Prof. Akpezi Ogbuigwe


Akpezi Ogbuigwe, a consultant in transformational change in higher education in Africa was formally, Head of Environmental Education and Training, UNEP and former Coordinator, Ecosystem Management Programme, UNEP, was the focal point for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in UNEP.

She has over thirty years of professional experience as a Law teacher first at the University of Lagos and then at the Rivers State University where she served in various capacities. She is an avid researcher in transformational change in higher education in Africa, environmental law and policy, and education for sustainable development; she is a facilitator of university partnerships and is involved in civil society engagement. She is a recipient of awards and honours such as the Environmental Creation Awareness Award by the Environment Outreach Magazine (2010); The Outstanding Young Persons of Nigeria Award in recognition of contribution to Moral and Environmental Leadership by the Nigeria Junior Chamber on the occasion of their40th Anniversary Convention (1997). Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecturer, The Centre for Environmental & Sustainability Education of Florida Gulf Coast University, USA. 2011.

She has contributed to knowledge in the field of environmental law and education for sustainable development through several published articles in international journals and book chapters such as A.Ogbuigwe, 2017, ‘Lessons from the UNEP Ogoniland Environmental Assessment for New Oil & Gas Frontiers in Africa’, Rivers State University Oil & Gas Journal, 2017; A.Ogbuigwe, ‘Climate Change Education in Africa’, Southern African Journal of Environmental Education,2009; A.Ogbuigwe, Empowering Students for Environmental Action: The Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities Partnership Programme, Chapter in Young people , Education, and Sustainable Development: Exploring principles, perspectives and Praxis, Netherlands, Wagenengen Academic Publishers; Ed by Corcoran and Osano. She is also the author of Legal Issues in the Niger Delta Resource Dilemma, 2nd Edition 2018.