Professor is Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Jos, Nigeria. Prof. Okeke was born and raised in Nigeria. A 1979 graduate of Medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She had her training in Gastroenterology / Hepatology in the Jos University Teaching Hospital, completing a Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in 1992. She is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London. She currently heads the Gastroenteroloy / Hepatology unit of the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos.
Professor Okeke is involved in national and international clinical research in collaboration with Imperial College, London, Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research at Imperial College London, Northwestern University Chicago amongst others. She is currently Principal investigator of the Prevention of Liver Fibrosis and Cancer in Africa (PROLIFICA) in Jos, an ongoing multi-country research project and also principal investigator of ‘The Presentation of HCC in Nigerian Patients’, an NIH sponsored study with the Northwestern University, Chicago.
She represents the African continent on the Rome Foundation executive committee for the global epidemiological study on irritable bowel syndrome. She was a member of the 20th WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and use of Essential Medicines.
She was recently appointed Royal College of Physicians International Advisor for Nigeria.
Professor Okeke is an active member of Nigerian Medical Association, the Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN) and the American Gastroenterology Association.
She has over 55 scientific publications in peer review journals.