Foremost Nigerian Professor of Political Science, distinguished international scholar and the globally acknowledged father of The Two Publics in Africa , Professor Peter Ekeh is dead.
Professor Ekeh’s ground-breaking academic work “Colonialism and the Two Publics in Africa: A Theoretical Statement” first published in 1975 is one of the most cited works in the field of African, political and sociological studies in various Universities across the world.
The eminent scholar, venerable teacher and prolific academic who was born on August 8, 1937, in present day Delta state, reportedly passed on Tuesday morning in the United States.
Highly revered on account of his legendary scholarly works, Ekeh taught in several African, American and Japanese universities. He was until his death, regarded as an Iroko tree in the fields of political science and sociology, respectively.
Late Ekeh hailed from Okpara Inland of Agbon Kingdom in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State. Until his death, he was also a chief of the Palace in Agbon, Delta state.
Since the news of the demise of this great intellectual giant broke, the academic community, stakeholders, family members, past students and all those who came in contact with the legendary Peter Ekeh have been thrown into state of mourning.
The late renowned scholar, who was founder of Nigerian Scholars for Dialogue, and the Urhobo Historical Society (UHS) was a professor of African-American Studies for several years at the prestigious State University of New York, at Buffalo, up state New York.
Late Professor Ekeh was married with five children. His most senior son, Akpofure Peter Ekeh, a surgeon, holds a PhD in medicine, and a Professor of note at Wright State university, Ohio, United States.
Prior to his proceeding to the University of Buffalo’s African- American Studies as Professor in 1989, Ekeh was already a very distinguished scholar at key universities across the world.
He was chair of the department of African-American studies at Buffalo university from 1993 to 2001. In his long and very excellent academic career cutting across universities in various continents, Professor Ekeh taught at the following universities, among others: University of California, Riverside (1970-73); Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Nigeria (1973-74); and at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1974-1989).
The late distinguished professor of political science was also the Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ibadan (1978-1983) and Chairman of the Ibadan University Press (1983-1988).
Ekeh earned his undergraduate degree at the famous University of Ibadan (1961-64) and his graduate degrees in sociology from the elite, Ivory league institutions , Stanford University (1965-66)and the University of California, Berkeley (1966-70), respectively.
The Nigerian born illustrious Ekeh, started his early grand research studies in sociological theory, in which he published Social Exchange Theory: The Two Traditions (1974), and psychoanalytic theory.
As an outstanding scholar, these published books were not only well regarded but they also became compelling read among scholars, students, teachers, policy makers, among others.
The prolific scholar later developed special interests in African politics and history, in which he further established himself with his landmark theory and historic research on the Two Publics.
His ground-breaking research earned him world-wide applause and esteemed reputation as a global scholar of influence and fame.
Until his death, Prof Ekeh was greatly lionized, feted and honoured on account of his grand-research on the Two Publics.
In fact, Ekeh’s work “Colonialism and the Two Publics in Africa: A Theoretical Statement”(1975) is one of the most cited publications in the field of African, political and sociological studies across the world.
The late erudite professor’s work cut across diverse disciplines and have been particularly influential in African studies. Late Ekeh also held several fellowships roles admirably in Europe, United States, and Japan.
For example, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, D.C. (1988-89) where he also earned various research and scholarship awards.
He led and piloted several research projects across the world in the field of political science and sociology. He was a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar for his graduate studies.
With funding and grants from Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C., late Ekeh led and supervised several academic projects.
Later in his career, late Ekeh founded the Urhobo Historical Society (UHS)whose influential web site URHOBO WAADO he edited for several years.
He also founded the Nigerian Scholars for Dialogue. He was also most active in the campaign for the protection of the Niger delta environment.