Late Prof. Matthew O. Edoga

Engr. Ngozi Eli-Chukwu
Engr. Ngozi Eli-Chukwu
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  • Country: Nigeria
  • Posted On: August 26th , 2018
  • Department: Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Place of Work: AEFUNAI

With a heavy heart, I am constrained to write a tribute in honour of my amiable former Dean - Prof. Mathew Edoga. 

It was really a privilege to have worked with him for those few years. 

Just like he was fondly called by friends "MIGHTY", he was indeed mighty, though small in nature. Edoga was a man that believed that there is nothing practically impossible. He was a man who appreciated hard work, very courageous that he was not afraid of anybody when he would believe in a goal; he was a good motivator.

In addition, he was orator as he would hold us in the Faculty meeting for over 5 hours just because of the many stories he would tell. For everything that will happen in Engineering, he had a story to tell. 

My encounter with him encouraged my world view that there is nothing impossible as long as I believe.

Prof. Edoga, little did I know you will leave us soon but our consolation is that you are resting in the Lord. 

May your soul rest in peace.

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Prof. Matthew O. Edoga Prof. Matthew O. Edoga

Professor of Chemical Engineering
Pioneer Dean of Engineering and Technology, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI)

Date of Birth

25th of December 1964.

State of Origin

Enugu State, Nigeria..


Igbo Etiti.

Date of Passing

27th of July 2018.

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Matthew Obichukwu Edoga is Professor of Chemical Engineering with bias in Petroleum/Petrochemical Engineering and Technology at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI), Nigeria, a registered Engineer with Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria and the pioneer Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology. A native of Aku (but precisely Ezi-Osigo-Ejuna-Aku) from Ejuna Autonomous Community in Igbo Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Professor Edoga, fondly called “Mighty” by friends and well-wishers received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from the 1st University of Technology in Nigeria (former ASUTECH, Enugu), a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree all in Chemical Engineering from the largest University, South of the Sahara – the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Prof. Edoga was the first Nigerian to be honoured with Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemical Engineering Department of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Of course, he is the first Aku person to obtain a degree in Chemical Engineering.

As part of his nomadic academic activities, he attended both Washington State University, U.S.A. and Grenoble Graduate School of Business, France, where he was trained on Desktop Learning Module (DLM) and principles of pedagogy, respectively, as a means of enhancing his teaching capabilities in the University.

His research activities encompass the area of catalysts development and application, Bioremediation, Petrochemicals development and application and process equipment design.

He has taught courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in his area of specialization at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria. Also, he has held visiting professorships in Federal University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri Nigeria, University of Lagos, Nigeria and Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Abuja, Nigeria. He was the Chairman of the Committee on the Establishment of Faculty of Engineering and Technology in FUNAI and immediate past Director of FUNAI Advancement and Linkages Centre. He has over fifty high impact journal publications; and several proceedings and conference papers. He attended several international workshops and conferences at USA, France etc.

He is happily married to Dr. (Mrs.) Rita Ngozi Edoga of University of Leeds, United Kingdom, with two boys–Joseph Kenechukwu and Joel-Maria Chukwuebuka.