Prof Uduak Archibong
The Oueen’s New Year Honour List of 2015 contained the name of Prof Uduak Archibong, an Akwa Ibom daughter, who was awarded the honour of Member of the British Empire (MBE), for her ‘service to Higher Education and Equality.’
Although she is a foremost authority on inclusion and diversity, and is recognised as the first ever UK Professor of Diversity, Uduak started out as a Nurse in Nigeria in the 1980s; graduated with a First Class from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1990 before going abroad for post graduate studies.She bagged a PhD from the University of Hull in 1995.
A Fellow of both the West African College of Nursing and the Royal College of Nursing, Uduak is a Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, UK, where she directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, providing strategic oversight for equality, diversity and inclusion across the institution.
Uduak is currently at the forefront of research and studies on organizational culture for gender and race equality. She has recently lead to completion, a major multi-million European Commission funded gender equality research project, GENOVATE(Transforming organisational culture for gender equality in research in Higher Education), across 7 European Universities.
A multi-award winner, Uduak has been honoured as one of the top 100 Nigerians in the UK to receive a Centenary Award, one of the top 50 Inspirational Women in Healthcare in the UK, a Distinguished Nurse Leader in 21st century in Nigeria, and one of the 70 most outstanding Nigerians in the UK National Health Service. She featured in Northern Power Women Power List, 2019 and Phenomenally Women – Portraits of UK Black Women Professors in 2020 project.
A lover of God, Uduak is an Ecumenical Canon of the Bradford Cathedral in the UK.
Recipient of several Chieftaincy titles, including that of Obong Ifiok of ONNA, Obonganwan Ifiok of Nsit Ubium and Obonganwan Nsonidem of Ibiono Ibom, Obonganwan Uduak recently started the Affiong Etuk Foundation for Inclusive Healthcare, to help her determination to make Nigeria a Dementia Responsive Country.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates a great and worthy Ambassador.