Dr. (Mrs.)

OKOLO-NWAKAEME Marystella Chika 

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  • University of Ibadan, Ibadan.:  1998 – 2004
  • Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.: 1998 – 1999
  • University of Calabar, Calabar.: 1991 – 1994
  • University of Calabar, Calabar.:  1985 – 1989
  • Presidential Award for Commitment to Capacity Building of Students and Immense Contribution to Students’ Academic Development, Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students, FUNAAB:  2015
  • Award of Excellence for Outstanding Commitment and Parental care, Yomfield Nur/Pry School, Abeokuta :2014
  • Laureate CODESRIA Interventions Series Essay Competition:  2008
  • Writer-in-Resident Civitella Ranieri, Italy : 2006
  • Winner CODESRIA Prize for Doctoral Thesis for Africa: 2005
  • UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists: 2005
  • Liberty Merchant Bank Prize for Short Stories Competition: 1998
  • Staff of the Season Award, The Source Magazine:  1997
  • Sports Lady of the Year, University of Calabar: 1989
  • Best Hall Sports Coordinator, University of Calabar: 1988
  • Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).
  • Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
  • Civitella Ranieri Fellow, Italy.
  1. Philosophy and the state of Nigerian Nation: The fears, the tears and the triumphs. Held at Benue State University, Makurdi, between October 16-19, 2019.

Paper Read: Understanding Leadership, Governance and National Development through African Literature: A Philosophical contribution.

  1. Africa in a Polycentric World Conference. Held at Centre of Global Studies, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic, between 17-18 June, 2019. Special Guest and Keynote

Speaker: Understanding the Philosophy of Africa in a Cosmopolitan and Polycentric world through language.

  1. Gender and the Actualization of the SDGs: The African Experience Conference. Held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, between May 12-15, 2019.Paper Read: Understanding    Gender and Repression through the experiences of women in African Literature: A Philosophical Contribution.
  2. Commonwealth Commemoration Conference. Held at University of Doula, Cameroon between March 13-18, 2017. Paper Read: Colonial Legacy and Brittle Peace: A Philosophical Reading of Achebe’s There was a Country.

(a). Books


  1. Okolo, MSC (2016), Gates of Dawn, Lagos: Beacon Books. ISBN: 978-978-955-224-5.
  1. Okolo, MSC (2016), Memoirs of an Exiled Girl, Lagos: Beacon Books. ISBN: 978-978-955-226-9.
  1. Okolo, MSC (2016), Winds on my Mind, Revised Edition, Lagos: Beacon Books. ISBN: 978-978-955-225-2.


  1. Okolo, MaryStella Chika (2018), Contesting the African Public Sphere, Mauritius: Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-613-9-84753-2.
  1. Okolo, MSC (2015), Philosophy: Contemporary Concerns in Africa, Owerri: Book- Konzult. ISBN:978-37819-8-7.
  1. Okesipe, Kunle and MSC Okolo (2013), Essentials of Communication in English for Nigerian Universities, Ibadan: Rebuttal Books. ISBN:978-978-49093-6-5.
  1. Okolo, MSC (2007), African Literature as Political Philosophy, Dakar: CODESRIA   Books: London and New York: Zed Books. ISBN:978-1-84277-895-1.

Chapters in Book

  1. Okolo, MSC  (2017), The Repressive State in African Literature: A Philosophical Reading, Adeshina Afolayan and Toyin Falola, (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp.431-446.  ISBN: 978-1-137-59290-3.
  2. Okolo, MSC   (2016), A Philosophical Inquiry into the Nexus between Language and Education in Africa, in Rosalyn Mutia and Eric E. Ekembe, (eds.), Interdisciplinarity  in the 21st Century Global Dispensation: Research in Language, Literature, and Education in   Africa, New York: Nova Science Publishers. Pp.147-157. ISBN:978-1-63485-691-1.
  3. Okolo, M.S.C. (2006), Re-establishing the basis of social order in Africa: a reflection on Achebe’s reformist agenda and Ngugi’s Marxist aesthetics, in Bjӧrn Beckman and Gbemisola Adeoti, (eds.), Intellectuals and African Development: Pretension and Resistance in African Politics, London and New York: Zed Books; Pretoria: UNISA Press. Pp. 31 – 48. ISBN: 1-84277-765-3


  1. Okolo, MaryStella Chika (2017), Colonial Legacy and Brittle Peace: A Philosophical Reading of Achebe’s There was a Country, in Kizitus Mpoche and Balasubramanyam Chand Chandramohan, (eds.),Cameroon Journal of Studies in the Commonwealth (CJSC), 4(1):189-211. Published by Cameroon Journal of Studies in the Commonwealth, Cameroon, ISSN 2411-1325 Available at http://camerooncommonwealthjournal.com
  2. Nwaorgu, OGF, CC Ojukwu and MSC Okolo, (2017), Philosophy and Nation Building, OR-CHE UMA: African Journal of Existential Philosophy, Vol.5(2):166-194. Published by Department of Philosophy, Benue State University, Markurdi, ISSN 2276-8068.
  3. Okolo,   MaryStella   Chika   (2015), Constraints and Possibilities in Creating a  Sustainable Inclusive Society in Africa: A Philosophical Re-imaging of Coetzee’s Disgrace, OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 8(7):33-46. Published by Ontario International Development Agency, Canada, ISSN 1923-6654 (print), ISSN 1923-6662 (Online). Available at http://www.ssrn.com/link/OIDA-Intl-Journal- Sustainable-Dev.html
  4. Okolo, MaryStella Chika (2014), A Philosophical Reflection on Sustainable Politics in Africa: Constraints and Possibilities, OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 7(4): 63-78. Published by Ontario International Development Agency, Canada, ISSN 1923-6664 (print), ISSN 1923-6662 (Online). Available online at the Social Sciences Research Network: http://www.ssrn.com/link/OIDA-Intl-Journal-Sustainable-Dev.html
  5. Okolo, MSC (2014), Justice and the Search for an African Political   Philosophy: Mandela in Perspective, in GMT Emezue and Maurice P. Kangel, (eds.), African International Journal of Contemporary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2: 281-302. Published by the International Research Council of Humanities and Social Sciences Studies on Africa (IRCHSSSA), U.S.A, ISSN 978-978-52446-1-8.  Web Site:  www.studiesonafrica.com
  6. Okolo, M.S.C. (2009), Contesting the African Public Sphere: A Philosophical Re-Imaging  of Power and Resistance in Ngugi’s Wizard of the CrowAfrica      Development, 34(2):59-80. Published by Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), ISSN 0850-3907.  Web Site: www.codesria.org
  7. Okolo, M.S.C. (2005), Reassessing the impact of Colonial languages on the African  identity for African development,  Africa  Media Review,  13(2): 85 – 103. Published by Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), ISSN 0258-4913. Web Site: www.codesria.org
  8. Okolo, M.S.C. (2005), Ngugi’s Marxist Aesthetics: A philosophical Re-imaging of Petals of  BloodThe African Literary Journal (ALJ), Edition B5, 124 – 140. Published by  International Research Council on African Literature and Culture (IRCALC). Available  online at http://www.africaresearch.org/es 1309.htm.

Edited Conference Proceeding

  1. Okolo M.S.C. (2008), Responding to the Imperatives of Decolonizing the Social Sciences in Africa: A Philosophical Contribution. Proceedings of CODESRIAInterventions Series, International Colloquium in Dakar, Senegal.  Pp. 320 – 340.

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