Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke’s Fake Doctorate and Professorship

Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke
By Farooq A. Kperogi

I don’t want to be known as the guy who exposes or popularizes exposés on people’s forged qualifications. But when our reporters have shown themselves to be either unable or unwilling to bring to light cases of shockingly brazen and bizarre certificate forgeries in high places, it behooves those of us on the reportorial fringes but with knowledge of these frauds to fill the gap.

Early this month, the Nigerian diasporan online media were abuzz over the scandal ofNdi Okereke-Onyiuke’s fake doctorate degree on the basis of which she became so many things in Nigeria. The stories were accompanied by compellingly irrefutable documentary proofs of her culpability. Strangely, however, no Nigerian newspaper has touched the story with a ten-foot pole.
Ms. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke

Essentially, it has been established that Okereke-Onyiuke’s claim to have earned a Ph.D. in business from the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1983 is fake. This shocking discovery was instigated by investigations into her other famous claim to have worked for years at the New York Stock Exchange (the world’s largest stock exchange) before returning to Nigeria in 1983. That claim has since been proven to be false as well.

In January this year, the (American) Securities and Exchange Commission sent a request to the City University of New York’s Graduate School asking to know if Okereke-Onyiuke indeed earned a Ph.D. in business from the school. The Director of Student Services and Senior Registrar of CUNY’s Graduate School, identified as Vincent J. De Luca, categorically said in a statement that she did not.

“On January 18, 2011, I caused a search to be conducted of our student records (including graduation records) at The Graduate Center, at the request of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, to determine if Ms. Ndi Okereke–Onyiuke was ever enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Business and if she received a Ph.D. in Business at The Graduate Center,” De Luca wrote in a sworn affidavit in New York.

“A thorough search of our electronic and paper files for the names, Ndi Leche Okereke, Ndi Okereke, Ndi Okereke – Onyiuke and Ndi Lechi Okereke – Onyiuke was conducted. No record was found that Ms. Ndi Okereke – Onyiuke ever enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Business or received a Ph.D. in Business at The Graduate Center.”  (Click here to see the PDF file of the affidavit).

Even the authenticity of her bachelor’s degree is being called to question. A search in the database of the U.S. Department of Education and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges by a Nigerian online citizen media site found no record for the undergraduate school she claimed to have attended.

Given that all the things around which the social and intellectual basis of her legitimacy revolve have turned out to be fake—e.g. her claim to have worked at the New York Stock Exchange, her claim to have earned a Ph.D. in business, etc—I won’t be shocked if it turns out that, like Andy Uba, she actually does not even have a legitimate high school qualification. It would really be dismally dispiriting on so many levels if this were to be the case.

I now have no doubt that Nigeria is the safe haven for, and the world’s capital of, fakery in high places. Why wouldn’t it be when we have embraced and internalized a culture of glamorizing incompetence and mediocrity? All it takes to climb to the upper reaches of the social scale in Nigeria is to have the ability or luck to know the “right” people in the “right” places— and to be able to scheme and connive and bootlick.

But, for me as an academic, the bigger scandal in all this is that the University of Nigeria Nsukka, one of our finest universities, actually awarded Okereke-Onyiuke a “professorship” in “capital market studies” in 2007 when, in fact, she has never had a full-time appointment with the university. Let’s even forget for now that her Ph.D. is fake. A professorship is not an honorary title that can be arbitrarily bestowed on people who pay for it—the way the honorary doctorate degree has become in Nigeria. A professorship is the highest-ranking position for a university academic, and people don’t get it unless they actually teach, research, and render services on a full-time basis in a university.

There are three main criteria to rise through the academic rank: teaching, research, and service. Since Okereke-Onyiuke has never taught at UNN and has no scholarly, peer-reviewed publications to her credit, she absolutely has no business being a professor. Awarding a professorship to her in spite of the obvious absurdity of doing so is the most scandalously grotesque profanation of that title I have ever encountered anywhere in the world.

Yes, there are several university professors in Nigeria who are not worthy of that title on the basis of their research output (which requires over 40 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in academic journals or at least two scholarly books published by reputable academic presses), but they at least actually teach—or taught—in a university and render(ed) services in various capacities in the universities as a matter of routine. After all, in the United States, there are people who become “full professors” (as Americans call professors) on the strength of their teaching alone. They are called “teaching professors” as opposed to “research professors.”

Okereke-Onyiuke’s only association with university teaching, according to her official bio, was when she taught “MBA, MBF and MSC classes” at the University of Lagos between 1995 and 1997 as a part-time lecturer. (I pity the unfortunate students who had the misfortune to be taught by her). Interestingly, it is UNN, not UNILAG where she “taught” part time for two years, that conferred a “professorship” on her.

Well, now that it has come to light that Okereke-Onyiuke’s Ph.D. is fake and that her professional profile is willfully hyperbolized (to put it nicely), does UNN owe its students, staff, and alumni an apology for shamelessly desecrating the highest possible honor in academia by awarding it to an undeserving forger?

But it’s not only Okereke-Onyiuke that UNN has awarded an unorthodox, unmerited professorship to. Dora Akunyili is another. Although she taught at the university for long, she left for public service when she was many ranks away from a professorship. Curiously, however, it was while she was officially away from teaching, research, and university service that she mysteriously skipped several ranks and became a “professor.” What’s really going on at UNN?

To be sure, it’s universal practice to appoint people with extensive industry experience (who may not even possess a Ph.D.) to professorships. In America, such people are called “professors of practice.” But in all cases, the professors of practice often resign from their jobs and become full-time employees of the university that appoints them to the position.

Given the multiple layers of dissimulation in Okereke-Onyiuke’s educational and work profiles, it’s obvious that she wasn’t worthy of being a professor of practice in any university, except we want to degenerate into teaching what she actually practiced—forgery.

 

Farooq Kperogi can be reached at farooqkperogi@gmail.com. He blogs at www.farooqkperogi.blogspot.com

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Dr. Okereke Onyiuke questionable PhD

I read this writeup with great concern. I have listened to this woman speaking in the public and she is very brilliant. My problem is that many Nigerians depend on big titles to get recognition in whatever they want to do even if they are capable of doing it well originally. It will improve Nigeria's image if a body like ICPC could work on this revelation mainly because she had represented and worked for the interest of Nigeria overseas. I am currently a Masters student in the U.S and with a little time and hard-work, Okereke-Onyiuke would have become a legal PhD holder because the environment here encourages it. Nigerians should address issues like this to rebrand our image internationally. I would recommend therefore that Okereke-Onyiuke should withdraw her case in court about her retirement because a smart lawyer would use this matter to rubbish her claims and if not careful that could make her a victim of anti-corruption agency.

Thank you, Farooq.

Farooq, good job. But everything in Nigeria is fake. Most of the people there are fake. The ones that I know living real lives are those who have opportunity (wealthy) and can travel (expose their minds) through their hard work! You know this your story is very sad o. A stock exchange, a place where your integrity should not be questioned. Kai! Nigeria.

Ndi, the cheerleader for Obasanjo's third term, another fake. We need a revolution bro. Bright minds should start preparing themselves when it comes.

P.S Please continue with your incisive articles. There is a dearth of real intellectual power out there.

Dr. Okereke Onyiuke questionable PhD

I read this writeup with great concern. I have listened to this woman speaking in the public and she is very brilliant. My problem is that many Nigerians depend on big titles to get recognition in whatever they want to do even if they are capable of doing it well originally. It will improve Nigeria's image if a body like ICPC could work on this revelation mainly because she had represented and worked for the interest of Nigeria overseas. I am currently a Masters student in the U.S and with a little time and hard-work, Okereke-Onyiuke would have become a legal PhD holder because the environment here encourages it. Nigerians should address issues like this to rebrand our image internationally. I would recommend therefore that Okereke-Onyiuke should withdraw her case in court about her retirement because a smart lawyer would use this matter to rubbish her claims and if not careful that could make her a victim of anti-corruption agency.

FAKE CREDENTIALS

It is not a surprise for hearing this ugly incident of furge certificate. It has been happening since, the case of a leader in the national assembly and a 12-year-lecturer in one of the universities in the Northern zone is still fresh in our memories. What is the penalty for this scandarlous act, nothing, they do it and get away with it, that's Nigeria for you. Quote me, many of the current workforce in Nigeria are in the same boat, carry out audit of every workforce in Nigeria and see the outcome, unfortunate. Bisitek writes from Ondo Kingdom.

okereke onyiuke and Ph.D

If this story is true and I suspect it is, she deserves a nobel price. She is truely outstanding in a chosen feild.

On top of that lie, another lie...

She didn't just lie about her education, she is also a man. Just look at her...

Big Fake

There is no doubt the people forge a lot in Nigeria, But as an Igbo man, Igbos are the undisputed champion when it comes to academic forgery, when you come to the land you see it every where you go, we always claim to be the smartest people in Nigeria, well my friend that is absolutely nonsense, As for the so-called university of Nnsuka it was in the 50s and 60s, to its just a piece of trash, its not worth a penny, its the same university the also gave Iwu professorship....now you can see a pattern..that institution is a joke.

I am ashamed of being a lion!

It is indeed sad that UNN, my alma mater, would grant a Professorship to Okereke-Onyiuke without conducting due diligence on her person and her degrees. There is a lot one does not even understand about this woman. Some claim she is Igbo while she claims to be from Kalabari land in Rivers State.

For Dr. Dora Akunyili, she was a Senior Lecturer before she was appointed NAFDAC's DG. I knew the dust raised by Professors in UNN when she was angling to be made a Professor. My friends at UNN tell me that she was simply given the award to avoid her unending 'wahala'. Can you imagine it?

I wager that half of our graduate civil servants possess fake degrees from university mills and 'Oluwole' in Lagos. The sickening aspect is that the 'leaders' do not care. It is not their business to undertake pre-employment, background checks and conduct due diligence investigations which even the government of Ghana now undertake as routine. Pity!

Re: Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke

UNN is a quack school. It is not on the same level as OAU Ile-Ife or Unilag. The writer forgot Maurice Iwu.

Re: Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke

UNN is a quack school. It is not on the same level as OAU Ile-Ife or Unilag. The writer forgot Maurice Iwu.

I have one question

I am not an academician or politician, i am simply a businessman but i do have one question. Since there is no certification required to practice as a personal financial consultant, could she then enroll at NigerianPro.com for private practice? U get what i mean.

I have one question

I am not an academician or politician, i am simply a businessman but i do have one question. Since there is no certification required to practice as a personal financial consultant, could she then enroll at NigerianPro.com for private practice? U get what i mean.

Check your facts before rushing to the press

Mr Kperogi, I'm sure you'd be jumping up and down feeling elated at what may seem (to gullible readers) an excellent expose. Before you make a fool of yourself and ridicule the good image of an icon - the Amazon in the Savannah, I suggest that you cross check your facts. How about you start by telling the world her maiden names. Shouldn't you have conducted your search with her maiden names? Accepted that there's hunger in the land, but jobbers like you can engage in several other productive ventures. The shallowness of your investigation gives you away as timid and half baked. Please go get a life

CORRECT: WHAT IS THE N.U.C DOING

You are right,a thorough analysis such as this by an erudite scholar of your calibre cannot be faulted except out of sentiment but certainly not on the basis of objectivity.
Everything goes in Naija, Dora in Nafdac suddenly became a professor,Okereke in Nigerian stock exchange suddenly became a professor, awarding institution: University of Nigeria Nsuka UNN, what is happening, is Prof. now for ethnic patronage or for sale? WHY? WHY? WHY? Where is the National Universities commission(N.U.C),what are they doing busy taking their own share of the national cake like the politicians or what?

So many like her in Nigeria, not a surprise

Dear Farooq,

I understand you have a problem with this lady parading herself with fake academic documents, if this is true, count me in. This is not a surprise at all. I am certain, and you may agree with this assessment, that some of those in Nigeria claiming to have advanced degrees probably did not earn them. I know of a LGA Chairman claiming to be doing his doctorate program at a Nigerian University. He has never gone to class a single day. He is able to advance through course work by paying off the lecturer, TRUE STORY. I read an article recently that also cast doubts about Goodluck Jonathan's claim of holding a doctorate degree. Nonetheless, my advice to you is that, you should discontinue the use of unnecessary grammar. Instead, use simple English language and proper wording to convey your point. Avoid gibberish.
Thank you

Only God knows

One day when we get to heaven, even if am not attentive to anything, I will be attentive to why why why Nigeria destiny is like this. Since 1960, all these must be for a reason.

Corruption
Bribery
forgery
Advance fee fraud
Bank fraud
Extortion
Scam baiting
Religion Scam
Scam yahoo yahoo, 419, lottery scam, pets scam, employment scam, craiglist.com scam, western union scam
Fake website
Identity theft
Drug trafficking
Human trafficking
Goes on and on

However, since 1960 God is up to something.

CHICAGO,THERE YOU GO

This is another CHICAGO CERTIFICATE.The MUMUS that condemmed TINUBU are now the ones that run after him.(ALL IN THE NAME OF MAKING MONEY THROUGH THE BACK DOOR)

@Farooq A. Kperogi. I hope u

@Farooq A. Kperogi.
I hope u know that u don't have any publication yet?

just as the rest of them

i am absolutely not surprised. When u see an educated person, their carriage is different. Look at Sanusi Lamido, look at Odein Ajumogobia, look at Fashola, look at Tayo Aderinokun, the late banker...see how these people talk...see their eloquence...the way they comport themselves. Those are educated people. These market looking Queen Bitch is not at all the type of person that should be in the upper echelons of any intellectually aware society...Just look at her with her ridiculous make up and fat body. Yuck! anyways, I am waiting for Akunliyi or whatever her name is to be exposed as well...As she doesnt seem well educated at all. I dont see the value in all the messy noise she made in the name of re-branding. Instead she made the country look like a society of noisemakers, empty barrels with no goal in sight. Are sophisticated leaders like Odein, Tayo, Fashola,...Aganga...etc that scarce in Nigeria? No, Seriously

Haba!

UNN needs to carry out its own investigation, and if the lady is found culpable her Professorship should be withdrawn without further ado

In Nigeria, ANYTHING is

In Nigeria, ANYTHING is possible. There is no iota of doubt about the facts stated in this article until Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke provides the public with a convincing rebuttal by way of showing us her certificates. Of course I know that she'd not tow this simple and honourable route; instead, she'll recruit her spin doctors to scream loudly with empty threats about suing the author and Sahara Reporters for libel.

WHAAAAAAT?

I am speechless.

Nothing should surprise us in Nigeria, but stll...

OVER TO YOU EFCC; commence your investigations.

ONE QUESTION

The question that this report doesn't answer is, did Ms. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke attain a doctorate under a maiden name or married name, different from what she goes by now?

Until that question is clarified, this is rubbish.

 In Nigeria, where anything

 In Nigeria, where anything goes, the fake Dr Big Mama will probably get away with it. Tir. 

scandalous

this story sounds unbelivable.as an aluminus of UNN one is not really bothered about akunyili's professorship given that we know her as an accademic staff who must have published a no of works during her stay in the accademia. But awarding professorhip to an outsider in the person of Onyiuke is ,to say the least absurd.If this story is true then an abormination has been commited in the lions den that needs serious expiation. More so when the powers that be in UNN are notorious for denying professorship to hardworking staff who amply met the criteria on parochial considerations

This is sad

When is this country going to get it right. Reliance on paper qualification without check on work skills and experience for top jobs is a big problem in Nigeria.