OKAFOR, Francis Okoye




Date of Birth: Sunday (Afo) 14"' December,1941 State of Origin: Anambra Loca\ Government Area: Aguata Village/Town: Ekwulobia Contact Address: Department of Banking and Finance University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus Enugu State Contact Telephone: 234-42-459261, 2348034706778 Email Address: fokaforunecftf yahoo.com This eminent professor of" Finance and Banking has done a lot lo transform the academic and theoretical principles of the profession as well as the on the ground application of the principles for enhancement of the Banking Industry for the good of the common man and the growth of the Country's economy. Professor Okafor is not only an academic giant in the field of banking, he is also a practical teacher, a rural practitioner of the principles he enunciates. He is . in other words, a man who has touched people of all walks of life- the highly intellectually gifted and the low practical men and women in the streets. This is because of his humble beginning as a school teacher. He has tasted life at both worlds- the upper class and the people at the grassroots. Education • High Elementary Teachers College Agulu - TC. II 1961 • University of Nigeria Enugu Campus B.Sc (Hons) 2nd Class Upper Division Business Administration 1967 University of Chicago, Illinois USA MBA - Finance and Banking 1973 Job Experience Professor Francis Okafor has in a very obvious but humble way shown that he is an academic giant, a practical administrator and manager of human and material resources in many ways. He is called upon several times to pilot the department and faculty on the right way to progress and productivity. He is simply an efficient administrator and TEACHER! College Tutor at Higher Elementary Teachers College, Agulu 1962 1964 Head Dept of Finance and Banking University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus 1978 1980, 1982 1986, 1990 1993 • Associate Dean, Faculty of Business Administration. University of Nigeria. Enugu Campus, 1976 1978, 1981 1982 • Substantive Dean, 1987 1989,1993-1995 • Administrator, Faculty of Business Administration, UNEC 1995 1996 • Deputy Vice Chancellor, UNEC, 1998 2003 Publications • Investment Decisions: Evaluations of Projects and Securities, London Cassell Ltd 1983 • Nigerian Agricultural Credit Systems Vol. 1 & Vol. 11 (CO-authored) published by CBN Lagos 1986 Privatization in Nigeria: The Outstanding Issues: NDA Seminar Series May 1990 • Micro-Credit: An Investment for Economic Growth and Balanced Development, Published in the Nigerian Banks 2000 • Implementation of Deregulation of the Financial System on Financial Intermediation by Banks, published by Nigerian Journal of Banking and Finance. 1998 • Stabilizing the Naira for Economic Viability and Reconstruction Journal of Management Sciences, vol. 1. 1996 Professional Service to the Country • Served as Consultant and fully participated in Three National Study Groups namely • Study Group on Agricultural Credit Delivery in Nigeria 1986 • Study Group on Socio-Economic Problems of Privatization and Commercialization in Nigeria 1980 1990 • Study Group on Monetization of Fringe Benefits in Nigeria 1992 • Member. National Governing Board of Community Banks in Nigeria 2003 - 2005 • External examiner to many colleges, polytechnics and universities in Africa. • Consultants to many Finance and Banking Institutions. Awards, Prizes and Honours • Award of German Academic Scholar 1965 1967 • African-American Graduate Fellowship 1971 1973 • So many Research grants and fellowships Professional Contributions to Local and Community Efforts • Initiated and Found Ekwulobia Community Bank • Chair of the Board of Community Bank 1992 date • President Ekwulobia People's Assembly (Town Union) Honours and Accolades from Communities and Local Organizations Numerous Chieftaincy titles eg • Ichie Umeadi of Okpo Village 2000-date • Ezeugonmuta of Ekwulobia • The Prestigious Knight of St John International by the Catholic Church ( KS.I) His hobbies include reading, writing, movie watching. Role Model is Late Dr Pius Okigbo. the Erudite Economist of great honour and world acclaim. Professor Okafor Francis Okoye is a very humble and committed man of honour. He loves his people and get along with them in the pursuit of Rapid Development and has used his intellectual and professional power to assist them. His advice to the Youth is: "seek lo maximize your intellectual capacity through life long formal education. Identify your God-given talents and exploit them lo the fullest. True fame comes from hard work and service to society ". To the Igbo leadership, "the greatest challenge is to consciously train budding Igbo leadership for tomorrow so that the Igbo can effectively reclaim the economic and political leadership of this country within the second decade of the century. They would have failed if they fail to address this vital task ".
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