Prof. Stella Ajah Effah-Attoe (PDP National Woman Leader)


Mrs Stella Effah-Attoe is a Professor of African History and Gender Studies in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar, and the 79th Inaugural Lecturer of the University of Calabar. She was employed by the University of Calabar in February 1986 as Lecturer II in the then Department of History and rose to the peak.

Prior to her employment in her Alma Mata, she was a Lecturer at the Cross River State School of Basic Studies, Akamkpa, 1981-1986. Professor Effah-Attoe holds a Ph.D (African History) and B.A (Hons) (Second Class Upper Division) from the University of Calabar; WASCE (Division One), Edgerley Memorial Girls Secondary School, Calabar, and FSLC (Distinction), Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Yaba.

She was a beneficiary of the 2014 – TETFUND grant to attend the Africa Conference 2014 held at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, 3rd – 5th April, 2014. Professor Stella Effah- Attoe is a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria (FIAMN); Qualified and Incorporated Administrative Manager (QIAM); 21st Century Trust Fellow, London; and a Senator of the United Nations International Parliament for Peace and Safety.

She has served the University in several other capacities including Head of Department of History and International Studies between 2002 and 2003, member, University of Calabar Contact Committee (2005-2010); Chairman, Local Orgnising Committee of the International Conferences of the Department of History and International Studies Conferences Committee (2017-present); member, Intellectual Property Policy Committee (2017- present); Chairman, faculty of Arts Investment Committee (2017), permanent member of University of Calabar Senate (2017); Chairman, Board of Directors, Voice of Nigeria between 2009 and 2010; member, Federal Housing Authority Board (2005-2006); member, Governing Council of the national Health Insurance Scheme (2000-2003); member, National Governing Board, National Youth Service Corps (2013-2015) and ,many others.

Professor Stella Effah-Attoe has successfully supervised over seven (7) Ph.D dissertations, twelve (12) MA theses. She has been Graduate School Representative in Graduate dissertation/thesis defense in other Departments in the University of Calabar and served as M.A and Ph.D external examiner at various Universities.

She is a member of the Historical Society of Nigeria, where she served as Member of Council, Historical Society of Nigeria, 1992-1995 and Secretary, Cross River State Chapter of the Historical Society of Nigeria (1990-1995); Member, Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL); Member, Commonwealth Association for the Education and Training of Adults (CAETA-International); Member, National Council on Education (by virtue of her position as the then Cross River State Commissioner for Education), October, 1987-December, 1989; Member, National Council on Information and Culture (by virtue of her position as the then Cross River State Commissioner for Information and Culture), December, 1989-June, 1990.

She has attended several conferences, national and international and presented papers published thereafter. The following books are to her credits, Attoe, S. A Federation of the Biase People: Origin and Development of Biase Ethnicity, 1750-1950. Enugu: Harris Publishers Ltd., 1990 (Published under the Cross River History Series); Effah-Attoe, S., and Jaja, S. O. Margaret Ekpo: Lioness in Nigerian Politics, Co-authored biography, (Abeokuta: Africa Leadership Forum (ALF) Publications, 1993); Effah-Attoe, S., and Abia, O, T. Nigerian and African History. Calabar: A Publication of Adult and Continuing Education Department, Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, 2001; Effah-Attoe, S. Women Empowerment And Nation Building in Nigeria. Calabar: University of Calabar Press, 2004); Imbua D.L., Effah-Attoe S.A., Ogbogbo C.B.N. and Ochefu Y.A., (ed.) Okon Uya At 70: Issues In Historiography, Nation Building And The African Diaspora. Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2016; and Effah-Attoe, S.A. Gender Mainstreamism in Nigeria’s Political Development: From Hindsight to Foresight. 79th Inaugural Lecture of The University of Calabar, Delivered on 18th April, 2018. Calabar: University of Calabar Press, 2018.

She was elected at the last PDP national convention as the National Woman Leader if the party and so far has justified the confidence reposed on her by members of the party.