A Hero Goes Home -statement from the family

Professor Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo, a foremost Nigerian historian passed away in Enugu, Enugu state on March 9, 2009 surrounded by his three sons.

Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo was born at Ihube, Okigwe, in Imo State. He attended Ihube Methodist Boys Central School, Ihube in 1944.Following that, he defied all economic odds and moved on to St Augustine’s (CMS) Grammar School,, Nkwerre, Orlu in Imo State with an Okigwe Native Administration Schorlarship won in a competitive examination. Another scholarship, this time from the government of Eastern Nigeria, enabled him read History at the then University College Ibadan (now University of Ibadan).

At the University College, Afigbo topped his undergraduate class and went on to become the first PhD graduate from an indigenous university thus earning himself the nickname “National Specimen”. On Obtaining the PhD, Adiele Afigbo rose very fast on the academic ladder, from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer in History in 1970, and Senior Lecturer to Professor in 1972, reaching the top of his profession after only 5 years.
In recognition of his wealth of knowledge and leadership qualities, he served the state and academia in different capacities namely:

  • Head of the Department of History and Archaeology a year after attaining professorship.
  • Dean of the Faculty of Arts Director of the Leo Hansbury Institute of African Studies in the University of Nigeria Nsukka ( several tenures).
  • Pioneer Director of Research – National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos
  • Commissioner for Education – Imo State
  • Commissioner for Local Government – Imo state
  • Chairman – Michael Okpara College of Agriculture, Umuagwo, Imo State
  • Sole administrator – Alvan Ikoku College of education, Owerri, Imo state

As a result of his contributions to nation building and the academia, his kinsmen, peers and country honoured him as

  • Ogbute-Okwe-Ibe,
  • Ogbuzuo
  • Olaudah
  • Recipient – Nigeria National Order of Merit Award (NNOM)
  • Honorary member – Historical Association of Great Britain
  • Fellow – Historical society of Nigeria
  • The (Foundation) Fellowship Of the Nigerian Academy of Letters

Prof. Afigbo authored and co-authored several books and published well over a 100 journal articles.

Known as Prof, Adi or Adiele to his friends and colleagues, AEA Esquire, as he fondly and often jocosely addressed himself, led an exemplary private and public life.
He will be mostly remembered for his contributions to the academia and nation building.

He is survived by:

  • Daughters:  Igwe Nwanyi Ngozi Achebe, Ms. Ebele Ilo, Mrs Chinedu Mba, Mrs Ijeoma Onyegbula & Ms.Chinasa Afigbo
  • Sons:  Engr. Ozurumba Afigbo, Engr. Onochie Afigbo, Engr. Chukwuemeka Afigbo,
  • Grand Children: Ikenna, Ihuoma, Chidinma, & Kelechi Onyegbula; Ifunaya, Danjuma, & Nnamdi Mba; Chizara Afigbo
  • In-Laws: Mr Jerry Onyegbula, Mr Lawrence Mba, Mrs Evelyn Afigbo, & Mrs Kezzy Ann Afigbo

There will be Internment and celebration of his exemplary life on Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at his residence, Ezihe Haus in Ihube, Okigwe, Imo State Nigeria.

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One Response to “A Hero Goes Home -statement from the family”

  1. Prof. & Mrs. E. O. Anosike Says:

    We all Adiele’s friends will miss his sense of humour and sharp intellect. He has fought a good fight and left his imprint of exellence in all that he focused on. We wish him strength on his path to further experiencing. Our loving thoughts will accompany him on his way.

    Oko & Udo Anosike.

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