Despite the avalanche of sentiments and applications he received from other reputable sons of the state, the governor said he had no difficulty deciding in Umana’s favour because he was a technocrat with team spirit.
No one was surprised when he won the University of Calabar Foundation Scholarship in 1980, graduating with a prestigious Second Class Upper in B.sc. Economics. As has become his wont in every area of his life, he also sought and achieved the icing on the cake of an excellent academic career: An M.B.A in Finance from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Umana's decision to have gone back to Rivers State for an M.B.A. is instructive. It might have been a way of discharging a lifelong nostalgia