Sophie Oluwole (1936-2018)

Sophie Oluwole, professor of philosophy at the University of Lagos (Unilag) and the first woman to receive a PhD in philosophy in Nigeria, has died.

“It’s a big loss to the country and the university community. She was a founding member of the African philosophy community, where she spent the largest part of her life training students,” said University of Lagos Dean of Arts Muyiwa Falaiye, in an article in the Nigerian edition of The Guardian.

Professor Oluwole was known as a proponent of African philosophy, particularly Yoruba philosophy. She received her PhD in philosophy at the University of Ibadan and began teaching at Unilag in 2002. She is the author of the book, Socrates and Orunmila: Two Patron Saint of Classical Philosophy, among other works.

You can learn more about Professor Oluwole and her work here and here.

Sophie Oluwole

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