Dr. Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa

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Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa, Ph.D.

Position: Professor and Director of Africana Studies, graduate faculty
Phone: 419-372-9483
Email: nwauwa@bgsu.edu
Address: 138 Williams Hall

ABOUT

Professor of History & Director of Africana Studies

AFFILIATIONS

  • African Studies Association
  • World History Association
  • Historical Society of Nigeria
  • Igbo Studies Association
  • Nigerian Studies Association

Fields of Study

  • Modern Africa, (colonial and contemporary)
  • Education in Africa
  • African cultures and societies
  • Africa in Global Politics
  • Nigerian history
  • History of the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria
  • African Diaspora studies.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.), African History, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (with sub-field in American History). Dissertation: “Britain & the Politics of University Education for Africans, 1860-1960,” directed by Prof John E. Flint, 1993
  • Master of Arts (MA), African History, Dalhousie University, Hali-fax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Thesis: “The Aro Chiefdom of Southeastern Nigeria: Chronology & State Formation, 1690-1720,” directed by Prof J.B. Webster, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA, Hons), Bendel State (now Ambrose Alli) University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria, 1986

Selected Publications

  • 2016    Governance and Leadership in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges (co-edited by Julius Adekunle), Goldline & Jacobs Publishing, Glassboro, NJ.
  • 2015    Nigerian Political Leaders: Vision, Actions and Legacies, (co-edited with Julius Adekunle) Goldline & Jacobs Publishing, New Jersey.
  • 2015    Perspectives on the Igbo: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (co-edited with Chima Korieh) Goldline & Jacobs Publishing, New Jersey.
  • 2012    Between Tradition and Change: Sociopolitical and Economic Transformation among the Igbo of Nigeria (co-edited with Ebere Onwudiwe), Goldline & Jacobs, New Jersey.
  • 2011    Against All Odds: The Igbo Experience in Post-Colonial Nigeria, (co-edited with Chima Korieh), Goldline & Jacobs Publishing, New Jersey.
  • 2009    “The Enduring Legacies of Professor Adiele E. Afigbo,” Mbari: The International Journal of Igbo Studies, vol. 1, no. 2, pp.105-107. (USA)
  • 2009  “The Impact of British Rule in Igboland: A Survey of Political Disorder in Ekwe Town, Orlu District, 1900-2000” in Adam Paddock and Toyin Falola (eds.) Themes and Methods in African Studies: Essays in Honor of Adiele E. Afigbo, Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press, New Jersey.
  • 2009  “K.O. Dike and the New African Nationalist Historiography, in Adam Paddock and Toyin Falola (eds.) Themes and Methods in African Studies: Essays in Honor of Adiele E. Afigbo, Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press, New Jersey.
  • 2008    “Hypotheses of State Formation and the Evolution of Kingship (Ezeship) Tradition in Igboland: A Socio-Political Anatomy of the Origin of the Aro Kingdom,” International Journal of African Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2. (USA)
  • 2008    “Politics of Race, Power and Ideology: The Fluctuating Fortune of African Studies in the United States,” UFAHAMU: Journal of African Studies, Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp.25-65. (USA)
  • 2007    “The Policies and Challenges of the Universal Basic Education Scheme in Nigeria,” (co-authored with Ogechi Anyanwu), International Journal of Social & Management Sciences, Volume 1, No.2. (USA
  • 2005  “Concepts of Democracy and Democratization in Africa Revisited,” in Charles Nieman (ed.) Democracy and Globalization, Kent State University Press, Kent.
  • 2001    “Empire, Race and Ideology: Edward Blyden’s Initiatives for an African University, Africa-Centered Knowledge, 1872-1890,” International Journal of African Studies, vol. II, no.2, 2001, 1-18. (USA)
  • 2001  “Creech Jones and African Universities, 1943-1950,” in Chris Youé and Timothy Stapleton (eds.), Agency and Action in Colonial Africa, Palgrave Publishers (formerly Macmillan), London, pp. 126-140.
  • 1997    Imperialism, Academe, and Nationalism: Britain and University Education for Africans, 1860 - 1960, Frank Cass, London.
  • 1999  “Far Ahead of His Time: James Africanus Horton’s Initiatives for a West African University and His Frustrations, 1862-1871”, Cahiérs D’Études Africaines, vol.153, no. XXXIXIX-1, pp.107-121. (France)
  • 1999  “After Tragedies, New Hope for Nigeria,” The Providence Journal, Friday October 8, 1999. (Providence, Rhode Island) (USA)
  • 1995  "The Evolution of the Aro Confederacy in Southeastern Nigeria, 1690-1720: A Theoretical Synthesis of State Formation Process in Africa", Anthropos, vol. 90, pp. 353-364. (Germany)
  • 1995 "University Education for Africans, 1900-1935: An `Anathema’ to British Administrative Policy", Asian and African Studies, vol.27. No.3, pp.263-292. (Israel)

Projects:

On-Going Research Project

 “The Mind Game: Nigerian Universities and the Cold War, 1960-2000” is my current book-length research project, which explores the links between East-West ideological rivalry, geo-political agendas and Nigerian universities. It deviates from the existing works on cold war politics in Africa that focus mainly on economics and politics with little attention to its socio-cultural impact. The crucial question are: how did the elites and the academy negotiate the cold war challenges that appeared in the aftermath of decolonization; what effects did these events have on the bureaucrats and teachers who controlled the universities and future policy makers turned out by these institutions? Essentially, this study is an investigation of the nature and impact of externally imposed models, their contentious results for nation-building, and their role on how Nigerian elites and academy dealt with post-colonial challenges of globalization.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • 2015   Presenter, “The Cold War, Academe and Nigerian Elites, 1960-1990,” 60th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Historical Association, University of Abuja, October 11-14, 2015
  • 2015    Presenter, “The 2015 Elections and the Position of Ndi-Igbo,” 13th International      Conference of the Igbo Studies Association, Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA
  • 2014   Chair, "Towards a New African Active, Vocal Constituency in the West (and The World," 157th Annual African Studies Association Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, Nov. 2—23, 2014.
  • 2014    Panelist, "There Was a Country: Nigeria, Biafra & the Unfulfilled Promise," The Chinua Achebe Colloquium, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, May 1-3, 2014.
  • 2014 Chair, "Beyond the Literary Canon of Realist Writing: Chinua Achebe's There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra" Roundtable Panel at the 40th Annual Africana Literature Association Conference, April 9-14, 2014, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2014 Presided, 12th Annual International Conference of the Igbo Studies Association, Dominican University, Chicago May 22-24, 2014 (Association President)
  • 2012 Presided, 11th Annual International Conference of the Igbo Studies Association, Washington, DC, April 8-9, 2012 ((Association President)
  • 2012 Roundtable, "New Frontiers in Nigerian Research," African Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, November 29, 2012
  • 2011 Session Chair, African American Association for Historical Research and Preservation, Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), Seattle, Washington, February 2011
  • 2011 Conference Chair, Igbo Studies Association Conference, April 8-9, 2011, Washington, DC
  • 2011 Paper Presenter, “Uses and Abuses of Christianity in World His-tory: The Trans-Atlantic African and African-American Experience," 20th Annual World History Association Conference, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, July 7-10, 2011
  • 2010 Panel Chair, Ohio Academy of History Conference, Capital University, Columbus, March 26-7, 2010.
  • 2009 Panel Chair, “Biafra War, Human Rights and Discourse on Genocide,” at the International Conference on The Biafra-Nigeria Civil War, September 25-26, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • 2007 "The Mind Game: Nigerian Universities and the Cold War, 1960-1990” - a draft chapter presented at the African Studies Association Conference in New York on October 18-21, 2007
  • 2004 “Private University Policy in Nigeria: Alibi, Prospects and Constraints,” paper presented at the Annual Conference of the African Studies Association held in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2004.
  • 2004 “Concepts and Challenges of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Policy in Nigeria,” paper presented with Ogechi E. Anyanwu at the Policy History Conference held in Clayton, Missouri on May 20-23, 2004.
  • 2003 “Concepts of Democracy and Democratization in Africa Revisited,” presented at the Fourth Annual Symposium on Democracy and Globalization, Kent State University, April 28-29.
  • 2003 “The Aftermath of the Warrant Chief System in Ekwe, a Peripheral Orlu Community, 1916-2002,” paper presented at the International Conference on Igbo Studies, Cornell University, April 2003
  • 2003 “The Paradox of University Autonomy in Nigeria,” paper presented at the annual African Studies Association Conference, Boston, November-December 2003.
  • 2001 “Kenneth Onwuka Dike and the Making of the Intellectual Traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora.” Accepted for presentation at the 44th Annual Conference of the African Studies Association in Houston Texas, November 15-18, 2001.
  • 2000 “Revisiting Africa Documentaries by Professors Ali Mazrui, Basil Davidson and Henry Gates, Jr.”, Panelist, Plenary Session 2, Africans in America: Past, Present and Future, 9th Annual Africa/Diaspora Conference, California State University, Sacramento, May 4-6, 2000.
  • 1999 “The Place of Arthur Creech Jones in the Development of Universities in British Colonial Africa, 1940-1950”, paper presented at the 42nd Annual African Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, November 11-14, 1999.
  • 1997 "Pan-Africanism at Bay: Territorial Nationalism and the Site for University of British West Africa, 1945-1950", paper presented at the 40th Annual Conference of African Studies Association, Columbus, Ohio, November 13-16, 1997.
  • 1995 "Neo-colonialism and Academe: The British `Intellectual Imperial-ism' in Colonial Africa, 1940-1960", paper presented at African Studies Association (ASA) in Orlando, Florida, November 03-06, 1995.
  • 1995 "Edward Wilmot Blyden: Initiative for African University, African-Centered Knowledge and His Frustrations, 1872-1890", paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the African Heritage Studies Association, Temple University, Philadelphia, March 30-April 02, 1995.
  • 1994 "Intellectual Dependency and Underdevelopment in Africa", paper presented at the 17th Annual Third World Studies Conference held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, 13-15 October 1994.

Presentations

  • 2015     Guest Speaker, “The Challenge of Boko Haram in Nigeria,” Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, October 30, 2015.
  • 2012    Keynote Speaker, “Chieftaincy Institution in Africa: The Igbo Example,” 7th Annual Cultural Conference, African Peoples Association, Bowling Green State University, November 16, 2012.
  • 2010    Guest Speaker, "The Wonders of the African World," Symposium organized by the African Peoples Association, BGSU, October 2010
  • 2010    Guest Speaker, “The African You Rarely Hear About,” Black Student Association Symposium, Bowling Green State University, Thursday, February 18, 2010.
  • 2008    “Uses and Abuses of Christianity: The African and African-American Experience,” guest speech delivered at The Family Church Without Walls, Toledo, Ohio as part of its African American History Celebration, February 17.
  • 2007    Guest speaker, “Nigeria Since Independence” a lecture in Commemoration of Nigeria's Independence organized by the Association of Nigerians in Greater Toledo, September 29.
  • 2006    “A Dream Come True? Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Movement,” keynote speech at the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute organized by the Human Relations Commission of the City of Bowling Green, City Administrative Services Building, January 15.
  • 2004    Invited keynote speaker by the NAACP, Fremont Branch, on the occasion of Black History Month Event and Scholar-ship Fund Raiser, WSOS, Sandusky, Ohio, February 15.
  • 2004    Keynote Speaker, Black History Month, Toledo Performing Arts School, February 27.
  • 2003    Guest lecturer, Dr Liette Gidlow’s Policy History Graduate Class, December 1.
  • 2003    “Confronting the Challenges of Africa’s Brain Drain in a Globalizing World: The Perils and the Promise,” keynote presentation at the Africa Brain Gain Association Seminar, Olscamp 219, BGSU, on December 5.
  • 2003    “US-Nigeria Relations,” guest presentation at the Seniors’ Annual Breakfast Meeting, City of Bowling Green Senior’s Center, Bowling Green.
  • 2002    Guest lecturer, Dr. Judith Sealander’s HIST 780: Introduction to Policy History, February 12
  • 2002    Guest Presenter, “Symposium on African Film”, organized by Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, BGSU, May 3.
  • 2000    “Globalization: What is the Place of Africa”, keynote speech at the African Peoples’ Association colloquium on the occasion of Africa Day Celebration, BGSU, October 27.
  • 1998    “African Studies in the United States: An Overview”,  keynote presentation at the Opening Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rhode Island College, August 27.
  • 1995    "Africa: Our Motherland", keynote speech delivered in commemoration of the African-American History Month, Unity Center, Rhode Island College, Providence, February 27.
  • 1995    "Nigeria at a Cross-Road", a Keynote Address at the Commemoration of Nigeria's Independence at the International Institute of Rhode Island, Organized by National Association for the Advancement of Nigerians, (NAAN), October 07, 1995.

Invited Talks

  • 2014    Guest Speaker, "Evolution of Private Universities in Nigeria:  A Historical Overview," McPherson University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, January 10, 2014
  • 2012    Keynote Speaker, “Chieftaincy Institution in Africa: The Igbo Example,” 7th Annual Cultural Conference, African Peoples Association, Bowling Green State University, November 16, 2012.
  • 2010    Guest Speaker, "The Wonders of the African World," Symposium organized by the African Peoples Association, BGSU, October 2010
  • 2010    Guest Speaker, “The African You Rarely Hear About,” Black Student Association Symposium, Bowling Green State University, Thursday, February 18, 2010.
  • 2008    “Uses and Abuses of Christianity: The African and African-American Experience,” guest speech delivered at The Family Church Without Walls, Toledo, Ohio as part of its African American History Celebration, February 17.
  • 2007    Guest speaker, “Nigeria Since Independence” a lecture in Commemoration of Nigeria's Independence organized by the Association of Nigerians in Greater Toledo, September 29.
  • 2006    “A Dream Come True? Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Movement,” keynote speech at the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute organized by the Human Relations Commission of the City of Bowling Green, City Administrative Services Building, January 15.
  • 2004    Invited keynote speaker by the NAACP, Fremont Branch, on the occasion of Black History Month Event and Scholar-ship Fund Raiser, WSOS, Sandusky, Ohio, February 15.
  • 2004    Keynote Speaker, Black History Month, Toledo Performing Arts School, February 27.
  • 2003    Guest lecturer, Dr Liette Gidlow’s Policy History Graduate Class, December 1.
  • 2003    “Confronting the Challenges of Africa’s Brain Drain in a Globalizing World: The Perils and the Promise,” keynote presentation at the Africa Brain Gain Association Seminar, Olscamp 219, BGSU, on December 5.
  • 2003    “US-Nigeria Relations,” guest presentation at the Seniors’ Annual Breakfast Meeting, City of Bowling Green Senior’s Center, Bowling Green.
  • 2002    Guest lecturer, Dr. Judith Sealander’s HIST 780: Introduction to Policy History, February 12
  • 2002    Guest Presenter, “Symposium on African Film”, organized by Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, BGSU, May 3.
  • 2000    “Globalization: What is the Place of Africa”, keynote speech at the African Peoples’ Association colloquium on the occasion of Africa Day Celebration, BGSU, October 27.
  • 1998    “African Studies in the United States: An Overview”,  keynote presentation at the Opening Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rhode Island College, August 27.
  • 1995    "Africa: Our Motherland", keynote speech delivered in commemoration of the African-American History Month, Unity Center, Rhode Island College, Providence, February 27.
  • 1995    "Nigeria at a Cross-Road", a Keynote Address at the Commemoration of Nigeria's Independence at the International Institute of Rhode Island, Organized by National Association for the Advancement of Nigerians, (NAAN), October 07, 1995.

Courses Taught

  • Modern African History;
  • Sub-Saharan African History;
  • The Modern World;
  • The History of Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Africana Studies;
  • African Cultures and Societies;
  • Contemporary African History;
  • Nationalism & Independence;
  • Perspectives on Africa (survey from antiquity to present)
  • European Invasion & African Responses;
  • Africa in World Politics;
  • Colonial Education Policy in Africa;
  • Post-Colonial Education Policy in Africa;
  • Themes in Modern African History;
  • Africa and World War II;
  • Man in Africa
  • Nigeria in Transition, 1960-2000
  • British Indirect Rule System in Nigeria
  • 2011    Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award for supervision of Michael Kithinji’s Award-Winning Dissertation. Also won the Ohio Academy of History Dissertation Award, 2011.
  • 1990    Isaac Walton Killam Scholarship Award, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
  • 1986    Head of Department Award for Best History Graduate, Bendel State University, Ekpoma, Nigeria.
  • 1986    J. B. Webster Award for Best Research Honor's Thesis, Bendel State University, Ekpoma, Bendel State, Nigeria, 1986.
  • 2010    Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) grant in Swahili for Africana Studies Department for 2010-2016. ($50,000)
  • 2007    The Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) Scholars and Artists in Residence Fellowship Grant for fall semester.
  • 2006    Faculty Research Incentive Grant (RIG) for $11,500, Faculty Research Committee BGSU, 2006
  • 2001    Center for Innovative and Transformative Education (CITE), BGSU, 2001, $3,000
  • 2001    Ethnic Cultural Arts Program (ECAP) Grant, BGSU, March, 2001, $2,800
  • 2001    Faculty Development Travel Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, BGSU, 2001, $250
  • 2000    Faculty Research Grant, Rhode Island College, 2000, $3,900