The Authority Icon: FIDELIS UZOCHUKWU OKAFOR
For deploying compelling scholarship and administrative diligence, discipline and focus in the service of humanity and the academia; for using his unique problem-solving talent to restore stability and harmony in turbulent environments and helping to grow institutions that have shaped human progress, Professor Fidelis Uzochukwu Okafor is The AUTHORITY Icon
He is an astute scholar, deep thinker, consummate administrator and focused, proactive leader who has greatly impacted his milieu and still has unfinished business in multiple arenas. Meet Professor Fidelis Uzochukwu Okafor.
He was born in 1950, in Onitsha, a native of Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area, Anambra State. He worked in the Philosophy Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, where he was specifically identified as a “problem solver,” hence, the flurry of appointments to the citadels of knowledge that culminated to his present appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of Anambra State University, from 2011 till date.
This unassuming conflict resolution expert was appointed Provost of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, where he restored peace and stability to the troubled institution. In 2011, he was again appointed Acting Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University which was then in deep crisis, with the University shut down for six (6) months. He was able to resolve the crisis. He was later appointed substantive Vice Chancellor of the Institution.
Prof. Okafor holds LL.B (Hons) Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Education of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and B.A., M.Phil. Ph.D from Urban and Gregorian Universities in Rome. He has numerous publications in national and international journals and the editor of “New Strategies for Curbing Ethnic and Religious Conflicts in Nigeria’’. He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, and the Japan Foundation, Tokyo.
Under his watch, the university witnessed surging academic excellence.
In his words: “Our university has taken a lead in restoring stable academic calendar as we find in Europe, U.S. A. and other developed countries of the world. For the past years, this university has been enjoying uninterrupted academic sessions.” He is a scholar and a leader who strongly believes that knowledge is power when utilized. He has authored over 21 books, reviewed many articles and journals both national and international.
He has equally been honoured by student bodies, Rotary Club, Red Cross and traditional institutions. He is also a recipient of chieftaincy titles.
Some of the international awards he has won include - International Academic Award/Fellowship, Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany; The Japan Foundation fellowship, Japan and The Toyota Foundation Research Award; Japan Foundation Best Research Report Award, 1994. On the Humanitarian/Educational Awards front, he received the Red Cross Society of Nigeria Award, Rotary Club International Award and more. He is Member: Sub-Committee on Education Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter.
He is listed in the New “Who’s Who” in Nigeria (Nigerian International Biographical Center) 1999 and is also a member of many professional bodies. Some of these include - Nigerian Philosophical Association, African Association of Ethno-philosophers, International Association of Orientalists; Fellow - Alexander Von Humboidt Foundation, Germany and Editoral Consultant - Journal of African Legal Theory, Cambrian Law review, Wales, UK
Professor Okafor whose hobbies include music, reading and writing is married and blessed with three children.