2019 OUTSTANDING NIGERIAN FEMALE OF THE YEAR

DR. FAITH OCHAI-EJEH.

Dr. Faith Ochai-Ejeh graduated with Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Pretoria in 2018. She is currently a Physics lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is also a part-time lecturer at the Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

From poor background and polygamous home, Dr. Faith rose from ashes of poverty and struggled to get the best of education post-top-class performances all through different levels of education. She sold soap and water to raise money for her secondary education. Since, there was no money for University, hence she opted for admission into college of Education Agbor,  to study Physics & Computer Education, with all the struggle and hardship, she graduated with a distinction and was given the award of the Best Graduating Student in the Department of Physics and Computer and the Overall Best Student of the College. Her struggles with poverty continued through university, yet she graduated with first-class honors from the Department of Physics and received the award of the Best Graduating Student and was given automatic employment as a lecturer. She did her master's degree in Medical Physics at UNN and also graduated as one of the best students. 

In 2015, Dr. Faith got an opportunity for a Ph.D. position in Physics at the University of Pretoria. Some months after she started, she was attacked with some mysterious ailment that defiled all medications. That delayed her research but she was a little better by 2017 and was able to resume her research and published three papers within Eight (8) months while heavily pregnant. She graduated in 2018. Dr Faith is the first
female academic doctor in her lineage, the first and the only Ph.D. holder in her clan and the youngest female Physicist (Ph.D.) from her home state. Her desire is to see young girls become Physicist and Scientists with integrity. Dr Faith is a member of organizations such as Women in science, South Africa Institute of Physics, etc. She has attended many conferences where she presented her research work. She is also a co-author of a Physics textbook with one of the most prominent female Physicist in Africa, the person of Prof F.N Okeke and her husband P.N Okeke.

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS:

F. Ochai-Ejeh, M.J Madito, Katego Makgopa, Moligado Ranthon, Okiki Olaniyan, Ncholu Manyala (2018).Electrochemical Performance of hybrid Supercapacitor device based on birnessite-type manganese oxide decorated on uncapped carbon nanotubes and porous activated carbon nanostructures. Electrochimica Acta 289 (2018) 363-373.

Faith O. Ochai-Ejeh, D.Y Momodu, M.J Madito, A.A Khaleed, K.O Oyedotun, S.C, Ray, N. Manyala (2018).Nanostructured porous carbons with high rate cycling and floating performance for supercapacitor applications. AIP advances,8, 055208.

Mologadi Rantho, Moshawe Jack Madito, Faith Ochai-Ejeh, Ncholu Manyala (2018) Asymmetric supercapacitor based on Vanadium disulfide nanosheets as a cathode and carbonized iron cation adsorbed into polyaniline as an anode. Electrochimica Acta 260:11-28. 

F. Ochai Ejeh,M.J.Madito, D.Y.Momodu,A.AKhaleed,O.Olaniyan,N.Manyala (2017) High-performance hybrid supercapacitor device based on cobalt manganese layered double hydroxide and activated carbon derived from cork (Quercus Suber). Electrochimica Acta 252:41-54. 

Damilola Momodu, Abdulhakeem Bello, Kabir Oyedotun, Faith Ochai-Ejeh, Julien Dangbegnon, Moshawe Madito and Ncholu Manyala (2017) Enhanced electrochemical response of activated carbon nanostructures from tree-bark biomass waste in polymer-gel active electrolytes. RSC. Adv.7:37286. 

Faith Ochai-Ejeh, Abdulhakeem Bello, Julien Dangbegnon, Abubakar Abubakar Khaleed, Moshawe Jack Manito, Farshad Bazegar, and Ncholu Manyala (2017) High electrochemical performance of hierarchical porous activated carbon derived from lightweight cork(Quercus suber) J Mater Sci. (2017) 52:10600–10613. 

A.A. Khaleed, J. Dangbegnon, D. Momodu, Moshawe Jack Madito, F. Ugbo, A. Akande, B. Dhonge, F. Bazegar, O Olaniyan.(2017) Effect of Activated carbon on the enhancement of Co sensing performance of NiO. Journal of Alloys and compounds 694:155-162.

A.A Khaleed, A. Bello, J.K. Dangbegnon, M. J. Madito, F.U. Ugbo, A.A. Akande, B.P. Dhonge, F. Bazegar, D.Y Momodu, B.W Mwakikunga. Gas sensing study of hydrothermal reflux synthesized NiO/graphene foam electrode for Co sensing. J Mater Sci 52: 2035 -2044. 

A A. Khaleed, A. Bello, J. K. Dangbegnon, F.U. Ugbo, F. Barzegar, D. Y. Momodu, J. Madito, T Masikhwa, O. Olaniyan, N. Manyala (2016) A facile hydrothermal reflux synthesis of Ni(OH)2/GF electrode for supercapacitor application. J Mater Sci 51:6041–6050.

O. Olaniyan, R.E Mapasha, D.Y. Momodu, MJ Madito, A.A. Khaleed, F.U Ugbo, A. Bello, F. Barzegar, K. Oyedotun (2016) Exploring the stability and electronic structure of Beryllium and Sulphur co-doped graphene: first principle study. RSC. Adv. 6: 88392-88402. 

F.Barzegar, A.A. Khaleed, F.U. Ugbo, K. O Oyeniran, D.Y Momodu, A. Bello, J.K. Dangbegnon, Ncholu Manyala.(2016) Cycling and floating performance of symmetric supercapacitor derived from coconut shell biomass. AIP Advances 6: 115306.
 
H Mohammad, J T Iortile, J E Ekediwe, L Alumuku, E A Okon, D M Chia, E Ejeh, F U Ugbo (2015) Evaluation of background radiation ionizing radiation levels in Benue State Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, North Central, Nigeria. Jos Journal of Medicine Volume 9, No.2

Book: P.N. Okeke, C.E. Okeke, F.N. Okeke, A.A. Ubachukwu, D.N. Obiora, and F.U. Ugbo; Mechanics and Properties of Matter for First-Year Students of Biological Sciences, Revised Ed., SAN Press Ltd.