Prof. Nnennaya O. AGBENIN



Agbenin, Nnennaya Ogechi is a Professor of Plant Pathology (Plant Nematology) in the Faculty of Agriculture, Federal University Oye-Ekiti. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology, M.Sc in Zoology (Nematology) from the University of Port Harcourt and a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Crop Protection, from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU, Zaria). A passionate teacher, seasoned researcher with experience spanning over two decades, she has won a number of awards and Fellowships including the Ahmadu Bello University fellowship for PhD and First Prize Instomill-CRSP Award of Excellence among young scientists.


She has held appointments as collaborative Research Scientist with the Horticultural Programme of the Institute for Agricultural Research ABU.  Prof. Agbenin has made impactful contribution in her field of Plant Nematology through her research which has focused on Nematode-Fungi disease complexes of Horticultural crops and their management. She has researched extensively on wilt-nematode problems of tomato, rosel, Telfairia and other horticultural crops. In keeping with her goal of ensuring plant health in a sustainable healthy ecosystem, she is actively engaged in the exploration of non-pesticide and environmental friendly approaches to diseases management. She further seeks to identify and validate cultural practices that can be effectively employed by indigenous farmers in nematode management. She has published extensively in reputable journals in her field within and outside the country and has made presentations in several conferences/workshops.


An enthusiastic Crop protectionist who has made her expertise available to her community and nation having served as consultant/resource person  to various state governments including Katsina and Ekiti states and; the federal government of Nigeria Fadama (III) Project Workshop. Prof. Agbenin is a member of several professional societies including the Nigerian Society of Plant protection, Nigeria Society of Nematologist, Horticultural Society of Nigeria, The American Phytopathological Society and International Society of Plant Protection among others.
Prof. Agbenin hopes to continue to pursue through research and dissemination of knowledge, healthy food in a safe ecosystem and welcomes collaborative research from interested individuals. An avid reader she enjoys gardening, music, aerobics and the company of people.