Professor Patience Chinyelu Onokala obtained her B.Sc Degree in geography (2nd Class Honours, Upper Division) from the Department of Geography, University of Nigeria, Nsukka in June, 1972. She also obtained her M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Transportation Geography from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, in 1976 and 1979, respectively.
She joined the Department of Geography, U.N.N. as a Junior Fellow on the 5th of May 1973 and served for one year before gaining admission into the Department of Geography, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada in 1974 where she did her postgraduate studies. She came back to the Department of Geography U. N. N. in 1980 as a Lecturer, and then rose from the ranks to become a Professor of Transportation Geography in 2000.
She is currently the first and only female Professor of Transportation Geography in Nigeria. Professor P. C. Onokala is married with two children.