Prof. Gloria Ukalina Obuzor was born on 22nd April, 1954 in Ahoada in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State to Mr Upadibe Israel Ekpahulu Ideozu of Umu-Eyekele Kindred of larger Umu-Akpa family of Ahoada Town and Mrs. Rhoda Ideozu of larger Umu-Akpa family of Odiabide Town all in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State (both late).
Prof. Obuzor had her secondary education at Holy Rosary Secondary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State with a Shell, BP scholarship, a B. Sc. in Chemistry at University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Washington, D. C., USA with a River State Government Scholarship, an M. Sc. at University of Port Harcourt (Uniport), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria with Uniport Partial Sponsorship and a Ph. D. at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester, UK with Commonwealth Scholarship. She served her National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in 1981 at the Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, University of Port Harcourt and was retained by the University after her NYSC service as a Graduate Assistant. She went through the rank and file to become a Professor in 2012. Her major research interests are in: Organic synthesis, Phytochemistry and Oenology. She has passion for product development and she is the proud producer of Ukalina Wines (White and Red). Her product liquid soap with modified chemical content won the first prize in an all Nigerian University Research Competition organized by the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) in 2011 during the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011). Her products: Ukalina wine won the first position while her waste to wealth product took the second position in 2016 during the International Conference, Workshop and Exhibition of the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) titled “Garden City 2016”
Prof. Obuzor the current Head of Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry was also Head of Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry for two months and Chairman Faculty of Science Welfare Committee has served University of Port Harcourt in several capacities as member: Junior Staff Committee, Housing Committee, Research Fair Committee, and Representative of Faculty of Science at Faculty of Education. She has also served different Universities in several capacities as external examiner for Undergraduate, Postgraduate Programs and External Assessor for Professorial candidates. She is the Vice-President, Federation of African Society of Chemists (FASC); a member of American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Committee of Chemical Education of IUPAC. Prof. Obuzor who joined the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) in 1986 became a life member in 1991 and a Fellow in 2008. She was the first female Chairman of CSN (2003) and is the first female President of CSN in its forty-six years of existence but the 13th President of CSN. She has served the Society in the following capacities:
- (2001-current) Member of Council
- (2001-2005) National Treasurer.
- (2003-2007) Chairman Rivers/Bayelsa States.
- (2005-2014) Chairman, Awards and Educational Committee
- (2011-2014) National Vice-President.
- (2014-current) PRESIDENT, Chemical Society of Nigeria.
Prof. Obuzor is happily married to Arc. Nnamdi O. Obuzor and their marriage is blessed with six children (two girls and four boys).
She presented 143rd inaugural lecture of the University of Port Harcourt on the 16th November 2017 is an amiable, humble, God-fearing Academic, a pacesetter, the Vice-President of Federation of African Society of Chemists (FASC), the “FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF CHEMICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (CSN) IN ITS FORTY-SIX YEARS OF EXISTANCE AND FIRST FEMALE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY IN RIVERS STATE”.