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BIO DATA OF PROF. AGATHA IJEOMA ONWUEKWE
Prof. Agatha Ijeoma Onwuekwe, is a native of Uga in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State and married in Ekwulobia in the same Aguata L.G.A. She was born in the famous Saint Luke's Hospital Anua-Uyo in Akwa Ibom State on the 15th day of March 1953 when her parents Chief Eugene U. Onyemaobi and Mrs. Annastasia A. Onyemaobi were living at Ifuho-Ikot Ekpene. Her father was a registered contractor in the the then Easthern Region of Nigeria while her mother was a trader at Ikot Ekpene main market. She attended her primary school at Holy Child Convent School Ifuho and secondary school at Lorretto Girls‘ Grammer School Eriam, Afagha Obong Abak. During the Nigerian Civil war they returned to Uga their home land. After the war, she continued her education at Aguata High School in Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State where she obtained her West African School Certificate in the year 1973. She proceeded to The Teachers‘ Training College Adazi and obtained her Teachers‘ Grade Two Certificate in 1975. She furthered her education at Anambra State College of Education Awka and University of Nigeria Nsukka where she obtained her First Degree in B.A. Hons in Education/Music. She obtained her M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Planning and Supervision in 1994 at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and M. A. Music Theory and Composition at UNN in 1999. In 2007 she obtained her PhD in Music Theory and Composition at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and in 2008, she obtained another PhD in Educational Management and Policy at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. She is currently teaching in the Department of Music, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. She has many published articles in both national and international journals. She also has many compositions to her credit. She has composed instrumental works and has arranged many works for chamber orchestra and solo instruments.Interest Includes: Theory and Composition
Books Published
1. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2009). The socio-cultural implications of African music and dance. The Creative Artist: A Journal of Theatre and Media Studies, 3(1), 171-185.

2. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2011b). The tonal inflection of Igbo Language and its influence on indigenous music composition. LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research, 8, 41- 52.

3. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2014a). Ekelebem music education in Uga culture: A socio-cultural perspective. In C. Aluede; S. Kayode & F. Adedeji (Eds.), African Musicology: Past, Present and Future; A Festschrift for Mosunmola Ayinke Omibiyi-Obidike, 159-170. Ile-Ife: Timade Ventures.

4. Onwuekwe. A. I. (2016c). Teaching and learning of African musical instruments, using Ezegbe’s Figured Organographic Composite Notational System (EFOCONS). Journal of Nigerian Music Education (JONMED), 8, 182-199.

5. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2016b). Structural analysis of Dolor’s Glory Halleluja to His Name. In K. E. Eni; B. Binebai & S. O. Ikibe (Eds.), Music Scholarship, Culture and Performance Challenges in 21st Century Africa: A Critical Resource Book in Honour of Emurobome Idolor. 1- 28. Lagos: Bahiti & Dalila Publishers.

6. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2016a). A historical survey of five decades of art/orchestral music composition and their contributions to the performing arts in Nigeria. Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts Research, 4, 77-97.

7. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2017). Structural analysis of Agu’s Udo Amaka (Peace is Supreme). In F. Adedeji; C. Onyeji & N. C. Onuora-Oguno (Eds.), Musical Horizons in Africa, Essays and Perspectives. A Festschrift for Daniel Chikpezie Christian Agu. 217-230. Ile-Ife: Association of Nigerian Musicologists (ANIM).

8. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2018). Contributions of music composition to musicology and gospel music in Nigeria. In F. Abiodun (Ed.), Music, Musicology and the Gospel in Nigeria: A Festschrift in Honour of Samuel Olufemi Adedeji. 156-168. Ile-Ife: Association of Nigerian Musicologists (ANIM).

9. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2018). Strategies for effective music education and Nigerian musical practices: A pedagogical approach. Journal of Nigerian Music Education, 10, 57-71.

Publications
Journal Articles:

1. Onwuekwe. A. I. (1994). Music as an invaluable medium for achieving accelerated rural development. In B. G. Nworgu (Ed), Education for Rural Development. University of Nigeria Nsukka: Association for Promoting Quality Education in Nigeria. 140-145. APQEN.

2. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1995b). Nigerian Secondary Students’ Behaviours and disciplinary problems: Patterns, causes and solution. In F. O. M. Arinze (Ed), Readings in Nigerian Secondary Education. 410-421. Onitsha: Hornbill Publishers.

3. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1995a). Classification and functions of African musical instruments. Journal of Arts and Social Sciences. 113-126.

4. Onwuekwe, A. I. & Onyiuke, Y. S. (1997b). Developing a music curriculum for Nursery Education in Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 2 (3), 47-51.

5. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1997a). Creating political awareness through music composition: Implications for national development. Nigerian National Development: The Humanities and Social Sciences’ Viewpoints, 74-80.

6. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1998b). The role of music in the all-round development of the nursery child. In B. O. Igboabuchi & D. Eze (Eds). Pre-Primary Education in Nigeria, (79-86). Onitsha: Lincel Publishers.

7. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1998a). Music composition in a democratic society: Its role in development in Nigeria. Nigeria Journal of Arts and Social Sciences, 2 (1&2), 83-88.
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8. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1999). Religious music composition: A valuable instrument for cultural transmission and reconciliation in Nigeria. Bulletin of African Religion and Culture, 5 (1), 62-68.

9. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1998a). Music composition in a democratic society: Its role in development in Nigeria. Nigeria Journal of Arts and Social Sciences, 2 (1&2), 83-88.


10. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1998b). The role of music in the all-round development of the nursery child. In B. O. Igboabuchi & D. Eze (Eds). Pre-Primary Education in Nigeria, 79-86. Onitsha: Lincel Publishers.

12. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1997a). Creating political awareness through music composition: Implications for national development. Nigerian National Development: The Humanities and Social Sciences’ Viewpoints.
74-80.

13. Onwuekwe, A. I. & Onyiuke, Y. S. (1997b). Developing a music curriculum for Nursery Education in Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 2 (3) 47-51.

14. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1995). Classification and functions of African musical Instruments. Journal of Arts and Social Sciences. (113-126).

15. Onwuekwe, A. I. (1995). Nigerian Secondary Students’ Behaviours and disciplinary problems: Patterns, causes and solution. In F. O. M. Arinze (Ed), Readings in Nigerian Secondary Education. 410-421. Onitsha: Hornbill Publishers.

16. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2001b). Music composition in a democratic society: Issues, problems and prospects. The Nigerian Academic Forum, 1(3), 158-162.

17. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2001a). Music composition as an indispensable educational provision for the up-bringing of the Nigerian child in the 21st Century. The International Journal of Social Inquiry, 1(1), 131-138.

18. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2002). A review of the role of music composition towards national unity. Arts and Social Sciences Forum Journal, 9(2), 57 - 66.

19. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2003). Music Composition as an instrument for political transition. Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts, 1, 91-99.

20. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2004). The interrelationship of Nigerian music with the other arts. Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts (AJRMA), 2, 31- 40.

21. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2005b). An analysis of Ekelebem instrumental music and its role in festivals in Uga. A Journal of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists, 2, 99-114.

22. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2005a). Allusive songs as musical implements for traditional counseling and behaviour modification in Uga culture. Journal of Counseling and Communication, 1, (2).

23. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2006d). The composers’ commitment to social change in Nigeria: The case of the national anthems. A Journal of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists. (JANIM). 2. 266-245.

24. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2006c). A Comparative analysis of the vocal works of two Igbo composers: Agu’s “Amulu Nye Anyi Onye Nzoputa” and Uzoigwe’s “Tuzu.” Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts (AJRMA), 3, 166-196.

25. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2006b). Music and cultural expression in Nigeria: Historical and contemporary trends. In N. Ojiakor (Ed.). Nigerian Peoples and Culture.

26. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2006a). Music as an indispensable instrument for cultural identity and cultural transmission. In I. H. Emejulu (Ed.), Humanities and the Changing World, 24 – 29. Enugu: Agmason Publishers.

27. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2007b). Unity in diversity of Nigerian musical instruments. In N. Ojiakor (Ed.), Salient issues in Nigeria: History, Culture and Socio- political development. 88-105. Enugu: Emmy Angel Publishers.

28. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2007a). The Composer: A force to be reckoned with in music education of the Nigerian child. Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts (AJRMA), 4, 27-37.

29. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2008). Form in music and the numbering systems of musical compositions. Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts. (AJRMA), 5, 67-175.

30. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2009). Enlightening the masses through music composition: A pre-requisite for effective democratic process in Nigeria. In A. B. C. Chiegboka, C. E. Nwadigwe & E. C. Umezinwa (Eds.), The Humanities and Nigeria’s Democratic Experience. 548-556. Nimo: Rex Charles & Patrick Ltd.

31. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2010). The computer as an indispensable aid to the music composer in the global world of computer technology. In A. B. C. Chiegboka, T. C. Utoh-Ezeajugh & G. I. Udechukwu (Eds.), The Humanities and Globalization in the 3rd Millennium. 442-448. Nimo: Rex Charles & Patrick Ltd.

32. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2011e). Nigerian musical instruments. Obodom: Journal of Music and Aesthetics, 1(2), 134-142.

33. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2011d). The socio-cultural implications of Nigerian vegetation and production of indigenous musical instruments. Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts (AJRMA), 8, 54-65.

34. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2011c). Structural analysis of Agu’s Dim Onyalagu in Meki Nzewi’s Sing n’ Clap. In Y. S. Onyiuke, I. O. Idamoyibo & D. C. C. Agu (Eds.), Mekism and Knowledge Sharing of the Musical Arts of Africa, 36-44.

35. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2011b). The tonal inflection of Igbo Language and its influence on indigenous music composition. LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research, 8, 41- 52.

36. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2011a). Form in Nigerian art music: A contemporary approach. Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts (AJRMA), 9, 27-33.

37. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2014a). Ekelebem music education in Uga culture: A socio-cultural perspective. In C. Aluede; S. Kayode & F. Adedeji (Eds.), African Musicology: Past, Present and Future; A Festschrift for Mosunmola Ayinke Omibiyi-Obidike, 159-170. Ile-Ife: Timade Ventures.

38. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2014b). Ezegbe’s philosophy on analysis of African vocal music composition using Onwuekwe’s Jehovah bụ Onye na-azụm Dịka Atụrụ (The Lord is my Shepherd) as musical example. Awka Journal of Research in Music and the Arts (AJRMA), 10, 1-14.

39. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2015). Engaging some evolving challenges in professional music practices. Journal of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists, 9, 190-214.

40. Onwuekwe. A. I. (2016c). Teaching and learning of African musical instruments, using Ezegbe’s Figured Organographic Composite Notational System (EFOCONS). Journal of Nigerian Music Education (JONMED), 8, 182-199.

41. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2016b). Structural analysis of Dolor’s Glory Halleluja to His Name. In K. E. Eni; B. Binebai & S. O. Ikibe (Eds.), Music Scholarship, Culture and Performance Challenges in 21st Century Africa: A Critical Resource Book in Honour of Emurobome Idolor. 1- 28. Lagos: Bahiti & Dalila Publishers.

42. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2016a). A historical survey of five decades of art/orchestral music composition and their contributions to the performing arts in Nigeria. Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts Research, 4, 77-97.

43. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2017). Structural analysis of Agu’s Udo Amaka (Peace is Supreme). In F. Adedeji; C. Onyeji & N. C. Onuora-Oguno (Eds.), Musical Horizons in Africa, Essays and Perspectives. A Festschrift for Daniel Chikpezie Christian Agu. 217-230. Ile-Ife: Association of Nigerian Musicologists (ANIM).

44. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2018). Contributions of music composition to musicology and gospel music in Nigeria. In F. Abiodun (Ed.), Music, Musicology and the Gospel in Nigeria: A Festschrift in Honour of Samuel Olufemi Adedeji. 156-168. Ile-Ife: Association of Nigerian Musicologists (ANIM).

45. Onwuekwe, A. I. (2018). Strategies for effective music education and Nigerian musical practices: A pedagogical approach. Journal of Nigerian Music Education, 10, 57-71.