Prof. Mbanefo was born to the family of Late Sir Christopher & Lady Theresa Mbanefo in Jos, Plateau State on 6th August 1952.  He attended St. Theresa’s Boys, School, Jos and in 1965 proceeded to St. Joseph’s College, Vom, Plateau State for his secondary school education. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as a Federal Government scholar and was awarded the best graduating student’s prize in Psychology.

He joined the services of the University of Jos, as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of General and Applied Psychology in 1980. In 2006 Prof. Mbanefo transferred his services to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and was appointed head of department. He became a Professor in 2008 of industrial/organisational psychology. He was on sabbatical leave at University of Uyo (2003 – 2004) and Nassarawa State University Keffi (2015 – 2016) during which times staff and students drew from his wealth of experience. He was a Fellow, Nigerian Psychological Association.

Prof. Mbanefo had served as consultant to the Federal, state governments and private organizations in various areas. He had also served the National Universities Commission as chairman/member of institutional and programme accreditation panels from the year 2006 until his demise.

Prof. Mbanefo was a devout Catholic and a member of Knights of St. John International; he was President General, Umudioka Improvement Union 2008-2011; until his demise he was Chairman, Board of Governors St. Anthony’s secondary, primary and nursery schools, Umudioka; Member Board of Directors, Ezebo Microfinance Bank, Umudioka; and a host of other organizations.

Prof. Mbanefo had a passion for mentoring future psychologists, likes sport fishing, travelling and helping others in need within his limitations. Prof. was a principled, modest and contented man in his lifetime.

Prof. Mbanefo was married to Lady Njideka Joy (LSJI) and the marriage is blessed with five children and grand children.

What We Do

  1. • Compile a register of psychologists accredited to practice in Nigeria
  3. • Advocate for a legal framework to favor the practice of psychology in Nigeria
  5. • Encourage the practice of psychology in applied settings
  7. • Public enlightenment and behavior change communication for national development
  9. • Advocate on subjects that are relevant for positive orientation for positive change and human development
  • • Collaboration with appropriate regulatory organizations to develop curricula in psychology that meet national development needs
  • • Promotion of a mentorship scheme to build capacity of junior colleagues in research and practice
  • • Ensure strict adherence to the code of ethics of the discipline of psychology
  • • Develop partnership(s) with other disciplines and organizations to improve humanity and career status of members
  • • Assist leaders and public service holders with relevant evidence based information on human behavior to guide policy formulation and implementation
  • • Encourage the development of the technology for psychological assessment and testing
  • • Promote an Africa-wide network for the promotion of the science and practice of psychology
  • • Prescribe quality control standards for psychology education and practice in Nigeria