PROFILE OF Professor (Pastor) Chukwuemeka Eze Onukaogu.

Professor (Pastor) Chukwuemeka Eze Onukaogu, the current Chair Board of Trustees Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN), is a retired Professor of English Language, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

He was the President of RAN from 1999 to 2002. He was the Chair of the International Development Committee Africa (IDAC) from 2003 to 2007, chairing the Pan African Reading for All Confonerence in Uganda, Swaziland and Ghana. IDAC is an affiliate of the International Reading – now Literacy – Assocition (ILA) that implements ILA literacy blueprints in Africa.

He was awarded the prestigious Elva Knight Research Grant of the International Reading Association(IRA )for his develpment of the 4P’s Reading Instruction model for use in promoting literacy instruction in develping countries. Apart from being awarded the Reading Research Fellowship of the IRA, Professor Onukaogu has attended and presented in many international Literacy Conferences in the US, The UK, Norway and Africa. He has also published extensively in many literacy journals and books.

He pioneered the development of the Literacy Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP) which since 2004 is being used extensively in promoting litetacy teaching and learning across the school and life curricula. LEAP which insists that Literacy is pivotal to print-based education and so is not discipline specific but descplines inclusive is an amalgam of teacher specificity and learner specitficity giving rise to learing inclusiveness where the whats, the whys, the whos and the hows of the literacy orchestra are adequately catered for. His monumental work in implementing LEAP in Osun, Ekiti and Anambra states of Nigeria has received national and international acclaim.

Professor Onukaogu has since 1995 been intensively involved in promoting literacy empowerment among many Nigerian prison inmates so that on completing their prison sentence they can be fully integrated into their immediate and wider communities.

He was the founding Director of the Reading, Writing and Elocution Center of the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State Nigeria.

Immediate Past President, Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN)

Mrs. Irene Mbanefo is a seasoned Educator, who was pioneer Principal to 2 Model schools in Abuja. Formerly a presenter/moderator of weekly television and radio programs; including “Schools Challenge” (NTA Channel 5), “How it works” (NTA Channel 5) and Schools Quiz Programs (Aso Radio 93.5) all under the Mamser regime.

Astute and well versed in Human Resource Management, she headed the Planning, Research and Statistics Division of the Education Resource Centre of the F.C.T.; that produced the very newsy, pictorial and glossy F.C.T. Education quarterly newsletter, other information handbooks as well as doubling as the image maker of the centre in a public relations capacity.

A retired Director of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FGN), she was involved in initiating projects/programs from policy directives, organizing advocacy programs with the National action committee on Read campaign, for taking Reading to all levels including the grass root.

She managed the planning, researching, sourcing of information/news, documentation, collation, publication and dissemination of same within the Education sector. Also represented the Federal Ministry of Education Was on the Governing councils of the College of Education special, Oyo; University of Technology, Akure; National Mathematical Centre, Abuja and the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti. Mrs. Mbanefo also chaired the Planning Reference committee on the Joint consultative committee on Education (JCCE) of the National Council on Education (NCE).

Irene was the 14th President, Reading Association of Nigeria RAN from October 2016 – October 2018 and hosted the 10th Pan African Literacy for All Conference (PALFA) in Abuja, August 2017.

Currently, the Project Manager for the RAN–NEIplus (Northern Education Initiative Plus) Project (Sokoto & Bauchi States). She currently has membership of the following: RAN Board of Trustees, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), International Literacy Association (ILA), Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), A fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (CAN); whose abilities were recognised for organizational administration, efficiency in resource management and visionary leadership, Member Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and a member of the Girls Guide Society of Nigeria.

She is an avid reader and author, a golfer and has a flair for creative sewing. Mrs. Mbanefo is happily married to her Engineer; and is both a mother and grandmother.

Stella Ikhesor Ekpe, PhD, is a member of the International Literacy Association, and has been a member of the Reading Association of Nigeria since 1990. She has served in the Cross River Branch as Treasurer (1990 – 1999); Vice Chairperson (2003 – 2005) and Chairperson (2005 – 2007). Before becoming President, she had served as National Director of Membership (1997 – 1999) and Vice President (2016 – 2018). Stella has organized, co-facilitated and participated in several TOT workshops for parents, and for primary (and secondary) school teachers, presented papers at RAN’s biennial conferences and the Pan African Literacy for All conferences, as well as co-authored journal articles and book chapters on literacy and reading, iincluding (titles only): Fostering positive attitudes towards reading: Insights from the literacy autobiographies of some young Nigerian adults; Nearly everything you can do with Leo in the Library; Teaching phonics in Nigerian primary schools.; Reading in the content areas: A brief review; Picture story as a creative connection between reading and writing: The Nigerian experience; Beginning reading at the grassroots: The experience in some fishing communities in Nigeria; Something is happening here: Literacy immersion for early intervention; A micro-survey of gender awareness among some Nigerian primary school teachers; Deconstructing Facebook posts for sustainable democratic development in Africa: A Critical Literacy approach. The Budding Author series of young persons writing for young persons was inspired by the creative writing efforts of Nigerian children attending the Vacation Reading Programme organized regularly by the Cross River Branch of the Association between 1991 and 2007. The initiative has witnessed the co-authoring of a series of RAN Little Books in which the budding authors provided the storylines: Our own haiku poems; Nta leaves Ubaha; King I-did-not-become-rich-to-help-the-poor; Cocaine dealer ( Ugbe visits Otutu, Otutu is banished, Edem is a graduate, Edem goes to jail); Journey of a stolen fish (a Big Book pack). As a contribution to meeting the challenge of a dearth of reading materials for children, our use of authentic content in literacy materials production, and our search for means of funding the enterprise remain a preoccupation. Stella enjoys walking and spending time in reading interactions with the children in her adopted community, where she has set up an adhoc reading centre in the neighbourhood


He was born at Okemesi-Ekiti in Ekiti-State. He attended Wesley College Ibadan between 1972 and 1974 where he obtained the Teachers’ Grade II Certificate. He proceeded to the University of Ibadan where he obtained his first degree in Adult Education and English. He later attended the University of Benin where he obtained Master Degree in Curriculum Studies, Language Education, English and Doctor of Philosophy in Language Education English respectively.
Professor Oyinloye registered with the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria in 2005. He obtained a Certificate of Completion, Professional Development course for Trainers of English Language Teaching by the British Council and National Institute of Education Kaduna in 2007 and Certificate of Participation in Capacity Building Workshop for Training of Trainers on Teaching Reading Skills by the United Nations Children’s Education Fund UNICEF and Reading Association of Nigeria.
Professor Oyinloye taught in the following institutions:
(1) Primary Schools in Ogun State. 1974 to 1976
(2) Secondary Modern School in Ogun State. 1976 to 1979
(3) Secondary Schools in Ondo State . 1979 to 1983
(4) College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti. 1992 to 1999
He joined the services of Ondo State University now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti in August 1999. Professor Oyinloye joined the Reading Association of Nigeria in 2006. He became the Vice President in 2010 and later became the President in 2012.
During his tenure, he organised a mid-term conference which was held at the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2011. He also organised the Biennial Conference which was held at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti in 2014. He published two editions of the Literacy in Nigeria. One from the Biennial Conference held at Makurdi 2010 and the other from the mid-term Conference held at Nsukka in 2011.
Service to the University
1. Coordinator: Department of Curriculum Studies 2000-2002
2. Ag Director/Assistant Director Sandwich Programme. 2004-2006
3. Ag Head of Department of Curriculum Studies 2005-2007
4. Director of Continuing Education Programme 2014-2016

Professor Oyinloye has published four books, fifteen chapters in books and 72 articles in international and national journals.
Professor Oyinloye had produced many Postgraduate students at Master level and seven Doctor of Philosophy in Language Education. Five of his products are Lecturers in the Department of Arts and Language Education, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.
Professor Oyinloye is widely consulted as External Examiner to: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, (ii) University of Ibadan, Lagos State University (iii) Adekunle Ajasin Akungba Akoko and iv, University of Ilorin.
He served as a visiting Reader to Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko in 2011. He also served as a visiting Professor to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife.
He has attended and presented academic papers at conferences in United State of America, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa among others
He served as Resource Persons/Consultant to:
i. Universal Basic Education and State Universal Basic Education in Ekiti and Abia States.
ii. National Educational Research and Development Council, Abuja.
iii. MDG/NTI Teachers Professional Development Programme.
iv. Ekiti State Ministry of Education / Anambra State Ministry of Education and World Bank on Literacy Enhancement and achievement Projects.
v. Member Teachers’ Investigating Panel, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria 2005 – 2008.
Inducted as Elder in Christ Apostolic Church Oke Isegun, Akure Ondo State.
i. Member Christ Apostolic Church General Executive Council 2006 to 2017.
ii. First District Secretary to Christ Apostolic Church Oke itunu District
iii. First District Secretary of Christ Apostolic Church Miracle Land District Ado-Ekiti
iv. Member of Christ Apostolic Church Executive Council Oke Iye DCC Ado –Ekiti
v. Leader of Christ Apostolic Church Men Association, Oke Iye DCC Ado –Ekiti
vi. Member Christ Apostolic Church General Executive Council Miracle Land Zone.
Learned Society
Member of National Association of Curriculum Theorists.
Vice President, Reading Association of Nigeria 2010-2012.
President Reading Association of Nigeria 2012 – 2014.
Member, International Literacy Association.
Member; Applied Linguistics and Literacy in Africa and the Diaspora Research Network.
Member of Language Educators Nigeria.

Professor Oyinloye is happily married to Deaconess Elizabeth Oyinloye with Children.