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ACADEMIC HONOURS For

Late Professor Afui Mathias Mih, DVC/ICE, The University of Bamenda.

 

This took place on Saturday 9th November 2019 at Amphi 650 of The University of Bamenda before burial later in the evening in his native Aghem village, in Wum.


PROFILE OF PROFESSOR AFUI MATHIAS MIH

Professor Afui Mathias was born on 6th January 1965 in Aghem, Wum to Pa Simon Mih who died in October 2000 and Mama Francsisca Mbong who passed away barely two months ago. Afui was elder of two surving sons of mama Francsisca with two elder and one younger sister and more than 15 step brothers and sisters. He was married with five children.

He obtained his FSLC in 1977 at Holy Trinity school Wum.

GCE O|L at GHS Wum.

GCE A|L at CCAST Bambili.

He won the Cameroon government scholarship to read agriculture at the then university of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo university Ife) Nigeria in 1984. He graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture (first class honours) in 1988 and proceeded for postgraduate studies at the university of Ibadan, Nigeria where he graduated with a PhD in 1994, specializing in plant virology.

He won a post-doctoral fellowship to clean up the seed-bome viruses in the Forage Genebank of the International livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) in Addis Ababa Ethiopia (now international livestock research indtitude) between 1994 and1996. He then returned to Cameroon and joined the university of Buea as assistant lecturer in1997. He rose through the rank of lecturer. Associate Professor and finally to full Professor in 2017.

At the university of Buea, professor Mih has taught and examined several courses in plant and environmental sciences. He has contributed immensely to development. For example, he was part of the committee that drew up the curriculum in horticulture in the faculty of science at UB, was secretary of the committee that drew up the syllabus of the faculty of Agriculture at the university of Buea was responsible for ensuring quality in private Higher Education Institutions under the membership of the university of Buea, just to mention a few.

Professor Mih is also a renowned researcher having researched on virus diseases of potato in Nigeria, forget, forage plants in Ethiopia. In Cameroon, he has been in the development of indigenous vegetables and has worked extensively on the ecology of basal stem rot of oil palm. He has also researched on macro-fungi especially as this relate to their improvement of human nutrition. During his research, professor Mih has mentored junior colleagues, some of whom has risen to professor ranks. He has supervised seven PhD theses and several MSc theses in plant sciences. He also has to his credit, over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several conference presentations. During his research career, Professor Mih has won a number of grants both nationally and internationally. He has served as guest reviewer to several scientific journals dealing with plant sciences, including the Journal of the Cameroon Academy of sciences. He is also member of many professional bodies including

  • The Cameroon Biosciences society.
  • The American Phytopathological society.
  • The American Association for the advancements of sciences.
  • The international working group on legume viruses, amongst others.

With respect to the administrative experience, Professor Mih has occupied several post of responsibility within the academic milieu and the civil society.

He was

  • Head of life sciences Teaching Laboratory from 2000 to 2008.
  • Acting head of teaching and Teaching Staff Division from 2008 to 2009.
  • Acting Head of Teaching staff service from 2009 to 2010.
  • Head of Teaching Staff Services, University of Buea from 2010 to 2011.
  • Head Division of Teaching and Teaching staff, university of Buea from 2011 to 2012.
  • Director of academic affair, university of Buea from 2012 to 2017.

In 2017, he was moved from Director of Academic Affairs to the Head of Department of Botany and Plant Physiology of the same University, a position he occupied till this appointment.

       Professor Mih has also contributed in the domain of community development wherever he finds himself. He was chairperson of the PTA Project Committee of GSS Dibanda, member of the Dibanda Traditional council. He has nurtured and spear-headed several development ideas of the Aghem Cultural and Development Association (ACADA). Professor Mih is also very active in ecumenical activation. He was parish pastoral council chairperson of all saints parish Mutengene for six years after occupying other auxiliary positions. He has been the secretary of the Buea Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace, and has been involved in the training of several Christian Election observers in the Buea Diocese.

Professor Mih is married and father of five children.

 

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