Dr. Kelechi Robert Obi

B Sc., M Sc., PhD.

Obi Kelechi Robert

Lecturer I



Complete cure for HIV/AIDS has been diligently pursued by scientists around the world, but there has been no report of absolute success with the highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) still remaining as the only current treatment modality for the disease. This treatment guideline, though very effective in suppressing replication of the virus and reducing mortality of patients, does not offer an ultimate cure for the disease. This realization, coupled with other side effects associated with the drug, and the recent trail failure of HIV vaccines and microbicides, have urgently called for the need to develop inexpensive alternative anti-HIV/AIDS therapies. Consequently, the search for selective antiviral agents principally focused on anti-HIV agents, has been vigorous in recent years with African herbal medicine being in the forefront of this new research against the scourge. Despite a paucity of evidence on effectiveness and the possibility of harm, however, the Ministries of Health of several African nations currently promote traditional medicines for the treatment of HIV and associated symptoms. Worldwide there is also a growing trend towards herbal medicines as supplements and/or treatments for HIV/AIDS. In view of the current efforts aimed at evaluating the possible benefits of harnessing the components of natural products, especially plant materials, in the unrelenting and vigorous search for a possible breakthrough at finding a permanent cure for HIV/AIDS, this study was designed to explore the anti HIV potential of some of the rich variety of herbs and spices Nigeria is endowed with.


Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • ♦  Ph.D Medical Microbiology, In view, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • ♦  M.Sc Medical Parasitology, 2009, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • ♦  M.Sc Medical Microbiology, 1999, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • ♦  B.Sc Microbiology, 1989, University of Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria.

Membership of Professional bodies

  • ♦  Affiliate Institute of Biomedical Science, London (IBMS), 1998.
  • ♦  Member, Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), 2005.
  • ♦  Member, Nigerian Society for Microbiology (NSM), 2006.
  • ♦  Member, Parasitology & Public Health Society of Nigeria (PPSN), 2007.
  • ♦  Member, Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology (NISEB), 2008.
  • ♦  Time-Table Officer, Dept. of Microbiology, FUTO, 2005.
  • ♦  Admission Officer: 2007/2008 Admissions, Department of Microbiology, FUTO.
  • ♦  Course Adviser: 2007/2008 Class, Department of Microbiology, FUTO.
  • ♦  Chairman, Emekuku Welfare Association Scholarship Board, 2011.
  • Obi RK, Umeh SC, Okurede OH, Iroagba II (2006). Prevalence of Hepatitis B Virus Infection among pregnant women in an ante natal clinic in Port Harcourt, Nigeria Afr. J. Clin. Exper. Microbiol. 7(2):78 - 82.

  • Obi RK, Ojiako OA, Iroagba II (2006). Virucidal Potential of some edible Nigerian vegetables. Afr. J. Biotechnol. 5(9):1785 - 1788.

  • Obi RK, Ojiako OA, Iroagba II (2007). Prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among pregnant women in an ante natal clinic in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Afr. J. Biotechnol. 6(3): 533-536.

  • Ojiako OA, Obi RK, Nwanebu FC (2007). Pharmacologic evaluation of the activities of four traditional herbs on Onchocerca volvulus and Hookworms. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences 3(2):146-152.

  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi UU, Orji NM (2009). Antibacterial qualities and phytochemical screening of the oils of Curcubita pepo and Brassica nigra. J. Med Plant. Res. 3(5): 429-432.

  • Amadi AN, Iro OK, Obi RK, Amadi COA (2009). Effect of anti-retroviral therapy on work productivity of HIV/AIDS patients in Abia State, Nigeria. J. Appl. Biosci. 18: 976 – 982.

  • Orji NM, Anyaegbunam LC, Ezeigbo EU, Obi RK (2009). Prevalence of head lice (Pediculus humanus var capitis) among primary school children in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Biological and Environmental Sciences Journal for the Tropics 7(1): 1-4.

  • Obi RK, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi UU, Orji NM (2010). Premunition in Plasmodium falciparum malaria. African Journal of Biotechnology, 9(10): 1397- 1401.

  • Obi RK, Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Orji NM, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Human Adaptation to Parasitism. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci., 1(2): 262-270.

  • Obi RK, Orji NM, Nwanebu FC, Okangba CC, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases: the Perpetual menace. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci., 1(2): 271-282.

  • Obi RK, Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Nwanebu FC, Oparaocha ET, Orji NM, Ndubuisi UU (2010). Concurrent Parasitosis in an Onchocerciasis Endemic Community. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci., 1(2): 283-287.

  • Oparaocha ET, Iroegbu OC, Obi RK (2010). Assessment of quality of drinking water sources in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria. Journal of Applied Biosciences 32: 1964 - 1976.

  • Obi RK, Okangba CC, Nwanebu, FC, Ndubuisi UU, Mgbemene IC, Braide W (2010). Relationship between HIV/AIDS and poverty: A case study of two cities in AbiaState, Nigeria. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences 2(6): 356-360.

  • Chikwendu CI, Amadi ES and Obi RK (2010). Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from non-clinical urine samples. New York Science Journal, 3(11): 194-200.

  • Orji NM, Nwoke BE, Ukaga C, Obi RK, Anyaegunam L (2010). Studies on the local Names, knowledge, attitude, and practices of Loa loa infection in Okigwe Zone Of Imo State, Nigeria. XII International Congress of Parasitology Melbourne Australia 15th-20th August, 2010. Pp 181-185.

  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Okangba CC, Braide W, Orji NM, Ukegbu AD, Ukegbu PO (2011). Endemicity of Lymphatic Filariasis in three Local Government Areas in Imo State, Nigeria. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 5(5): 875-879.

  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Chikwendu CI, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Okangba CC, Orji NM (2011). Concurrent Parasitosis in the Liver of Seropositive HIV Patients. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 5(5): 599-609.

  • Oyibo WA, Okangba CC, Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ojuromi T (2011). Diagnosis of intestinal cryptosporidiosis in Africa: Prospects and Challenges. Journal of Applied Biosciences, 40: 2599-2667.

  • Nwanebu FC, Ogbulie JN, Obi RK, Ojiako AO (2011). Chemical and silt-induced eutrophication syndrome at Otamiri River, Owerri, Nigeria. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology 3(8): 358-361.

  • Nwanebu FC, Obi RK, Chikwendu CI, Okangba CC (2011). Implications of Parasitosis as a health-care index among indigenes of Umueze II Community, Ehime Mbano. International Journal of Environmental Health and Health Development; 12(2): 20-24.

  • Nwanebu FC, Obi RK, Ogbulie C, Nwachukwu IN, Chukwu FN (2011). Antimicrobial activity of leaf and root extracts of Vernonia amygdalina (Bitter leaf) on some bacterial isolates. International Journal of Health and Human Develpoment. 12(1): 51-59.

  • Nwanebu FC, Ojiako OA, Obi RK, Chikwendu CI, Igwilo CR (2011). Microbial succession in meat spoilage; International Journal of Environmental Health & Human Development 12 (1): 31-37.

  • Obi RK, Nwanebu FC, Ndubuisi-Nnaji UU, Onuoha LN, Chiegboka N (2011). Ethanolic extraction and phytochemical screening of two Nigerian herbs on pathogens isolated from wound infections. Pharmacie Globale (IJCP), 2(10): 1-5.

  • Okechukwu RI, Okereke JN, Onyedineke NE, Obi RK (2011). Microbial and nutritional qualities of mushroom. Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci., 2(4): 746-749.

  • Tony-Chiegboka NA, Opara FN, Udoye AA, Obi RK, Okechukwu RI (2011). Studies On the prevalence and susceptibility pattern of malaria infection in young ABO Blood group patients attending the Federal Medical Center, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. International Journal, Environmental Health & Human Development, 12 (2): 14-19XP.

  • Obi RK and Nwanebu FC (2010). Prions and Prion Diseases. In Microbiology, 1st edition, Adegboro, B (ed). Ibadan University Press, Publishing House, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (41): 455-470.

  • Obi RK (2011). Antviral Potential of Vegetables: Can They Be Cost-Effective Agents For Human Disease? In, Nutrients, Dietry Supplements, and Nutriceuticals: Cost analysis Versus Clinical Benefits, 5th edition, Watson RR, Gerald JK, Preedy VR (eds). Humana Press c/o Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA, (44): 259-276.

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