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Prof. Zana Itiunbe Akpagu


Moden Languages and Translation Studies


Vice Chancellor


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About Prof. Zana Itiunbe Akpagu

Prof Zana Itiunbe Akpagu is the current Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar and the 10th in the series. He holds the historic record of being the 1st Alumni of UNCAL to become its Vice Chancellor. A Professor of Caribbean and African Literature in French, Akpagu had earlier served the University as a Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration). Born in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State, 59 years ago, Professor Akpagu began his educational career in the famous Mary Knoll College, Okuku-Ogoja (now Yala), where he obtained Division One in the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) in 1977. He thereafter proceeded to the University of Calabar where he bagged a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in French in 1982. He also obtained Diplome Superieur dEtudes Francases (DSEF) from the University De Grenoble, France in 1985, he obtained M.A. in French from University of Calabar in 1995 and a Ph.D degree from University of Benin (Uniben), Benin City. Prof Akpagu’s working experience began as a Graduate Assistant with the defunct University of Cross River State, now the University of Uyo. He later moved to the University of Benin as Lecturer 1, from 1994 to 1998 and thereafter took up appointment with the University of Calabar, as Senior Lecturer, where he rose to become a Professor on 1st October, 2007. As an erudite Scholar, Prof Akpagu has won a number awards, including the “Dr E. N. Amaku prize” for Best Graduating students in Languages from UNICAL, in 1982. He has attended many Local and International Conferences (USA, France, Israel, South Korea, south Africa, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, etc.) and with many publications to his credit. He is a member of several professional bodies and a recipient of over forty five (45) awards. While in UNICAL, he served as the Head of Department of Modern Languages and Translation, Dean of Student’s Affairs, Elected Member of Governing Council as well as the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration). The University’s 10th Vice Chancellor had also served his people in different capacities such as Commissioner of Education, Cross River State (2001-2012) under Governor Imoke. It is noteworthy that under his watch as Commissioner of Education, he midwifed the establishment of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), saw to the return of Eleven Mission Secondary Schools to their owners, including his Alma Matter, Mary Knoll College, Government Secondary School, Okuku, Yala, Government Secondary School, Kagbong Secondary Commercial School, Ipong Obudu, etc. He has midwifed, in UNICAL, a wave of curricula expansion resulting in the establishment of faculties and academic programmes hitherto considered not feasible, to-wit: Engineering, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Environmental Sciences, amongst others. He has engineered in a little above three years, unprecedented infrastructural development with physical structures of the University extending almost to the banks of great Qua River. A number of inventions have been patented in the University, including three (3) in the year 2018. In recognition of his contributions to community development, Prof akpagu holds the Traditional Titles of “Ushikebe 1” of Ipong, “Utelunhu 1” of Bebuagbong, “Utah Kinde 1” of Becha, “Ushikpel Kubong 1” of Ohong, “Ntufam amid Ejagham” of the Qua Nation, “Otebeche 1” f Yala, “Otu Ochianoung Obonghe” of Boki, “Okungboo Ushu 1” of Bekwarra, “Ashinhobebei 1” of Igwo, “Utu Ushikongbu 1” of Bendie, , “Ochua Uquo-Lisane 1” of Bishiri, “Ukan-Ushu 1” of Bebuabie, “Unwa-Ushie” of Obudu” and still counting. Prof akpagu a devout Catholic Christian, a Knight of the sacred Oder of St. Mulumba and a Jerusalem Pilgrim (JP). He is happily married to Ntukae (Lady) Winnie and the union is blessed with four children: Briana Agianye, Maximillien Urimke, Zana Jnr and Sean Adah.

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Akpagu, Zana (2004) “Didacticism in Literature: Sembene Ousmane as a moral teacher”, NEW FRONTIERS, Vol. 1. No.2, Pp. 23-32.
Akpagu, Zana (2005) "Hocus pocus ou le quimboiseur: Le personnage surnaturel dans les romans antillais", ROADEL REVUE OUTST-AFRICAINE DE ENSEIGNANTS DE LANGUES, LITERATURE ET LINGUISTIQUE,(Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin Republic), Vol. 3 No. 1.
Akpagu, Zana (2000) La rencontre de Zola et de Zobel: un parallélisme thématique entre L’Assommoir et La Rue Cases-Nègres, NEOHELICON (Institute of Literary Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest), Vol. XXVII/2000, pp. 267-308.
Akpagu, Zana (2005) “Les DOM en question? La Lézarde d’Edouard Glissant ou la lutte des     jeunes contre la Départmentalisation" SYNERGIES AFRIQUE AUSTRALE : RECHERCHES FRANCOPHONES EN AFRIQUE (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Vol. 1, Pp. 149-159.
Akpagu, Zana (2004) “Jardin d’Eros ou l’homme empêché de Salvat Etchart? Le Satyriasis comme ruse psychologique d’évasion", Un FRENCH STUDIES IN AFRICA,(Rands Afrikaans University, South Africa), Vol. No. 33, Pp. 18-34.
Akpagu, Zana (2005) "Tel José, tel Laye! La filiation littéraire Africaine antillaise vue à     travers les vies parallèles des protagonistes de La rue Cases-Nègres de Joseph Zobel et de L’Enfant noir de Camara Laye" CAJOLIS, Vol. viii, Pp. 43-78
Akpagu, Zana (1996) "Le roman antillais et le rattachement a l’Oralité: l’exemple de l’art romanesque de Joseph Zobel", RENEF, Vol. No. 4, Pp. 97-119.
Akpagu, Zana (1998) "Le roman antillais et la découverte de soi: Edouard Glissant et la voie de l’histoire", AGOGO : BENDEL STATE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF FRENCH STUDIES. Vol. 2,3, Pp. 73-84.
Akpagu, Zana (1992) “Poetic Narration as Style in Prose: the example of Ada Ugah in Ballads of the unknown solider”, OYE JOURNAL OF ART, Vol. 6, Pp. 39-40.
Akpagu, Zana (2003) "Ecriture au feminin: Guillaume Oyono Mbia, Pionier et promoteur de l’antimachisme", RELFRAC Revue de littératures francophones de Calabar), Vol. 1 No.3, Pp. 1-26.
 Akpagu, Zana (1992) “The revolutionary alternative in political change; A view of Mongo Beti’s Trilogy”, OYE: OGUN JOURNAL OF ART, Vol. 5, Pp. 53-60.
Akpagu, Zana (2000) "Vers un espace de communication littéraire décolonisé? Joseph Zobel et la créolisation de Français dans Diab’ la., AGORA JOURNAL OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES STUDIES, Vol. 3 No.1, Pp. 197-201.
Akpagu, Zana (1989) “Aidoo and Experimental Prose Fiction: Visual pattering as a foregrounding device in our Sister Killjoy", LIWURAM JOURNAL OF THE HUMANITIES, Vol. 4/5, Pp. 229-310.
Akpagu, Zana (1997) "L’onomastique comme prétexe de révolte culturelle aux Antilles: étude anthroponymique des romans d’Edouard Glissant", AGORA JOURNAL OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES STUDIES, Vol. 1, Pp. 1-15
Akpagu, Zana (2006) "L’Exil ou l’envol ailleurs? Le voyage en France dans les romans antillais", NEW FRONTIERS, Vol. 11 No.1, Pp.206-224.
Akpagu, Zana, (2003) "Terrorism of Heroism"? The portrait of the Rebel in the Caribbean Novel”, SANKOFA JOURNAL OF THE HUMANITIES, (University Of Ghana, Legion), Vol. 1, Pp. 99-141.
Akpagu, Zana (2006) "Towards a new form of African Novel: Ada Ugah’s theory of Novel in Ballads", LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research (University of Swaziland), Vol. 3, Pp. 121-131.
Akpagu, Zana (2003) “L’univers imaginaire de Maryse Condé et l’Intégration sociale et raciale comme condition Sine Qua Non pour une légitimation identitaire aux Antilles”, Ndunode, Vol.4 No.1, Pp. 12-23

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2. West African Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Language Studies University of Calabar. Paper: “Didacticism in Literature: Sembene Ousmane as a moral teacher” 1991-12-081991-12-08
3. Conférence africaine des professeurs de français des universités Anglophones d’Afrique (CAPFUA)Nigeria French Village Badagry. Paper: "La rencontre de Zola et Zoble: un parallélisme thématique entre l,Assommoir et La Rue Cases-negres." 1996-08-111996-08-15
Modern Languages Association of Nigeria (MLAN) 9th Annual Conference University of Benin, Benin City. Paper: “Les D.O.M en question: La Lezarde d’Edourd Glissant et la tutte des jeunes control le departmentlisation”. 1999-02-101999-02-13
examination ethics and compliance Workshop on examination ethics and compliance excellence training workshop (21st May-25th May 2012 @ University of Ibadan under the auspices of the Nigerian Institute of manpower development and industrial relation (NIMDIR).2002-05-252012-05-25
A colloquium on "French Studies and National Development"University of Calabar, Calabar. Paper: L’Exil ou l’envol vers ailleurs? Le voyage en France dans les romans Antillais". 2004-06-292004-06-30
6. Delta State University, Dept. Of Languages and Linguistics Symposium in Honour of Prof. B. O. Okiwelu’s Contribution to AcademicsPaper: Les Antillais et la question de Peau: La Negrophobie Noire dans La Rue Cases-Nègres de Joseph Zobel.2007-05-102007-05-10