Dr. Helen Ogechi Obikaonu

Dr. Helen Ogechi Obikaonu


Head of Department, Animal Science & Technology
B. Agric. Tech., M.Sc., PhD., RAS, MNSAP



Dr. (Mrs.) Helen Ogechi Obikaonu is a native of Umunumo in Ehime- Mbano Local Government Area in the South Eastern Imo State of Nigeria. She was born on March 13th, 1969.

She attended Isiore Primary School, Umuezeala Owerre, Ehime-Mbano (1976-81), Girls High School, Ehime-Mbano (1981-1987); the Federal University of Technology, Owerri Imo State (1990 -1996; 1999 – 2002; 2003- 2009). She obtained her Bachelor of Agric. Technology (B.Agric. Tech) in Animal Production Technology in 1996, Master of Science degree (MSc.) in Animal Management in 2002 and the PhD degree in 2009, all from the prestigious Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

She joined the services of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, as Research Assistant in 1999 in the Institute of Erosion Studies of the University. In 2001, she was transferred to the Department of Animal Science and Technology of the University as Graduate Assistant. She got promoted to the rank of assistant lecturer in 2003, lecturer II in 2006, lecturer I in 2009, Senior Lecturer in 2012 and Reader in 2015.

Dr. (Mrs.) Obikaonu has been deeply involved in the University academic and administrative work. She has been a very strong member of the School Board of Studies, member of the Curriculum Development for Establishment and take-off of Department of Forestry and Wildlife of the University, an academic adviser to 500 level undergraduates of the Department, member of school farm advisory committee, financial secretary FUTO.  Alumni Association 2004-2007, Member of the Welfare committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Owerri branch chapter, Member local organizing committee for the 5th International conference on Organic Agriculture from 15th-19th November 2009, Chairman Department of Animal Science welfare committee 2014 to date, Member Seminar/Workshop/Training 2014/2015, Member farm steering committee 2014/2015, Member SAAT Committee on Sanitation/Clean Environment from 2017 to date, Member L.O.C 43rd  Annual Conference of Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP) held at Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, from 18-22nd March, 2018, Dean SAAT Representative to School of Basic Studies Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Members L.O.C. 2019 Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World Conference (South Eastern Nigeria), Member Electoral Committee for 2019 Deanship Election for School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Member Departmental Curriculum Committee from 2017 to date, Member Academic Staff Union of Universities (FUTO Chapter) Committee on Gender and Civil Society 2019 to date and appointed a Deputy Director Linkages and Advancement  Federal University of Technology Owerri (2011-2013). She is also an active member of relevant professional bodies. She is a Member of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production(NSAP) 2000 to date, Member Agricultural Society of Nigeria(ASN) 2002 to date, Member world Poultry Science Association(WAPSA) 2005 to date, Member of the African Women Leaders in Agriculture and Environment(AWLAE) 2006 to date, Member Animal Science Association of Nigeria(ASAN) 2000 to date, Member Gender and Diversity 2008 to date, Registered Member, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science and Registered Member, Organization of Woman in Science for the Developing World, 2013 to date.

As a vibrant and dynamic academic, Dr. (Mrs.) Obikaonu has supervised over 48 undergraduate projects, 4 post-graduate theses, has over 35 publications to her name, attended 32 Professional workshops/conferences both local and international and belongs to 8 learned societies.

At the community level, Dr. (Mrs.) Obikaonu has demonstrated that higher academic qualification should not be for the University environment alone. She has been very active in various groups and organizations. She is the Secretary-General of Umunumo Development Union Home and Abroad (Women Wing), Secretary, Christian Women Organization of Holy Trinity Parish World bank Housing Estate New Owerri. She is a lady of the Knight of St. John International (LAUX), and was honoured with a title of young Star by St. Charles Catholic Parish, Umunumo-Ehime Mbano in 2006, Star Mother of Holy Trinity Parish World bank housing estate new Owerri in 2011, Ezinwanyi Di Uko by the Catholic Men Organization Holy Trinity World Bank among others.

In 2006, she received a fellowship award from the African Women Leaders in Agriculture and Environment (AWLAE) as partial financial support for her PhD study programme. She was the first academic staff of the University to receive the newly instituted National Award for best PhD research Proposals by the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) in 2009 and inducted as Registered Animal Scientist (RAS) by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) in 2009. Dr (Mrs.) Helen Obikaonu is currently the Ag. Head, Department of Animal Science, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.

She is married to Sir Clement C. Obikaonu, Rtd Director of Schools Imo State Education Management board and the marriage is blessed with 8 children.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Animal Management), – 2010
  • M.Sc. (Animal Management), – 2002
  • B. Agric-Tech (Animal Production) (Second Class Honours Lower Division) – 1996.
  • West African School Certificate, – 1987
  • First School Leaving Certificate, – 1981

Course Code:

  • Introduction to Agriculture    –   (AGR203)
  • Principles of Animal Production   –    (AST201)       
  • Principles of Animal Production 11    –    (AST 202)
  • Elements of Crop and Animal Production    –     (AGR 307)
  • Elements of Animal Production    –    (AST304)
  • Poultry Production and Hatchery Technology    –   (AST 505)
  • Sheep and Goat Production    –    (AST 507)
  • Farm Practice vi   –    (AGR 501)
  • Rabbit and Mini livestock Production    –    (AST 512)


  • Livestock Production Systems     –     (AST835)
  • Livestock Housing and Environmental Management      –     (AST836)
  • Development in Livestock Housing and Environmental   –    (AST 914)
  • Vitamins, Minerals and additives    –    (APR 609)
  • Poultry and Rabbit Production    –    (AST 610)


  • Received a research grant from the University senate to carry out a research project on the study of integrated poultry /pig farming as an intensive management strategy for poultry and pig production in Nigeria. Amount of Research grant: N400,000.00(fourhundredthousandNaira).  Period: 2002-2003.
  • Received a Research Grant from the University senate to carry out a research project on The study of Deep Litter managed broiler starter fed Neem leaf meal Amount: N100,000.00(One hundred thousand naira).  Period:2005-2006.
  • Recipient of a fellowship award from the African women leaders in Agriculture and environment (AWLAE) Washington D. C. as partial financial support for My PhD Amount =400 US Dollars.  Period: 2006-2007.
  • 1st  Academic Staff of the University to receive the newly Instituted National Award for best PhD Research Proposal in 2006 by the Nigerian Academic Staff Union of Universities.  Amount =N150,000.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member, Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP)
  • Member, Agriculture Society of Nigeria (ASN)
  • Member, World Poultry Science Association (WAPSA)
  • Member, Packard Initiative Networking Group-Southeast Nigeria (PING-SEN)
  • Member, African Women Leaders in Agriculture and Environment
  • Registered Animal Scientist (RAS)
  • Registered Member, Nigerian Institute of Animal  Science
  • Registered Member, Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World, 2013 to date.

Research Interest

Interested in sourcing for alternative feed resources to replace conventional ones for cost-saving and better protein utilization in poultry diets. Examples, cassava peels and leaf meals.

Work Experience

21 years of work experience as a researcher and as a lecturer


  1. Uchegbu M. C., Onwuka K. C., Okoli I. C., Obikaonu H. O., Ahiwe E. U.(2015). Performance of starter broilers fed raw and cooked napoleona imperialis seed diets. Intl J. Agric. & Rur. Dev.
  2. Odoemelam, V. U., Ahiwe, E. U., Ekwe, C. C., Obikaonu, H.O. and Obi, J. I. (2015).Dry matter intake, nutrient digestibility and nitrogen balance of west African dwarf (wad) bucks fed panicum maximum supplemented concentrate containing Bambara nut vigna subterranea meal. Nigerian Journal of Agriculture, Food and Environment
  3. Obikaonu H.O., and Udedibie A.B.I., (2015)., Evaluation of Neem (Azadirachta Indica) leaf meal in diets of black leghorn laying hens for protein sustainability and national development. Intl J. of Agricultural Technology. (IJAT). VOL. II (5): 1089-1095.
  4. Udedibie, A.B.I., Peter-Nwachukwu, F.I. and Obikaonu, H.O. (2015). Use of Qualitative Feed Restriction as a Management Strategy for Finishing Broilers. Nig. J. Anim. Prod., Vol. 42: (2) 151-157.
  5. Ahiwe, E.U., Okere, P.C., Egenuka, F.C., Obikaonu H.O.; Kadurumba O.E; Ekeledo, P.O.; Okehie, U.N. 2015. Involvement of Women in Poultry Production: A veritable way for Poverty Reduction in Nigeria. Intl J. Agric. And Rur. Development.
  6. A.K. Chukwukaelo, N.O. Aladi, N.J. Okeudo, H.O. Obikaonu, I.P. Ogbuewu & I.C. Okoli (2017); Performance and Meat Quality Characteristics of Broilers Fed Fermented Mixture of Grated Cassava Roots and Palm Kernel Cake as Replacement For Maize. Tropical Anim. Health and Production.