Excelsia College

School of Social Work

Excelsia College | Anthony Iwuagwu

Social Work Lecturer

Anthony Iwuagwu

Bachelors of Social Work, Masters of Social work, Masters of Social Gerontology, Professional Diploma of Education

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Biographical details

Anthony Iwuagwu is a social worker and a social gerontologist with specific research interest in the health and wellbeing of older adults, persons living with disability and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Anthony has over 5 years experience teaching in higher learning in Nigeria, Canada and Australia. He also has experience supervising field placement for both undergraduate and graduate social work students. Anthony adeptly blends his constructivist philosophy with diverse teaching methodologies to foster students engagement and critical thinking.

Profile of Anthony Iwuagwu


Anthony holds a bachelors and Masters degree in Social work from the University of Nigeria. Committed to excellent classroom delivery, Anthony also obtained a professional diploma in Education from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, along with a second masters degree in Social Gerontology from the University of Southampton, UK.

Research Interests

Anthony employs a qualitative approach to investigate pivotal topics within social work, including Intergenerational caregiving; Aging, Disability, culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Awards and Honours

Anthony was a recipient of the Commonwealth (UK) scholarship for masters study and has also won the Alzheimer Society of Fellows research grant in Canada worth 65,000 Canadian dollars. Anthony has received specialized training in individual care


Anthony’s professional affiliations underscore his commitment to advancing social work and gerontology. He is an active member of esteemed associations including:

  • Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
  • Emerging Researchers and Professionals in Ageing-African Network
  • African Polling Institute Research Network
  • Social Work, Policy and Development Research Group
  • International Strategic Management Institute

Selected publications

Ngwu, C. N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Ogar, L., Eyang, B., Iyiani, C., Okafor, A., … & Rahman, F. N. (2022). Socio-demographic predictors of gendered political participation and implications for social work practice in Enugu State, Nigeria. Cogent Social Sciences, 8(1), 2069907.


Ekoh, P. C., Walsh, C., Iwuagwu, A. O & George, E. O  (2022). Social Networks and Support to Older People in Refugee Situation in Western Countries: A Scoping Review Protocol. Social Science Protocols, 5(1), 1-7.


Iwuagwu, A. O., Ngwu, C. N., Ekoh, P. C (2022). Challenges of Female Older Adults Caring for Their very old Parents in Rural Southeast Nigeria: A Qualitative Descriptive Inquiry. Journal of Population Aging. DOI : 10.1007/s12062-022-09392-4


Iwuagwu, A.O & Kalu, M.E (2021). A Promising Approach to Reducing Social Loneliness among Older Adults in Nigeria during COVID-19 Pandemic, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 64:5, 449-451, DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2021.1901818.


Iwuagwu, A. O (2023). ‘Ọmụgwọ’ as unpaid labour? the perceptions of postpartum caregiving among  older grandmothers in Southeast Nigeria. Innovation in Aging. DOI: igad069.


Iwuagwu, A.O., Ugwu, L.O., Ugwuanyi, C.C & Ngwu, C. N (2022). Awareness and access to support care services available for older adults in Enugu, Nigeria. African Journal of Social work, 12 (2) 12-20


Kalu, M.E., Adandom, I.I., Ezulike, C., Ibekaku, M., Iwuagwu, A.O., Nwachukwu, E., Oyinlola, O, & Uduonu, E (2022). A Mapping Review on the Uptake of the COVID-19 Vaccine among Adults in Africa Using the 5A’s Vaccine Taxonomy. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 00 (00) 1-10 DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.21-0515


Ngwu, C. N & Iwuagwu, A. O (2022). Law and social work practice in Nigeria: a need for effective collaboration. African Journal of Social Work. 12 (2). 39-49


Kalu, M. E, Okeke, C, Nwachukwu, E, Iwuagwu, A. O et al. (2022). Methodology and reporting quality of 544 studies related to ageing: a continued discussion in setting priorities for ageing research in Africa. Journal of Global Health Economics and Policy. 2022010. https://doi.org/10.52872/001c.36188


Ekoh, P. C., Chukwemeka, E., Ezulike, C. D., George, E. O., Egbo, I. E., Agbawodikeizu, P. U., Iwuagwu, A. O & Nnebe, I. (2022). Ageing and Health in Africa: Assessing how low-and Middle-class Older Adults with Chronic Illnesses Navigate the Problem of Counterfeit Drugs in Nigeria. Journal of Population Ageing, 1-17.


Iwuagwu, A.O., Rayner, D., Kalu, M.E & Ngwu, C.N (2023). Why I Have Not Taken the COVID-19 Vaccine” a Descriptive Qualitative Study of Older Adults’ Perceived Views of COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Nigeria. Journal of Population Aging. DOI: 10.1007/s12062-023-09410-z.


Rahman, F. N., Hafiz, K., Jahangir, H.M & Iwuagwu, A. O (2021). Guidelines for in-depth interviews conducted among healthcare providers of tea-gardens in Bangladesh. PLOS ONE. Journal contribution. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0247957.s002


Iwuagwu, A.O., Ngwu, C.N., Farah, R., Kalu, M., Koustov, D (under review). Connecting the experiences of persons with disabilities and social workers in Nigerian care institutions regarding COVID-19 vaccine uptake: A qualitative descriptive-interpretive study. Sage Open


Iwuagwu, A.O & Lai, W.L.D., Ngwu, C. N & Kalu, M. E (2022). Social workers’ involvement in developing and implementing social programs for rural older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria: A concept paper and suggestions for action plan. Journal of Gerontological Social Work DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2022.2135657.


Ekoh, P. C., Walsh, C., Iwuagwu, A. O & George, E. O (under review). Impact of Social Networks and Support on the Lived Experiences of Older Refugees in Western Countries: A Scoping Review. European Journal of Aging.


Rahman, F.N., Khan, H.T.A., Hossain, M. J & Iwuagwu, A. O (2021). Health and wellbeing of indigenous older adults living in the tea gardens of Bangladesh. PLoS One. 4;16(3):e0247957. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247957. PMID: 33662034; PMCID: PMC7932146.


Rahman, F. N., Rahman, A. F.,  Iwuagwu, A O & Dalal, K (2021) ‘COVID-19 Transmission due to Mass Mobility Before and After the Largest Festival in Bangladesh: An Epidemiologic Study’ INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing 58: 1–10. 10.1177/00469580211023464journals.sagepub.com/home/inq.


Ojembe, B., Kalu, M., Ezulike, C., Ekoh. P.C., Osiefo, T., Onyinlola, O., Iwuagwu, A. O., Makonjuola, J & Kapiriri, L (2021). Exploration of loneliness among black older adults: A scoping review protocol. Social Science Protocols, 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.7565/ssp.2021.


Ekoh, P. C., Iwuagwu, A. O & George, E. O & Walsh, C. A (2022). Forced Migration-Induced Diminished Social Networks and Support, and its Impact on the Emotional Wellbeing of Older Refugees in Western Countries: A Scoping Review. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2022.104839.


Iwuagwu, A. O & Kalu, M (2021). Covid-19 and Older adults: The paradox of physical distancing. Ace Journal of Public Health and Community Medicine, 1 (1) 8-9.


Iwuagwu, A.O., Ngwu, C. N., Ekoh, P.C., Ebimgbo, S. O., Gyimah, A. A (2022). An exploration of primary caregivers’ knowledge of dyslexia, awareness of the problems, and supports for elementary school children in Nigeria? Cogent Social Sciences. 8:1, 2132673, DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2022.2132673.


Eyang, B. O., Gobo, N. B., Iwuagwu, A.O & Ogar, L.E (2021). Perception of postgraduate students on the early reporting of rape related cases: A framework for social justice in Nigeria European Journal of Scientific Research. 157 (4) pp.408 – 415.


Onalu, C., Chukwu, N., Nnama-Okechukwu, C., Iwuagwu, A., Agha, Agha.,  Anazonwu, N., Okah, P & Okoye, U (2023) An Exploratory Study of the Situation of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria: Practice Consideration for Social Workers. An exploratory study of the situation of persons with disabilities in Nigeria: Practice consideration for social Workers. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1080/26408066.2023.2265920


Iwuagwu, A. O., Ekoh, P. C., Ngwu, C.N & Gyimah, A. A (2023). The impact of football fanaticism on the wellbeing of young men in Nigeria: Implication for social work practice. Cogent Social Sciences.  https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2023.2168792.


Ngwu, C. N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Ebimgbo, A & Igboeli, E., Eyang, B & Ogar, L (2022). Perception and practice of cervical cancer screening services and the role of social workers in facilitating screening uptake in Enugu State, Nigeria. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 23(7):2271-2277. DOI: 10.31557/APJCP.2022.23.7.2271.

Iwuagwu, A. O., Okah, P., Nnama-Okechukwu, C., Chukwu, N., Agha, A., Anazonwu, N., Onalu, C & Okoye, U (2023). Barriers to Social Inclusion among Older Adults with Disabilities in Imo State, Nigeria: A Descriptive Phenomenological Inquiry. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research 25(1): 132–146. DOI: https://doi. org/10.16993/sjdr.997

Anazonwu, N., Okah, P., Agha, A., Chukwu, N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Nnama-Okechukwu, C & Okoye, U (2022). Barriers to Domestication and Implementation of the Disability Act in Southeast Nigeria. Journal of Social Work in Developing Societies 33 4(1): 33-50.

Akintunde, T. Y., Iwuagwu, A. O., Isangha, S. O & Adedeji, A (2023). Adverse childhood experiences and subjective well-being of migrants: Exploring the role of resilience and gender differences. Global Social Welfare. Glob Soc Welf (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40609-023-00310-w.

Akinrolie, O; Iwuagwu, A. O; Kalu, M; Rayner, D; Oyinlola, O; Ezulike, C; Okoh, A… Onyekere, C (2023) ‘Longitudinal Studies of Aging in Sub-Saharan Africa: Review, limitations, and recommendations in preparation of projected aging population’ Innovation in Aging, igae002, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igae002.


Ojembe, B., Kalu, M., Ezulike, C., Iwuagwu, A. O., Ekoh. P.C., … Kapiri, L (2022). Understanding Social and Emotional Loneliness among Black Older Adults: A Scoping Review. Journal of Applied Gerontology. DOI: 10.1177/07334648221118357.


Ogar, L. E., Eyang, B. O., Egbara, A. P & Iwuagwu, A. O (2021). Social Work Counselling: A Panacea for Youth Involvement in Migration and Modern Day Slavery. European Journal of Social Sciences 61 (2) 85-95


Isangha, S. O., Ngwu, C. N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Abonyi, E., Nanji, A. O., & Rahman, F. N. (2021). Intimate Partner Violence: The Moderating Role of Personality Trait and Religion. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 8(3) 286-302.


Ngwu, C.N., Iwuagwu, A. O., Onah, N., Nnadi, F., Kalu, E., Ugwuanyi, C & Ibenwa, C (2023). Internally Displaced Persons’ Experiences and the Predictors of Social Support and Adjustment to Displacement in Northeast Nigeria: A MixedMethod Study.. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 0(0) DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2023.2275250.