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Dr. Maria Bisong Onabe


Vocational Education


Lecturer I


[email protected]

About Dr. Maria Bisong Onabe

Dr. (Mrs.) Maria Bisong Onabe started lecturing as a Graduate Assistant in 2003 with the University of Technology (CRUTECH). She was later moved to the Cross River College of Education, Akamkpa in 2007. For passion in Practical Agriculture, she became the Practical Farm Coordinator throughout the period she spent in the College. In her tenancy in exploring the academic world, she was employed on path time with the University of Calabar in the Department of Vocational Education (Agric. Edu.) Unit in 2008. Her hard work and passion on teaching rear Agric practical courses such as Beekeeping (Honey Production) and Snail production saw her being made a permanent staff in 2011. Dr. Mrs. Onabe had been working hard and has risen to the rank of Lecturer I and she is to put in for Senior Lecturer October 1st 2019. Dr. (Mrs.) Onabe has a great passion in the development of Apiculture, in the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria and Africa as a whole. She is the Apiculture Coordinator in the University of Calabar Apiary, Treasurer, Nigeria Apiculture Platform and the Federation of Nigerian Beekeepers Association (FEBKAN). She has represented UNICAL, Nigeria and Africa in National and International Congresses, Exhibitions and Conferences. In Apimondia Istanbul, Turkey in 2017 she exhibited organic bee wax from Cross River State that was adjudged to be one of the best in the world Bee products and equipment exhibited at Api-Expo Africa 2018 coordinated by her earned Cross River State First (1st) position in Exhibition in the whole of Africa and Second (2nd) position in production/innovation. Maria Bisong Onabe (Nee Ogar) was born on the 10th of October, 1962 in Maternity Clinic Kakwagom, Boki LGA of Cross River State, She started her early education in St. Patrick’s Primary School Kakwagom and relocated to Rivers State to continue her primary education in Birabi Memorial Grammer school in Bori-Ogoni. She later returned home finish her primary school in Kakwagom in 1975. In her quest to further her education she wrote and passed the state common entrance in Ikom Zone in 1976 and gained admission into the Prestigious Girls Secondary School Obudu in the same year where she obtained her West African Schools Certificate in 1981. She later gained admission into the then Federal Poly Yola which was relocated to Mubi to study Agricultural Technology and obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in 1985. She then left school after the death of her mother and sort for a job with Cross River State Post Primary Schools Board as a science teacher (Agric Science and Chemistry). She later returned to school to start a Degree Programme in 1997 to read Agricultural Education and graduated in 2001. To continue her quest to go higher, she went to do a Post Graduate Degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension where she graduated in 2006 and proceeded immediately to do a Ph.D in the same area above. Dr. (Mrs.) Maria Bisong Onabe have attended several conferences, workshops, Exhibitions, and symposiums both home and abroad and participated actively in all. One of the Bee conferences at Istanbul, Turkey, she exhibited bee products such as Beeswax and Honey from Cross River State that were adjudged amongst the best in the world. She has published in local and International peer review journals and five textbooks in Beekeeping, nail farming and fishery. She has co-authored some articles with like minds in research from Faculties of Education, Agriculture, Sciences (Genetics, Entomology etc) and Forestry. She has supervised, mentored and taught students at graduate and now in Post Graduate levels. Dr. (Mrs.) Maria is married to the love of life, Mr. Francis Bisong. The union is blessed with three wonderful and lovely children. Maria is a mother and a friend to students, colleagues and others. She is social, pragmatic, optimistic and an erudite scholar.

S/N Qualification School Atttended Started Finished
FSLCSt. Patrick School Kakwagom Boki LGA Cross River State Nigeria19691975
WASCEGirls Secondary school Obudu LGA Cross River State Nigeria19761981
National Diploma in Agric. TechnologyFederal Polytechnic Mubi Adamawa State Nigeria19831985
B.Sc. in Agric. EducationUniversity of Calabar,Calabar cross River State Nigeria.19972001
M.Sc. in Agric. Extension & Rural Development.University of Calabar,Calabar cross River State Nigeria.20032006
Ph.D. in Agric. Extension & Rural Development.University of Calabar,Calabar cross River State Nigeria.20062012
Certificate CourseModern Bee Keeping Institute Enugu Enugu State Nigeria20082008

S/N Publication
Onabe M.B., & Ubi, G. M. (2019). Motivational Perspectives for Successful Involvement in Effective Bee Honey Production among Beekeepers and Traditional Bee Hunters in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria.
Onabe M. B., Ajigo I., Agbachom, E. E., & Ubi, G. M. (2019). Strategies for Mitigating Climate change effect on honey bee productivity in southern Nigeria. Annual Research and Review in Biology, 33, 1-9.
Onabe, M.B., Oyerinde, A.A., Ajigo, I., & Uzembe, F.U. (2017). Assessment of Farmers Educational Needs on Bee Hive Colonization through “Cell Punching Method” of Queen Bee Rearing Technique. Kaduna Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources (JASR), 2(1), 175-186.
Edet, D. A., Onabe, M. B. & Udida, F.U. (2017). Funding of Technical and Vocational Education in a Post-Oil Boom Economy: A Critical Analysis. Journal of Association of Vocational and Technical Educators of Nigeria (JAVTEN). 22(1), 158-167.
Ikutal, A., Abanyam, V.A., & Onabe, M.B. (2017). Effect of the Use of Instructional Materials on Senior Secondary Agricultural Science Students’ Performance in a Post Oil Boom Economy. Journal of Association of Vocational and Technical Educators of Nigeria (JAVTEN). 22(1), 217-224.
Ubi, G. M., Onabe, M. B., William, U., Jemide, J. O. & Essien, I. S. (2016). Preliminary studies on fruit ligniflcation time interval and phonological traits of selected Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L Moench) genotypes grown in Southern Nigeria: International Journal of Plant and Soil Science. 10(2), 1-10.
Ubi, G. M, Nwagu, K. E., Jemide, J. O., Egu, C. J., Onabe, M. B. & Essien, I. S. (2016). Organoleptic and horticultural characterization of selected elite cultivars of plantain (Musa paradisiaca L.) for value addition and food security in Nigeria: Journal of Advances in Biology and Biotechnology. 6(4), 1-19.
Onabe, M. B. & Ogar, D. (2016) Handbook on beekeeping: how to start bee farming.(3rd Edition), Calabar: Heroes Team Publishers.
Onabe, M.B, Isani E.C. & Ben, C.B. (2015). Principles and practice of fish Pond management in schools. Nsukka Ndudim Printing & Publishing Enterprise.
Onabe, M. B., Ogar, D., & Aboh, C.L. (2014). Apiculture. Calabar: The Paraclete Publishers
Abanyam, V. A, Okeme I. E & Onabe M. B. (2013). Access and utilization of agricultural information for improving household food security among rural women in Cross River State. Nigerian Vocational Association Journal (NVAJ), 18 (2), 31-39.
Okute, A. L. Onabe M. B. & Olom, P.A (2009). Revisiting Technical/Vocational Education Curriculum towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals. Nigerian Journal of Curriculum Studies. 3(1 &2), 247 - 255
Ndifon, H. M., Onabe, M. B & Nkang, N. M. (2007). Analyzing constraints to the usage of integrated rural development projects in Nigeria: A Case Study of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences. 4 (4), 635-638.
Aboh, C.L., & Onabe, M.B. (2007). Extent of involvement of participants in poverty eradication programme in Cross River State, Nigeria. Journal of Agriculture and Social Research (JASR) 7 (2), 106-111.
Onabe M. B., & Okeme I. (2006). Snail farming education in schools, Calabar: Paraclete Series Publishers.

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S/N Conference Description Started Finished
Conference of Farm Managers Association of Nigeria (FAMAN) University of Calabar,Calabar Cross River State.Extent of involvement of participant in the poverty eradication program in Cross River State, Nigeria2003-06-062003-06-09
Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN) held at University of University of Calabar, Calabar Cross River State Nigeria.2004-06-062004-06-09
National Workshop on youth and women in Agricultural Programme held at Nassarawa State.2009-10-122009-10-15
Workshop on packaging materials on SMEs products held at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State2009-12-022009-12-03
Workshop of National Council of Women's- Society in Nigeria (NCWS) held at Abuja, Nigeria. 2011-07-242011-07-27
International Workshop on strengthening the capacity of NASME's Branches. Organized by the center for international private Enterprise (CIPE).Held at Calabar, Nigeria. 2011-09-072011-09-09
Building Workshop for Academic .Staff on Quality teaching for quality Learning in Higher Education Organized by Center for teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), University of Calabar. Cross River State Nigeria.2013-02-122013-02-13
International Conference/Workshop on Giant African Land Snail (NetGALS) held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.2015-06-012015-06-04
Conference on Knowledge integration for national development, held at University of Calabar, Calabar. Cross River State.2015-09-032015-09-05
Workshop for University Senior Officers on Re-engineering the University System for effective service delivery. 2015-09-152015-09-16
International Conference/ Workshop on Giant African land Snail (NetGALS) Held at the University of Calabar, Nigeria.2016-06-052016-06-09
National Research Conference/Workshop on developing the next generation of researchers, organized by the association of common wealth Universities (ACU-EBSU), held at Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.2016-06-232016-06-23
Conference of Entomological society of Nigeria held at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.Assessment of Educational Needs of Farmers on Cell Punch method of Bee Queen Rearing Technique in Agricultural Education Apiary, Unical Farms.2016-10-102016-10-13
Conference on Vocational and Technical Educators of Nigeria (JAVTEN) held at the University of Calabar;Effect of the Use of Instructional Materials on Senior Secondary Agricultural Science Students’ Performance in a Post Oil Boom Economy.2017-07-012017-07-01
Conference on International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists held at University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State;Motivational Perspectives for Successful Involvement in Effective Bee Honey Production among Beekeepers and Traditional Bee Hunters in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria.2019-06-262019-06-28