Monday, 29 March 2010
Professor Anya O. Anya
Prof Anya (Left)
Professor Anya Oko Anya was born on 3rd January 1937.He attended Hope Waddell Training Institution, Calabar, University College, Ibadan, University of Cambridge, England (St. John,s College) and Moleno Institute of Biology and Parasitology.
He began his working career as a Science Master with Qua-Iboe Mission Secondary School, Etinan, Akwa Ibom State in 1957.He was appointed Research Officer, Federal Fisheries Research Service, Lagos, 1961-1962; Lecturer, Federal Science School, Lagos, 1961-1962; Research Officer, Federal Department of Agricultural Research, Ibadan, 1963-1967; Lecturer in Zoology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1965-1967; Senior Lecturer, University of Science and Technology Project, Port Harcourt, 1967-1970; Senior Lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1970-1973; Professor of Zoology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka since 1973 and he was the former Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Economic Summit Group Ltd.
Professor Anya has served in various capacities within the Nigerian University system which include: Member, Planning Committee, University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, 1966-1970; Chairman, Senate Committee on Postgraduate Studies, University of Nigeria, 1975-1979; Chairman, Federal Government of Nigeria Committee on Academic Freedom in the Nigerian University System, 1978-1979; Chairman, National Universities Commission, the New Universities of Technology, 1981; amongst others.
Professor Anya's distinctive contribution is in the field of parapsychology. His research for many years has relentlessly tackled the problems of parasitism and parasitoses in the tropical environment of Nigeria. Through personal and group researches, Professor Anya sought to establish vital benchmarks in parasite biology and control, parasite ecology and epidemiology and parasite physiology and biochemistry.
Aside his academic endeavours, Professor Anya has equally served within the Nigerian public and private sectors as Chairman, Niger Insurance Co.Ltd, Director, NAFFCO (Science Supplies) Limited, Chairman, Imo Broadcasting Corporation, Special Consultant, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and later National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure.
Professor Anya has over 120 scholarly publications to his credit which include: Science, Development and the Future: The Nigerian Case; Science and the Crises in African Development; and Science Leadership and National Development amongst others.
Professor Anya belongs to several professional bodies which include: Fellow, Nigeria Academy of Science; Fellow, Institute of Biology (U.K.); Fellow, Linnaean Society of London; Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society; Fellow and Life Member, Nigerian Society of Parasitology; and Member, New York Academy of Science.