Professor Agweda, Theophilus Otsemheuno was born into the family of Agweda, in Iraokhor Village, Etsako Central Local Government Area, Edo State.
He had his early education at Otaru Grammar School, Auchi and Advanced College Igueben where he had his WAEC in 1978 and GCE A Level, 1981 respectively.
As a lover of education, he got admitted into the then Bendel State University, Ekpoma (Now Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma) to read sociology and graduated with B.Sc (Hons) Sociology, (1985). He thereafter, proceeded for his masters at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan and graduated with (M.Sc) Sociology, 1988). Thereafter, he obtained the Ph.D degree in Sociology, here in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in 2007. Professor Agweda was employed in the then Bendel State University, now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma as a Graduate Assistant in 1986. As a result of his dedication to his duties and hard work, he earned his promotion as follows: Lecturer II in 1991, Lecturer I, 1994, Senior Lecturer, 2008, a Reader (Associate Professor) 2011 and a Professor, 2014.
He is a member of learned societies, Academic and Professional Associations, amongst are; Member, International Sociology Association (ISA), Member, Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association, (NASA), Member, Social Science Academy of Nigerian and Member, Nigerian Sociological Association.
He won the Head of Department’s prize for the best graduating student in Sociology (1985). He is an External Assessor to the University of Port Harcourt and Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State. Also, he has been External Examiner, Department of Humanities and social Sciences, School of General Studies, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State.
It is worthy of note that Professor Agweda, Theophilus Otsemheuno has published well over thirty-one (31) articles in referred local and International Journals, six (6) contributions in Edited book and five (5) books to his credit.
He has attended several conferences and workshops both local and International where he presented papers. Such conference papers include ‘’Politics and it’s Socio-Cultural Environment’’ (paper presented at the Nigerian Sociological Conference) in 2002, and ‘’Gender, Résistance and Change Emerging Issues’’ presented at the Interdisciplinary Conference by the Center for Gender Studies, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in March, 2014 among others.
Professor Agweda administrative prowess cut across all sectors in the University.
He held various positions, which include the followings:
POSITIONS HELD WITH DATES:
Departmental Representative, Police Community, Relations Committee, 1989–1993, Member, Faculty Examinations Committee 1992–1996, Vice-Chancellor’s Nominee, Junior Staff Appraisal Committee, Faculty of Environmental Studies, 1998–2000, Vice-Chancellor’s Nominee, Junior Staff Appraisal Committees, Faculty of Arts ,2004-2005 Coordinator: Executive, Diploma in Criminology ,1988 – 2006, Sub-Dean: Faculty of Social Science, 2004 –2020, Chairman, Time-Table Committee, Faculties of Arts, Management and Social Sciences, Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma. 2004 – 2010, Chairman, Space Allocation Committee Department of Sociology, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma,2009 -2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Nominee, Junior Staff Appraisal Committees, Institute of Education 2007. Coordinator Post Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, Ambrose All University, Ekpoma, 2008 – 2010, Editor, Journal of Global and Social Studies 2010 – date, Ag. HOD, Department of Sociology, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, 2010–2012, Member, Taskforce on Payment of School Fees. 2011 – 2016, Editor, Faculty of Social Science journal, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. 2014 – date, Director, Directorate of Part – Time Degree Programmes; Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. May 2016 – 2018 Member, Board of Administrators, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua – Edo State, 2017– October 2021, Director, General Studies, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, 2018 – August 2021 Editor, Readings in General Studies, volume III. 2020.
It will interest you to know that his interests are travelling and reading.
Professor Agweda is happily married and the marriage is blessed with children.
We congratulate Professor Agweda, Theophilus Otsemheuno and family, Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Social Sciences for his appointment as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma by the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.