The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) has described the death of Professor Peter Ekeh, foremost and erudite Urhobo scholar and nationalist, as another big blow to the Urhobo Nation.
The UPU, in a statement by Hon. Abel Oshevire, National Publicity Secretary, stated that “The President General of UPU, Olorogun Moses Taiga, laments the untimely death of Prof Peter, which he describes as “another big blow to the Urhobo Nation, coming on the heels of other prominent Urhobo sons who have passed on this year, among whom were Major General. Esio Obada (Rtd), Chairman, BoT UPU, Chief Tom Amioku, Hon. Joyce Overah, Bishop Emuobor, Chief Dafe Akpedeye, SAN, among others.
The statement noted that “Professor Peter Ekeh, a prolific writer, was the founder of Urhobo Historical Society, whose influential web site, URHOBO WAADO, he edited.
“He was also the founder of Nigeria Scholars for Dialogue.
He was very active in the campaign for the protection of the endangered environment of Nigeria’s Niger Delta.
“May his soul rest in peace Amen.”
Professor Peter Ekeh was Chair of the University of Buffalo’s African American Studies Department from 1993-2001.
Before coming to Buffalo, Prof. Ekeh taught at the University of California Riverside (1970-1973), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in northern Nigeria (1973-1974); and at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1974-89).
He was Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ibadan (1978-1983) and Chairman of the Ibadan University Press (1983-88).
Peter Ekeh received his undergraduate education at the University of Ibadan (1961-64) and his graduate degrees on sociology from Sandford University (1965-1966, and University of California, Berkeley (1966-1970).
Dr. Ekeh’s early research interest was in sociological theory, in which he published Social Exchange Theory: The Two Traditions (1974), and in psychoanalytic theory.
He developed special interest in African politics and history, in which he has some leading publications. Prof. Ekeh’s article “Colonialism and the Two Publics in Africa: A Theoretical Statement” (1975) is one of the most cited publications in the field of African studies, inside and outside Africa.
Professor Peter Ekeh publications span several fields and have been particularly influential in African studies.
Peter Ekeh held several fellowships in Europe, United States, and Japan.
He was a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, D.C (1988-1989).
Ekeh received various research and scholarship awards in Nigeria and the United States.
He was a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar for his graduate studies.
He received and supervised research grants from Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, and United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. Peter Ekeh founded Urhobo Historical Society whose influential web site URHOBO WAADO also edited.
He was also founder of Nigeria Scholar for Dialogue, and was active in the campaign for the protection of the endangered environment of Nigeria’s Niger Delta.