Prof. Mrs. Harriet Chinyelu Nwigwe

Prof Mrs Harriet Chinyelu Nwigwe

B.Sc. (Hons); P.G.D.E (Nig); (London); Ph.D (Nig).


Brief Profile

Prof. Mrs H.C. Nwigwe hails from Oraukwu, Idemili North L.G.A. of Anambra State, and married to HRH Eze Dr Emmanuel O. Nwigwe, Ike 1 of Ugiri-Ike, Ikeduru L.G.A. of Imo State. She earned the British Council Scholarship to pursue the Master’s Degree programme in Aquatic Resource Management at Kings’s College, University of London.

As a lecturer in the Federal University of Technology, she has served in at least 17 (seventeen) University and School of Science/School of Biological Sciences’ Committees, either as a Chairperson or a member of the committee.

Prof. Mrs Nwigwe acted for  Heads, Department of Biological  Science on several occasions and finally served as the Head, Department of Biotechnology,  Federal University of Technology, from October 2006 – 2011. She has also served as the Management Director,  FUTO Bookshop Ltd, from 1   July 2014 to  2016. She has been nominated for several awards in Nigeria.  She is an Educational Consultant with a  Humanitarian  Non–Governmental, Voluntary  Development Organisation in Enugu,  Enugu  State.  She has an  Honorary Appointment to the  Research Board of Advisors,  the  American  Biographical  Institute, the U.S.A.  She is a fellow of the Institute of Co–operate  Administration (FCAL),  Nigeria.

Education Qualifications

  • PhD (Aquatic Biology) - University of Port Harcourt

  • M.Sc. (Aquatic Resource Management) King’s College, - University of London, United Kingdom, Nsukka.

  • P.G.D. in Education - University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

  • B.Sc. (Hons) (Zoology) - University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

  • West African School Certificate (WASC) - Union Secondary School, Ibiaku, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State

  • First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) - Government School, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.


Prof. Nwigwe is a member of the following professional bodies:-

  • i.    Nigerian Association of Aquatic Science.
  • ii.   Nigerian Society of Biological Conservation.
  • iii.  Nigerian Environmental Study Team
  • iv.   Zoology Society of Nigeria Team.
  • v.    Third world organization for women in Science (TWOWS).


Professor Mrs Nwigwe has successfully supervised and graduated 14 (fourteen) PhD students not less than 12 M.Sc. students and numerous undergraduate students.  She presently has many Ph.D., M.Sc. and undergraduate under her supervision.


Prof. Nwigwe has attended not less than 18 conferences organized by reputable academic bodies where she delivered sound intellectual papers.


Prof. Mrs Nwigwe has delivered her Inaugural Lecture as a Professor.  This was presented in March 2011.

Her area of Educational interest is Aquatic pollution, with a special interest in the issue of Climate Change.

Published papers

  • Nwigwe, H.C. (1994): The African Giant Snail (Achatina achatina):  Study on the rate of weight gain, Nigerian Journal of Social Studies.  Review 3 (1): 70-74.

  • Nwigwe, H.C. and F.A. Onukogu (1995): The Incidence of some Inborne Genetic Errors, A Case Study of Owerri and Environ, Nigerian Journal of Review of Studies in Social Sciences 1 (1) 11 – 14.

  • Nwigwe, H.C. (1996): Effectiveness of Agricultural Extension Services in Mobilizing the Rural Population to improve Food Production.

  • Nwigwe, H.C. (1998): Ecological problems of OLD Imo State and the Place of Trees in Environmental protection, Journal of Dev. Studies 1 (2): 56 – 61.

  • Nwigwe, H.C. (1998): Effects of Drilling Mud, an oil exploration waste, on the Physico-chemical Features of Experimental Lacustrine System, Journal of Applied Sciences 1 (1): 10 -18.

  • Nwigwe, H.C. (1998): Characteristics of the Salivary Secretion of Platymeris bigutata (Hemiptera Redividae), Journal f Applied Sciences 1 (1): 199 – 130.

  • Nwigwe, H.C. and I.P. Aleleye-Wokoma (2000): The Effects of Drilling Mud on the growth of Catfish, Clarias gariepinus, in an experimental Lacustrine System, J.Sci. Engr. Tech. 7 (1): 2121 – 2131.

  • Nwigwe, H.C. (2000): Uptake and Bioaccumulation of Trace Metals in tissues of Freshwater fish, Clarias gariepinus, exposed to Drilling Mud. Trans. Nig. Soc. Biol. Conserv. 7 (2): 35 - 43

  • Nwigwe, H.C. (2001): The Effects of Drilling Mud on the Macrobenthic Community of an Experimental Lacustrine system, Journal of Applied Sciences 4 (3): 2017 – 2112.

  • Udensi, J.U., Iwuala, M.O.E., Nwigwe, H.C., Onyedineke, N.E., Okereke, J.N. and Mgbemena, I.C. (2014). Studies of the Recovery Potentials of a Disturbed Aquatic Ecosystem: Focus on pre- and post-dredging Analysis of Nworie River, Owerri Imo State, Nigeria, International Journal for Health & Human Development, 15(1): 42 – 49.

  • Okereke, J.N., Nwigwe, H.C. and Iwuala, M.O.E. (2011). Evaluation of Groundwater Quality in some Parts of Imo State, Nigeria, Int’l Journal for Environmental Health & Human Development, 11(1): 10 – 14.

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