Dr. Braide Wesley

B Sc., M Phil., PhD.


Braide Wesley

Assistant Lecturer



Dr. Wesley Braide has been researching into alternative source(s) of food rich in proteins , amino acids and other useful minerals and vitamins to solve the problem of food scarcity , safety and malnutrition especially in Africa and other underdeveloped countries. Enormous research in the nutritional qualities and microbiological characteristics of an edible larva of lepidopteran, Bunaea alcinoe has yielded fruitful results. The study explored the microbiological characteristics and nutritional quality of the ubiquitous larva of the emperor moth, B. alcinoe. The work showed that the larva of the edible lepidopteran contains all the essential amino acids and a very high level of protein (53.2%) as well as many genera of potentially pathogenic bacteria and moulds in the raw and traditionally processed forms, and therefore requires care in handling in order to minimize danger to the consumers. In particular, the presence of certain bacteria and fungi on the raw and processed larva has public health implications because of toxins associated with these organisms. The study also revealed that the microbial flora of the larva originated from the leaf microflora which serves as food for the larva. If carefully processed, the larvae holds potential as a highly nutritious and sustainable food source for man, particularly in mitigating the prevalent problems of protein energy malnutrition. These findings constitute an important contrition to knowledge.


Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • ♦  Ph.D., 2009, Applied Microbiology, Rivers State, University of Science and Technology.
  • ♦  M.Phil., 1997, Applied Microbiology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
  • ♦  B.Sc., 1990, Applied Biology (Microbiology option), Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

Membership of Professional bodies

  • ♦  Mangrove Revegetation Studies (SPDC).
  • ♦  Environmental Engineering (EPNL, NAOC).
  • ♦  Environmental Studies.
  • ♦  Environmental Evaluation Reports/Studies (EPNL).
  • ♦  Environmental Impact Assessment Studies (SPDC)
  • ♦  Post-Impact Assessment Studies (Mobil, Chevron, SPDC).
  • ♦  Baseline Studies (EPNL, SPDC).
  • ♦  Waste Management (TPOCON).
  • ♦  Pest Control/Management (Chevron, Wilbros, NNPC, EPNL)
  • ♦  Treatment and Disposal of Lead Batteries (Topcopn, Warri).
  • ♦  Treatment and Rehabilitation of Dredge Spoils, Pilot Project, (SPDC, Port Harcourt).
  • ♦  Mangrove rehabilitation/Regeneration, Pilot Project, (EPNL, SPDC).
  • ♦  Treatment and Disposal of Drill Cuttings, (Chevron, Port Harcourt).
  • ♦  Proposal on Sewage/Sludge Treatment Plant (PTF, Abuja).
  • ♦  Proposal on Water Treatment Plant (PTF, Abuja).
  • ♦  Technical Proposal on Niger Delta Environmental Survey Phase II (NDES, Lagos).
  • ♦  Technical Proposal on Environmental Impact Assessment Studies of Seabed Survey (Topcon, Warri).
  • ♦  Technical Proposal on Post Impact Assessment Studies (SPDC, Port Harcourt.)
  • ♦  Technical Proposal on Environmental Impact Assessment Studies of DPR Requirement (SPDC, Port Harcourt.)
  • ♦  Technical proposal on Mangrove Revegetation (NAOC, Port Harcourt).
  • ♦  Waste Inventory Studies/Report (EPNL, Port Harcourt).
  • ♦  Technical Proposal on Environment Evaluation Report (EPNL, Port Harcourt).
  • ♦  Member, Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals (MNISP).
  • ♦  Member, Nigerian Environmental Society (MNES).
  • ♦  Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology (MNSM).
  • ♦  Member, Nigerian Mycological Society (MNMS).
  • ♦  Member, American Society for Microbiology (MASM).
  • W. Braide., T.G.Sokari., R.N.Nwaoguikpe and S.I.Okorondu (2008). Microbes from soils associated with metamorphosing moth larvae. Current Trends in Microbiology, 4: 11-14.

  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe., E.U.N.Nwoke and W.Braide (2008). Antibacterial efficacy of the extracts of cinchona bark. Current Trends in Microbiology, 4: 97-102.

  • W.Braide., M.Mbata., R.N.Nwaoguikpe and A.T.Aniesona. (2009). Microbiological and proximate characteristics of an edible long-winged reproductive termites (Macroterms bellicosus Smeathman). Journal of Biological and Health Development, 2(1): 77-86.

  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe W.Braide (2009). Phytochemical analysis and the antisickling effects of the extracts of Ocimium gratissimium, Vernonia amygdalina and Solanum melongena. International Journal of Biosciences, 4(2): 43-51.

  • S.I.Okorondu., W.Braide., T.E.Ogbulie and C.O.Akujobi (2006). Antimicrobial and phytochemical properties of some traditional spices. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology, 20(3): 1301-1308.

  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe., O.A.Ojiako and W.Braide (2007). Nutritional evaluation of some edible vegetables and spices. Nigerian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 27(1): 157-162.

  • W.Braide., T.G.Sokari., A.D.Hart and R.N.Nwaoguikpe. (2009). Microbiology of the gut content of an edible caterpillar of an emperor moth, Bunaea alcinoe. Current Trends in Microbiology, 5:31-36.

  • O.C.Ikpeze., W. Braide and J.N.Ogbulie (2009). Antibacterial efficacy of the crude extracts of the ash of cincoma bark. In: Proceedings of the 5th National Conference of the Society for Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (SOSEH), November 11-14, 2009 at the Main Auditorium, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. pp 135-142.

  • W.Braide., T.G.Sokari and A.D.Hart. (2010). Nutritional quality of an edible Caterpillar of a lepidopteran, Bunaea alcinoe. Advances in Science and Technology, 4(1): 49-53.

  • S.I.Okorondu., T.G.Sokari., C.O.Akujobi and W.Braide. (2010). Phytochemical and antimicrobial properties of Musa paradisiaca stalk plant. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 2(3): 128-132.

  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe., W.Braide and T.I.N.Ezejiofor. (2010). The effect of aloe vera plant (Aleo barbadensis) extracts on sickle cell blood (hbss). African Journal of Food Science and Technology, 1(3): 58-63.

  • R.K.Obi., C.C.Okangba., F.C.Nwanebu., U.U.Ndubuisi., I.C.Mgbemene and W.Braide. (2010). Relationship between HIV/AIDS and poverty: A case study of two cities in Abia State, Nigeria. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 2(6): 356-360.

  • S.I.Okorondu., I.V.Nedosa., B.Wesley and C.O.Akujobi. (2009). Ethanol production from cassava. Current Topics in Biotechnology, 5: 65-70.

  • S.I.Okorondu., L.E.Aririatu., E.C.Chinakwe and W. Braide (2010). Antibacterial properties of Picralima nitida seed extract. Current Trends in Microbiology, 6: 13-19.

  • W. Braide., C. Akobundu., R.N.Nwaoguikpe and L.C.Njiribaeko (2011). The use of extracts from four local Nigerian plants for the staining of selected bacteria and moulds. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 5(1): 82-89.

  • W. Braide and R.N.Nwaoguikpe (2011). Production of ethanol from cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta). International Journal of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 3(3): 64-66.

  • W. Braide and L.I.Udegbunam (2010). Microorganisms associated with the faecal droppings of the caterpillar of an emperor moth, Bunaea alcinoe. Current Trends in Microbiology, 4: 55-60.

  • W. Braide and R.N.Nwaoguikpe (2011). Assessment of microbiological quality and nutritional values of a processed edible weevil Caterpillar (Rhychophorus phoenicis) in Port Harcourt, Southern Nigeria. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, 5(2): 410-418.

  • W.Braide., S. Oranusi., R.N. Nwaoguikpe., C. Akobondu and L.I.Udegbunam (2011). Cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta): An alternative raw material for vinegar production. Current Topics in Biotechnology, 6: 41-47.

  • W.Braide., S. Oranusi., R.N. Nwaoguikpe., C. Akobondu and L.I.Udegbunam (2011). Microbiological quality of an edible caterpillar of an emperor moth, Bunaea alcinoe, Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment, 3(5): 176-180.

  • W.Braide., T.G.Sokari., A.D.Hart , R.N.Nwaoguikpe and C. Akobondu. (2011).The nutritional status of seven species of plant leaves as food for an edible larva of a lepidopteran, Bunaea alcinoe. Trends in Entomology, 6: 89-94.

  • W. Braide., R.N. Nwaoguikpe ., S .E Oranusi., L.I.Udegbunam., C. Akobondu and S.I. Okorondu (2011). The effect of biodeterioration on the nutritional composition and microbiology of an edible long- winged reproductive termite Macroterms bellicosus. Smeathman. Internet Journal of Food Safety, 13:107-114

  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe. and W.Braide (2010). Some fruit juice as environmental sickling agents. World Journal of Medical Sciences, 5(4): 98-104.

  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe., W.Braide and C.O.Ujowundu (2011). The effect of processing on the proximate and phytochemical composition of Mucuna pruriens seeds (velvet Beans). Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 10(10): 947-951.

  • R.N,Nwaoguikpe., W.Braide and C.O.Ujowundu (2011). Biochemical composition and antimicrobial activities of seed extracts of Avocado (Persea americana). Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, 3(7): 184-190.

  • S.Oranusi., S.A.Madu., W.Braide and I.O.Oguoma (2011). Investigation on the safety and priobiotic potentials of yoghurts sold in Owerri metropolis in Imo State, Nigeria. Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, 3(6): 146-152.

  • R.N.Nwaoguikpe and W.Braide (2011). The effect of aqueous seed extracts of Persea americana (Avocado pear) and serum lipids and cholesterol levels in rabbit. African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology Research, 1(2): 023-029.

  • W. Braide., S.U. Oranusi., C.K. Akaluka., R.N. Nwaoguikpe., C.I. Akobundu and N.I. Peter-Ikechukwu (2012). Antibacterial efficacy of crude and diluted honey on four wound isolates. Global Advance Research Journal of Microbiology, 1(1): 001-004.

  • W. Braide (2012). Perspective in the microbiology of the leaves of three plant species as food for edible caterpillar of an emperor moth. International Journal of Research in Pure and Applied Microbiology, 2(1): 1-6.

  • U.S. Oranusi and W. Braide (2012). A study of microbial safety of ready-to-eat foods vended on highways: Onitsha-Owerri, South east Nigeria. International Research Journal of Microbiology, 3(2): 066-071.

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