MIDDLETOWN, DE, August 11, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Prof. Godfrey N. Uzoigwe with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Uzoigwe celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Having accrued more than 45 years of inimitable experience in the field of historical education and higher education administration, Dr. Uzoigwe earned the distinguished title of a professor emeritus of history at Mississippi State University in 2014. He initially began his career between 1967 and 1970 as a lecturer in history at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, after which he was invited to accept an assistant professorship in the department of history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1970). He became associate professor (1972) and advanced to a full professorship (1975). He resigned from the University of Michigan in 1984 to accept the position of professor and Head, Department of History, University of Calabar, in Nigeria, and he simultaneously served as dean of the faculty of arts until 1987. Dr. Uzoigwe subsequently became professor of history and dean of the college of humanities and social sciences at Abia State University, Okigwe, Abia State, Nigeria (1987-93) and Dean, Post Graduate Studies (1993-1996). He relocated to Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria in 1996 to accept the position of professor of history and Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, where he would remain until 1999.
In 1999, Dr. Uzoigwe returned to the United States to accept the position of professor of history and the head of the history department at Mississippi State University. He remained active as the department head until 2005, and continued to teach until 2013, whereupon he retired. Dr. Uzoigwe has written and edited more than a dozen books on British Imperial history, the precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial histories of Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa. His publications include: Britain and the Conquest of Africa: The Age of Salisbury (University of Michigan Press, 1974); Anatomy of an African Kingdom: A history of Bunyoro-Kitara (New York: Double Day, 1971); Uganda: Dimensions of Nationhood (New York: Nok Publishers, 1984); Troubled Journey: Nigeria since the Civil War (Routledge, 2007); Visions of Nationhood: Prelude to the Nigerian Civil War (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2011); and Neocolonialism is Dead, Long Live Neocolonialism: Postcolonialism and World Peace (Germany: Lambert Academic Publishers, 2020).
Born in Nigeria, Dr. Uzoigwe's interest in history began with a deep understanding of the global, sociopolitical, and colonial change and legacies that his father and grandfather had seen over the course of their own lifetimes. He studied at University College Dublin, Ireland, earning an honors Bachelor of Arts in history in 1963, and completed a Diploma of Higher Education degree at Trinity College in 1964. In 1964, Dr. Uzoigwe went up to Christ Church, Oxford University and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (D. Phil.) degree in modern history from Oxford University in 1967.
Dr. Uzoigwe is proud to have mentored a number of students who proceeded to become deans and professors in their own right. He has further distinguished himself as a visiting professor to various institutions, including the University of Nigeria, Tulane University, and Cornell University, and was a fellow for the Study of Human Values in Accra, Ghana, from 1980 to 1987. Moreover, Dr. Uzoigwe is one of ten Life Fellows of the Historical Society of Nigeria, a past president of the Historical Society of Nigeria and a former member of the UNESCO Scientific Committee, having served between 1997 and 2005. He is the former director of Lincoln University's Center for Public Policy and Diplomacy, and founding Director, Centre for Igbo Studies, Abia State University (1987-1993).
Dr. Uzoigwe has been recognized extensively for his research and contributions to the corpus of African history and as one of the pioneers of the "New African History" who popularized the use of oral traditions as an acceptable source in historical studies. Among other accolades, he has been acknowledged as Chief Ezeugoma of Umunoha and Chief Ugochinyere of Ubomini in Imo State, Nigeria and was presented with a Golden Jubilee Award, a Special Presidential Award by the Historical Society of Nigeria (2005) for his contributions to historical studies. He has also received the Distinguished Scholarship and Leadership Presidential awards by the Association of Global South Studies (2003 and 2004 respectively). Dr. Uzoigwe was a fellow of the Royal African Society and a member of numerous academic associations, including the African Studies, the American Historical Association, and the Smithsonian Institution.
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