HOD Welcome Address

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the Department of Philosophy at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife was established in 1962 as The University of Ife and, since its establishment, ranked among the best Universities not only in Nigeria but in Africa. In the early seventies at the then University of Ife, the Philosophy programme was run in a joint Philosophy/Religious Studies Department until the 1975/76 academic session, when Philosophy and Religious Studies were established as separate Departments. As was the case with many other academic Departments, the Department of Philosophy was staffed largely by expatriate Professors and lecturers, mainly from British and American Universities. Among the foundation members of the academic staff were Professor Olubi Sodipo (of blessed memory),

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History of the Department

In the early seventies at the then University of Ife, the Philosophy programme was run in a joint Philosophy/Religious Studies Department until the 1975/76 academic session, when Philosophy and Religious Studies were established as separate Departments. As was the case with many other academic Departments, the Department of Philosophy was staffed largely by expatriate Professors and lecturers, mainly from British and American Universities.

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Professor Olubi Sodipo - An Icon of Philosophy at Ife

Professor Olubi Sodipo served as the Head of Department of Philosophy between 1971 and 1982. Before his appointment as the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the then Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University) he also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the Chairman of the college of Humanities at the University of Ife. The Department of Philosophy at Ife , under the leadership of Professor Sodipo, became in Black Africa the most exciting Centre for scholarly debates on African Philosophy.

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