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Meet Our Proactive Professor of The Year

He is celebrated as a man of honour and integrity and has received several awards and recognitions.

The  man who is rocking it big as Dean Student Affairs, Imo State University  is  unveiled as Proactive Professor Of The Year and among those  to be celebrated at the upcoming Face of Arise Africa Awards


Prof. Nwankwo Uchenna Martins was born on May 29, 1969. He hails from Ime-Ama Ngodo Uturu in Isiukwuato Local Government Area of Abia State. He attended St Paul’s Primary School Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria in 1980, Holy Ghost College Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria in 1985, Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Oke Ado Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria in 1987, Abia State University Uturu, Nigeria in 1992 & 1997 and Imo State University Owerri, Nigeria in 2009. From these institutions he gained his First School Leaving Certificate with Distinction, West African Senior Certificate, Diploma in Philosophy, B.A (Hons.) 2nd Class Lower Division, M.Sc (International Affairs and Diplomacy) and Ph.D (History/International Studies).

Prof. Martins is a grassroot mobilizer, charismatic leader and a seasoned academician who has written so many books and delivered several academic papers locally and globally. Professionally, Prof. Martins is a member of Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN), Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and world prestigious International Economics Development Research Center (IEDRC) among others.

He joined the services of Imo State University, Owerri in 1993 as a Research Assistant and today, he has risen to the position of a Professor at the Department of History & International Studies, Imo State University, Owerri. In 2008, Prof. Martins was appointed the Head of Department of the above department where he served diligently from 2008 to 2013.

Prof. Nwankwo is currently the Dean Student Affairs, Imo State University Owerri.

He is celebrated as a man of honour and integrity, thus, has received several awards and recognitions.
Besides his outstanding brilliance in the academia, it is most remarkable that from 2008 to 2012, he served excellently well as the President-General, Ngodo Development Union Ngodo, Uturu, Isiukwuato L.G.A, Abia State, Nigeria.

Prof.Nwankwo is happily married to Dr. Mrs. Ijeoma Martins and the marriage is blessed with three children.

Imo State born comedian Mc Tboy alongside other comedians will be on stage for a mega comedy show

The event which is packaged by Comedy Kitchen Concept known as "Jellof Jokes with Mc TBoy" is the biggest comedy show in the south East. The event will also have Julius Agwu, Clint D Drunk, Josh2Funny & Bellokreb, Egbigwe, Mc I Go Tuk, Mimikko, Edo Pikin, Frank D Don, Hon, Madiba, JP, Mc Organic, Prince Nehu, Ice Candy and more

Performances by Pryme, SkyB, Uc Flamez, Acharaman, Blex B, Leo Saint, Cajeto.

While DJ Chibinho will be on the wheels of steels

The mega Comedy show is taking place at the Ridge Event Center. Kick off by 3pm on Easter Sunday 21st April 2019.

Tickets are available at Hot FM, Darling FM, Priceless ,

Better experienced than told!

Popularly known as Awin in Yoruba, Icheku in Igbo and Tsamiyar kurm in Hausa, African velvet tamarind English. You love the fruit but probably know nothing about it’s health benefits.


Malaria: According to research, the leaf extract inhibits the growth of plasmodium falciparum which causes malaria therefore, taking a decoction can cure malaria.

Treats Ulcer and Prevents Hypertension: The leaf extract of velvet tamarind has the ability to increase gastric mucus secretion. Therefore, a decoction of the leave can be a remedy for gastric ulcer. The leafs are also highly diuretic-promotes the production of urine, making it easier for the heart to pump blood hence, reducing the risk of hypertension.

Anti-inflammatory and Anti-microbial Properties: The fruit pulp contains abundant vitamin C which fights against microbial infections. The stem bark has the ability to reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes that arises due to bronchitis.

Improves Oral hygiene and cures Tooth ache: The stem used as chewing stick (indigenous tooth brush) contains saponin which adds cleaning effect to the teeth and at the same time removes plaques and caries on the teeth of users. The stem bark decoction is also used to treat.

Reliefs Menstrual Cramp and stops Diarrhoea: The stem bark extract has significant analgesic property hence, can be used to reduce menstrual pain. You can take it along with papaya leaf, salt and water to work effectively. It can also stop diarrhoea.

Jaundice and Diabetes Management: A decoction of velvet tamarind leafs is used in preparing medicinal solution for curing jaundice. It also lowers blood sugar and increases insulin sensitivity hence, can be used to treat diabetes.

Hemorrhoids (pile): Piles are swollen veins in the an*l canal caused by too much pressure in the pelvic and rectal areas and while not life threatening, these veins can be very painful. A study performed on ethanolic leaves extract of velvet tamarind showed it to be beneficial for pile treatment.

Velvet Tamarind increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the body: Oxidative damage which involves free radicals – highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons, is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind ageing and many diseases. The abundance of antioxidants in the leaves helps protect the human body from damage caused by these free radicals when taken.

Improves lactation and checks private part infections: A review of several studies has concluded that chewing the fruit pulp increase secretion of milk as well as check infections.

Treats Scurvy and Wounds: The fruit pulp has high ascorbic acid content which is an anti-scurvy vitamin hence used as food supplement. Tender leaves of velvet tamarind, when squeezed and applied on wounds, stimulates the growth of healthy skin and protects the wounds against germs and moisture.

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has officially declared the Obowo House Of Assembly candidate of the Action Alliance AA, Hon Barr Kennedy Ibeh  as the member-elect for the Saturday State Assembly elections.

Hon Bar Kennedy Ibeh of AA is hereby returned to serve the good people of Obowo for the second time, having pulled the highest number of votes.

Hon Barr Kennedy of AA had 10396 votes while the second number of vote of  4566 goes to Hon Nzenwa Nwosu of Accord,
Hon Ugo Emeroni of PDP got 2964 while Harrison of ApC had 1859 votes

Congratulations Nke Nke Enyi Obowo!!



In view of the Gubernatorial/State Assembly elections slated for Saturday, 9th March, 2019, the Imo State Police Command in conjunction with other security agencies in the state as well as other critical stakeholders involved in the conduct of the elections wishes to inform the general public that there will be total restriction of vehicular/motorized movements and movement of person(s) from 6: 00am – 6: 00pm.

Similarly, all VIP’s are hereby barred from moving to any voting centre with their security aides/personnel. They are not to move from one polling center to the other on the Election Day as everyone is confined to his/her Polling Centre/Unit.

The command also warns that there will be motorized/vehicular patrols of security personnel to check the adherence and also enforce same where necessary.
Similarly, all entry/exit points in the state shall be blocked by security personnel as no movement will be allowed until the election is over except for those on essential duties.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Dasuki D. Galadanchi wishes the good people of Imo State a peaceful and successful gubernatorial/State Assembly elections. The command once again use this opportunity to advice all Imolites to eschew violence in all its entirety and go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation.


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