Obaro Ikime (1975-1976)

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Obaro Ikime

Born in 1936, Prof Obaro Ikime, a historian, attended Government College, Ughelli, then known as Warri College (1950-1956), and the University of Ibadan, graduating BA (1961) and PhD (1965). He was a Lecturer in History at Ibadan from 1964, becoming Professor in 1973. In 1975, he was Visiting Professor first at UCLA, then at Berkeley, and later at Harvard. In 1981-82 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Benin.

Professor Ikime was on the Editorial Board of Tarikh (1967-73), the Journal of African History (1979-81), and was General Editor of African Historical Biographies. He left the Institute as Director to serve his former Department as Head, and later became the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan. He was the President and remains a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria. A keen sportsman, he was Chairman of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) and Vice-President of the Federation of African University Sports. His publications include Nana of the Niger Delta (1968), The Isoko People: A Historical Survey (1972), Leadership in 19th Century Africa (1974), The Member for Warri Province (1977), and The Fall of Nigeria (1977).