Nigerian, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Resumes Duties at Oxford as Distinguished Professor
Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

Nigerian, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Resumes Duties At Oxford As Distinguished Professor

Professor Chike-Agulu is the first African to hold this position since the chair was endowed in 1870.
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A leading Nigerian academic in the United States, Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu of Princeton University, has assumed duties at Oxford University, one of the oldest and most respected educational institutions in the world, as a Distinguished Professor.

Though announced last year as Slade Professor of Art for the 2023 academic session, Professor Okeke formally began teaching last week at the most prestigious British university established in 1096.

He is the first African to hold this position since the chair was endowed in 1870.

According to Oxford University, the chair of Slade Professor is “always a figure of international standing in the study of visual arts.”

Toyin Falola, a Nigerian historian and Professor of African Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas declared that the appointment is a great honour to Nigeria and the African world.

“He consistently sets Nigeria on the path of global recognition for something good, and this is easily proven by his achievements over the course of his career”, said Falola about Professor Okeke-Agulu.

Last year, Okeke-Agulu was among the 85 outstanding scholars to become fellows of the highly revered British Academy, the United Kingdom’s national academy for the arts and social sciences.

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About 29 years ago, he was a valedictorian at the University of Nigeria Nsukka before proceeding to receive a doctoral degree in Art History from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Professor Okeke-Agulu is a prolific writer having written globally acclaimed books on such distinguished African artists as El Anatsui, Obiora Udechukwu, Demas Nwoko, and Yusuf Grillo.

“Chika has helped to bring the works of these great men to the attention of the world and interpreted them in a most uncanny way”, notes Ndidi Dike, a top Nigerian sculptor and painter who also graduated from the same department as Professor Okeke-Agulu at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

“He is worth his weight in gold, and remains a great ambassador of the Nigerian, nay African, people everywhere.”

Professor Okeke-Agulu hails from Umuoji in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.


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