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  • 2019-09-13 10:21:30


The Second Director of the Bassey Andah Institute of African and Asian Studies (BAIFAAS), Prof Chike Ekeopara has officially bowed out of office, handing over the running of the affairs of the institute to Prof Michael Bonchuk . Prof Chike Ekeopara expressed his appreciation and gratefulness to the Vice Chancellor for the opportunity given him to serve the University at that capacity. Prof Ekeopara, an erstwhile member of the Governing Council of the institution listed some of his achievements while in office to include facilitating of the hosting of Bassey Andah Foundation Annual Lectures in the university, securing of Direct Entry Admission for nine students of the institute to pursue first degree courses and designation, completion and submission of a curriculum online for the commencement of Korean Studies in the institute. Prof Michael Bonchuk who takes over as the third Director of the institute is a lecturer in the Department of History and International Studies where he teaches Strategic Studies, International Relations and Diplomacy. He is also a researcher/resource person for the European and African Union Border Programmes, ECOWAS Cross Border Programme Initiative and the National Boundary Commission, Nigeria. He is a member of the Association of Border Scholars, (ABORNE), member Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN) and has attended and presented scholarly papers in local and international conferences including seminars and workshops. He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed local and international journals; edited two textbooks in History for use in Cross River State Secondary Schools. He is married with children.

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