Name:                                                            OKUDU, HELEN

Nationality:                                                     Nigerian

Marital status:                                                 Married

Present status:                                               Lecturer II

Department /unit:                                            Human Nutrition and Dietetics



1. Educational institution with dates

i.                    Federal Kaduna Polytechnic (1986-1989)

ii.                   MOUAU (1998-2003)

iii.                  MOUAU (2004-2007)

iv.                   MOUAU (2008-2015)

2. Academic/ Professional qualification and date.

i. B.Sc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Second class lower) /2003

ii. M.Sc in Human Nutrition (Foods) (CGPA 4.29)/ 2007.

iii. Ph.D in Human Nutrition (Foods) (CGPA 4.93)/ 2015.

3. Certificate course:

i. National Diploma in Science Laboratory (CGPA 3.51), 1989.

ii. Computer literate (Afrihub UMITT), 2009.


1.                  Work experience in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

i.                    Technical officer (Dept of Plant Science) IAR/ABU Zaria (1991-1996). Food analysis.

ii.                   Technologist (Dept. of Biological Sciences) MOUAU (1996-2002)/ Practical demonstrations, organizing practical for students.

iii.                Technologist (Dept. of Human Nutrition and Dietetics) (2005-2011)/ Practical demonstrations, organizing practical for students.

iv.                Lecturer (Dept. of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (2011-To date)/Teaching, Academic adviser, result computation, supervision of projects, organizing and carrying out practical.



i.                    Best academic Student Award, OND level, Department of Applied Science, Kaduna Polytechnic, 1988.

ii.                  Best academic student, Department of Applied Science, Kaduna Polytechnic, 1989.

iii.                A merit award from Catholic Women Organization (CWO) STACC in recognition of my achievements and contributions to the church and humanity (2018).

iv.                A letter of appreciation from the University management of MOUAU for hard work dedication and commitment that led to successful 3rd convocation ceremonies in 2009.


i.                    Member, College of Applied Food Sciences and Tourism Board (2011-to-date).

ii.                  Member, Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Board (2011-to- date).

iii.                Member, University Ceremonial Committee (UCC) (2008 to-2009).

iv.                Coordinator, M.Sc. Research Project Seminar (2015-to-date).

v.                  Member, biotechnological and engineering Research team (BGE) (2008-2009).

vi.                Member of college exhibition committee (2017-to-date)


1.      Vice president, Catholic Women Organization, St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy (2012 -2014).

2.      Member, Amuzuta Old-Umuahia Women Group Abia State (1994-to-date).

3.      Member, Ijeoma Women Group Old Umuahia, Abia state (1996-to-date).

4.      Member, FAO NIFOOD

5.      Secretary, Laity Council of St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy (2015-to-date).

6.      Patroness, Sacred Heart of Jesus (2009-to-date).

7.      Assistant Secretary Laity Council of Ikwuano Denary (2018-to-date).


i.                    Nutrition Society of Nigeria (2004-to-date).

ii.                  Nigerian Institute of Science and Technology (2002-to-date).

iii.                Member, Third World Organization of Women in Science (TWOWS), (2009-to-date).

iv.                Member of National Working Group on Harmonization of Food Composition Database for Nigeria (2013-to-date).



i.                    Assistant Centre Coordinator Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (2013).

ii.                  Invigilator Unified Tertiary Invigilator Matriculation Examination (UTME), 2014.

iii.                Assistant Hall warden (2014 –to 2016)

iv.                Hall warden (2016- to- date)



1.      Okudu, H. (2002). The effect of drying on the nutrients of some Nigerian leafy vegetables. A B.Sc Project. Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike (now Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike).

2.      Okudu, H. (2007). A cross-sectional study of iron status of children between the ages of 12-24 months in Ikwuano L.G.A. of Abia state, Nigeria. An M.Sc thesis Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

3.      Okudu, H. (2014). Development of rice-cowpea complementary foods fortified. Pre-fermented using foods rich in Calcium, Iron, Zinc and vitamin A. An Independent study. Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

4.      Okudu, H. (2015). Evaluation of the nutrient composition and physicochemical properties of monkey cola (Cola lepidota and Cola parchycarpa) and the quality of its products (jam and juice). A Ph.D thesis. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.




1.      Okudu, H. and Onimawo, I. A. (2008). A cross-sectional study of nutritional status and anaemia in children between the ages 12-24 months in Ikwuano L.G.A. of Abia, Nigeria. Nigeria Journal of Nutritional Science. 29(1): 167-172.


2.      Onimawo, I. A., Asumugha, Chukwudi, N. K., Echendu, C.A., Nkwoala, C. C., Nzeagwu, O.C., Okudu, H. and Anyika, J. U. (2008). Body composition and nutrient intake of children suffering from worm infestation and malaria parasites. Nigeria Journal of Nutritional Science. 29 (1):111-117.


3.      Onimawo, I. A., Okudu, H. O. and Oyekwere, G. I. (2008). Nutritional status of top civil servants and businessmen in Umuahia metropolis.  Nigeria Journal of Nutritional Science. 29(2): 226-230.


4.      Okudu, H. O., Onimawo, I. A. and Anyika, U. (2009). Income generation and feeding patterns of rural women in some communities of Ikwuano Local Government Area (LGA) of Abia state. Journal of Food and Fiber Production. 3(1): 227-231.


5.      Okudu, H. O. (2008). Effect of drying on the nutrient content of some Nigerian green leafy vegetables. Nigeria Journal of Nutritional Science. 29(1): 232-236.


6.      Ojimelukwe, P.C., Okudu, H. O. and Korie, O.V. (2012). Comparative evaluation of the nutrients and phytochemical composition gratissimum (Ncha-anwu) and Lasianthera africana (Editan) leaves. Nigerian Journal of Nutritional Science. 33 (1): 53-56.


7.      Okudu, H.O., Henry-Unaeze, H., Ojimelukwe, P. C. and Anyika-Elekeh, J.U. (2012). Evaluation of the nutritional composition of some underutilized indigenous green leafy vegetables commonly found in South-eastern Nigeria. Journal of Food and Fibre Production. 4(1): 201-205.


8.      Okudu, H.O. and Ene.Obong, H.N. (2015). Evaluation of the effect of storage time and temperature on some physicochemical properties of juice and jam developed from two varieties of monkey kola (Cola parchycarpa, Cola lepidota). African Journal of Food Science and Technology.  6(7): 194-203.


9.      Okudu, H.O. and Nwaokoro, F.C. (2015). Evaluation of the nutrient and antinutrient compositions of sesame (Sesamun indicum L) milk. Journal of Sciences and Multidisciplinary Research. 7(2):62-69.


10.  Okudu, H.O. and Ene-Obong H.N. (2015). The chemical and sensory properties of jam developed from two varieties of monkey kola (Cola parchycarpa, Cola lepidota). American Journal of Food and Nutrition.  5(1): 16-22.


11.  Oguche, G.H.E., Okudu, H.O and Ikani, I.T. (2017). Energy, proximate and sensory attributes of soy-fortified “agidi”. Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science. 5(3): 161-164.


12.  Okudu, H.O. and Umahi, C.F. (2017). Nutrients, physicochemical and sensory attributes of jams produced from soursop and pawpaw pulp. International Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2017; 1:7.


13.  Okudu, H.O., Okwu, U.P. and Umoh, E.J. (2017). Chemical composition of two commonly consumed cocoyam (Colocassia esculenta) based dishes in Umunneochi, Abia State, Nigeria. EC Nutrition. 8.4 (2017): 145-151.


14.  Ojinnaka, M.C., Okudu, H. Uzosike, F. (2017). Nutrient composition and functional properties of major cultivars of aerial yam (Dioscorea bulbifera) in Nigeria. Food Science and Quality Management. 2017 62:10-16.


15.  Okudu, H.O., Umoh, E.J. and Njoku, G. (2017). Chemical and sensory attributes of complementary food from pigeon pea (Canjanus cajan) and rice (Oryza glaberrima) blends. Nigeria Journal of Agriculture, Food and Environment. 13(1):93-98. 



16.  Onimawo, I.A., Ukegbu, P.O., Asumugha, V.U., Anyika, J.U., Okudu, H., Echendu, C. and A. Nkwoala, C. (2010). Assessment of anaemia and iron status of school-aged children (aged 7-12 years) in rural communities of Abia State, Nigeria. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. 10(5):2570-2586


17.  Ojimelukwe, P.C., Okudu, H.O. and Uche, N.J. (2011). Effect of pasteurization and preservation treatment of the quality of “kunun zaki” made from Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). Nigerian Journal of Nutritional Science. 32(2): 42-45.


18.  Okudu, H.O., Oguche, G.H.E. and Ene-Obong, H.N. (2010). Comparative study of nutrient contents of five indigenous fruits. Journal of Agriculture, Biology and Food Research. 1(1): 256-259.


19.  Okudu, H.O. and Ihejirika, C.M. (2015). The evaluation of nutrient composition and antinutrient factors of jackfruit (Artocapus heterophyllus). Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment. 16(1):1-11.


20.  Okudu H.O. and Asumugha, V.U. (2015). Development of Rice-cowpea complementary foods fortified pre-fermentation using food rich in calcium, iron, zinc and β-carotene. Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment. 16(1):20-33.


21.  Okudu, H.O., Ene-Obong, H.N. and Asumugha, V.U. (2015). The chemical and sensory properties of juice developed from two varieties of monkey kola (Cola parchycarpa, Cola lepidota). African Journal of Food Science and Technology. 5(1): 149-155.


22.  Okudu, H. O. and Chimezie, J. C. (2015). The determination of the nutrient and phytochemical composition of fresh carrot (Daucus carota) leaves. Journal of Biological Sciences and Bioconservation. 7(1):149-157.


23.  Okudu, H.O. and Ogubuike, L.A. (2016). Evaluation of chemical composition of candy developed from tigernut (Cyperus esculentus) milk. African Journal of Food Science and Technology. 7(1) 027- 031.


24.  Okudu, H.O.and Nwabekee, I.M. (2016). Food habits and prevalence of obesity among adult traders (25-65yrs) in Umuahia Main Market Abia State. IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IOSR-JHSS). 21 (6): 29-34.


25.  Okudu, H.O. and Onyendi, S.U. (2016). Evaluation of the chemical and sensory attributes of juice developed from cashew and jackfruit pulp. African Journal of Food Science and Technology. 7(5): 094-099.  


26.  Ene-Obong, H. N., Okudu, H. O. and Asumugha, U. V. (2016). Nutrient and phytochemical composition of two varieties of monkey kola (Cola parchycarpa and Cola lepidota): An underutilized fruit. Food chemistry. 193:154-159.


27.  Okudu, H.O., Ojinnaka, M.C. and Iloh, C. (2016). Chemical and sensory properties of milk developed from two varieties of bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranean).  Journal of Biological Sciences and Bioconservation 8(1):1-13.


28.  Okudu, H.O. and Ene-Obong, H.N. (2016). Evaluation of the antioxidant contents and activities of two varieties of monkey kola (Cola parchycarpa, Cola lepidota) and those of their products (juice and jam).  American Journal of Food and Nutrition. 6(2)57-64.


29.  Ojinnaka, M.C., Ubbor, S.C., Okudu, H.O. and Uga, U. (2016). Volatile compound analysis of leaves and seeds of Piper guineense using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). African Journal of Food Science. 10(11):327-332.


30.  Okudu, H.O., Oguizu, A.D. and Nwaokoro, C.F. (2016). Nutrient and antinutrient contents of white beniseed cultivar (Sesamum indicum L.) in Nigeria. Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science. 4(10): 290-293.


31.  Okudu, H.O., Oguizu, A.D. and Chigbu, M. (2016). Evaluation of the chemical composition of juice produced from “Ugiri” (Irvunga gabonennsis) pulp. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 1(1): 41-48.


32.  Okudu, H.O., Ene-Obong, H.N., Asumugha, V.U. and Umoh, E.J. (2016). Evaluation of the nutrients and phytochemical composition of two varieties of monkey kola (Cola parchycarpa, Cola lepidota) seeds.  Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science. 4(11)320 -325.



33.  Okudu, H.O. and Ojinnaka, M.C. (2017). Effect of soaking time on the nutrient and antinutrient composition of bambara groundnut seeds (Vigna subterranean).  African Journal of Food Science and Technology. 8(2): 025-029.


34.  Okudu, H.O., Umoh, E.J. Ojinnaka, M.C. and Chianakwalam, O. F. (2017). Nutritional, functional and sensory attributes of jam from velvet tamarind pulp. Africa Journal on Food Science. 11(2): 44-49.



35.  Okudu, H. and Ojimelukwe, P. C. (2009). Food security and survival of the aged: A Nutrition perspective. TWOWS African Regional Conference, 16th -20th November, 2009. Pp 695-69. (proceeding)


36.  Okudu, H.O. and Ezengwu, C.J. (2016). Comparative analysis of the nutrient composition of moi-moi prepared cowpea (Vigina uniguculata) and pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan). Proceedings of 50th Annual Conference of Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN) “Abia 2016” p 1023-1025 (proceeding).



1.      37th Nutrition Society of Nigeria Annual Conference, Abeokuta, 2006.

2.      39th Nutrition Society of Nigeria Annual Conference, Nsukka, 2008.

3.      3rd All Nigerian Universities of Research and Development Fair, University of Lagos (exhibited shelf-stable zobo drink) 2008.

4.      Regional Conference of 3rd World Women in Science, Abuja, 2009.

5.      Afrofoods Regional workshop on Food Composition, Dietary diversity and Food Security held at Rockview Royale Hotel Abuja, Nigeria. 8th -11th 2011.

6.      2nd Federation of African Nutrition Societies (FANUS) Congress held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. 15th September, 2011.

7.      Food Quality and Safety Management systems course offered by McGill University and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria. March 4th – 8th 2013.

8.      Pre-conference workshop on emergencies and special situations. University of Calabar Conference Centre, University of Calabar, Calabar. 4th September, 2013.

9.      40th Nutrition Society of Nigeria Annual Conference, Kaduna.

10.  43rd Nutrition Society of Nigeria Annual Conference. Calabar 3rd-7th 2013.

11.  3-day workshop for National Working group (NWG) on harmonization of Food Composition database for Nigeria. 3rd-5th December, 2013. Ibadan.

12.  Participated in a 3 Day training on: understanding the basics of academia’ Virtual Library. 29th – 31st August, 2016.

13.  Nutrition Society of Nigeria Annual Conference, Makurdi 20 -24th 2016.



        i.            Developed practical manual for the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetic.

      ii.            Participated in a research work on the development of probiotic foods from selected indigenous foods based on lactic acid fermentation (BGE/07/01). Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Directorate of Research and Development. 2009.


Conversant with Microsoft Word, Instant messaging, e-mailing, internet, World Wide Web search for information, retrieving, downloading information and PowerPoint.

Extra curricular

Religious activities, Reading, watching Nigerian home movies and listening to music.


Okudu Helen (Ph.D).