Established in 1975, the University of Port Harcourt is one of the famous second generation universities in Nigeria. The university prides itself “For Enlightenment and Self-Reliance” and has largely lived up to this slogan in the caliber and size of its alumni. You probably know that names such as Goodluck Jonathan, Rotimi Amaechi, Timipre Sylva and Tonye Princewill graduated from Uniport. You don’t know everything so there is no fine for missing the fact that the following figures bagged degrees from the university.
1, Patience Jonathan
You might have thought she didn’t go to school at all. Yes, while she was the first lady of Nigeria, some of her grammatical misfires were a goldmine for comedians and jesters and might have given her the perception of an uneducated woman. Nothing can be wronger than this. Patience Jonathan is not just educated, she is what we call well-educated.
Mrs. Jonathan has an NCE from Rivers State College of Art and Science now Port Harcourt Polytechnic in 1989 (before some of her infamous grammar coaches, it must be mentioned, were born). She then got a B.Ed in Biology and Psychology from the University of Port Harcourt. Not satisfied with these, the former First Lady returned to Uniport and accepted an honorary Ph.D.
So when next you want to make grammar jokes about Mrs. Jonathan, please (in Tuface Idibia’s voice) talk small small.
2, Agbeni Darego
Former Miss World. No, you didn’t know she is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt. You are forgiven. Agbeni who in 2017 got married to Ishaya Danjuma, the billionaire son of ex-military leader T.Y Danjuma, is not the kind of person you would be interested in her education. Her status means that her height, her career, her beauty, her partner etc. were bound to command more attention than her education. Well, Agbeni Darego MFR is a bona fide graduate of Uniport where she got a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.
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Agbeni Darego is the first black African winner of the Miss World pageant and Uniport should be proud of its role in the making of the model.
Full name: Rita UchennaNkem Dominic Waturuocha. She is an indigene of Mbaise, a popular face in Nollywood and a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Port Harcourt. She got her degree in 1999. By the time she left Port Harcourt, she had already starred in her first mover, A Time to Kill. More than a hundred movies later, Rita Dominic has shown no sign of waning. A woman is never old in a dance she knows how to dance very well, they say. Not that Rita Dominic is old. She is forty-two.
Former group managing director of Diamond Bank, Alex Otti is, according to Abia State Electoral Tribunal, the winner of Abia State 2015 gubernatorial election. The Supreme Court overruled this decision and Ikpeazu remained governor, robbing Uniport of an alumni-governor. Otti, the Ngwa-born economist and philanthropist has a first class degree in Economics from the University of Port Harcourt. It wasn’t such a quiet graduation for him as he bowed out as the overall best graduating student in 1988.
Otti is equally an alumni of Harvard Business School but Uniport can, rightly, claim the lion share of the credit.
Born on 27 June 1965, Clem Ohameze is a Nollywood veteran with nearly a quarter of a century in the industry and, it is believed, up to 500 movies under his belt. Ohameze had a stint in politics which didn’t end well. He lost his cousin and faced serious threats to his life. The aftermath saw him flee to London where he had previously obtained a Master’s degree (Buckingham University). He is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt in 1989, leaving with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Nothing related to the art, but when you watch him on the screen, there is no denying his huge talent. Figures don’t lie and staring in six figures movies can’t be accidental.
Other figures you may not know studied in Uniport include Muma Gee, Monalisa Chinda, Bimbo Manuel etc.