You are welcome to the Department of Psychology, where future academic and leaders are trained to develop their full potentials. The Programme of Psychology which was established in 2012/2013 academic session awards degree in general Psychology. Psychology as a discipline strikes a balance between Social Sciences and Science disciplines. Psychology Department at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, strives to be a world-class department with diverse research interests in all spheres of human behaviour including social, clinical, health, family, industrial/organisational, crime and deviance, social theory, forensic, experimental, identity and integration/cohesion, religion issues among others. Psychology Department is also offering ancillary services to other sister programme/and or departments as well as receiving from them. Indeed, this uncommon level of interdisciplinary interactions provides an exceptional environment for learning, teaching and research.

Generally, the goal of the Psychology Department is to offer students with a wide milieu in the various multi-level analysis and methodological approaches used in the study of human behaviour. Students can gain research training, experience in a wide variety of community settings, and tailor course selections to meet their long-term aspirations. Furthermore, the curriculum in psychology is targeted to improve one’s understanding of behavioral science and of oneself and others in terms of concepts developed by study. Undergraduate courses in psychology give students an opportunity to discover and internalise what research has revealed about:

  • How behavior is initiated and motivated
  • The way individuals perceive, learn, think, and act
  • Individual differences
  • How personality develops across different life stages: from infancy to maturity and is expressed by behavior
  • How interpersonal factors affect human relationships in the home, at work places, and in the community.

Members of staff of Psychology Department have expertise in Social Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Personnel Management, School Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Positive Psychology and so on. Our undergraduate curricula are firmly anchored on the principle of providing the fundamental knowledge needed to be fluent, critical and competitive in the new, rapidly and unfolding areas of management and social/behavioural sciences and health sciences. We believe in praxis (learning by doing). Therefore, we make it a matter of departmental policy for our students to strive to apply what they learn to test and understand their immediate environment and beyond. Our expectation is that students who graduate from the Department of Psychology at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) will be world’s next generation of leading academicians, researchers, behavioural scientists, health professionals, astute leaders, teachers and public servants.

The AE-FUNAI website provides in-depth information about us. It highlights each faculty member and his/her research interests, our teaching philosophy and the courses we offer as well as our administrative staff. The Department also provides an exceptional educational and research environment for talented individuals who dream of uncovering new frontiers in the field of social and behavioural sciences. Upon graduation with a degree in Psychology, our products have vast employment opportunities in Law Enforcement/Security Agencies, Academics, Research Centers, Civil Society Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Business Organisations, Human Services Careers, Mental Health Careers, Business Careers, Careers in Education, Advertising Agents, Career Counsellors, Case Manager, Child Care Worker, Laboratory Assistant, Market Researcher, Psychiatric Technician, Probation and Parole Officer, Rehabilitation Specialist, Sales Representative, Social Service Specialists, Teachers, Writer among others.


Psychology started in 2012/2013 academic year, as one of the foundation programmes in the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) which was one of the nine (9) Federal Universities established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2011. Currently, students are admitted through UTME, AE-FUNAI pre-degree programme and JAMB direct entry. The programme started with two (02) students and three (3) academic staff in the following order: one Senior Lecturer, and two academic staff in Lecturers II positionsThe programme has continued to expand and grow. Today, Psychology has assumed full status as an Independent Department.

  1. Auto-Biography

Emenike N. Anyaegbunam is a Reader (Associate Professor) of Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences. He has a background in Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Applied Social Psychology and for several years specialised in teaching Social Psychology and Research Methods/Statistics to both undergraduate and graduate students. He taught Psychology courses for several years at Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, a degree awarding institution affiliated to University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). He joined the service of Alex Ekwueme Federal University in 2012 where he is currently teaching Introduction to Psychology, Statistics for the Social Sciences, Research Methods in Psychology, Introduction to Positive Psychology, Introduction to Social Psychology, Advance Social Psychology, Ethnicity and Ethnic Group Relations etc. He has published widely in his chosen research areas of HIVAIDS and Stigma, leadership and followership, intergroup contact and harmony, aggressive/violent behaviour etc. He has experience in external examination in the areas of Social and Experimental Psychology. He is currently external examiner to the postgraduate programme of the Department of Psychology University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a member of Collaborative Replication Education Project (CREP) of the Psychological Science Accelerators (PSA). He is a member of Nigerian Psychological Association (NPA), American Psychological Association (APA), Nigerian Association of Social Psychologists (NASP) and the current Chair Person Nigerian Psychological Association, Ebonyi State Chapter.

  1. Department

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences

iii. Designation

Head of Department of Psychology

  1. Educational History
    Emenike N. Anyaegbunam studied and received Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Psychology in 1999, Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Industrial/Organisational Psychology in 2002 and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2010, all from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.
  2. Area of expertise/interest
    Experienced in Positive Psychotherapy and Counselling people living with HIV/AIDS, and in the use of SPSS and PROCESS MACRO packages for data analysis. Areas of research interest includes HIV/AIDS and stigma, leadership/followership, intergroup contact and intergroup harmony, adolescent aggressive behaviour among others.
  3. Selected Publications
    Igbokwe, U. L., Onyechi, K. C. N.,  Ogbonna, C. S., Eseadi, C.,  Onwuegbuchulam, A.C.,  Nwajiuba, C.A., Ugodulunwa, C.C., Eze, A.,  Omaeze, K., Patrick, C.P.,  Ekechukwu, L.E.,  Egbe, C.I.,  Nnachi, R.A., & Anyaegbunam, E.N. (2019). Rational emotive intervention for stress management among English education undergraduates: Implications for school curriculum innovation. Medicine98(40), e17452.
    Anyaegbunam, E.N., Eseadi, C., Nwajiuba, C. A., Onwuasoanya, P.N.,   Onwudinjo, O. Q., Uwakwe, R.C.,  Awoke, N., Agboti, I.C., Nwefuru, B.C. &  Ede M.O.(2019). Parental Mediation as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Violent Media Contents Exposure and Aggressive Behaviour of In-School Adolescents. Global Journal of Health Science11(14), 1-9.
    Anyaegbunam, E. N., Eseadi, C., Nwajiuba, C. A., Onwuasoanya, P.N., Onwudinjo, O.Q., Uwakwe, R.C., Awoke, N., Agboti, I.C., Nji, G.C.,  & Eskay, M. (2019). Gender as a Moderator in the Relationship between Violent Video Games Play and Aggressive Behaviour among In-School Adolescents. Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 14(Special Issue 8), 10430-10433.
    Igwe, N. J., Ogbonna., C. S., Nwangwu, T. L., Nwefuru, B. C., & Anyaegbunam E. N. (2019). Assessing e-learning acceptance among Nigeria colleges of education students Using technology acceptance model. International Journal of u- and e- Service, Science and Technology, 12(4), 25-36, ISSN: 22079718, 20054246
    Anyaegbunam, E. N. (2018). Reducing organised violent behaviour in Nigeria through the Use of human needs paradigm. Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research, 26(5): 527-535.
    Anyaegbunam, E. N. & Anazonwu, C. O. (2018). Self-motivated behavior: It’s influence on intergroup contact for intergroup harmony. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 28(3), 171-181
    Anyaegbunam, E. N, & Ogbeide, D. E. O. (2016). Restive behavior among school teachers: Leadership influences in Nigerian setting. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 26(4), 397- 400.
    Anyaegbunam, E. N. (2010). Influence of perceived control and religious orientation on HIV/AIDS’ stigma. Nigerian Journal of Psychological Research, 6, 64-74
    Anyaegbunam, E. N. (2006). Impact of availability heuristics on willingness to avoid HIV/AIDS pandemic among adolescents: Nigeria Journal of Psychological Research5, 1-4
    Ndukaihe, I. L. G., Anyaegbunam, E. N. & Adetula, A. (2015). Level of study and self-esteem as predictors of fear of academic success. FUNAI Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(1), 18-27
    Anyaegbunam, E. N. (2015). Cognitive therapy, psychosocial variables and immune system functioning of persons with HIV/AIDS, Ife Psychologia: An International Journal of  Psychology in Africa, 23(1) 143-149
    Anyaegbunam, E. N., Udechukwu, D., & Nwani, B. E. (2015). Psychological coercion of trafficking in

    human persons: Antecedents and psychosocial consequences for the victims and society.

    International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR): Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences,

            20(3), 21-27

    Anyaegbunam, E. N., & Ndukaihe, I. L. G. (2016). Applied statistics and Research Report Writing in Psychology; Deutschland/Germany, Lap Lambert Academic Publishing; available in Amazon. ISBN: 978-3-659-86234-2
    Anyaegbunam, E. N. (2014). Influence of stigma consciousness and coping strategies on CD4 counts of persons with HIV/AIDS. International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 19(2), 19-28; ISSN: Online 2279-0837, Print 2279-0845

Contact Information
Department of Psychology,
Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike
Tel: +2348063868224; +2348122514177
E-mail: emenike.anyaegbunam@funai.edu.ng; eme.nanya@gmail.com


Philosophy of the Degree Programme in Psychology

Generally, Psychology seeks to discover patterns, using facts, principles and generalizations, in order to increase knowledge, understanding and control of behaviour in various social and cultural settings, groups, institutions and organizations. The Philosophy behind the Psychology curriculum at Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) is to equip students with skills, concepts and abilities which can help them to understand, predict, condition, control and change human and animal behaviours for the overall social, economic, political and national development of Nigeria and the world at large.

Aims and Objectives of the Degree Programme in Psychology

(i) To instill in Psychology students a sense of enthusiasm for and identity with Psychology as a profession; an appreciation of its application in different contexts, and environments, and to involve students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.

(ii) To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of psychological knowledge and practical skills.

(iii) To develop in Psychology students the ability to apply their psychological knowledge and skills (such as analysis of behavioural etiology, patterns, prevalence and epidemiology; using the principles of cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, adjustment, conflicts, attitudes, beliefs, values, intelligence, personality, leadership and inter personal skills etc) in proffering solutions to theoretical and practical problems of psychology and society.

(iv) To develop in students, through an education in psychology, a range of transferable skills of value in psychological, social, organizational, industrial, educational, health and cultural employment environments, by the use of generative and creative methods of social engineering.

(v) To provide students with a knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of psychology (such as health, clinical), IT organizational, industrial, managerial, artificial intelligence, social, Human Resources Management, political; educational, forensic, environmental psychology, etc) or multi disciplinary areas involving psychology.

(vi) To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of psychology in a Developing World Society like Nigeria in relation to industrial, economic, environmental and socio-cultural contexts, issues, problems and policies especially as they relate to existential and epistemological values, attitudes and beliefs.


The Programme of Psychology faced National University Commission regular accreditation in October 2015 and was accorded interim status. In 2018, the Programme got full accreditation from National University Commission (NUC). The Department of Psychology has embarked on establishment of facilities that enhance training of her students and staff development. For examples, Psychology Department has established Psychology Laboratory and Psychological Services Centre. Moreover, the final year students of psychology are exposed to on-the-job experience  in social, clinical, and industrial settings through postings to Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AEFUTHA), Therapeutic Day Care Centre Enugu (TDCC), and Nigerian Prisons Services (NPS), Nigerian Military settings, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Breweries Limited among others.

The students of Psychology Department have persistently participated in the Professor Isidore Obot National Quiz Competition (PIONQC), a project of Nigerian Psychological association (NPA). In 2018, the students of Psychology Department of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, emerged champion among all the universities in the South-eastern Nigeria and became the first runners-up (second position) at the national level. In 2019 edition of the competition, Psychology students of Alex Ekwueme Federal University defeated their contemporaries across all the Nigerian Universities to emerge the 2019 PIONQC undisputed Champion.

Above all, the Department of Psychology has received NUC approval to establish postgraduate programmes in some specialised areas such Clinical Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Social Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Experimental Psychology etc.


Welcome to the Department of Psychology, where excellence reigns.


Dr. Chiedozie Okechukwu Okafor

Lecturer I

Dr. Fabian Ugwu

Dr. Izuchukwu L.G. Ndukaihe

Lecturer II

Emmanuella Anozie (Ukaegbu)

Lecturer II

Dr. Emenike N. Anyaegbunam



Assistant lecturer

Olabode D Ibini

Assistant lecturer