Thursday, 5 February 2009

Adiele Afigbo



Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo is a historian known for the history and historiography of Africa, more particularly Igbo history and the history of South-eastern Nigeria.

Afigbo was born at Ihube, Okigwe, in present day Imo State. His formal education began in 1944 at Ihube Methodist Central School, Ihube. He later went to St. Augustine's (CMS) Grammar School, Nkwerre Orlu in Imo State.

From St. Augustine's Grammar School Afigbo gained admission to the University College Ibadan with a scholarship from the government of Eastern Nigeria to read history

On obtaining the Ph.D. Adiele Afigbo was appointed a lecturer in his parent department of history, a position he held for two years before fleeing to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in the wake of the Nigerian civil war.

At different times in the following years he held the following public appointments among others – pioneer Director of Research at the National Institute for policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos; Commissioner first for Education and then for Local Government in the Government of Imo State; Chairman of the Michael Okpara College of Agriculture, Umuagwo in Imo State and Sole Administrator of the Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri. He has also won many coveted academic honours : Honorary Member of the Historical Association of Great Britain, Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria, the Nigerian National Order of Merit, the (foundation) Fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.

Books
Igbo History and Society: The Essays of Adiele Afigbo
Nigerian History, Politics, and Affairs: The Collected Essays of Adiele Afigbo (Classic Authors and Texts on Africa)
Myth, History & Society: The collected workds of Adiele Afigbo (Classic Authors and Texts on Africa)
Ropes of Sand. Studies in Igbo History and Culture

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