ODIGI, Minapuye Isaac

Born November 17, 1950

Abonnema, Rivers State.




Minapuye I. Odigi, Professor of Petroleum Geology and Economic Geology is currently the occupant of O.B. Lulu-Briggs Chair in Petroleum Geosciences, Institute of Petroleum Studies University of Port Harcourt. He is the coordinator of Research Group on Basin Studies and Petroleum Geology, Department of Geology University of Port Harcourt. Minapuye I. Odigi graduated from the University of Ibadan (B.Sc. Hons Geology), MSc (Mineral Exploration) and University of Port Harcourt (PhD) Clastic Sedimentology/Petroleum Geology). He began his career as a field geologist in Nigeria Geological Survey; engaged in geologic field mapping of both basement and sedimentary Cretaceous sedimentary rocks and solid mineral exploration in Nigeria. Later taught geology at the University of Port Harcourt in 1983 to present, and worked briefly for Shell Petroleum Development Company for 1 (one) year as consultant exploration geologist. His main area of research is Clastic sedimentology and Petroleum geology of the Niger Delta and Benue Trough respectively. His research interests include Mesozoic and Cenozoic Basins of West Africa, on riverdominated delta, wave-dominated shore-line and alluvial fan sediments which accumulated in the inland structurally controlled sedimentary basins of Nigeria.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Ruth Inye, 1975
State of Origin: Rivers State
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Number of Male Children 2
Number of Female Children 1
Profession Geologist , Professor , Administrator
Working Experience

PROFESSOR OF SEDIMENTOLOGY/PETROLEUM GEOLOGY and O.B LULU-BRIGGS Chair in Petroleum Geosciences, Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Previous Appointments:

– Field Geologist, Geological Survey, 1975-81;

– Appointed Lecturer, University of Port Harcourt, Department of Geology, 1983-;

– HEAD, Geology Department, University of Port Harcourt, 1992 – 1994;

– HEAD, Geology Department, University of Port Harcourt, 2001 –2003;

– PIONEER DIRECTOR, Centre for Petroleum Geosciences, 2011-2012;

– HEAD, Geology Department, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island,
Bayelsa (2014 to 2015, on Sabbatical Leave).

– Member, Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, London, 1982;
– Member, Working Group on African Continental Sediments, 1992;
– Member, Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, 1982;
– Member, Association of Exploration Geochemists, 1983;

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Holy Ghost Primary School, Makurdi, 1955-62; Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema, 1963-68; Federal School of Science, Onikan, Lagos, 1969-70; University of Ibadan, 1971- 74; University of Ibadan, 1980- 81.

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