The Authority Icon: ANYA OKO ANYA
For his scientific works in parasitology that benefited humanity and for deploying an intensely questing mind to solving challenges that constrain health; for being proudly Nigerian and putting the country on the world map, Professor Anya Oko Anya is The AUTHORITY Icon.
He is a scientist who knew that Nigeria and Africa’s development narrative could be altered for good with science. He could be called the biologist who saw tomorrow – and significantly moved boldly to distinguish himself in Parasitology. He gave his heart to seeking knowledge and earned recognition by the scope and sweep of his achievements in that specialized arena.
Meet Professor Anya Oko Anya. He was born on January 3, 1937, at Abiriba, Imo State. Young Anya was educated at - Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar; University College, Ibadan; and the University of Cambridge (St. John’s College), England, where he obtained the Doctor of Philosophy degree, working at the World Famous Molteno Institute of Biology and Parasitology.
He began his working career as a Science Master with Qua-Iboe Mission Secondary School, Etinan, Akwa Ibom State in 1957. He was appointed Research Officer, Federal Fisheries Research Service, Lagos, 1961-1962; Lecturer, Federal Science School, Lagos, 1961-1962; Research Officer, Federal Department of Agricultural Research, Ibadan, 1963-1967; Lecturer in Zoology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1965-1967; Senior Lecturer, University of Science and Technology Project, Port Harcourt, 1967-1970; Senior Lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1970-1973; Professor of Zoology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka since 1973 and he was the former Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Economic Summit Group Ltd.
A Chartered biologist, Fellow and past Vice President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Anya is also Fellow of the Institute of Biology of the United Kingdom, Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society and former president, Union of African Biologists.
His scientific works in parasitogly clearly benefited humanity. In addition, he deployed an intensely questing mind to solving challenges that imperil health and remains proudly Nigeria.