Dr. Edward Ntui Okey, a Professor of Plant Science is an international scholar haven schooled and taught in Universities within and outside Nigeria. He is accredited with 31 publications and 2 books. He has supervised over 10 MSc and PhD students in Nigeria. He established the role of Peroxidase, Polyphenoloxidase and Phenylalanine Ammonia-lyase in Phytophthora canker resistance in Cocoa. Prof Okey is also accredited with identifying salicylic acid as a majorfactor in the resistance of cacao to Phytophthora palmivora. His reports on the use of plant extracts in the control of a number of crop (Manihot esculentus, Citrus sinences, Capsicum chinensis, Diascorea sp etc) have contributed immensely to the management of microbial diseases on these crops in the Southern part of Nigeria. Prof Okey also developed an optimization protocol for the production of biodiesel from nonedible seeds of Delonix negra. As Dean of Faculty, He was developed Science curriculum in the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, Akwa Ibom State University, Nigeria. Prof Okey is a community developer. He is the founder and President of the Caribbean African Association of Barbados, a non-profit, non- governmental organization with the objectives of developing strong and sustainable linkages between African and the Caribbean in the areas of Education, Trade and Culture. In 2004 he was honored as “EXAMPLER“ for the principle of Umoja (Unity) by the Government of Barbados.
Prof Okey research interest is Pharmacognosy which deals with the use of natural products in the control of fungal and bacterial diseases of plants and animals.