From Buguma comes this great monarch, His Majesty, King Prof. Theophilus Jacob Tom Princewill, JP, CFR.
Born on the 4th Jan. 1930, the young Princewill started his formal education at the Baptist School, Buguma from 1935 to 1946 before proceeding to the Kalabari National College, Buguma from 1947 to 1951. He went on to the Veterinary School, Vom, from 1956 to 1959 and then the Bromley Polytechnic, Bromley, Kent, England from 1959 to 1961. Between September and December, 1961, he was also at the School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, England and was at the University of Ibadan from 1965 to 1966. He was equally at the University of Leeds, England from 1966 to 1975.
All through this period, he obtained an Associateship Diploma of the British Institute of Medical Science (BIMS) from (UK) in 1960; Certificate in Immunology with Distinction from University of Ibadan in 1966; Fellowship Diploma in Bacteriology by Thesis in 1969, also of BIMS; B.Sc. Degree in Microbiology, University of Leeds in 1971 and a PhD Degree in Microbiology from the same University in 1975.
Princewill worked in various capacities in Microbiology Laboratory in different disciplines which include on the Subject of Virology from 1952 to 1956; in vaccine production; routine diagnostic work and assisted in general research work at the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom; worked on the Subject of Parasitology from 1956 to 1959 at the same Institute; worked on Subject of Bacteriology from 1959 to 1966 where he carried out vaccine production, general research work, etc at Vom and Famborough Hospital, Kent, England from 1959 to 1961 and General Microbiology and Immunology from 1966 to 1975, including period spent in carrying out diagnostic services at Leeds General Infirmary and the Maternity Hospital, Leeds, from 1970 to 1974.
His research experience has also produced several papers in scientific journals which include Effects of Calcium Chloride on the Germination and Pathogenicity of Spores of Clostridium chauvoei published in the Journal of Comparative Pathology, 75,343-351 in 1965, Deoxribonucleases and hyaruronidases of Clustridium septicum and Clostridium chauvoei. II Agar Plate method for testing for hyaluronidase, Medical Laboratory Technology, 29, 245-254 which he did alongside Professor C.L Oakley in 1972, and several others in 1976, 1977, 1978, up to 1988 and beyond.
Princewill has also lectured at the Laboratory Technology Training School, Vom from 1961 to 1966 when he lectured in Bacteriology and Blood Group Serology and from 1975 to 1976 when he lectured in Microbiology, Immunology and Statistics in the school.
He also lectured at Leeds University Medical School where he was Demonstrator in microbiology from 1967 to 1972, and lecturer in microbiology teaching courses for science, medical and dental students. He was also a part – time lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Jos in 1977 and was an examiner in Microbiology at the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria from 1977 to 1984.
He was Senior Lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt in Microbiology from 1980 to 1982, Reader in Microbiology from 1982 to 1984 and Professor of Microbiology from 1984 to 1991. He worked in the same capacity at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) from 1991 to 2002. He was a supervisor of undergraduate student research projects from 1980 to 1981 and acted as examiner of graduate students between 1979 and 1988 in various Nigerian Universities.
His administrative experiences include: acting as Head of Section in Bacteriology Division, NVRI, Vom from 1961 to 1966 and from 1975 to 1977; was Head of Department of Parasitology and Officer-in-Charge of Station, Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research (NITR) Vom, from 1977 to 1980 and Dean, Faculty of Science, RSUST from 1990 to 2000 to mention but a few.
Princewill is a member of several scientific societies a few of which include Society for General Microbiology, U.K; Society of Applied Bacteriology, U.K; British Spore Group and Biotechnology Society of Nigeria. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Science of Nigeria and Nigerian Society for Parasitology.