Professor K. Mosto Onuoha studied at the Lorànd Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary (1971-78) where he majored in Applied Geophysics, obtaining the PhD degree (summa cum laude) in 1978. He served as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Geophysical Institute of the Technical University, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany (1979-80) and returned to Nigeria to join the services of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) as Lecturer in the Department of Geology in 1980. Rising through the ranks, he was promoted to the position of a full Professor of Geology in 1988 and was later appointed in 1991 as the pioneer Mobil/NNPC Professor of Petroleum Geology at the Mobil Producing Nigeria’s Chair of Geology, at the University of Calabar (1991-92). Between 1996 and 2002, he served as Technology Development Adviser (Subsurface Development Services) at the Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC), Port Harcourt.
Back to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from SPDC, he was appointed to the Shell Chair of Geology in 2003, a position he occupied until December 2012, also serving concurrently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Nigeria (2005-2009). Professor Mosto Onuoha has over the years successfully supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students. A good number of his mentees today hold top positions in the oil and gas industry and several are now serving as full professors in different universities in Nigeria. In January 2013 he was appointed to the Petroleum Technology Development Fund’s Chair of Petroleum Geology at the UNN, the third of such distinguished professorial chairs that he is occupied his academic career before his official retirement from service in 2017. He was inducted into the prestigious rank of Professor Emeritus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in December 2017.
Prof. Onuoha is currently the President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, a Fellow of several learned societies in Nigeria, and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) to name a few. He has received many awards and honours in his working life some which include the “Chief M. O. Feyide Medal” of the Nigerian Mining & Geosciences Society (NMGS) in “recognition of excellent and consistent contribution to the Field of Petroleum Geology in Africa”, and the “Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe Prize” in recognition of consistently promoting the study of Earth Sciences.
His research activities are in the characterisation of petroleum reservoirs, exploration geophysics, tectonophysics, and mitigation of natural and man-made hazards in West and Central Africa.