Dr. (Mrs) Ugochi Happiness Ikonne
Dr. (Mrs) Ugochi Happiness Ikonne is a native of Obegu town in Ugwunagbo Local Government Area of Abia State. She had all round education; traditional and secular. She completed her Primary Education in 1982 and obtained her West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1987.
She holds a good Bachelor of Arts/ Education degree in Igbo Language (1993) from Abia State University, Uturu, Master of Education in Language Education (1997) from the University of Ibadan and Doctorate degree in Language Education (2015) from the University of Port Harcourt. She has been in the services of the National Institute for Nigerian Languages, Aba since August 1999.
She has acquired wide teaching and research experiences. As a language educator, she has taught many courses in education including Special Methods, many courses in Igbo language as well as courses in basic linguistics. She has also acquired over 17 years experience in the Igbo Acculturation Programme of the Institute and has equally excelled as a -four-term coordinator of the Acculturation Programme.
She was the secretary of the Instituteâ€™s Consultancy programme, â€The UBEC- World Bank- Assisted PEP11 Project on Mother Tongue Medium of Instruction in Primaries 1-3 in Abia Stateâ€. She has chaired different committees. She is a member of different Academic Board Committees such as Curriculum Committee, Research Committee and Admissions Committee.
She has held the responsibility of the Acting Dean, School of Education and Ancillary Studies (SEAS). She is currently the Head of Department of Teacher Education. Her research interest is language teaching and learning especially Igbo language (first and second language teaching /learning practices). She has attended several local and international conferences where she read papers in her area of research interest and beyond. She has published over 20 articles with local and International journals.
She is a co- author of the book, â€œ Igbo Accuturation: Lexis, Structure and Culture of the Igbo.â€ She holds membership in professional and learned societies like; Association of Nigerian Languages Teachers (ANLAT), Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN), Association for promotion of Igbo Language and Culture(APNILAC), Igbo Studies Association (ISA) USA Branch, Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN), Educational Assessment and Research Network ( EARNiA) to mention but a few.
Dr. (Mrs) Ugochi Happiness Ikonne has risen to the rank of Senior Lecturer. Her hobbies are, travelling writing and attending religious activities.