Kienuwa, uwakokunre (Kokunre) Adetokunbo Eghafona
Professor Kokunre Agbontaen-Eghafona attended Emotan preparatory nursery and primary school in Benin City (1964-1970), St Anne's School Molete Ibadan, (1971-1975), and Anglican Girls School Benin City (1975-1976). She then proceeded to the University of Benin (1976-1981) for her B.A degree in History and M.A History (1982-1984). She further obtained M.Sc. Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Ibadan, (1985-1988); Professional Certificate in Museum Studies at the New York University (1990-1991), and a Ph.D. in Archaeology, specialising in Cultural Resource Management at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1992-2001).
Professor Eghafona served as National Youth Service Corp staff (1981-1982) at the defunct Centre for Socio-Cultural and Environmental Research (CenSCER), University of Benin. She started her academic career in 1984, as Assistant Lecturer and later Lecturer 11 at the Department of Archaeology, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), 1984-1989. She worked as a Museum Intern at the Department of Arts in Africa, Oceanic and the Americans, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (1990-1991). She joined the services of University of Benin on 14th May 1992 as Lecturer 1 in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She was promoted to the rank of a Senior Lecturer in 1996, Associate Professor in 2003, and a full professor of Anthropology in 2008.
She has held numerous administrative positions. The notable ones are Head of Department of Sociology and Anthropology (2009-2013); Sustainable Development Desk Officer under the United Nations Sustainable Solution Network (2012-2017); and Director of Part-Time Programmes University of Benin (2016-date). She was a CODESRIA/SEPHIS Laureate to Rabat, Morocco, (June 2005). She was also a Board Member of the Society for International Relations Awareness under the auspices of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, Nigeria (2011-2018). Member, Board of Trustees, Institute for Benin Studies. She is also an editorial board member of Museum History Journal, Umewaen Journal of Benin and Edo Studies, and Benin Journal of Social Sciences.
Professor Eghafona is an external examiner and assessor to several institutions in and outside Nigeria; Member, National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Teams to assess programmes in some Nigerian Universities; Consultant to some International and National Non-Governmental Agencies, United Nations Agencies, the African Union as well as Oil /Gas companies. She is the author of "How Our Towns Got Named" in Nigerian Observer (1991-1994). She was the Presenter of the Television programme "The Museum and the Public” on Independent Television (2001-2004). She has attended over fifty academic conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally. She has over sixty national and international academic publications.