PROFESSOR ANTHONY AJUZIEOGU NLEWADIM, Ffs.
Anthony Ajuzieogu Nlewadim was born at Umunkpeyi Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South L. G. A. of Abia State, Nigeria on 17th October 1960. He attended primary school in the same village where he had his First School Leaving Certificate in 1972. He was among those whose Primary School classrooms were in the bush during the Nigerian civil war. In 1979, Prof. Nlewadim obtained the West African School Certificate (WASC) in Division One from Nvosi High School, Umunkpeyi Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South, Abia State after which he entered the University of Jos in 1980.
He studied Zoology at the University of Jos, Plateau state and graduated in 1984 after which he undertook the NYSC mandatory programme in the 1984/1985 session. He went ahead to pursue his Master of Science degree at the University of Lagos and completed in 1990 specializing in Marine Ecology and Fisheries. He was appointed into the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) in 1990 and deployed to the African Regional Aquaculture Centre (ARAC), Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he served at the Port Harcourt and Buguma stations of the Centre as a Research Officer from 1990 to 1994.
In 2nd May 1994, he joined Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State as one of the pioneer academics as a Lecturer II. In 2003, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike with specialization in Fish Breeding and Genetics. Prof. Nlewadim climbed through the ranks and rose to become an Associate Professor in 2008 and Professor in 2011.
He has travelled widely and participated in a short course in Fisheries Management at CERTMA, Vigo, Spain in 2003. In 2007, he was part of the International Training on Fisheries Data Collection and Analysis, Wageningen International, Wageningen, Netherlands and in 2008 he attended the Haggai Institute of Advanced Leadership Training in Singapore. Anthony Nlewadim participated at the 9th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference at Okinawa, Japan as well as the International Symposium on the Filter Feeding Elasmobranchs: Unravelling their many mysteries, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa, Japan in 2013. He has regularly participated at the Annual Aquaculture American Conference held in the United States of America.
In his professional society activities, Anthony Nlewadim is a Fellow of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON). He served as the National Assistant Secretary of the Society from 2004 to 2006; National Secretary of FISON, 2006 – 2010. He initiated the inauguration of FISON, Abia State Chapter. He is also a member of World Aquaculture Society (WAS) and International Biometric Society (IBS). He annually participates at the conferences organised by the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) and World Aquaculture Society (WAS). This gave rise to his appointment into the Steering Committee of the African Chapter of World Aquaculture Society during its conference held at Cape Town, South Africa on June 2017. He is one of the six Nigerians invited to the inaugural meeting of Policy Research Network for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PRNFAA) held at AU-IBAR Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2018.
Prof. Nlewadim is a member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), MOUAU Branch. He served as the Internal Auditor, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike from 2000 to 2002 and was elected the Secretary from 2002 to 2004.
As part of his administrative experience at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Anthony Nlewadim served as the Head of Department, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management (2003 – 2005); Coordinator of Students’ Industrial Works Experience Scheme (SIWES) - 2008 – 2010. He was elected Acting Dean, College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (CNREM) in 2010 and re-elected again in 2012. He served as Dean until November 2014. As the Dean of the College, he was instrumental to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Kentucky State University, Kentucky, USA and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, Nigeria in the area of Aquaculture and Fisheries. During his tenure as Dean, the face of CNREM was changed as he worked assiduously to ensure the creation of an additional Department, Environmental Management and Toxicology (EMT) in 2013. It is on record that the College had only two Departments from 1994 until 2013 when EMT was granted approval. As the Dean of CNREM, he also doubled as the Coordinator of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management (FISHARM) and Environmental Managment and Toxicology (EMT) between 2012 to 2013 until Heads of Departments were appointed for those programmes. He has also served in several Committees, Panels and Boards.
In 2015, Prof. Nlewadim undertook a one-year sabbatical leave at the Federal Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja where he worked on Artisanal Fisheries Development in Nigeria.
He has published many reputable research articles in local and international Journals. Most importantly, he has produced many students of Fisheries at the undergraduate (BSc), Masters (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) levels.
DISSERTATIONS AND THESIS:
1. A preliminary survey of the microorganisms of some domestic water reservoirs in Jos, Plateau. BSc Project, University of Jos., Plateau State. Pp87. 1984.
2. Feedng relation of Elops lacerta (Valenciennes), Chrysichthys nigrodigitatus (Lacepede) and Mugil bananensis (Pellegrin) in the Lagos lagoon, Nigeria. MSc Dissertation, University of Lagos, Lagos. pp. 59. 1989.
3. Hybridization studies in three clariid fishes. PhD Thesis, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, pp. 131. 2002.
i. Nlewadim, A.A. and Osuigwe, D.I. 1993. Genetic improvement of Tilapia in Aquaculture. Nig. Journ. of Biotechnology, 11: 87 - 93.
ii. Nlewadim, A.A. and Adeyemo, A.A. 1994. Effect of inorganic fertilization on the zooplankton production in brackish water. Nig. Journ. of Agric. Tech., 2: 1 - 5.
iii. Deekae, S.N. and Nlewadim, A.A. 1995. Preliminary assessment of the fishery potential of swimming crabs (Callinectes) in the New Calabar River, Nigeria. Journ.of Appl. Chem. & Agric. Research, 2: 76 - 82.
iv. Nlewadim, A.A. and Deekae, S.N. 1997. Collection of juvenile mullet species from a brackish-water tidal farm in Nigeria. NAGA, The ICLARM Quarterly, 20(2):19 - 20.
v. Nlewadim, A.A. 1998. The food and feeding habits and some aspects of growth of juvenile Elops lacerta in the Lagos lagoon, Nigeria. Nig. Journ. of Agric. Tech.,7: 71 - 81.
vi. Nlewadim, A.A. 2000. The length-weight relationship and condition of the mugilids, Liza falcipinnis and L. grandisquamis in a brackish water environment. Journ. of Applied Sciences, 3(3): 1118 - 1125.
vii. Aluko, P.O; Nlewadim, A.A. and Aremu, A. (2001). Observation of fry cannibalism in Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822). Journ. of Aquatic Sciences, 16: 1 - 6.
viii. Nlewadim, A.A.; Onuoha, G.C. and Aluko, P.O. (2004). Studies on the growth and survival of fry and fingerlings of three clariid catfish species: Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822), Heterobranchus bidorsalis (Geoffroy, 1809) and H. longifilis (Valenciennes, 1840). Journal of Aquaculture in the Tropics, 19 (1): 1 - 14.
x. Ogueri, C, Adaka, G. S. and Nlewadim, A. (2007). Optimum range of pH for hatching of incubated eggs of Clarias gariepinus (Siluroidei: Pisces). Animal Production Research Advances, 3(2): 158 - 160.
xi. Adaka, G. S., Ogueri, C. and Nlewadim, A. (2007). Effect of pH and temperature interactions on the hatching rate of African catfish eggs. Animal Production Research Advances, 3(2): 171 – 173.
xii. Ogueri, C, Adaka, G. S. and Nlewadim, A. (2007). Aspects of the bionomics of Chrysichthys nigrodigitatus (Pisces: Bagridae) in River Katsina-Ala, Benue State, Nigeria. International Journal of Agriculture and Food Systems, 1(3): 292 - 298.
xiii. Udoh, J. P., Ekpo, I. E. and Nlewadim, A. A. (2007). Quality of bottom soils of semi intensive aquaculture ponds in Southeastern Nigeria. Nig. Journ. Agric. Food and Environment, 4 (1 – 4): 98 - 108.
xiv. Ogueri, C., Adaka, G. S., Nlewadim, A. and Ben-Chendo, G. N. (2009). Comparative Analysis of growth parameters and ages of fish species in River Katsina-Ala, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Fisheries, 6 (1 & 2): 35 - 43.
xv. Nlewadim, A. A., Ofor, C. O. & Udoh, J. P. (2009). Size composition and population characteristics of the swimming crab, C. amnicola (De Rocheburne, 1883) (Crustacea, Brachyura, Portunidae) in the Imo River estuary, Nigeria. Nig. J. Agric., Food & Environ., 5 (2 – 4): 47 – 61.
xvi. Udoh, J. P., Nlewadim, A. A. and Ofor, C. (2009). Maturity estimation in male swimming brachyuran crab, C. amnicola (De Rocheburne, 1883) (Decapoda; Portunidae) in Imo River estuary, Nigeria. Nig. J. Agric. Food & Environ, 5 (2 – 4): 62 – 72.
xvii. Adaka, G. S., Nlewadim, A. A. and Ogueiri, C. (2010). Physico-chemical parameters of Oramiri-Ukwa River, Imo State, Nigeria. International Journal of Agric. and Rural Dev. 13 (1): 1 – 7.
xviii. Adaka, G. S., Nlewadim, A. A., Nwaka, D., Anyanwu, C. N. and Osuigwe, D. I. (2010). Evaluation of ichthyo-fauna composition of Oramiri-Ukwa River, Imo State, Nigeria. Animal Production Research Advances, 6(4): 286 – 290.
xxi. K.C. Igwe, R. N. Echebiri, A. A. Nlewadim and P. C. Anorue (2011). Application of Stochastic Frontier to the measurement of Technical Efficiency of Fish Farming in Umuahia Metropolis, Abia State, Nigeria. Journ. Agric. and Food Sciences, 9 (1): 57- 64.
xxv. Cristina Helena Maria Moreira Vernetti, Marília Danyelle Nunes Rodrigues, Gutierrez, Harold Julian Perez, Calabuig, Cecilia Perez, Carla Giovane Ávila Moreira, Anthony A. Nlewadim and Heden Luiz Marques Moreira (2013). Genes involved in sex determination process and the influence of temperature during the differentiation process in fish: A Review. African Journal of Biotechnology, 12 (17): 2129 – 2146.
xxvi. Umoh, I. A., Nlewadim, A. and Obuba, L. E and Oguntade, O. R. (2015). Morphometric and Meristic Characteristics of Hybrid Catfish from Selected Fish Farms in Southern Nigeria. International Journal of Biotech Trends and Technology, 10: 14 – 19.
xxvii. Adaka, G. S; Etim, I. N.; Olele, F. N. and Nlewadim, A. A. (2015). Assessment of fishing gear, crafts and efforts by artisanal fishers in Imo River at Owerrinta, Southeast Nigeria. Journal of the Science of Agriculture, Food Technology and the Environment, 14: 174 – 179.
xxviii. Adaka, G; Ndukwe, E. and Nlewadim, A. (2015). Length-weight relationship of some fish species in a rainforest river in South-east, Nigeria. Transylv. Rev. Syst. Ecol. Res., 17.2: 73 – 78.
xxxi. Adaka, G.; Ajima, M.; Ezeafulukwe, C.; Osuigwe, D. and Nlewadim, A. (2017). Assessment of Heavy Metals in Fish Tissues of Some Fish Species in Oguta Lake, South-Eastern Nigeria. FUTOJLNS, 3 (1):249 – 257.
32.4. CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:
32.5. BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS:
1. Nlewadim, A. A. et al. (2004). Linkage Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria: Research-Extension-Farmer-Input Linkage System (REFILS). Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria. pp. 157.
2. Unamma, R. P. A.; Mbakwe, R. C. and Nlewadim, A. A. (2004). Characteristics of FSR&D. In: (Eds: Unamma, R. P. A; Onwudike, O. C. e. al). Farming Systems Research and Development in Nigeria: Principles and Practice in Humid and Derived Savanna South-East Zone. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria. pp. 24 - 29.
3. Ekeleme, F.; Nlewadim, A. A. and Mbakwe, R. C. (2004). FSR&D Implementation in Nigerian Rainforest and Derived Savanna Zones. In: (Eds: Unamma, R. P. A; Onwudike, O. C. e. al). Farming Systems Research and Development in Nigeria: Principles and Practice in Humid and Derived Savanna South-East Zone. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria. pp. 77 - 93.
4. Nlewadim, A. A. (2004). Fisheries Based OFR. In: (Eds: Unamma, R. P. A; Onwudike, O. C. e. al). Farming Systems Research and Development in Nigeria: Principles and Practice in Humid and Derived Savanna South-East Zone. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria. pp. 165 - 173.
5. O. C. Onwudike; Nlewadim, A. A.; Unamma, R. P. A.; Muoneke, C.; Ekeleme, F.; Ukachukwu, S. N.; Mbakwe, R. C.; Oke, N.; Edeoga, H. O.; Uwaegbute, A. C. and Nwosu, A. C. (2004). Training for Implementers of FSR&D. In: (Eds: Unamma, R. P. A; Onwudike, O. C. e. al). Farming Systems Research and Development in Nigeria: Principles and Practice in Humid and Derived Savanna South-East Zone. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria. pp. 237 - 253.
6. Nlewadim, A. A.; Udoh, J. P. and Umanah, S. I. (2016). Application of cytogenetics to fish improvement and aquaculture. In: Udoh, J. P. and Ekpo, I. E. eds., Efficient and sustainable tropical aquaculture. Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria. pp 175 – 222.
32.6. TECHNICAL REPORTS
1. Nlewadim, A. A. (2005). Improving the Productivity and Competitive Capacity of Small and Artisanal Fishing Associations in Nigeria. A paper presented at the Fisheries Consultative Forum of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group held at the Integrated Cultural Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 22nd March 2005. pp. 10 - 15.
2. Nlewadim, A. A. (2005). Stimulating Economic Development through Entrepreneurship in Agriculture: The Fishery Sector. Report of the 4th NESG Agricultural Summit held at Kwara Hotels limited, Ilorin on 9th – 11th November 2005. pp 164 – 168.