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A Nigerian Nurse made the Queen’s honours list by Idowu Olabode : February 08, 2015, 03:54:40 PM
It is always inspiring when Nigerians are in the global news, for positive accomplishments, rather than corruption, kidnapping, drug pushing or terrorism. The Queen of England at the beginning of the year released her New Year Honours List of 2015 and three Nigerians made the list among which is Professor Uduak Archibong,a Nigeria trained nurse.

Professor Uduak Archibong, was listed in the Queen of England’s New Year Honours list of year 2015,due to her contributions to higher education and equality.

According to a news release on University of Bradford’s website, “When Professor Archibong first joined the University of Bradford, only one per cent of nursing students were from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Working with local healthcare providers and other higher education institutions she soon raised this to over 30 per cent, ensuring that universities students more accurately reflected the community from which they were drawn and would ultimately serve.

“Professor Archibong’s commitment to equality and diversity now sees her lead an international team of researchers on multiple large-scale research projects on representational diversity and inclusive workplaces.

These projects include GENOVATE; a European Union funded 3.2 million Euro project, which seeks to ensure equal opportunities for women and men by encouraging a more gender-competent management in research, innovation and scientific decision-making bodies, with a particular focus on universities.

She has also contributed extensively to the development of healthcare in developing countries including Pakistan and numerous countries in Africa.

She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa, Visiting Professor at the Central University College in Ghana, Visiting Professor at the National Open University of Nigeria, Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

Speaking of her honour Professor Archibong said: “I am thrilled to have received an MBE and be recognised for my work. It is a privilege to work in an institution which is committed to promoting inclusive workplace and study environment.”

Professor Archibong, whose career began as a general and public health nurse and midwife, was born and raised in Nigeria.

While studying, she was named best nurse and then best midwife by the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and also gained the Outstanding Young Person award for her contribution to healthcare development, in Nigeria, in 1990.

Archibong was recently made a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in recognition of her career-long contribution to the promotion of equality and diversity in the practice of nursing.

In 2004, she became the United Kingdom’s first Professor of Diversity at Bradford.

She is currently leading numerous large-scale collaborative research projects on diversity in health and education to advance knowledge.

Adapted from Nigeria Tribune

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