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Centre for Critical Thinking and Resourceful Research for Africa (CECTRRA) - Our Founder - Prof. Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi

CECTRRA Founder - Prof. L. O. Ugwuanyi

Centre for Critical Thinking and Resourceful Research in Africa (CECTRRA) was founded by Professor Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi, a University lecturer with 24 years’ experience in teaching philosophy at four difference universities in Nigeria and abroad.

His field of specialization /research interest is African Philosophy. He also researches on African Modernity, Theorizing Difference; Afro-Theorism; Environmental Philosophy, Endogenous Knowledge, etc.

He has over 50 academic publications; has served as Visiting Scholar at University of South Africa in 2005 and Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy at Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo, Zimbabwe in 2014, and Visiting Professor at St Albert Institute for Higher Education, Nigeria in 2017 .

His most recent Journal publications include:
(2021) Ugwuanyi, L.O and Amoah, Lloyd G.Adu "Special Journal Edition on Chinweizu: Over 40 years Reflection of Africa, Asia and The World”, African and Asian Studies 20 (2021) 4–8,Brill-The Netherlands.

(2021) Ugwuanyi, L.O “Addressing the Challenge of Epistemicide and African Self-understanding through a Study of Chinweizu (2004) Ubuntology: Groundwork for the Intellectual Autonomy of the Black Race” in African and Asian Studies 20 (2021) 100–123, Brill-The Netherlands.

(2021) Ugwuanyi, L. O., “From Pan-Africanism to Pro-Africanism: A Critical Review of the Ideology of Pan-Africanism with a Fresh Proposal”, Journal of Contemporary African Philosophy (JOCAP), December (2020) Issue-Volume 1,Issue/Number 2, pp.29-46.

(2020) Ugwuanyi,L.O “What Should Globalization Mean for African Humanities and Why?” CODESRIA Journal of Higher Education in Africa, Volume 18, Number 1JHEA/RESA Vol. 18, No. 1, 2020, pp. 23-37

(2020) Ugwuanyi, L. O., “Towards an African Theory of Just war” - Revista de Estudios Africanos, Número 1, p.51-65.

(2020) Ugwuanyi, L. O., “Exploring the African Philosophy of Humour through Igbo Proverbs on Laughter”, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Special Edition, Philosophy and Laughter, Volume 58 Issue 4,pp.648-665.

(2018) Ugwuanyi, L. O., “Illustrating the Challenge of Translation and the Question of Epistemic Justice through the Translation Project on Thaddeus Metz into Igbo Language of Nigeria in   Translation Revisited: Contesting the Sense of African Social Realities ed.Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo, Mamadou Diawara and Elísio S. Macamo,”,Cambridge Scholars Publishing ,pp.551.  

*(2017) Ugwuanyi,L.O " Critiquing Sub-Saharan African Pan-Africanism through an Appraisal of Post-Colonial African Modernity and Providing a Fresh Proposal" Theoria, Issue 153, Vol. 64, No. 4 (December 2017): 58-84,South Africa.

* (2014) Ugwuanyi,L.O“The Question of Happiness in African Philosophy”, South African Journal of Philosophy, South Africa, Volume 33, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.513-522

*(2013) Ugwuanyi,L.O “Advancing Human Science in Africa through Fresh Theoretical Insight”- St. Augustine Papers, Johannesburg, South Africa, Vol.14,No.2,pp.43-68.
 * (2013) Ugwuanyi,L.O“The Philosopher-King and the Modern State in Africa” West African Review, USA, Issue 22 , ISSN: 1525-4488, pp.48-69.
 * (2011) Ugwuanyi,L.O“Advancing an Environmental Ethics through the African World-View”, Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences published by Mediterranean Centre of Social and Educational Research, Sapienza University, Rome-Italy Vol.2,No.4,pp 107-114

Other Publications of Prof. Ugwuanyi include:
 (2011) Let Them Not Run (A Collection of Poems- applied for teaching poetry in some Nigerian universities) Ibadan,(Nigeria): Kraft Publishers.
  (2011) The Poverty of Jealousy, Abuja (Nigeria): Timeless Publishers.
  (1998) Qualitative University Education, Abuja: Timeless Publishers.
  (1996) Life is a Treasure, Onitsha (Nigeria): Roberts Publishers.
  (1991) Peace of Mind, Enugu (Nigeria): Snaap Press.
  (1989)   Success in Life, Enugu(Nigeria): Snaap Press.

Few selections from his published book chapters/conference proceedings include:
*Ugwuanyi,L.O (2017) “Theoretical Foundations of Nation Building in Africa” in Palgrave Handbook on African Politics, Governamce and Development, Chapter 7,  (eds.) Toyin Falola and Samuel O. Olouruntoba, Palgrave Macmillan, USA,p.123-133.
* (2013) “From International Dialogue to Intra-rational Dialogue: Advancing a Culture of Peace through an African Theory of knowledge”,The Proceeding of World Philosophy Day  2010 Vol. III, Iran-Tehran ISBN: 978-600-7009-14-7,pp.679-693.
 * (2011) “Aligning and Harnessing the Gains of Globalization to an African Advantage: Towards   “Glo-fricanization” in African Engagement: Africa Negotiating Multi-Polar World,eds. Ton Dietz,et al, Brill(The Netherlands):Africa-Europe Group for Indisciplinary Studies,(pp.346-363).
 * (2011) “An Insight into the, Dilemma of African Modernity and Theoretical Response” in Proceedings 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies Hosted by ISCTE/Lisbon University Institute, Lisbon, September 9-11, 2010, Portugal, (e-published; http://cea.iscte.pt/ciea7/).

ProfessorUgwuanyi has Convened, Coordinated/Served as Roundtable Panelist in a Number of Conference Panels including:
* (2015) Panel on Who Needs Asian Studies in Africa and Why? International Conference on Asian Studies in Africa Conference organized by Association for Asian Studies in Africa(A-Asia)  with International Convention of Asia Scholars(ICAS) and international Institute for Asian Studies, The Netherlands held at the University of Ghana Legon, September 23-27, 2015.

* (2015) Invited Roundtable Discussant “Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context” Supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,” International Conference on Asian Studies in Africa Conference organized by Association for Asian Studies in Africa(A-Asia)  with International Convention of Asia Scholars(ICAS) and international Institute for Asian Studies, The Netherlands held at the University of Ghana Legon, September 23-27, 2015.

* (2011) - (Panel 30) Aligning and Harnessing the Gains of Globalization to an African Advantage: Towards “Glo-fricanization  in  African Engagement: Africa Negotiating Multi-Polar World ,European Conference on African Studies(ECAS) to the 4th  ECAS conference held at Sweden ,Uppsala,June 15-18
 * (2010) - (Panel 38) ,Dilemma of African Modernity, 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies Hosted by ISCTE/Lisbon University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal, September 9-11

 

His Lead Papers and key Note papers at Conferences include:
* (2014) “African Philosophy and the Creative Arts in Africa: What Should They Mean to Each Other and Why?” Invited Public Lecture Presented at an Academic Symposium on “Creative Diversity and Inclusion”  to mark the Dzimbabwe Arts Festival [DAF]from the 16th to the 19TH  of October 2014,Organised by Great Zimbabwe University’s Faculty of Culture and Heritage and the Centre for African and Asian Studies in collabration with Culture Fund.
 * (2014)“Towards a Rational Kingdom in Africa: Knowledge and Sustainable Development in a 21st Century African Cultural Context,” A Key Note paper read at  the Conference on “Knowledge, Culture and Sustainable development in the 21st Century organized by the Great Zimbabwe University, October 7-9
He has won scores of Conference/Workshop/Seminar Travel Grants and Fellowships including:
*(2017)Travel Grant and Fellowship tothe “Workshop on Speaking of Africa in the World and Redefining the Social Sciences and the Humanities: Words and Validation of Knowledge” organized by PiontSud, Bamako in Collaboration with Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Bamako Mali, October 21-27, 2017.

*(2017) Travel Grant and Fellowship to International Conference on “Contemporary Language, Logic, and Metaphysics: African and Western Approaches” University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 14–16 August, 2017.
*(2017)Travel Grant and Fellowship to the Workshop on “Broadening the Debate on EU-Africa Relations – Perspectives from Africa”Organised by The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), University of Pretoria, South Africa, Funded by the European Union, July 19-21,2017.
*(2016) Travel Grant and Fellowship to the International Conference on  Legacies of Pan-Africanism and African NationalismOrganized by Centre for Leadership Ethics (CLEA), University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape, South Africa in collaboration with the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), the Steve Biko Foundation (SBF), the Robert Sobukwe Trust and the African Leadership Centre (ALC), Nairobi  September 28-30,2016.

*(2016) Travel Grant and Fellowship to Two Day Workshop on ‘Just War Theory in African Context’  held April 4-6, at University of Johannesburg, South Africa,2016.

* (2015) Travel Grant and Fellowship International Conference on Translation titled “Africa N’Ko: Africa in the World-Translation: Disputing the Sense of African Social Realities”   Conference organized by Piont Du Sud, Mali,CODESRIA, Dakar and Cheik Anta Diop University, held at   Dakar, 3- 6 December 2015

* (2015) Travel Grant and Fellowship to International Conference on Asian Studies in Africa Conference organized by Association for Asian Studies in Africa(A-Asia)  with International Convention of Asia Scholars(ICAS) and international Institute for Asian Studies, The Netherlands held at the University of Ghana Legon, September 23-27, 2015

* (2014) Travel Grant and Fellowship to the Workshop on The Future of Philosophy in South Africa held at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, November 14-15.

*(2014) Travel Grant and Fellowship  to 4th Annual African Unity for Renaissance Conference Organized by the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute  held at Saint George Hotel  Pretoria, May 22-24,2014

* (2012) Travel Grant and fellowship to “Asian Studies in Africa” workshop Organized by The Department of History  University of Zambia in collaboration with the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, the South-South Exchange Programme (SEPHIS), Amsterdam, the Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Programme (SEASREP), Manila and Doshisha University in Japan Nov 9-12.

* (2012) Travel Grant and fellowship to the International Conference on Higher Education and the Humanities held at St Augustine College South Africa and Organized by St Augustine College South Africa in Collaboration with the Philosophy Department University of Johannesburg  and the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, USA. Nov 1-2

* (2011) Travel Grant and fellowship by the  European Conference on African Studies(ECAS) to the 4th  ECAS conference held at Sweden ,Uppsala, June 15-18.

* (2010) Travel Grant and fellowship by Iberian Congress on African Studies to the  7th Iberian Congress of African Studies Hosted by ISCTE/Lisbon University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal, September 9-11, 2010

* (2009) Travel Grant and fellowship by Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) to  CODESRIA/SEPHIS Equity Policy Dialogue  titled “ Corruption :Critical perspectives from the South” held at Dakar, Senegal, October 1-3.2009.

*(2008)Travel Grant and fellowship by the Centre for Black Arts and Culture Nigeria (CBAAC)to the International Conference on “Teaching and Propagating African   History and Culture to the Diaspora and Teaching Diaspora History and Culture to Africa”  at the State  University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 10-13.2008
*(2005) Travel Grant and fellowship to the International Workshop on Racial Mixing organised by the South South Exchange Programme on the History of Development (SEPHIS Netherlands) and hosted by the University of Cape Town, South Africa, June 17-21.2000.

*(2000) Travel Grant and Fellowship to the Third Summit of Organization of African Unity Clubs,  OAU   of   the People, Abidjan, Cote d’Voire, April 25 –30, 2000.

*(1998) Travel Grant and Fellowship to the Second Summit of Organization of African Unity Clubs, OAU of the People, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso May 25 – 30, 1998.

* (1998) Travel Grant and fellowship by Research Group on Local Initiatives (GRIL), to International Conference on African intellectuals University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, January 10-13,1998.

 

 

 

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