The Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Uche Ikonne, has pledged support to promote the vision and ideals of the Professor Ogbu Uke Kalu center for Christianity and African culture, in the Abia State University.
Professor Ikonne who made this known during the opening ceremony of the center, at her new edifice inside the University, expressed joy that the event is happening during his tenure, as part of the achievements of the administration, in line with his story must change mandate.
He lauded the achievements and legacies of late Professor Ogbu, pointing out that the testimonies of him by students, friends and colleagues, who benefited from his generosity, when he was alive, gives credence to the impactful life he lived, stressing that the dream of any academic is to build strong human resource base for today and the future, as demonstrated by the late sage.
The Vice Chancellor used the forum to inform the audience of the achievements of his administration in Academic development, Infrastructure, and research, especially in the area of making industry of the research activities of the Institution, which has developed the ABSU water, ABSU Garri, and others, adding that the University has a thriving department for Religion and Igbo studies, that can partner with the center to succeed in its set objectives.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman on the occasion, Barrister Emeka Nwankpa noted that the event is the first of its kind, expressing optimism for the center to provide the resource base that will help develop knowledge for the building of a better society.
In a keynote address, Professor Toyin Falola, while presenting a 600 page book he wrote in honor of Professor Ogbu, recommended among other things that that the center should give support for education, and empowerment of women. He also said, the center should be known for inter faith dialogue and promotion of peace in the country, as well as lead the fight against the abuses of the Christian faith.
He aligned with Professor Ogbu, that the African Christian church is unique, and African Christianity is not an appendage to western Christianity, and called for support towards equipping the center.
Highlights of the opening event which attracted many distinguished academics, colleagues, friends, and former students of Professor Ogbu within and outside Nigeria, friends and family member, includes the formal dedication of the center to God, and cutting of cake in honor of the 10th anniversary of Professor Ogbu Uke Kalu