Kenneth Onwuka Dike (1962 - 1967)

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Prof Kenneth DikePionner Director of the Institute, Prof Kenneth Dike was educated at Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, Achimota College, Ghana, Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, the University of Durham England, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and the University of London, England. He was Lecturer in History, University College, Ibadan (1950-52), Senior Research Fellow, West African Institute of Social and Economic Research (1952-54), Senior Lecturer in History, University College, Ibadan (1954-1956), and in 1956 was appointed Professor of History. In 1958 he became the first African Principal of University College, Ibadan, and, two years later, when the College became a full-fledged University, he was made its first Vice-Chancellor, a position he occupied until 1966 when he retired.

Other firsts were scored by Prof Dike when he became founding Director of the Nigerian National Archives (1951-64) and first Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Chairman of the Nigerian Antiquities Commission (1954-66), and President of the Historical Society of Nigeria (1955-67). In 1970 he became Professor of History, Harvard University. He was awarded honorary LLDs of the Universities of Aberdeen, Leeds, Columbia, Princeton, and Ahmady Bello University, Zaria. He was also honoured with an honorary DLitt by the University of Boston and the University of Birmingham. Moscow University gave him and honorary DSc.

Prof Dike's publications include the following: Report on the Preservation and Administration of Historical Records in Nigeria (1953), Trade and Politics in the Nigeria Delta 1930-1890 (1956), A Hundred Years of British Rule in Nigeria (1957), The Origins of the Niger Missions (1958). He died in 1983. The Department of History, University of Ibadan, has instituted an annual award in his name, and the Main Library of the University of Ibadan is named afted him.