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CFP: African Philosophy, Culture and The Future of Africa: A Festschrift/International Colloquium for Professor Oladele Abiodun Balogun @ 50

Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria

December 25th, 2018 will mark the Golden birthday of the erudite Nigerian philosopher, Professor Oladele Abiodun Balogun. His career, of almost three decades, is exemplary of an accomplished scholar, distinguished teacher, seasoned administrator, cerebral theologian, and ardent philanthropist. In and beyond the academia, Balogun’s scholarship, mentorship and leadership personnel are sterling and of great impact. Though renowned as a Professor of African philosophy, Balogun has also made notable productive contributions to core aspects of Philosophy like Epistemology, Metaphysics and other sub-fields of Philosophy: Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of Communication.

The editors, therefore, invite chapter contributions that peruse and extend the knowledge frontiers in Balogun’s works on African philosophy, philosophy of culture, and the African polis. Accepted articles are to be presented at an International Colloquium with the Festschrift’s title in November 19-20, 2018.

Publication plans: A Special Issue of the high flying Filosofia Theoretica (Scopus Indexed) will be dedicated to the papers presented at the colloquium. Thereafter, the papers will be published by a reputable press as an edited collection.

Prospective contributions to the festschrift may be guided by the following issues that mark Balogun’s philosophical scholarship:

  • Decolonization and African development
  • Revolutionizing Yoruba philosophy
  • Meta-philosophical issues in proverb scholarship in African philosophy
  • Causality and causal explanations in African thought
  • Destiny and ontology of theoretical entities
  • African legal culture and punishment
  • Parenthood, genderism, and transgenderism in African culture
  • Leadership and conflict resolution
  • Tradition versus modernity in African culture
  • Epistemicide and indigenous knowledge
  • African philosophy and the question of relevance
  • African philosophies of education
  • Women and Gender issues
  • Medicine, metaphysics and science in African culture
  • Oladele Abiodun Balogun as cultural critic and essentialist
  • Tributes

Chapter contributions should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 200 words; be prepared in Microsoft word format, using the Calabar School of Philosophy documentation style of referencing, in 12-point Times New Roman font, typed double-spaced and not more than 6000 words (including references).

Important Dates: The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 August, 2018, while the deadline for the submission of full papers is 30th September, 2018. All submissions and enquiries can be sent to the editors at

Ademola K. Fayemi PhD                                         Jonathan O. Chimakonam PhD

Department of Philosophy                                        Department of Philosophy

Unilag, Lagos, Nigeria                                              University of Calabar, Nigeria                                   



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