Prof. Eghosa Osaghae Appointed to Van Zyl Professorial Chair in South Africa




Eghosa Osaghae Appointed to Van Zyl Professorial Chair in South Africa

The University of Cape Town has appointed Prof. Eghosa E. Osaghae to the Van Zyl Slabbert Professorial Chair of Politics and Sociology in the department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town for the 2017 academic year.


Professor Eghosa E. Osaghae is a tenured Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Ibadan and current Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University Okada, Nigeria. Professor Eghosa Osagahe was the Emeka Anyaoku Chair of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London for 2013/2014, and gave the Chair’s inaugural lecture, A State of Our Own: Second Independence, Federalism and the Decolonisation of the State in Africa, in April 2014, the first inaugural lecture by a Nigerian at the University.

Before taking up appointment at Igbinedion University Okada as the Vice-Chancellor in 2005, (a position he holds till date}, Professor Eghosa Osagahe was Leader of the Ford Foundation’s Programme on Ethnic and Federal Studies and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ibadan. Between 1994 and 1998, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Political Studies at the University of Transkei, now Walter Sisulu University, South Africa. He has also been a Visiting Professor/Fellow/Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Carter Centre of Emory University USA (1989), University of Liberia (1989/90), Salzburg Seminar, Austria (1993), University of Cape Town South Africa (1994), the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala Sweden (1994), University of Ulster, Northern Ireland (1999, 2000), Northwestern University USA (2002, 2004), University of Cambridge UK (2003), a number of universities and research institutes in India (2005, 2009), Dartmouth College USA (2005) and Yale University USA (2009).

Professor Eghosa Osaghae’s recent appointment as the Distinguished Van Zyl Slabbert Professor of Politics at the University of Cape Town for 2017 commenced on Monday 20th February 2017.

The Van Zyl Slabbert Chair is in honour of Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert who was a prominent South African politician and scholar. In addition to holding academic positions at the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University and the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Van Zyl Slabbert helped to develop a distinctively liberal anti-apartheid tradition in South African politics and a critical analysis of South African society. Professor Van Zyl Slabbert played a significant role in initiating dialogue between the apartheid regime and the African National Congress and in developing the conditions for the establishment of representative democracy. Along with Alex Boraine, Van Zyl Slabbert also formed the progressive think tank, IDASA (Institute for Democracy in Africa).

The Chair requires the visiting scholars to spend between six and twelve months at the University of Cape Town in order to engage in scholarly research, public lectures, student supervision as well as encourage links between the departments of Sociology and Political Studies.

While away, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Professor Charity Emaviweh will act as Vice-Chancellor during the absence of Professor Eghosa Osaghae at Igbinedion University, Okada.

Obajide Ilugbo
Head, Public & External Relations Unit,
Office of the Vice-Chancellor,
Igbinedion University, Okada.





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