Nwala (file photo)
UNN to celebrate Nwala’s 80th birthday
By Valentine Amanze
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has concluded plans for the establishment of a Research Centre on African Philosophy to mark the place where the study of African Philosophy was birthed as a field of study in the curriculum of the global university system.
The event is one of the activities lined up to celebrate the 80th birthday of Prof. Timothy Uzodinma Nwala, who pioneered the teaching of African Philosophy in UNN and made it an internationally recognised discipline.
In a statement issued by the Chairman, Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) Bureau of Media & Publicity, Abia Onyike, the event would hold at the Alexandria Auditorium, UNN where Prof. Nwala would deliver a lecture titled My “Autobiographical Encounter with African Philosophy” on March, 17, 2022.
The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, a former student in the department under Prof. Nwala, would be the Special Guest, while the chairman of the occasion would be the former Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo.
Nwala, an eminent Professor of Philosophy and the first Nigerian to take a degree in Philosophy from an indigenous Nigerian university, taught at UNN for 30 years before he left to go and teach/ establish the Philosophy Department in other universities such as University of Abuja, Benue State University, Nasarawa State University and Kogi State University.
A former President of the Nigerian Philosophical Association (NPA), Prof. Nwala is generally regarded in the academia as the father of African Philosophy. He received his Master’s and PhD degrees from the prestigeous New School for Social Research in New York in the mid 1970s and obtained his Fellowship at the Oxford University and was a Fellow of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
Nwala was the pioneer Executive Secretary of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), from 1980-82 and was an elected member of the Constitutional Conference (1994-95) where he worked closely with former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, to create the Institute of Civil Society and to organize the G-34 document, which was the prelude to the ouster of military dictatorship and restoration of democracy in Nigeria.
Nwala is currently the President of Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), a Frontline pan-Igbo organization.