A statement by Engr. Onoawarie Andrew Edevbie, Secretary, (UHS) Editorial and Management Committee reads: it is with deep sadness that the Urhobo Historical Society (USH) formally announces the passing of Prof Peter Palmer Ekeh, its founding Chairman and President who died in the early hours of November 17, 2020 at Buffalo, New York, USA.
Prof Peter Ekeh, an academic scholar of international standing was born at Adarode, a satellite village of Okapra in-land in Delta State, Nigeria.
Prof Peter attended the Catholic Central School, Okpara In-land and Saint Peter Clavier’s College, Aghalokpe.
He graduated with BSc. (Economics) at the University of Ibadan in n1964, an M.A. from Standard University, Palo Alto in 1967 and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970.
Prof Peter Ekeh served on the faculties of several universities including the University of California, Riverside, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Ibadan.
He was the Chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ibadan from 1978 to 1983, and he was the Chairman of the Ibadan University Press from 1983 to 1988.”
“Earlier on, while the Prof was a student at the University, he also served as a Secretary of the Urhobo Progress Union, Ibadan branch.
“In his later academic life, he left Nigeria for the United State where he joined the faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.
He also spent some time at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC from 1988-89.
“He retired from Buffalo as the professor and head of the department of the African American Studies from 1993 to 2001.
It was while at Buffalo that he pulled together a group of Urhobo intellectuals in North America to found the Urhobo Historical Society in August of 1999, to document and promote Urhobo history and culture, and to defend the interests of the Urhobo Nation.
“He is survived by his wife, Dr. Helen Ekeh, a daughter, four sons and two sisters, Cecilia and Philomena.