Professor Michael Umale Adikwu was born on 19th April 1963 in Amejo, Okpokwu Local Government Area. He started his education at St. Paul’s Primary School, Utonkon between 1970 and 1975 before proceeding to Federal Government College, Jos in 1976. In 1981, Professor Adikwu graduated from high school as the overall best student at Federal Government College, Jos and in same year he gained admission to University of Nigeria, Nsukka to read Pharmacy.
At Nsukka, he distinguished himself and his hard work paid off when he graduated in 1986 with a second class honours (upper division) Bachelor degree. Professor Adikwu also obtained his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Nsukka in 1989 and 1994 respectively.
He began his post-NYSC working career in 1988 with Benue State Health Services Management Board (HSMB) as a Hospital Pharmacist. Professor Adikwu was in the service of HSMB for a couple of years before joining the services of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as a Lecturer II in 1990.
In 1995, he had his first of two stints as Head of Department, a position he held until 1998, the same year he was made a Professor of Pharmaceutics. Professor Adikwu’s second stint as Head of Department was between 2002 and 2004.
Professor Adikwu who was a visiting professor working at School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Manchester, UK has researched and worked on various aspects of pharmaceutical sciences, including health sector reforms as well as raw materials production from various agricultural and forestry products. He currently has over 170 research articles in both national and international Journals.
Professor Adikwu has won research grants from many local and international bodies such as The Royal Society of Chemistry of Great Britain; The Third World Academy of Sciences; The International Foundation for Science, Sweden; The Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Abuja and The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Abuja.
In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Science’s Outstanding Scholar in Science award for his research into the beneficial effects of snail mucin (a waste product usually washed away when snails are being prepared for cooking) for the topical treatment of wounds and burns. He is also the winner of the 2009 May and Baker Professional Service Award in Pharmacy.
In February 2009, Professor Adikwu was elected Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Science. He was previously the National Project Coordinator for Science and Technology Education Post-Basic (STEP-B) Project in the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja.
Professor Adikwu was elected Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja on 30th June 2014.