First Nigerian Female PH.D Holder In Philosophy Dies At 83

Top African philosopher, Professor Sophie Oluwole is dead.

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Professor Oluwole known for her pan-African stance passed on at the age of 83.

Her death was confirmed by Professor Muyiwa Falaiye of the University of Lagos. He revealed that Oluwole died around 8pm on Sunday evening after a protracted illness, the Punch reports.

Oluwole was the first Nigerian female doctorate degree holder in philosophy and a practitioner of Yoruba philosophy.

According to Wikipedia, Oluwole was born in Igbara-oke, Ondo State, in 1936. She went to school in Ife, and was critical of the education system in the 1940s, saying a woman’s career prospects were “not your ambition: it was your parents’ ambition.”

She studied History, Geography and Philosophy at the UNILAG in Lagos, and eventually settled on philosophy.

Following her first degree, she was employed in UNILAG for a time as an assistant lecturer in 1972, and went on to complete her PhD in philosophy at the University of Ibadan.

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