Prof. Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Edoumiekumo Bileke. He holds two Doctorate Degrees in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Port Harcourt.
He is an Academic Icon in the ivory tower guided by conscious effort and hard work through determination, sound morality, strength, fidelity, reliability, accountability, show of cerebral profundity, expertise and fear and love of God. Between 2002 and 2014; Samuel Edoumiekumo progressed through the ranks of Assistant Lecturer, to a Professor of Economics at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island Bayelsa State. He served and still serving as Boards member within and outside the University system.
Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo has also served in various capacities within the university which include among others, Acting Head, Department of Economics, Deputy Director Entrepreneurship and Training, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Member Niger Delta University Governing Council, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Acting Vice-Chancellor and became the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Niger Delta University.
Upon assumption of office as Vice-Chancellor, he has been able to transform the landscape of the University. Under his Leadership, the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR)base of the University has increased significantly. Attendant to his managerial resilience factors in performance, Niger Delta University was recently ranked by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to be among the top 25 Universities in Nigeria with all academic and professional programmes fully accredited. The University was also adjudged as the most efficient University in Nigeria.
He has earned several academic and professional awards. In 2017 he was awarded the Distinguished Economist Award alongside Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Others include: The Pan African Servant Leadership Award by the African Student Union Parliament, Award of Honour as the Most Innovative Vice-Chancellor in Niger Delta University, Award for the Exceptional Leadership in the University Administration, Trail blazer award by the Bayelsa Media Award organisation, amongst others. Prof. Edoumiekumo was presented with a Letter of Commendation and a Plague by the University Governing Council in recognition of his Administrative Excellence, exemplary service, transparent and judicious utilization of resources, uncommon administrative acumen and abiding display of a keen sense of ownership of university affairs.
Professor Samuel G. Edoumiekumo has demonstrable capacities for the sustenance of rapid upgrade of learning infrastructural assets, commitment to enhanced logistics holdings and tenacity for unprecedented upscaling and activation of robust contents of academic programmes in tertiary institutions over space and time.
He was also conferred with the prestigious Administrative Excellence Award 2019 in Education, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Others include the Education Icon Award, 2020 and he topped the polls for the African Educationist of the Year-2020, in the 9th Edition of the annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award. He was elected the Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of State Owned Universities in 2021, and also the Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU).
A prominent member of Board of Trustees of the Global Confederation of Entrepreneurship Institutes, he is a Fellow and Governing Council Member of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship(ICEnt); The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt) and Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIMEnt)
Prof. Edoumiekumo is a Fellow of the Historians of Education Development Society of Nigeria(HOEDSON), Fellow, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (FIEN), Fellow, Chartered Forensic Investigation Professionals (FCFIP), Member, Nigerian Economic Society, Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Management. Member, of the UK-Nigeria Steering Committee on Transnational Education with mandates among others to facilitate mutually beneficial transnational education partnerships between the UK and Nigeria with respect to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and Chairman, Tetfund Committee on ICT Development and Infrastructure, among other national and international affiliations. He also serves as chairman, National Universities Commission’s(NUC) accreditation teams for various undergraduate programmes in private and public universities in Nigeria.
Prof. Edoumiekumo’s highest intellectual passion is the search for consumption and production of knowledge. This erudite scholar has written and published widely in local, national and international journals, books, book chapters, research reports and monographs. He has also attended and presented seminar papers at several national and international conferences.
As a seasoned teacher, instructor, facilitator, former banker, mentor, and leader, Professor Samuel G. Edoumiekumo has enriched his intellectual capacities and humaneness through active participation at national and international conferences and leadership courses as facilitator and lead discussant on development issues ranging from monetary economics, educational budgeting and costing, banking, marketing, social investment and entrepreneurship, financial security, forensic audit, financial management and empowerment, among others.
He has consulted for various organisations including some world bank assisted agencies. His intellectual erection and carriage as a philosopher and professor of economics is a burning endorsement of his monumental contributions to the foundation of economics entrepreneurship and social science studies in Nigeria and in the world. Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo is happily married with children.