A professor in the Department of History and International Studies of University of Nigeria, Professor Egodi Uchendu, has made the University proud by winning the 2017 Mathai Waangari Award for Innovative Leadership and Scholarship at the University of Texas in Austin.
The news which was made public to the University Community by the school’s Acting PRO, shows how much importance the award holds for the University Administration.
According to the congratulatory message released by the Ag. PRO, the University is indeed proud of Prof. Uchendu, the message reads in part,
“the University of Nigeria is proud of your laudable achievement and excellence for this Wangari Marathi Award.
You are a TRUE AMBASSADOR.”
The Wangari Maathai Award for Innovative Scholarship and Leadership is an annual award given out by the University of Texas in Austin, to a scholar in recognition of the stellar and emerging work of the scholar’s contributions to enhancing the future of Africa. It was established at the University in March 2016, together with the Johnson Sirleaf award.
According to Prof. Toyin Falana of the Department of History, Universuty of Texas, apart from being a scholar, the beneficiary is expected to have an enduring transformational impact.
He goes further to say that:
The recipient of this award is expected to ultimately embody and honor in quality and stature the work of Wangari Maathai, who was a scientist, scholar, feminist, environmentalist and conservationist, political and human rights activist, politician, distinguished academic chair, goodwill ambassador, recipient of fifteen honorary doctorates, Nobel Peace laureate, academic and public intellectual, philanthropist, Messenger of peace, founder of the Green Belt Movement, and Africa’s most recognized and decorated activist.(See Prof. Falana’s statement here)