Dr. Nonye R. Ikonta was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice and Anne Aroh of Nimo in Anambra State Nigeria. She had her early education at Holy Rosary (Convent) Primary School, Nimo, Loretto College Adazi before proceeding to AlvanIkoku College of Education for her NCE certificate in English and French with Distinction. Her higher education took her to Ahmed Bello University (ABU), Zaria where she bagged her first, second and third degrees culminating in Ph.D. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). As the best graduating student in her first degree, she was retained as a staff on graduation by the then Dean of Education Prof. Reed (an American).

Dr. Ikonta has taught English language at both secondary and tertiary levels for many years  - at Queen of the Rosary College(QRC) Onitsha, FCE, Zaria, ABU, Zaria and currently she is an Associate Professor of English Language/Education at the University of Lagos.

She is a member of many national and international academic associations, such as Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN), Curriculum Organisation of Nigerian (CON), International Literacy Association (ILA), USA, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), USA, Association of African Faculties of Education, Educational Network for West and Central Africa (ENWARCA), among others. She has attended academic conferences in many parts of Africa, Europe and USA in pursuit of academic excellence, (specifically in Ghana, Uganda, Turkey, Span, London, Qatar, USA, Rome and Germany).

She has supervised Five (5) Ph.D Theses in English/Education and has Four (4) still under her supervision. She has also supervised Sixty-six (66) Masters Dissertations and over Three hundred (300) Undergraduate Projects.

She has written Three (3) books,published articles widelyin both National and International Journals and has a total of Sixty-eight (68) publications.

She teaches many courses at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. Her areas of research interest are effective teacher education, literacy and language development, and specifically Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

She has been Chairman/member of many departmental, faculty and university committees, a resource person for workshops and conferences both within and outside the university and the Coordinator of Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Programme for over 12 years.

She is currently the Ag. Head of Department of Arts and Social Sciences Education. She is happily married with lovely children and grandchildren.

Hobbies: Reading, being abreast with current affairs, encouraging parents to speak indigenous language to their children.