Prof Enefiok Essien, SAN
Scholar of Distinction
Prof Enefiok Essien, one of the very few Law teachers in Nigeria to rise to their career pinnacle as Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, is a scholar of distinction.
He finished with distinction, winning prizes as a Bachelor of Law graduate from the University of Calabar in 1984. He also won the Commonwealth Study Fellowship for distinctive performance in his Master’s degree course at the University of Lagos. In the United Kingdom where he did his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree at the University of Birmingham, he became one of the very few students ever admitted as an exempted Students Member of the Inner Temple, one of the most prestigious Inns of Court there.
Prof Essien, who is currently the Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, started work as an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Law in the defunct University of Cross River State ( UNICROSS), which translated into the University of Uyo, in 1986. He rose through the ranks to become a Professor in 2001. He has been Head of Department of Private Law( 1990 to 1995) and Dean of the Faculty of Law twice ( 2000 to 2009 and 2012 to 2015). At the time of his appointment as Vice Chancellor, he was the Chairman, Committee of Deans.
The erudite scholar has served the legal profession in Nigeria in various capacities: Member, Council of Legal Education, Member, Governing Council, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, President, Society of International Humanitarian Law Teachers in Nigeria and Chairman, Nigeria Company Law Report, a project of the Corporate Affairs Commission.
Prof Essien is a recipient of several awards and honour like the Teslim Elias Excellence Award from the Nigeria Association of Law Teachers, Fellow, Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management and Fellow, Institute of Industrial Administration.
The member of the International Bar Association and the Nigeria Institute of Management ( Chartered) is also Obong Unwana Akwa Ibom and Ata Ifiok Ibiono Ibom, chieftaincy titles conferred on him by the State Traditional Rulers Council and the Ibiono Ibom Traditional Rulers Council.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates a Scholar of Distinction