Akpan Hogan Ekpo’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Nigerian economist
Is Financial professional
From Nigeria
Type Finance
Gender male
Birth 26 June 1954, Lagos
Age 66 years
Star sign Cancer

Akpan Hogan Ekpo (born 26 June 1954) is a Nigerian economist and professor. He is currently the Director General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Ekpo is also a former Director at the Central Bank of Nigeria.


Early life

Akpan Hogan Ekpo was born in Lagos, Nigeria to Late Hogan Ekpo Etuknwa (1917-1997) who was a policeman and Affiong Ekpo (née Udosen), a trader. He is the oldest of four children. Ekpo attended Anglican Isoko Primary School, Marine Beach, Apapa, Lagos from 1959 to 1965. From 1965 to 1970 he attended United Christian Secondary School, Bombay Crescent, Apapa, Lagos. After completing his secondary education, Ekpo traveled to the United States of America to further his education.



Ekpo attended the prestigious Howard University in Washington, DC where he received a B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics in 1976 and 1978 respectively. He also attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois under the American Economic Fellowship Award in 1975. In 1983, he obtained a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ekpo lectured at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina from 1981 to 1983. He returned to Nigeria in 1983. From 1983 to 1989 he was a lecturer at the University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria where he rose up the ranks becoming a Senior Lecturer in 1987. From 1990 to 1992, Ekpo was a Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe. He was an Associate Professor and Head, Department of Economics, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria from January to July, 1992. In February 1992, he became Professor, Department of Economics, University of Abuja.

He became the Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences of the university in July 1992. In September 1994, Ekpo returned to his home state of Akwa Ibom where he became Head, Department of Economics at the University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria. In 1997 he became the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences. In 1999, he was appointed the Deputy Vice-chancellor of the University of Uyo. He was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo in May 2000. He held this position until May 24, 2005. In May 2009, he was appointed the Director General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) in Lagos, Nigeria.

Ekpo has over 170 publications comprising refereed journal articles, books, chapters in books, conference proceedings and other research outlets;. He has consulted (still consulting) for several national and international organizations such as the National Planning Commission of Nigeria, The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), African Economic Research Consortium in Kenya, Global Network in India, Forum of Federations in Canada, among others. He has advised all levels of government (Municipal, State and Federal) in Nigeria. Between 1995 and 1999, he was Chairman, Ministerial Advisory Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja. He was Technical Adviser to the Vision 2010 Committee. He was Editor of the prestigious Nigerian Journal of Economics and Social Studies from 1997 to 2003. Ekpo was once the chairman of Akwa Ibom Investment and Industrial Promotion Council (AKIIPOC), Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. He has served in various government boards and boards of companies notably the Utilities Commission in Abuja and the Central Bank of Nigeria (2004–09). He was also a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (2004–09). In 2002, Ekpo was conferred with the National Productivity Order of Merit Award by the President of Nigeria.

Ekpo was a member of the National Economic Management team in Abuja, member of the Steering Committee of Vision 2020 and immediate past President of the Nigerian Economic Society. He belongs to several professional associations such as the Nigerian Economic Society, American Economic Association, Royal Economic Society in United Kingdom, African Finance and Economic Association, International Institute for Public Finance, Nigerian Statistical Association, among others. He is member of the board of the African Institute for Applied Economics, and the Clement Isong Foundation in Nigeria.



  • Senate Research Grant 1983/84 – University of Calabar, Nigeria.
  • Senate Research Grant 1985/86 – University of Calabar, Nigeria.
  • Chief Anthony A. Ani’s Professorial Chair in Public Finance, University of Uyo, 1998 to 2001.
  • National Productivity Order of Merit Award by The President of Nigeria 2001.
  • Dr.Kwame Nkrumah AFRICAN LEADERSHIP AWARD 2003, Accra, Ghana.
  • Commendation by the National Universities Commission ( NUC) for satisfactory performance as Vice-chancellor, University of Uyo, 2000-2005.

Ekpo’s areas of interest are; Economic Theory (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics), Economic Development, Public Finance and Quantitative Economics.


Personal life

While attending Howard University, Ekpo met Njeri Mbaka, a fellow Howard student from Kenya. They married in 1977. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

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