Dr. Chinelo Vanessa Ezeocha

Dr. Chinelo Vanessa Ezeocha


Room 229 – CAFST Complex

Brief Profile/ Work Experience

National Root Crops Research institute, Umudike
23rd June 2008 – 2nd February, 2015 – Senior Research Officer
MOUAU Lecturer 1 – 2nd February 2015 – 1st October 2018
MOUAU Senior Lecturer – 1st October 2018 – Date

Educational Background / Academic / Professional Qualifications

PhD in Food Processing and preservation (2014), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
MSc. Food Processing and Preservation (2006), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
BSc. In Food Science and Technology (2003), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
WASC (1997), Dority International Secondary School, Aba, Abia State

Professional Memberships

Member Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
Member International Society of Tropical Root Crops- African Branch (ISTRC-AB)
Member, African Potato Association (APA)
Professional member, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST)
Full member, Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN)
Member, Organization of Women in Science and Development (OWSD)

Areas of Expertise

Food processing and preservation

Research Interests

Food Process control, Food safety, Food Storage

Student Education/ Courses Taught

Food Chemistry (FST 312)
Dairy Science and Technology (FST 514)
Undergraduate Seminar (FST 522)
Postharvest Physiology and Storage (FST 325)
Introduction to Food Science and Technology (FST 225)


1) Ezeocha, V.C and Onwuka, I.G. (2010). Effect of Processing Methods on the Physico-chemical and Nutritional Quality of Maize and Soyabean – based complementary Food Blends. Nigerian Food Journal 28(2):210-21.
2) Ezeocha, V.C., Oti, E., Ezigbo, V.U. and Ekeledo, N.E. (2010). Effect of Storage Condition and Duration of Storage on the Chemical Composition of two varieties of Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato. The Nigerian Agricultural Journal 1(2):75-79
3) Ezeocha, V.C., Omodamiro, R.M., Oti, E and Chukwu, G.O. (2011). Development of Trifoliate yam: cocoyam composite flour for fufu production. Journal of Stored products and Postharvest Research (13):1-188.
4) Ezeocha, V.C. and Oimelukwe, P.C. (2012). The impact of cooking on the Proximate composition and anti-nutritional factors of water yam (Dioscorea alata). Journal of Stored Products and Postharvest Research 3(13):172-176.
5) Ezeocha, V.C., Ojimelukwe, P.C and Onwuka, G.I. (2012). Effect of cooking on the nutritional and Phytochemical components of trifoliate yam (Dioscorea dumetorum). Global Advanced Research Journal of Biochemistry and Bioinformatics 1(2):02-030
6) Ezeocha, V.C. and Onwuka, G.I. (2012). Nutrient and antinutrient profiles of raw and fermented trifoliate yam flour. The Nigerian Agricultural Journal 43:39-44.
7) Ezeocha, V.C. and Oti, E. (2013) Effect of waxing materials and storage periods on Physicochemical properties of trifoliate yam (Doiscorea dumetorum). Applied Science report 4(2):219-224.
8) Ezeocha, V.C., Oti, E., Chukwuma, S.C., Aniedu, C. and Eke-Okoro, O.N. (201). Evaluation of Physicochemical properties of twelve D. rotundata Landraces grown in South-East Agro-ecology. Advances in Applied Science Research 5(3):21-25.
9) Ezeocha, V.C., Nwoga, J.S., Ohuoba, A.N. and Chukwu, L.I. (2014). Evaluation of Poultry manure application rates on the nutrient composition of Dioscorea bulbifera (Aerial yam). Nigerian Food ournal 32(2):92-96.
10) Ezeocha, V.C, Njoku, A.E, Chukwu, L.I. and Eke-Okoro, O.N. (201). Effect of combined application of NPK fertilizer and poultry manure on the nutritional and Functional properties of Aerial yam (Dioscorea bulbifera). International Journal of Plant and soil science 4(6):560-566.
11) Ezeocha, V.C., Nwankwo, I.I.N. and Ezebuiro, V.N. (2015) Evaluation of the chemical, functional and sensory properties of pre-released white yam (Dioscorea rotundata) genotypes in Umudike, south-east, Nigeria. British Biotechnology Journal 9(4):1-7.
12) Ezeocha, V.C. and Okafor, J.C. (2016). Evaluation of the chemical, functional and pasting properties of starch from trifoliate yam (Dioscorea dumetorum) landraces. European Journal of Advanced Research in Biological and life sciences. 4(2)
13) Ezeocha, V.C., Amajor, J., Nwafor,, J.,, Kanu, A.C. (2016). Evaluation of Bread made from livingstone potato and wheat composite flour. International journal of science and research methodology 5(1):15-22
14)  Ezeocha, V.C. and Onwuneme, A.N. (2017). Evaluation of suitability of substituting wheat flour with sweetpotato and tigernut flours in bread making. De Gruyter open agriculture journal 1:173-178.
15) Ezeocha, V.C. and Ironkwe, A.G. (2017). Effect of storage methods and period on the Physiological and nutrient component of livingstone potato (Plectrantus esculentus) in Abia state, Nigeria.De Gruyter open agriculture journal 2:213-219.
16) Kanu,A.N., Alakali, J.S., Eke, M,O., Girgih, A.T. and Ezeocha,V.C.(2018). Influence of Moringa oleiferea Seed Meal and Yam Blend in Body weight and Glucose Level of Alloxan Induced Diabetes Mellitus Male Albino Rats. Asian Food Science Journal , 2(1): 1-11.
17) Kanu, A.N., Ezeocha, V.C. and Nwafor,J.O. (2018). A Review on Bioactive Compounds of Yam Varieties for Human Disease Management. Asian Food Science Journal, 1(4): 1-10.
18) Kanu, N.A., Afuape, S.O., Ezeocha,V,C. and Nwafor, J.O. (2018). Proximate Composition and Functional Properties of Improved Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotatoe Breeding Lines Developed in Umudike, Abia State. The Nigerian Agricultural Journal, Volume 49 (No.1): 122-129.
19) Ndife, J., Linus-Chibuezeh, A., Ezeocha, V.C. and Ojinnaka, M.C. (2019). Development and Evaluation of a Non-Dairy Probiotic Beverage from Brown Rice (Oryza sativia). J. Food Process Technol. 10:806.
20) Ezeocha, V.C., Ihesie, L.C. and Kanu, A.N. (2019). Comparative evaluation of toasting variables and the quality of gari produced by different women in Ikwuano LGA, Abia State, Nigeria.1060
21) Ezeocha, V.C., Ndife, J. and Ndichi, A. (2020). Effect of malting and Addition of Winged Termites on the Nutrient, Functional, Pasting and Sensory Properties of Maize-Based Complementary Foods. Nigerian Agricultural Journal 1(1):47- 4.
22) Ezeocha, V.C. and Ofodile, R.M. (2019). Production and Evaluation of Gari-Analog from Orange Fleshed sweetpotato and soybean. Nigerian Food Journal 37(2): 7-14.
23) Nwafor, J.O., Ezeocha, V.C., Kanu, A.C., Onyebula, O.D. (2019). Food Processing Characteristics of water yam (Dioscorea alata) and Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) Flour Blend Used Locally for Production of Confectioneries. Universal Journal of Agricultural Research 7(3):12-130.
24) Ndife, J., Abasiekong, K.S., Nweke, B., Linus-Chibuezeh, A., Ezeocha, V.C. (2020). Production and Comparative Quality Evaluation of Chin-chin Snacks from Maize, Soyabean and Orange fleshed sweet potato flour blends. FUDMA Journal of Sciences 4(2):300-307.
25) Ezeocha, V.C., Unaegbu, A.O. and Okereke, A.N. (2021). Effects of different packaging materials on the chemical and sensory properties of moi-moi. Nigeria Agricultural Journal 52(1)
25)   Ndife, J., Ubbor, S.C., Ezeocha, V.C. and Olaoye, O.A. (2021). The use of Nitrite and Ascorbate in improving Quality of Stored In
26) Ezeocha V.C, Oti E, Etudaiye, H and Agugo U. A (2009). Effect of Variety on the Chemical Composition of Trifoliate Yam (Dioscorea dumetorum). In: Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference of Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at Abuja on 20th – 23rd October, 2009, pg 963-964.
27) Chijioke, U., Etudaiye, H. A., Oti, E., Omodamiro, R.M., Ezeocha, C., Ekeledo, N. and Nwosu, K.I. (2010). Utilization of different cultivas of cocoyam in preparation of value-added products. In: Book of Abstracts of the 11th Symposium of International Society of Tropical Root Crops- African Branch held at Kinshasa R.D. Congo on th-8th October, 2010, pp 155-156.
28) Ezeocha V. C, Omodamiro R.M. Oti, E and Chukwu G.O. (2011). Functional and Sensory Properties of Trifoliate Yam: Cocoyam Composite Flour for Fufu Production. In: Book of Abstracts of West African Root and Tuber Crops Conference held at Mensvic Grand Hotel, East Legon, Accra-Ghana on 12th – 1th September, 2011. pg 76.
 29) Ezeocha, V.C. and Ojimelukwe, P.C. (2010). Effectof heat on the nutrient composition of African bitter yam (Dioscorea dumetorum) and water yam (Dioscorea alata). In: Book of Extended Abstracts of the 34th Annual Conference and General Meeting of Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology held at Portharcourt, pp 149-150.
30) Ezeocha, V.C. and Ojimelukwe, P.C. (2013). Evaluation of the nutrient and health potentials of wild and domesticated trifoliate yam (Dioscorea dumetorum) in Nigeria in : Book of extended Abstracts of the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: for a Food-secure Africa, held in Accra, Ghana, 2-27 September, 2013 pg 3.
31) Ezeocha, V.C., Ojimelukwe, P.C., and Onwuka, G.I. (2013). Evaluating the potentials of wild trifoliate yam (Dioscorea dumentorum) for increased utilization in Nigeria. In: Book of Abstracts of the 12th triennial Symposium of International Society of Tropical Root Crops – Africa Branch held in Accra Ghana on 30th September to th October, 2013. pp 61.
32) Ezeocha, V.C. and Chukwu L.I. (2013). Evaluation of poultry manure application rate on the nutrient composition of Dioscorea bulbifera (Aerial Yam). In: Book of Extended Abstract of the 37th Annual Conference and General Meeting of Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology held at Abuja. pp73-7
33) Njoku, R.N., Okpara-nadi, O.A., Nwokorie, O.A., Ezeocha, V.C. (2014). Residual effects of Nitrogen fertilization followed by cowpea residue application on soil chemical properties on an ultisol in South-eastern Nigeria. In: proceedings of the 3th Annual Conference of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria held at University of Uyo on 10-1th march, 2014 pp 370-377.
34) Ezeocha, V.C., Eke-okoro, O.N, Nwankwo I.I.N., Njoku, R.N., Kanu, A.N. (2014). Evaluation of total carotenoid content of selected yellow yams. In: Proceedings of the 38th Annual conference and general meeting of the National Institute of Food Science and Technology held at Lagos on 13th to 15th October, 2014.
35) Ezeocha, V.C and Okereke, A.N. (2015). Study on the chemical composition of some land races of trifoliate yam (D. dumentorum) in South-eastern Nigeria. In: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference and General meeting of Nigerian Institue of Food Science and Technology held in Owerri on 13th to 16th October, 2016 pp275-276.
36) Okereke, A.N. Ojinnaka, M.C., Ezeocha, V.C. (2015). Effect of processing methods on antinutritional factors of African oilbean (Ugba). In: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference and General Meeting of Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology held in Owerri on 13th to 15th October, 2015 pp 212 – 213.
37) Ezeocha, V.C. and Onukwuo, A.N. (2016). Quality Evaluation of Juices from blends of Pineapple (Ananas comosus) and Tumeric (Cucuma longa). In: Proceedings of the 2nd South-east regional Food Summit, Umuahia, 9th – 11th June, 2016 p. 59.
38) Okereke, A.N. and Ezeocha, V.C. (2016) Evaluation on the aceptance of different smoke sources using different smoking kiln on the quality of African catfish (Clarias garipienus). In: Proceedings of the 2nd South-east regional food summit, Umuahia, 9th-11th June, 2016 p. 64.
39) Kanu, A.N. Traore, R,E., Kavana, P., N’Guessan, F., Antwi, N.A., Ezeocha, V.C. and Nnabue, I. (2017). Influence of different stages of maturity on the functional properties of taro (Colocasia esculenta) starch. In: procedings of the 51st Annual Conference of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, Abuja, 2017 pp176-178.