History Professor Elected Secretary of Igbo Studies Association

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Participants at the recent annual conference of the Igbo Studies Association elected Dr. Ogechi Anyanwu, associate professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University, as the Association’s new secretary.

One of his first duties will be to assist in the planning of the Association’s 2015 conference, which is likely to attract more than 200 participants.

The Igbo Students Association, which has a membership of over 600, was founded in 1999 to “promote and encourage research and scholarship on Igbo history, culture, social movements, linguistic, literary and artistic expressions, science and technology; to forge intellectual links and network with scholars, policy makers, and activists inside and outside Nigeria; to participate actively and collaboratively in continental and global debates with interested organizations in Nigeria, the U.S. and other countries on issues specifically relevant and correlated to Igbo studies; and to work proactively for the promotion of Igbo language with interested organizations and/or institutions in diverse regions of the world.”

Anyanwu teaches both African History and courses for the African/African American Studies program. He serves as editor-in-chief for The Journal of Retracing Africa and is the author of three books: “The Politics of Access: University Education and Nation Building in Nigeria, 1948-2000,” “Politics without Government: The Management of Conflict and Cooperation in International Relations,” and “Issues in African Diplomacy.” In 2012 he co-edited “(Re)tracing Africa: A Multi-disciplinary Study of African History, Societies, and Cultures” with Salome Nnoremele, also of the EKU faculty.  He is currently completing his fourth book, which deals with the Mbano Colonial Experience in Southeastern Nigeria, 1906-1960.

Published on May 30, 2014