REV. FR. PROF. KANU, IKECHUKWU ANTHONY, O.S.A.
KANU, IKECHUKWU ANTHONY, O.S.A., a friar of the Order of Saint Augustine of the Province of Nigeria is a Professor of Religion and Cultural Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Tansian University, Umunya. Prior to Tansian, he served as Dean of Students at the International Bio-Research Institute, Enugu. He also taught Philosophy and Religion at Saint Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos and the Augustinian Institute, Makurdi. He is currently a member of the Governing Council of Veritas University, Abuja; International Bio-Research Institute (IBI), Enugu and the Rector of Villanova Polytechnic, Oshogbo.
Professor Kanu is the Founder/President of the Association for the Promotion of African Studies. His academic initiatives include Igwebuike: An African Journal of Arts and Humanities (IAAJAH), International Journal of African Studies and Sustainable Development (IJASSD) and Igwebuikepedia: Internet Encyclopedia of African Philosophy (IIEAP). He has to his credit 160 papers published in National and International Journals; he has written 48 books and presented 165 papers at National and International conferences. He is an Editorial Consultant to more than 20 National and International Journals. Professor Kanu has received several awards, and notable among them are: 2017 Africanwatch Orator Gold Merit Award, for Contribution towards
Religious Research; 2018 Distinguished Academic of the Year, by the Society for Research and Academic Excellence (SRAE), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN); 2018 Oracle of Wisdom Award, by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Tansian University and 2018 Patron of the Arts, by the Faculty of Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Kanu has First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the Urbaniana University, Rome; a First Class in Religious Studies from the University of Jos, Nigeria. He has Master’s Degree in Religion and Human Relations from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and a second Master’s Degree in Metaphysics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In addition, he holds a Ph.D in Religion and Human Relations from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, with specialization in African Traditional Religion. He has been certified in Advanced Negotiation Strategies by the prestigious Harvard University, Boston, USA and in Influencing People by the Business School of the University of Michigan, USA; he has also been certified by HEC International Business School, Paris, France, on Building your Leadership Skills; He has been certified by the College of Business, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA on Foundations of Everyday Leadership. He has also been certified in Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot- by Wesleyan University, USA and on various courses on leadership and human development by the Young African Leaders Initiative Network, of the U. S. A. Department of State.
Professor Kanu is a member of several academic bodies including: American Academy of Religion (AAR), USA; The American Philosophical Association (APA), USA; Alternative Perspectives and Global Concerns (APGC), Canada; Igbo Studies Association (I.S.A), USA; International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS), Japan; Universal Researchers (UR), United Arab Emirates; and Global Association of Humanities and Social Science Research (GAHSSR), India. He is a Fellow of Global Labour Organization, USA; a fellow of the Institute of Policy Management Development (IPMD), and a fellow of the Society for Research and Academic Excellence (SRAE), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Kanu was born on 20th November 1981, and hails from Arondizuogu in Imo State of Nigeria, an ancestral homeland and a centre of ancient civilization.