicap, Member, Nigeria n School Health Association, became an Associate  Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (1986) a Substantive member (2006) and a Fellow in 2015, First president, Ezon Paragon Ladies Association, Benin-city and Member, Board of National AIDS Control Committee, Edo/ Delta State among many others.

This highly endorsed Academician have written several Publications and Productive Works to her credit, some of which are Basic Knowledge of Behavioural Science, Issues in Emergencies in Nigerian Health Planning Management Journal, Issues in AIDS, Handbook for Community Health Nurses, The Science of  Nursing among many others.

She has attended several Seminars/Conferences where she presented Papers on issues such as The Functions of the Public Health Nurses in the Hospital Setting, Awareness of HIV/AIDS Education Programme among the Youths of Waltham Forest College, London, as well as Stress Management in Emergencies, a paper presented at the First International Conference on Stress Management by the Gulf Region in the State of Kuwait.

A distinguished Scholar with selfless service to humanity, Chief Prof. Ezonbodor-Akwagbe, has bagged several Awards including African Woman Nation Builders Gold Award, Distinguished Nigerian Woman of Merit Award, Distinguished Leadership in Development Award, Mother Africa Merit Award, Bayelsa Woman of Distinction Award as well being honoured with a Certificate of Excellence from the Government of the State of Kuwait. In July 2011, Rose was honoured by Bayelsa State New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) for her efforts in Sustainable Development on her AIDS Health Programmes to the community. In August 2011, she had an International Award as the Best Academician of the Year in London by Vision Africa in London and in September 2011 she was honoured for her Exemplary Character and Academic Excellence by Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Bayelsa State chapter, and in 2012 the Environmental Sanitation Officers also awarded her for her tireless efforts in the Activities of Primary Health Care in Bayelsa State and beyond among numerous others. It is pertinent to note that the Traditional Institutions and various Communities are not left out in according this distinguished scholar with their own recognition.  As at the last count, Chief Prof. Ezonbodor-Akwagbe had already bagged five Chieftaincy Titles. They include the Gesere of Kabowei Kingdom Delta State, the Funagbe of Agbere, Bayelsa State, the Funbulo-Daara of Adagbabiri old Rivers State, the Funbulo of Kabowei and Odoni Kingdoms jn Bayelsa State.

Prof. Ezonbodor-Akwagbe's impressive and intimidating Profile is synonymous with either first or distinctions right from her Primary School days. No wonder, she had the best Primary School Leaving Certificate Result at the St, Georges Primary School, Falomo,  Ikoyi, Lagos, the best Midwifery Examination Result in the then Bendel State , the best Public Health Nurse-In Training at the School of Health Technology, Benin-city as well as the first female to be appointed Associate Professor with the Education Lecturing Services, UK, the first female Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing, Niger Delta University, the first Female Coordinator to be appointed by the United State Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS  Relief(PEPFAR) Niger Delta University's Chapter, the first female Dean of the only Faculty of Nursing in Nigeria as a whole, the first Bayelsan to be appointed Professor of Nursing by the Northwestern University, Florida, USA, and Visiting Professor to the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Portharcourt, Rivers State. It is equally worthy to note that Chief Professor Ezonbodor-Akwagbe is first Nigerian to obtain a Masters and PhD. in the Area of AIDS Health.

She was the former Senior Special Assistant to the Bayelsa Governor on Primary Health Care, who was awarded the Best Performing Senior Special Assistant by the Bayelsa Media Award (2014) for the SSA Category on the 24th April 2014. She is also an Adjunct Professor to the Department of Nursing, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State. Chief Prof. Ezonbodor-Akwagbe has an outstanding flair for Fashion too. Her unique Headgear makes her stand out in every occasion as a model.

In conclusion, we would  like to pray that Chief Professor Ezonbodor-Akwagbe's outstanding achievements in Academics, Humble Nature, Simplicity, serve as a Motivator and example to many women in Bayelsa State, the Niger Delta, Nigeria in general and the rest of the World. WRITTEN BY MR. JACOB SUWARI, YENAGOA, BAYELSA STATE.

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