By Eseoghene Emuke
Popular Nigerian scholar and founder of the influential Urhobo Historical Society (UHS), Professor Peter Ekeh, is dead.
Ekeh, born August 8, 1937, reportedly passed on Tuesday morning.
He hailed from Okpara Inland of Agbon Kingdom in the Ethope East Local Government Area of Delta State.
The late scholar, who was also founder of Nigerian Scholars for Dialogue, was a professor of African American Studies.
Ekeh was married with four children.
He lectured at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, before joining the State University of New York, Buffalo, as head of African American Studies.
His book, “Colonialism and the Two Publics in Africa: A Theoretical Statement” is one of the most cited books in Africa.
He also pioneered books detailing Urhobo history and other rich research works in Africa including “Social Anthropology and Two Contrasting Uses of Tribalism in Africa” and “Federal Character and Federalism in Nigeria.”