BGSU’s Nwauwa awarded two chieftaincies in Nigeria
BGSU can now count among its faculty a traditional Igbo chieftain — twice over. For his scholarly contributions to the promotion and preservation of Igbo history, culture and heritage as well as service to Nigeria and humanity, Dr. Apollos Nwauwa was recently awarded two Igbo chieftaincies, the Odenigbo of Ekwe and the Ohamadike of Umuchieze.
Nwauwa is chair of the Africana Studies Program and a history faculty member for the past 12 years.
While both honors were officially conferred on him and his wife, Helen, in Nigeria in late December 2011, the Nigerian Association of Greater Toledo celebrated the Nwauwas’ achievements at a reception held in Toledo on March 31. The reception was attended by friends and family from surrounding states and numerous BGSU faculty and staff members. In addition, three other Igbo chieftains from the Detroit area attended and were ceremonially ushered into the hall.
“It was so glamorous,” said Nwauwa. “Most of the people in attendance really knew the true meaning of being named a chieftain. While my academic profile means something to people here in the United States, it means so much to me that my people back home feel the impact of what I do. We are blessed to be so recognized.”
What he and his wife are doing is considerable. Their philanthropic efforts include donations to a preschool and sponsoring a number of university students, providing hospital supplies, and mentoring young people.
“You feel you are contributing in one way or another to making a difference in people’s lives,” Nwauwa said of his commitment to philanthropic work.
It was for these and other activities that His Royal Highness, Eze Emmanuel Obi Anyakudo (Ezearo II of Ekwe) and his Cabinet conferred on Nwauwa the Odenigbo of Ekwe chieftaincy on Dec. 28, 2011. Ekwe is Nwauwa’s home community. Odenigbo means “one who ‘writes’ or achieves for the Igbo.”
Two days later, on Dec. 30, the Eze-in-Council and His Royal Highness, Eze (Dr.) Enyeribe Onuoha (Ezeudo I of Umuchieze, Ihitteafoukwu, Mbaise) conferred on him the Ohamadike of Umuchieze chieftaincy. Both recognitions oblige him to continue his worthy service to the Ndi-Igbo, Nigeria, and humanity.
Umuchieze is some distance from Ekwe, Nwauwa said. The Ohamadike title conferred upon him translates as “the real leader fully recognized by his people” and was given for his service to the Nigerian community as a whole.
Genetics of human origins
Ecology and evolutionary biology scientist Dr. Jianzhi Zhang will discuss the genetics of human origins at the 2012 Jean Pasakarnis Buchanan Lecture on campus April 12.
A BGSU alumnus was killed, another was injured, and a former student was also injured in the April 4 suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Hannon was killed. Hannon graduated in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in political science.
First Lt. Christopher Rosebrock, a 2008 graduate of the College of Business, was wounded.
Specialist Austin Weigle, a former student from Bryan, Ohio, was also injured. Weigle, a freshman, was enrolled at BGSU last fall studying pre-nursing when he was called to active duty.
The University community is saddened by this news.
First business dean candidate to visit today
Ray Braun, CEO and president of the Board of Directors at Cogdell, Spencer, Inc., in Charlotte, N.C., a candidate for dean of the College of Business Administration, will present an open forum at 3 p.m. this afternoon in 114 Business Administration Building. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the second floor lounge.
The community is invited to attend both events. Visit the provost website to read his curriculum vitae and cover letter and to download an evaluation form. The presentation will also be available for viewing in about 24 hours.
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