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South African wins $5000 Anyiam-Osigwe prize

South African wins $5000 Anyiam-Osigwe prize
October 16
22:01 2014

Mogobe Benjamin, a South African scholar and professor of philosophy from the University of South Africa, has won the $5000 Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Prize for best Philosophy book at the Nigerian Philosophical Association’s International Conference going on at the University of Lagos.

The conference is themed ‘Nigeria: 100 years After Amalgamation: Philosophical Issues and Perspectives’ is being attended by scholars, researchers and academics from Cameroun, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa.

Joseph Agbakoba, a professor and president of the Nigerian Philosophical Association (NPA), announced that Benjamin won the prize for his work titled African Philosophy Through Ubuntu.

The prize-giving ceremony was witnessed by Babajide Alo, a professor and deputy vice chancellor (academic and research) of the University of Lagos, and other leading professors and teachers of philosophy from various universities in Nigeria.

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The prize, which has its inaugural edition at the 2014 NPA conference, is an annual endowed prize by the Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation and will be given to any deserving philosophy scholar of African descent every year.

An elated Benjamin who later gave a very thought-provoking acceptance speech was full of praise for the late sage philosopher in whose honour the prize was instituted, saying Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe will forever remain a reference point in original philosophical postulations and ideas that are relevant to solving some of the developmental challenges facing Africa as a whole.

“I am happy for this prize and I am sure it will inspire me and my other colleagues to continue with our philosophical enquiries,’’ he said.

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