- Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
- Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
- Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
- Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
- Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
- Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
- Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge, and
- Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction (http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html).
Monday, January 18, 2016
Professor Victor Oguejiofor Okafor is Head of the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Author of five books, Dr. Okafor has also contributed chapters to several anthologies, and published a variety of scholarly articles in such refereed journals as the Western Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Black Studies, Africa Update, and the Griot. Dr. Okafor's writings have appeared in national magazines and newspapers. He has presented papers at dozens of professional conferences, conventions, and meetings of student and other groups.
In Winter, 2014, Dr. Okafor was named and recognized as "a Most Valuable Professor" by Eastern Michigan University's Men's basketball team. In 2017, Dr. Okafor received THE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD For Outstanding Scholarship, Teaching and Service in Africana Studies from the 5th Annual Africa Conference sponsored and hosted by the Department of History, Geography, Political Science & Africana Studies of Tennessee State University. Also in 2017, Dr. Okafor was appointed as a 2017–18 Great Michigan Read Scholar by Michigan’s Humanities Council. In 2018, Dr. Okafor received a "Kujichagulia Award" from the National Council for Black Studies' (NCBS) Task Force for Measuring Impact in Africology. The award recognized Dr. Okafor's "Leadership in Advancing Equity & Independence in Research."
A certified online course designer and instructor, Dr. Okafor has been designing and teaching online courses since 1999. Teaching both offline and online, his overall teaching experience embraces courses on or related to:History of Black Studies, Theories, Methods and Methodologies in Black Studies, Black Politics & Public Policy, African Civilization, Multiculturalism, and Afrocentricity/Afrocentrism
As a consultant on multicultural/diversity issues, Dr. Okafor serves as an expert court witness on cases related to African cultural questions and issues. For more than two decades, he has also served as a language interpreter on legal, corporate, medical and other matters requiring communications in Igbo language and translations between Igbo and English.
Before joining Eastern Michigan University in 1995, Dr. Okafor previously served as Director of African American Studies and Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University.
Books & book chapters
- Okafor, Victor. (2017). Towards an Understanding of Africology. (5th ed.). Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt. (https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/towards-understanding-africology)
- Okafor, Victor. (2014). Development: Definitions, Trends and
Controversies -- An Interrogation of Key Issues Related to Modern
African Political Economy. In W. Idada & M.L. Rilwan (Eds.). Governance, Peace and Security in Africa (pp. 212-228). Benin City: AMBIK PRESS.
- Okafor, Victor. (Ed.). (2013). The State of Africana Studies Today: Essays on Scholarship and Pedagogy. New York: the Edwin Mellen Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2010). Towards an Understanding of Africology. (3nd ed.). Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt.
- Okafor, Victor. (Ed.). (2008). Nigeria’s Stumbling Democracy and its Implications for the Democratic Movement in Africa. Westport: Praeger Security International.
- Okafor, Victor. (2008). Malcolm X: An Appostle of Violence or an Advocate for Black Human Rights? In James L. Conyers, Jr. & A.P. Smallwood (Eds.), Malcolm X: A Historical Reader (pp. 215-226). Durban: Carolina Academic Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2007). Towards an Africological Pedagogical Approach to African Civilization. In D. P. Aldridge & E. L. James (Eds.), Africana Studies: Philosophical Perspectives and Theoretical Paradigms (pp. 266-280). Washington: Washington State University Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2006). A Roadmap for Understanding African Politics: Leadership and Political Integration in Nigeria. New York: Rutledge.
- Okafor, Victor. (2006). Towards an Understanding of Africology. (2nd ed.). Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt.
- Okafor, V.O., & Adeleke, T. (Eds.). (2006). Studies in African American Leadership: Individuals, Movements, and Committees. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2004). Rebuilding Continental-Diaspora African Relations: An Examination of Path-Breaking Trends in Governmental, Pan-African and Educational Linkages. In T. Adeleke (Ed.), Critical Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Issues About Africa and Black America (pp. 139-166).Lewiston: The Edwin Mellon Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (2002). Towards an Understanding of Africology. (1st ed.). Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt.
- Okafor, Victor. (1999). Africology and the Academy: Essential Texts, Concepts, Methods & New Controversies. In J. Conyers, Jr. & A. Barnett (Eds.), Africana History, Culture, and Social Policy (pp. 327-348). Lanham: International Scholars Publications.
- Okafor, Oguejiofor Victor. (1998). The Functional Implications of Afrocentrism. In J. Hamlet (Ed.), Afrocentric Visions: Studies in Culture and Communication. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
- Okafor, Oguejiofor Victor., & Tella, A. Sheriffden. (1998). Economic Development & the Prospects for Economic Security in Africa. In A. Oyebade & A. Alao (Eds.), Africa after the Cold War: The Changing Perspectives on Security (pp. 17-42). Trenton: Africa World Press.
- Okafor, Victor. (1997). Afrocentrism and A New World Order. In N. BaNIkongo (Ed.), Leading Essays in Afro-American Studies (pp. 667-684). Durham: Carolina Academic Press.
A sample of Okafor’s Journal & other publications
- Okafor, Victor. (2015, June). Racism, White Supremacism & the Tragedy at Charleston, South Carolina: President Barack Obama Hit the Nail in the Head. Usaafricadialogue@googlegroups.com. (https://mail.emich.edu/zimbra/h/search?si=21&so=0&sc=52368&sfi=2&st=message&id=304659&action=view).
- Okafor, Victor. (2015, March). Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Et al.: A Survey of Emergent Grassroots Protests & Public Perceptions of Justice. The Journal of Pan African Studies. vol. 7 (8), 43-63. (http://www.jpanafrican.com/docs/vol7no8/7.10-8-4-Victor.pdf).
- Okafor, Victor. (2014, March). Africology, Black Studies, African American Studies, Africana Studies, or African World Studies? What's So Important about a Given Name? The Journal of Pan African Studies. vol. 6 (7), 209-224. (http://www.jpanafrican.com/docs/vol6no7/6.7-9Okafor.pdf).
- Okafor, Victor. (2007, Fall). Nigeria’s Disputed Elections: Symptoms of a National Malaise. Africa Update, Vol. XIV, Issue 4. (http://www.ccsu.edu/Afstudy/upd14-4.html#National%20Malaise).
- Okafor, Victor. (Ed.).(2007, Fall).Nigerian Politics and Society. Africa Update, Vol. XIV, Issue 4. (http://www.ccsu.edu/Afstudy/upd14-4.html#National%20Malaise).
- Okafor, Victor. (2007, Summer). Nigeria’s Census Jinx: Is there a Way Out. Africa Update, XIV(3).(http://www.ccsu.edu/Afstudy/upd143.html#Nigeria%E2%80%99s_Census_Jinx:_Is_there_a_way_out).
- Okafor, Victor. (Ed.). (2007, January). Sustaining Black Studies: A Special Edition of the Journal of Black Studies, 37 (3).
- Okafor, Victor. (2007, January). Shortcomings in Wilson’s Chronicle of Higher EducationArticle on the State of Black Studies Programs. Journal of Black Studies, 37 (3), 335-347.
- Okafor, Victor. (2006, Spring). The Paris Club Deal: Reason to Celebrate? Africa Update, XIII (1). (http://www.ccsu.edu/afstudy/upd13-2.html#The_Paris_Club_Deal_).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, Fall). Nigeria’s electoral challenge: what is to blame, the ballot box or political culture? Africa Update, XII (4). (http://www.ccsu.edu/Afstudy/upd12-4.html#toc).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, October 28). The Paris Club Deal: Reason to celebrate or reason to cry for Nigeria? USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 1284. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, September 19). Nigeria’s electoral challenge: what is to blame, the ballot box or the political culture? USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 1160. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, September 11). Concerns about non-Ratification of the UN Convention against corruption: OBJ is right on the mark. USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 1117. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, September 5). The Tragedy of Katrina and the Reflections of a one-time war refugee. USA/Africa Dialogue, No. 1072. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/Africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, August 31). On the Rule of Law or the Lack of it in Nigeria. USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 1060. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/Africa).
- Okafor, Victor, et al. (2005, May 27). The Present and Future of Black Studies. The Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A47.
- Okafor, Victor. (2005, April 25). Shortcomings in Wilson’s Chronicle of Higher Education’s Article on the state of Black Studies programs. USA/Africa Dialogue, no. 643. (http://www.utexas.edu/conferences/Africa).
- Okafor, Victor. (1997, January). Towards An Africological Pedagogical Approach to African Civilization. Journal of Black Studies, 27, (3), 299-317.
- Okafor, Victor. (1996). Towards an Africological Pedagogical Approach to African Civilization. The Western Journal of Black Studies, 20, (3), 125-133.
- Okafor, Victor. (1996). the Place of Africalogy in the University Curriculum. Journal of Black Studies, 26 (6), 688-712.
- Okafor, Victor. (1996, spring). Towards an Understanding of the Afrocentric Conceptual Paradigm. The Griot, 15 (1), 44-54.
- Okafor, Victor. (1994, Winter). The Functional Implications of Afro centrism. Western Journal of Black Studies, 18 (4), 185-194.
- Okafor, Victor. (1993, December). An Afrocentric Critique of Appiah’s In My Father’s House. Journal of Black Studies, 24 No (2), 196-212.
- Okafor, Victor. (1993, October 21). AT&T and the Monkey Palaver. Black Issues in Higher Education.
- Okafor, Victor. (1993, September 23). Let it Be Informed Debate. Black Issues in Higher Education, pp. 9 & 39.s