Spotlight: Prof. Cheh Augustine Awasum, The Academic Backbone
Prof. Cheh Augustine Awasum was born on 4th May 1968 in Bamenda, Mezam division , now preferred by Ambazonians as County. He was born into the family of Pa Camillus Ndanji Awasum (late) and Anastasia Ngwe Awasum. In addition to holding a Ph. D in Surgery on defective kidney urethral reconstruction by Monti mathematical model (ileoureterplasty), he also holds a Master in Surgery and five additional Masters degrees in: International Affairs; Diplomacy; Criminal Justice; Law Enforcement; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Curriculum Foundation and Psychology).
Prof. Awasum is an erudite Professor of Surgery and Researcher in the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Nigeria. He is Head of Surgery Unit of the Department and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University.
He is the Postgraduate Coordinator of the Department. Member of the University Senate (apex academic body). He is also a Fellow of the College of Surgeon Nigeria (one of the highest Academy of Surgery in Africa). In professional practice he rose through the ranks from registrar, Consultant, Senior Consultant to Principal Consultant Surgeon in 2012.
He is visiting scholar and chief external examiner to several universities national and international. In addition to holding a Ph.D in Surgery on defective kidney urethral reconstruction by Monti mathematical model (ileoureterplasty), he also holds a Master in Surgery and five additional Masters degrees in: International Affairs; Diplomacy; Criminal Justice; Law Enforcement; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Curriculum Foundation and Psychology). He holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
He has contributed over 110 articles in peer-reviewed journals, conferences proceedings and seminar at both national and international levels. He has co-authored several chapters in books/manuals in surgery. For his achievements in kidney transplants, he received commendations from President Buhari the then Executive Chairman of the Nigerian Petroleum Trust Funds (PTF); General Yakubu Gowon – Former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Also he has been cited in 2002 in WHO-IS-WHO in Veterinary Surgery from across the continent. He is making research break through in the area of elucidated animals as the forgotten victims of Boko Haram insurgency. He is recipient of several awards from Civil Societies, NGOs, and Governments.
The member of Ambazonia interim government arrested in Nigeria and repatriated to Cameroon on January 5, 2018, is a community servant especially in the aspects of environmental health, public health, and Philanthropy.
As an activist right from the age of 17, he has been involved in party politics and the struggle for the emancipation of the anglophone Cameroonian. He has been president and leader of several such advocacy groups, student unions and civil societies. Alongside 11 others, he was abducted and detained in Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Nigeria and illegally transported to Cameroon, where he is a year-old incarcerated in the maximum principal prison awaiting trial at the military tribunal on over 23 count charges before Col Abega.
He is a registered Asylum seeker in Nigeria. He is married and father of one.