A professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Ikechukwu Anthony Kanu, OSA is set to deliver the maiden inaugural lecture of the Tansian University, Umunya, in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The lecture with the theme “Igwebuike: An Operative Condition of African Philosophy, Religion and Culture – Towards a Thermodynamic Transformative Ontology”, will hold at the Convocation Arena of the Tansian University, Umunya on Thursday 18th February, 2021 at 10:00am prompt.
The event which is billed to have the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eugene Okoye Nwadialor as the Chief Host will equally have the Founder/ Chancellor of the Tansian University, Umunya, Very Rev. Monsignor Prof. J. B. Akam as the Special Guest of Honour.
Speaking on the choice of speaker for the maiden inaugural lecture, Prof. Ikechukwu Anthony Kanu, OSA noted that he was profoundly honoured to present the professorial inaugural lecture which according to was his “Big Dream” not just in Tansian University but at the Centre of Academic Excellence and in the presence of choicest minds.
He pointed out that the management of the citadel of learning made the Tansian University not just an institution of higher learning and research but a “community of teachers and scholars.”
He said, “A professorial inaugural lecture is a debt that every Professor owes the University community and in fact, the whole world as a justification for his or her elevation to the professorial rank. It is also a time to showcase to the academic community of inquiry, the substance of his or her work and specialization. This does not mean that there cannot be a Professor without inaugural lecture but just to say that inaugural lecture is at the heart of matured scholarship and productivity and the flagship of academic distinction. Herein, tested men and women of letters show those things that mark them out as embodiments of farsighted solutions to complex problem s through research and learning.
“An inaugural lecture is the outing of an academic masquerade. While some masquerades may decide to come out at the eve of their retirement, I have decided to give mine timeously, that is, in what the legendary and world acclaimed genius; Chinua Achebe called ‘The morning of creation day.’
“The apparent honour of presenting this lecture, paradoxically, is a heavy weight, first, because it takes a deep breath of intestinal fortitude for a professor to present himself to the academic world; second, this inaugural lecture positions me as the first professor of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, the first Professor of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences and in fact, the first Professor of Tansian University to deliver a professorial inaugural lecture.
“It is apropos that it should begin from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, first, since Philosophy has been and remains the entry point of all university studies at the inception of the university system of education (Oguejiofor, 2010) and second, since Philosophy is the synthesis of everything as much as it synthesizes everything. No wonder, what is obtained at the end of the highest degree programme in every discipline is a PhD – Doctor of Philosopy.”