(PRWEB) October 21, 2012
Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe has won the Professor Odera Oruka Award as a Sage Philosopher. The award, which is conferred by the Nigeria Philosophical Association, acknowledges the philosophical works of Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe and the intellectual appraisals they have attracted from scholars all over the world.
In the award letter dated September 25, 2012, the Nigeria Philosophical Association stated - “The numerous works on the thoughts of Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe show that he was a deep thinker. We are thus pleased to present him with the Odera Oruka Award for Sage Philosophy.”
The award will be conferred in the biennial convention of the Nigeria Philosophical Association, which will hold at the University of Abuja from October 23 - 25, 2012.
The works of Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe have received wide intellectual appraisal featuring three major national seminars and workshops coordinated by the University of Ibadan and an international conference, which held in 2010.
The Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation, which holds the vision of the wider dissemination of the thoughts and perspectives of Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe, has compiled and published a number of themes from the voluminous diaries of the sage. With over thirteen titles, which are compiled, as Briefs on the thoughts and writings of Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe. Also, there are currently three volumes of books comprising submissions by leading academics in Nigeria on various philosophical issues raised by Anyiam-Osigwe. The fourth, which is over 700 pages and shortly going to press, is the compilation of papers delivered by academics from all over the world. Among distinguished academics to be read in the volume are Professor Barry Hallen of Moorehouse College, Atlanta, Professor Asike of Howard University, Professor Gripaldo, former President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies, Professor, Olu-Owolabi immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ibandan, Professor Helen Lauer of University of Ghana, Legon, Professor Dipo Irele, Dr. Salami, OAU, Ife, Professor Agbakoba of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, among others.
ANYIAM-OSIGWE: THE SAGE HONOURED POSTHUMOUSLY
Come October 24th 2012, the Nigeria Philosophical Association will formally confer a posthumous award on Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe honouring him as a credible authority on philosophical reflections.
He will be awarded the Professor Odera Oruka award on Sage Philosophy. Professor Odera Oruka is a distinguished African Philosopher in whose honour the award was instituted in recognition of his works on Sage Philosophy in Africa. Odera Oruka’s works on Sage Philosophy followed a series of intellectual works by African scholars who sought to debunk the claim of western scholars that Africans have no capacity for philosophical thoughts and have therefore no records of presentations that convey the imprints of vigorous philosophy. In response to this African academics argued that the limitations are not in the capacity of Africans to philosophise but in the fact that the method of documentation was not in the western pattern of writing.
The unveiling of the diaries of Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe after his transition in 1998, revealed a large volume of scripts, which conveyed deep philosophical imports in various areas of philosophical enquiries. This is more so that he was not schooled in western philosophy.
It is acknowledged that his works have shown the limitations in the conception of early western scholars that Africans have no capacity for original philosophical thoughts and presentations.
The award is, therefore, a most worthy honour to a deserving African legend that we witnessed in the 20th century. His thoughts have been acknowledged as conveying deeper philosophical appraisals with new insights and perspectives.
His works which have been classified as Development Philosophy while interrogating the abstract, give practical focus to the interaction between the abstract or esoteric and the phenomena or material in providing for the wellbeing of the individual economically, socio-politically and spiritually.