Prof Zana Itiunbe Akpagu
Born 56yrs ago, young Zana began his academic sojourn of excellence at the primary School Ipong 1 in Obudu where he obtained a merit grade in the First School Leaving Certificate Exams in 1971.
In 1977 at the Famous Mary Knoll College, Okuku-Ogoja (now Yala), he bagged Division One in the West African School Certificate Exams (W.A.S.C.E.) His secondary school feat was followed by a: B. A. (Hons) in French, Second Class Upper Division in 1982, UNICAL, M. A. (French) in 1985, UNICAL and Ph. D. (African and Caribbean Literatures in French) in 1995, UNIBEN.
Prof. Akpagu won the Dr. E. N. Amaku prize for Best Graduating Student in Languages, UNICAL, 1982.
Prof Zana’s working career has revolved round three different universities. They include University Of Benin, University of Uyo (Defunct UNICROSS) and University of Calabar.
In UNIUYO, he served as Graduate Assistant (1984-1985), Assistant Lecturer (1985-1991) and Lecturer II (1991-1994) and in UNIBEN as Lecturer I (1998-2004) from where he took up appointment as senior Lecturer in 1998 in UNICAL.
He continued this steady ascension in his career and was appointed professor on 1st October, 2007, a position that he holds till today.
Prof Zana Akpagu is a member of several professional bodies and a recipient of many awards. The multitudinous awards clearly underlie his massive contributions in the Gown and Town domain.
The 10th Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar has served his people in different capacities as ; One Time Commissioner of Education, Cross River State (2001-2003), an erstwhile Special Adviser to Governor of Cross River State on Inter-Governmental Affairs (2007-2010) and also former Special Adviser to the Governor, Special Duties (2010-2012)
He has served the University of Calabar extensively as; Head of Department, Dean of Students’ Affairs, Member Governing Council, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration).
Professor Zana Itiunbe Akpagu, the 10th Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar also holds the enviable historical record of being the Pioneer Alumnus Vice Chancellor of UNICAL.
This quintessential community leader who holds the traditional title of Ushikebe 1 of Ipong can best be described as a Genteel figure, a Dandy personality, a rallying point for forward looking minds, a strong fatherhood figure, a highly revered Obudu Son, a great community mobilizer, a true Cross Riverian, an exemplary leader, a rallying point for the youths and a worthy professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Translation, UNICAL.
Prof. Zana Itiunbe Akpagu is a Christian and Knight of the Catholic Church. He is happily married and the union is blessed with children.