Chinenye Victor Nwankwo is the founder of the Victor Nwankwo Leadership Academy. Mr. Nwankwo has great passion for business and uplifting the lives of the people.
His journey began in the early 2000s where he acquired and ran a technology business. In 2005, he joined one of the biggest retail companies as a manager, a position he held for 3 years before deciding to open his own textile retail store. This gave him more insight in the operations of this industry, including gaining experience in the imports of goods from different reputable suppliers in the textile industry. In 2010, he joined the biggest tile and sanitary ware manufacturer and retailer in South Africa as a business partner (Joint Venture) and later acquired a franchise of two of the stores in this group.
As the director of Vicasy Interiors Trading, he has an impeccable record in turning around the financial state of these franchises. He delivered over 150% percent growth in the 10 years he has been at the helm of these businesses with the group.
As a passionate businessman, he identified the need to give back all that he has learned in the business space, especially the need to instil the culture of ethical and servant leadership to young future leaders hence the Victor Nwankwo Leadership Academy was formed.
Mr Ikujebi is a computer specialist educator who has Eight (8) years experience teaching ICT and coding at all levels that have produced excellent results on a consistent basis in the last 5 years for both IGCSE and WAEC examinations. He recounts his most memorable moment in teaching being in 2017 when all the students he presented had A1 in computer studies in WAEC and also did exceptionally well in the IGCSE exams.
Mr Ikujebi is a Duke of Ediburgh International Certified Award Leader. He has co-ordinated the international Awards for two years and have mentored a lot of students at his previous place of employment. With the VNLA vision of delivering world class ICT students, he brings with him skills that enable him to teach young people how to code using Python, HMTL, CSS, Java Using Alice 3.7, Video editing (Filmora9 and Shortcut) to mention but a few. He has a remarkable skill and knowledge in mentoring adults having recently overseen and deployed the training of fellow educators in their day to day utilisation of online learning tools for virtual learning like Google Meet, Google Classroom, Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc.
Professor Uchenna Martins is a career academic, university, and part-time community development advocate with over 28 years cumulative experience. Trained in Nigeria and widely travelled to 12 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America, he has cross-industry experiences and equally diverse number of skills in different areas over the years such as leadership ability, good IT skills, communication skills and creative thinking. He continuously seeks to explore opportunities in research management, innovative and creative processes in higher education and community engagements, and public-private partnerships to help solve development challenges.
Professor Martin has worked at Imo State University, Owerri Imo State since 1999 in different positions.
Professor Martins advises the board on issues pertaining to curriculum development, leadership, and the general operation of the academy.
Kenneth Uchenna Obiakor is the founder and program director at Leadership Development Foundation for Civic Literacy – a non-profit organization based in Nigeria. He is also the assistant program director at Soren Kierkegaard Academic Society Imo State University Owerri. He graduated from Imo State University, Owerri and gained an MA from Coventry University United Kingdom. He is currently undertaking a PhD capstone project in CSR and Sustainability studies with St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. He has worked in the civic organizational sector as a consultant between 2012 to date. More recently, Kenneth has been involved with The Holos Project. This is an initiative with the intention to offer the holistic perspective in an unambiguous and pristine way – as a way of shaking up established ways of thinking and doing to inspire new views on possible futures and the social alliances to bring them to life.
Awarded a recognition for service to student leadership by the Bureau of student affairs of Imo State Government and by the National Association of Science Students, Kenneth has undertaken thematic training for efficient and innovative campaigns for start-up NGOs and community organizing groups in the areas of Higher Education, human rights, community development advocacy and sustainable development solutions from the local community to the global UN campaign. He has facilitated dialogues feeding on culture, systemic transformation, and social impact. The uniqueness of his experiences feeds on a participatory insight that lends practical experiences on social processes and highlights the importance of richer engagement with meaning and leadership. In a cultural reality where the knowledge gap and social dynamics hinder effort at value-based leadership, Kenneth’s engagement had lent invaluable insight to the professional growth of organizational governance at various levels and had provided practical guidance for decision-making.
Mrs Justina Eberechukwu is an executive member of our board who works as the head of academics in the Academy. She has been in the education sector all her life, having performed multiple leadership roles like a class teacher and Head of Department. She brings with her enormous wealth of experience in the secondary school sector and the overall education system in the country. Mrs Justina has worked in different parts of the country and has a vast knowledge and understanding of the different cultures of the country. She is able to communicate in all Nigerian major languages.
Dr Claudius Peter van Wyk is one of our curriculum advisers. He is a partner in Transformation Strategies and the founder of the Holos-Earth Project supporting the global mindset shift to the holistic perspective. He has focused on applying complexity enabled mindset technologies to strategic management and leadership. His specialist interest has been leadership applications to organisational wellbeing and sustainability. These empowerment programs have been facilitated throughout Southern Africa and in Europe.
As a master practitioner of neurolinguistic programming, NLP, he has offered training programs in this discipline over many years: He has a master’s in philosophy degree (Applied Ethics) from St Augustine College, Johannesburg and was awarded a D.Sc. (alternative medicine) by the Indian Board for Alternative Medicine.
He served as a visiting lecturer to Schumacher College in Devon where he introduced complexity approaches to economic and social issues to MA economics students. He designed and co-facilitated a short-course, ‘Holism and Leadership’
Dr Claudius is in the faculty of Ashridge/Hult Business School as an adjunct, teaching in their MBA programme, and serving as an external marker in their master’s in management Program.
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