Federal University of Lafia (FULafia)

Staff Profile

james.okogbaa@science.fulafia.edu.ng
Lecturer I, Plant Science and BioTechnology, Faculty of Science

Mr. Innam Okogbaa James

Research Interest

MYCOTOXIN LEGUME GRAIN RESEARCH

AFLATOXIN CONTAMINATION OF LEGUME GRAINS

Biography

I WAS BORN ON THE 2ND NOVEMBER 1959 TO CHIEF FRED OWHONDAH OKOGBAA AND JANET MBA OKOGBAA. I AM THE 3RD CHILD OF THE FAMILY OF 9 CHILDREN. I ATTENDED THE NURSERY PRIMARY SCHOOL BRIEFLY BEFORE MY PARENTS ASKED ME TO MOVE TO MBGUITANWA, EMOHUA TO STAY WITH MY AUNT WHO WHOSE HUSBAND TAUGHT AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL IN THAT COMMUNITY. WE WERE FORCED TO RETURN BACK TO OUR VILLAGE, RUMUORO OGBAKIRI AT THE ONSET OF THE NIGERIA CIVIL WAR IN 1966. WHEN THE WAR ENDED IN 1969, I WAS ACCEPTED TO COMPLETE MY PRIMARY SCHOOL IN THE VILLAGE. THE FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS DOUBLED AS SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EAMINATIONS AS WELL AS FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE. I WAS ACCEPTED AT THE COUNTY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, IKWERRE -ETCHE TO START CLASS 1 IN 1970 AND COMPLETED THE SCHOOL IN DECEMBER 1973. I WAS AGAIN ACCEPTED TO START THE HIGHER SCHOOL CERTIFICATE AT RIVERS STATE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, PORT HARCOURT IN SEPTEMBER 1974 TO 1976. I PASSED ONE BOTANY, WHICH WAS INSUFFICIENT FOR DIRECT ENTRY TO THE UNIVERSITY. THEN 1977, I SAT FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS, PASSED AND WAS ACCEPTED TO STUDY BOTANY.. I GRADUATED WITH A SECOND CLASS HONOURS (UPPER) DIVISION. IN 1981. I SERVED MY NYSC CALL UP IN MBIERI, IMO STATE, WHERE I TAUGTH BIOLOGY AT ARCHIDEACON DENNIS JUNIOR SEMINARY. I RETURNED TO PORT HARCOURT. .I WAS EMPLOYED IN 1985 AS A GRADUATE ASSISTANT IN BIOLOGY, BY THE RIVERS STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, NOW, IGNATIUS AJURU UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION. IN 1985, I WAS ACCEPTED FOR A MASTERS DEGREE IN BOTANY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES.. I GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT IN 1988. IN 1989, I PROCEEDED TO THE USA, FOR ANOTHER MASTERS DEGREE IN MANAGEMENT, MBA IN FINANCE AND MARKETING AT THE NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, USA. ON MY RETURN TO NIGERIA, I WORKED WITH AVC FUNDS LIMITED AND LATER ALLSTATES TRUST BANK, STANDARD TRUST BANK AND UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA. AT THE UBA, I ROSE TO THE RANK OF DEPUTY MANAGER AND BRANCH MANAGER. I RESIGNED FROM UBA IN 2010. IN MARCH 2014, I WORKED EMPLOYED AS AN ASSISTANT LECTURER IN BOTANY. AT THE PRESENT TIME, I AM THE ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF LAFIA, LAFIA, NASARAWA STATE

Selected Publications in Scientific Journals