15 Aug 2020


Today, marks the Birthday of our Indefatigable and Excellence-driven Vice-Chancellor, *Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne*.

Born on 15th August, 1956. This seasoned Administrator and Distinguished Professor of Optometry hails from Agburuike-Nsulu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area, Abia State.

He attended the prestigious and famous Ngwa High School, Aba which later metamorphosed as the Faculty of Law and Aba Campus of the then Imo(now Abia) State University. He also had an academic stint at St. Augustine’s Grammar School, Nkwere, where he obtained his Higher School Certificate before proceeding to the Philippines where he studied Optometry, a course that sought to stand him out and distinguished him as an uncommon scholar.

At the Manila Central University, the Philippines, young Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne displayed awesome and enviable brilliance as a student of Optometry, where he not only earned a degree of Doctor of Optometry but in addition, graduated in a Specialist Master’s Degree programme in Hospital Optometric Practices and Administration.

On his return to Nigeria, Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne joined the former Imo (now Abia) State University, Etiti Campus, as a pioneer Academic Staff of the School of Optometry in 1986. He later rose to the apex of his Academic career as a Professor in 2006.

Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne possesses easily discernable intellectual, Academic and Social prowess which ignite a sense of ease. He also possesses awesome Social blending, Humour, Adaptability and Acceptability which endears him to all and sundry.

In continuation of his stupendous mastery of his chosen Profession and a colossus in the Optometry profession, Professor E. Uche Ikonne has made his incalculable and valuable services available to society and his professional bodies, culminating to his elevation as Chairman, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria by the President, Commander-In-Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

Prior to his appointment as the 7th Substantive Vice-Chancellor, Abia State University, 1st December 2015 by the Visitor to the University and Governor, Abia State, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu Ph.D, Professor Ikonne held several Administrative offices including:
🔸 Rector, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba (on Rescue Mission)

🔸 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), ABSU- 2010-2014

🔸Deputy Provost, College of Medicine and Health Sciences

🔸 Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

🔸 Director, Institute of Distance Education (IDEA)

🔸 Head, Department of Optometry, ABSU.

A worthy Knight of St. Christopher, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, an Apostle of “Our Story Must Change” and 18th Inaugural Lecture Laureate of ABSU, “….Seeing is Believing”, Professor Ikonne is widely published in Local and International peer-reviewed Journals and Books.

Professor Ikonne has taken Abia State University from 93rd position, on assumption of Office in 2015, to 27th and 2nd Best State University in Nigeria in the 2020 Nigerian University Ranking and has practically Changed the Story of Abia State University, Academically and Infrastructurally, into an enviable Citadel of Learning.

He has numerous Awards of Excellence and recognitions including:
🔸 Ikemba 1 of Agburuezeukwu

🔸 Ugo Mmuta of Abia State

🔸 2019 Most Outstanding Vice-Chancellor in Nigeria

🔸 Best Performing Vice-Chancellor (South-East) on Staff Welfare and Development

🔸 Icon of Nigerian Students

🔸 Senior Course Rep. Of ABSU Students etc.

Happily married to Barrister Lady Uzoamaka G. Uche Ikonne, Permanent Secretary/Solicitor-General, Abia State. A marriage blessed with two quality sons.

Professor Ikonne’s positive impact to the Society and Humanity is incomparable. As a Role Model, we are determined to emulate his Worthy Legacies and Giant Strides.

Today, as we celebrate this Icon, Consummate Academic, Trail Blazer, Detribalized Nigerian, Quintessential and Charismatic Leader, People-centric Administrator, we pray for God’s continued Grace, Wisdom and Health for greater exploits.