Kenneth Onwuka: See The Great Igbo Professor That Pioneered The Study Of African History

As the result of being brought from a well- known family, Kenneth Onwuka Dike was born as a Nigerian on 17 December 1917, an Igbo historian and at the same time the first Nigerian Vice- Chancellor of the nation’ s premier college, the University of Ibadan.

At the time of the Ingrain civil war, the young man moved to Harvard University, where he continued with his studies as a result of being brought by a well- known family. His anticipation as a Nigerian citizen made him the writer of Nigerian history throughout the 1970s.

He could have known much about how the country was ruled and managed, starting from the colonial time to its time of growth. The civil war wasn’ t done without him witnessing it, even though he was said to have left the country, putting things in the proper order, which will help give him proper documentation of what he was up to.

Meanwhile, he was created to play the leading role in creating a generation of African historians who could interpret their own history without sharing other knowledge, rather than a nuclear writing of what he had known even before now.

Kenneth Onwuka Dike’ s Personal Life

Aside from being a Nigerian, he was said to have hailed from Awka Anambra state, eastern Nigeria, with a west African education in England and Scotland. He attended Fourah Bay College, Serra Leone and also Durham University where he obtained his BSC before approaching the University of Aberdeen for his Master’ s alongside with a chip go ahead of his PHD at King’ s College London.

At this point, after obtaining his Master’ s and being the university chancellor, he pioneered the role of promoting African leadership in scholarly works published on Africa, through which he was successful as the head of the organization committee of the first international congress of Africanists in Ghana in 1963.

In Ghana, he had sorted for historical research and was able to publish his research mainly on African studies in both indigenous languages and foreign languages, so as to introduce native speakers to English and for people to view African history through a common eye.

He was the first director of an international school in Ibadan and was elected chairman of the Commonwealth Universities Association in 1965.

Further more, he became the first African to complete western historical profession training. He became the first professor of history and headed the department of history, and he founded the Nigerian National Archives, through which his efforts helped in the founding of the Historical Society of Nigerians.

Historical Achievements

He wrote much of his achievements in a book titled, ” Trade and Politics in the Niger Delta” . During the 19th century, economic politics where the Niger delta took place. This means he had to know much of the Niger Delta and would be able to work out their history since he would be the one doing the history verification and writing.

Anyway, his field of specialization lies in the focus on internal African factors. Most notably, the Delta society’ s defensible measures against Imperialist penetration.

It means the fight for what had been the national cake and violently violenting the residents as well affected Dike’ s part in capturing the point of African history.

Meanwhile, Dike helped create the Ibadan school of African history and promote the use of oral evidence by African historians. As his report was mainly on the preservation and administration of historical records in Nigeria (1953), Trade and politics in the Nigeria Delta, 1930- 1890, he revealed the historical view of the British leader and the colonization of the Nigeria state.

Dike was also a philosophy of history who had come across the writings of Dike, which he had written in most parts of the continent as archeology. Yes, he might not have known about the concept of archeology, which today has become the main source of information for the reconstruction of African history and of the distant parts of it.

Other Archeologists Views

Furthermore, many archeologists have told a lot about the ancestors, their efforts, and ways of providing useful evidence for writing about them.

As a country, Nigeria has its own way of writing down history based on cultural traditions, all the cultural practices, and the distribution of knowledge. Basically, non- African historians used written documents to chart the history of the continent as well.

In conclusion, despite being an Igbo man, he was able to achieve the sensibility of all African history and as well pioneer it as a young man. He died on October 26, 1983, as a hero of historian and at the same time welcomed the study of African history in universities, especially in Ibadan.

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