Wednesday, 7 October 2015


The 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research for Development (NiWARD) with the theme; Gender Mainstreaming, Agribusiness Innovation and Fostering Entrepreneurship Investment from the National Agricultural Research Systems was held on Monday and Tuesday, September 28 and 29, 2015 at the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja, Tafawa Balewa Way, opposite the CBN in Central Area. The meeting was a forum to discuss, exhibit and assess research priorities, methodologies/approaches, appropriate innovative technologies, best practices through a gender mainstreaming lens. The Federal Polytechnic Ekowe was showcased by the presence of the Ag. Director  for Academic Planning/Linkages who was in attendance by the reason of her membership to the Organization. She is also a  Fellow of the Regional body of the organization (AWARD) in Africa.
The  Ag. Director, Dr. Mrs. Blessing Okogbue at the exhibition stand showcased her mentoring handbook for academic institutions. On the right, is her photograph with her excellency, the former first lady of Bayelsa State, Dame Alayingi Sylva who represented the Nigerian first lady, Mrs. Buhari. And next to her on the photograph is the President of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Prof. Mrs. Ngozi Nnam, Dr. Mrs. Joy Odimegwu both from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and the Queens of Aso World and Aso universe who have taken up Agriculture as their Pet programmes.

                                        Prof. Ngozi Nnam  and Dr. Mrs. Blessing Okogbue

Monday, 21 September 2015


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Friday, 3 July 2015


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Monday, 29 June 2015

FOREWORD of the handbook

We have a situation especially in Africa where young ones and even adults move through life with unfulfilled dreams, ambitions, lack of fulfillment and satisfaction with their jobs. This can be as a result of lack of mentorship informal or formal. Well defined achievements can only come from and through mentoring.
This book brings out mentoring as it truly is; an age-long phenomenon that can be informal or formal. The author brings out the importance of continued well sustained mentorship from home to school to office place and in all spheres of life. Proper mentoring results in success no matter the situation or circumstance of the society. This is very important for us as a nation when we are talking of change.
The book is a wake-up call for Africans to re-visit her culture of a junior/younger looking up to a senior/older for directions and instructions. The book advocates that this should be tailored formally and incorporated into our educational system. The gap existing in the lives of many young graduates can be bridged through proper mentoring instead of their just passing through the university and getting a degree.
The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has taken up this challenge by carrying out organizational mentorship for her Fellows. This has yielded immense benefits to female scientists and Africa in general. Mentoring is richer, more fulfilling and encompassing than just teaching. It is a rewarding experience for both mentee and mentor. This book reveals mentoring strategies and tools that can be practiced by anybody. It also provides case studies with exercises for practical purposes.
The author stresses the “train-the-trainer” approach and even the setting up of mentoring clubs. All these will result in a flowing stream of mentoring with its attendant positive results. She further pointed out the importance of mentoring even in socio-economic development, moral and character development.
This book is encompassing and covering even the attributes of a mentor and mentee. It is a must read by prospective mentors and mentees.

                       Aduabobo Ibitoru Hart (AWARD Mentor)
                       Professor of Benthic Ecology
                       Dept. of Animal & Environmental Biology,
                       University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

My New Book - Mentoring Handbook: for creative education and capacity development

Coming up soon is the launching of a Mentoring Handbook for the key players in the educational sector. Every effort have to be made to ensure sound education and fruitful school days for our wards.

We need these children to graduate well informed, competent and knowledgeable enough to navigate the labour market competitively with entrepreneurial mind set in case white collar jobs are not in sight.

Nigeria, Africa need INNOVATORS and CREATIVE THINKERS. They are not necessarily born, they are made, anybody can make it. Some need just a little PUSH in the right direction and they are there at the peak - this is MENTORING.
Get a copy!

Thursday, 19 March 2015


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