First Female President of PIN

May Azuka Ikokwu

May Azuka Ikokwu was a member of the steering committee that was appointed by Polymers and Rubber group to form a consolidated group to cover Polymers, Petrochemicals, Plastics, Rubber, Coatings, Textiles and Adhesives and Leather. In 1989 the steering committee’s work and recommendations were approved at an AGM, with the establishment of Polymer Institute of Nigeria. In 1989 May Ikokwu became the first Vice President Finance, a position she held until she became the second President of PIN in 1994. As an active executive from inception until 1998 she ensured that PIN functioned as an Institute. PIN organized workshops, quarterly lectures apart from the Annual Conference. May Ikokwu is a foundation Fellow of PIN.

May Ikokwu is a native of Oba, Anambra State in South-Eastern Nigeria, born on 25 May 1948 in Port Harcourt. She was educated at Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls School, Elelenwa, Port Harcourt; University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN); BSc in Chemistry from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts and MSc Plastics
Engineering from University of Lowell, Mass., USA.
She retired as a management staff of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation
(NNPC) in 2003 after 25 years of service. Prior to NNPC, she worked with
Monsanto Petrochemicals in the United States before relocating to Nigeria.
After her retirement from the NNPC, she focused on Climate Change, and
established a consultancy offering professional services until 2010.
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria [COSROPIN); trustee of Senior Citizens and Elders
Forum of Nigeria (SCEFON); life member of the Chemical Society of Nigeria;
In 2020, she became a certified Humanitarian Fellow from the Institute of Humanitarian Studies and Social Development (IHSD).

Since 2010, she has been engaged as the founder of Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a mandate to preserve the vanishing culture of Nigeria’s indigenous peoples.

Dame May Ikokwu is Knight of St Christopher (KSC) and Jerusalem Pilgrim. She is a known chorister in Anglican churches, and the patron of several choirs and
church societies in Nigeria.

She has a happy family life as a mother and grandmother.