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.

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Ralph Forsberg
Ralph Forsberg
5 years ago

Sorry she has passed, though I did not know her. Her accomplishments and championing of African philosophy merit praise, however.

Jim Unah
5 years ago

Philosophy teacher, scholar, researcher, university administrator, and ardent promoter of African Philosophy and culture, Professor Sophie Abosede Oluwole joined her ancestors in the great beyond on 24th December 2018. She will be missed by Nigerian and African Philosophy community, and beyond and the General Nigerian public and the news media.

Richmond Kwesi
Richmond Kwesi
5 years ago

Sophie Oluwole is now a living legend. The world only needs to be made aware of that.
She took one of the things Christianity has been used to teach us to despise and proposed that it is what makes the difference between productive and non-productive human beings.
I had plans to meet her soon, but…
Great ancestor you are, MAA. I know you are smiling on us right now.