The Head of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Dr. Okechukwu Nwafor has again won two international Awards for his brilliance in creative arts, writing and human development philosophy. A Carnegie Fellowship and the 2016 AFRICAN Studies Association (ASA) Presidential Fellowship, both of which will take him to the United States of America (USA), as a special speaker at top-level research conference, shortly.
Dr. Nwafor, whose trip overseas in that connection has been approved by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, FAS, is billed to be a SPECIAL GUEST of several universities in the U. S. A., where he is expected to present seminal papers and moderate research workshops, sequel to the great intellectual achievements.
Explaining the circumstances and implications of the wonderful feat to UNIZIK Bulletin, the HOD stated that the highly prized Carnegie award will make him to feature as an international personality at a global conference in the Illinois State University, USA, after which he will be hosted ceremoniously at the Carnegie Corporation Headquarters in New York.
According to the creative artist, more popularly known as ‘PENCILS’ because of his spectacular pencil and painting works, the 2016 ASA award went to only four persons from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and South-Africa, in the African Continent. And with that, among other activities in his loaded programme, he will address the ASA Annual Conference in Washington-DC.
Dr. Nwafor, who, not quite long ago, travelled to Aburi in Ghana to fulfill the conditions of an international award he won, further made it known that his one-month mission to the USA for the awards, is fully sponsored by the concerned award-giving bodies.
He expressed profound thanks to the Vice-Chancellor and his management team for encouraging his strive, and promised to continue to project the image of the University in his pursuits at home and abroad.