. . . As Literati Philiosophia Holds 5th Annual International Lectures
By Chioma Ndife
The immediate past Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) Anambra State, Prof Fidelis Okafor, has received the Distinguished Man of the Year Award from the Youth Council of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS).
Prof. Okaforwho was presented with the award also received the Nelson Mandela Leadership Award for Educational Development. He was decorated with the paraphernalia by the leadership of the ECOWAS Youth Council which had representatives from Cote d'Ivoire and led by the chairperson Amb. Emmanuel William from Cape Verde; Deputy Secretary General, Amb. Epah Pablo and Speaker, Amb. MamMamSowe from Gambia.
The ECOWAS youths through the solidarity message delivered by its leadership, described Prof. Okafor as a professor of high repute, a seasoned public office holder and an academic with many years of working experience in education and leadership sectors.
The council leadership saluted the efforts of Prof. Okafor in propagating the message of peace, national integration, human capital and educational development in all areas of the world. They noted that the nomination received from Anambra Youth Forum, National Association of Nigerian Students and West Africa Forum, among others laid more emphasis on the personality of the awardee.
The International Association of World Peace Advocate (IAWPA) under the auspices of the United Nations Peace Volunteers Scheme, presented Prof. Okafor with a certificate of appointment as an Eminent Ambassador.
Prof. Okafor was also presented with an International I.D. card, special number plate, peace advocate medal and a brooch by the National Director of the association, Prof. Chidi Ehiriodo who was represented by a peace volunteer and a seasoned Jounalist, Comrade Larry Nwaiwu.
Prof. Ehiriodo said Prof. Okafor got the recognition for bringing peace back to Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojokwu University in their periods of crisis and therefore deserved an accolade as an Eminent Peace Ambassador to the United Nations.
Fides gathered that the awards came three years after Prof. Okafor was named the Commonwealth Vice-Chancellor of the Year by the Commonwealth Students' Parliament (CSP).
He was honoured for his strides in academic upgrade, infrastructural development and providing a congenial learning atmosphere for students.
Prof. Okafor received the international awards on December 6, 2018 at Best Western Meloch Hotel, Awka, during the 5th Professor Fidelis Uzochukwu Okafor Annual International Lecture Series titled 'Humanities and Science: in the Search of new perspectives in confronting emerging global issues', organized by Literati Philiosophia in conjunction with Eastern Nigeria Writes Forum.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Okafor maintained that the lecture was designed to provide a forum for men and women who were committed to research to discuss issues pertaining to humanity in Nigeria and in the diaspora. He said he had devoted all his life to the development of youths, hence the life membership honour from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). He described the conference as an intellectual gathering of academic scholars from different parts of the world aimed at proffering solutions to emerging global issues patterning to humanity and science.
The Convener, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, described the theme as apt, commending Prof. Okafor for his humility in service to humanity.
In a keynote address, the Traditional Ruler of Obosi Kingdom in Idemmili Council Area of Anambra State, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, pointed out some emerging global issues to include climate change, poverty and hunger, religious crisis, genocide and mass killing, among others, and urged government at all levels to assist in solving the problems.
He assured that quality education and awareness were vital in confronting global issues. He maintained that diverse phenomena had continued to emerge in social and natural forms for ages past.
Other lead presenters such as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Broadcasting Service, Nze Uche Nworah, represented by Mr. Tobenna Obiano; Prof. Ifeyinwa Ogbazi of the Department of English Language, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, represented by Dr. Christopher Kalu; the State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corp, Mr. Sunday Ajayi among others advocated that all hands must be on desk in order to combat global issues affecting humanity.