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Igbo Debate Competition for Nanka Undergraduates
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trophyIgbo debate competition for Nanka undergraduates is the newest program of the Nanka students union. The primary objective of this competition is to enhance our knowledge of Igbo, to attain proficiency and to make us appreciate our language that is almost going into extinction in preference to English language.

This competition is proudly sponsored by Professor Mrs. Bernice Nwakaego Ezeilo, a former secretary of Nanka students union, and presently the Grand matron of Nanka students union. She is the first female African Professor of Clinical Psychology.
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015.
Venue: Umudala Village Hall, Nanka
Time: 12noon.


Winner: the school that will win the competition will go home with the trophy and a cash prize of N60,000
Second position: N40,000
Third position: N20,000
Schools likely to participate
1. Nanka students union, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Chapter
2. Nanka students union, Federal Polytechnic Oko chapter
3. Nanka students union, Nwafor Orizu college of education, Nsugbe chapter
4. Nanka students union, Federal college of education(Technical) Umunze chapter
5. Nanka students union, Odumegwu Ojukwu University,(formerly Anambra state university) Igbariam campus Chapter
6. Nanka students union, Federal Polytechnic Oko, Atani Campus
7. Nanka students union, University of Benin Chapter

Each chapter is to be represented by a maximum of three (3) Speakers.
Students in secondary schools and undergraduates are all invited.


CHIEF JUDGE: Mrs. Chiago Ezeasor, a Masters degree holder in Igbo, she will be assisted by the Igbo teachers of Community High School, Agbiligba and St. Catherine’s Comprehensive secondary school, Nanka.
NB: If there is any chapter that is not listed above but is interested in participating, the President should be contacted on 08034965858 or 08083928131. Especially the University of Nigeria, UNN and UNEC chapter that has produced nine out of the sixteen Presidents of Nanka students union, but is currently in a state of despondency.
This event will be on video coverage, and as such those who can’t attend, can watch the video from our website later, www.nankastudentsunion.org.
The Nanka students union remains grateful to the Sponsor, Prof (Mrs.) Bernice Nwakaego Ezeilo, who apart from sponsoring this event for N145,000( covering cash prize of N120,000,N9,000 for the judges, purchase of trophy and refreshment) have also promised to pay for the video coverage. We cannot thank her enough.
Ndi Nanka this is worthy of emulation.
NB: Nanka students union is moving forward, be a part of this wind of change. There are other programs of the union awaiting sponsorship; such as
1. Essay competitions(which could be in Igbo or English),
2. Annual track events( this will be preferably in December during the xmas break, and it includes, 400m race, 1600m race, relay race and so on). The prize is as decided by the sponsors.
3. Professor James Ezeilo Memorial Mathematics Competition is not left out also.
Interested sponsors should kindly contact the union via the President on 08034965858. Remember, an investment into Nanka students union, is an investment into the future.



Bernice Nwakaego Ezeilo Nee Onuzulike, from Nanka in Orumba North LGA of Anambra State, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology. She is the first Ph.D in Psychology produced from a Nigerian University, University of Nigeria Nuskka . She is also the first female African Professor of Clinical Psychology.

She is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society , 1989. She obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka(UNN) in 1984; a Licentiate in Clinical Psychology from the Nigerian Association of Clinical Psychologists in 1979. She obtained a Registered Nurse Certificate of the British Nursing Association in 1965.
Prof. Bernice Ezeilo was a pioneer student of B.Sc Psychology degree and M.A Psychology degree programmes at the University of Zambia, Lusaka and graduated in 1971 and 1975 respectively. She did her Nurse training 1961-1964 at the School of Nursing University College Hospital Ibadan Nigeria. .Her secondary education was at St. Catharins, Nkwerre. 1956 – 1960 and obtained a Grade 1 Certificate of WAEC.

Professional Experience:
Professor Bernice Ezeilo joined the Department of Psychology UNN in October 1975 as Assistant Lecturer and rose to the rank of Professor of Clinical Psychology and Coordinator of, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Program in 1989. She was twice Head of Department of psychology. From 1992 -2000. Bernice Ezeilo was a Part Time Psychology Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion of St. Paul’s University College Awka. Bernice Ezeilo taught in the Department of Psychology at Ebonyi State University Abakaliki from 2004 -2011, first as a sabbatical staff 2004-2005, then as Adjunct Professor 2005 -2008, then as Contract Professor from 2008 – 2011 . In 2012, she was appointed as Contract Professor in the Department of Psychology Anambra State University, Igbariam ; where she teaches to date .

Bernice Ezeilo has several empirical papers, published in both local and international journals, and book chapters in Nigeria and foreign books. Her publications include the books Family Stress Management , Principle of Psychology ,Nigeria Perspective and Sex Preselection. She was the founder and Director Centre of Psychological Services(CEPSER). Bernice Ezeilo was a WHO Consultant on the Integrated Management Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) ,Clinical Stimulation Programme in Nigeria 2003 .

Extracurricular activities:
Bernice Ezeilo participates in church and community activities. Bernice Onuzulike, as she was then known, was the foundation Secretary of Nanka Students’ Union in 1957 during her second year as a student of St. Catharines Nkwerre. In August 1998, Nanka Students Union awarded her the titles Adadioranma and Odiukonamba. Later she was appointed Matron Nanka Students’ Union. She had been participating in activities of the Union at University of Nigeria Nsukka and Enugu Branches as well at home in Nanka as Guest of Honour and/Guest Speaker. Recently, she was appointed as the Grand matron of Nanka students union at the 2015 Easter general meeting of Nanka students union.
Her hobbies include singing: Soprano and Choral during, musical performances on stage, radio and television
Her academic prowess and Professional competence earned her awards from her academic and professional associations, as well as the International Biographical Centre (IBC) Cambridge WHO is WHO awards, She also received Community Service awards from her home community in Nanka . Prof. Bernice Ezeilo was married to late Prof. Gabriel Ezeilo also of Nanka and is blessed with four children and three grandchildren.