Prof. Rev. Fr. Philip Ogbonna (Youth Guidance Award, 2014)
Prof. Rev. Fr. Philip Ogbonna is Professor of Philosophy & African Studies at Jordan University College (Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy & Theology) and Prof at Imo State University, Owerri Nigeria.
He is a Clergy of the Claretian Missionaries Religious Order. The Founder and current Chairman of the “PEACE ON CAMPUS” IMSU club, which was founded in 2002, he is also the Grand Patron of the National Association of Philosophy Students in Nigeria. He had his Doctorate, Master and bachelor of Philosophy degrees from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Italy.
An Adjunct Lecturer /Professor in the Claretianist Institute of Philosophy in Nekede from 1984 – 2012, and an associate lecturer at the Imo State University in Owerri, Nigeria from 1990 to 2008; he also served as the head of department of philosophy and religion at the same university.
He was an external examiner from 2001 – 2008 at the Alvan Ikoku Coll of Education; from 2003 to 2006 at the Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Owerri; and from 2011 – 2013 at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka.
Administratively, he was the Vice Rector of the Claretian Institue of Philosophy from 1997 to 2001 and the Dean of Student Affairs from 2008 to 2009 at the Imo State University in Owerri, Nigeria.
To his editorial credit are a Journal of Philosophy (2008 to date), the Editor-in-Chief of the IMSU Philosophy and the Sub-editor of the Applied Philosophy (2003 to date).
A recipient of over 23 international awards, Prof. Rev. Fr. Ogbonna was the proud recipient of the 2013Award of Excellence (Leading the Way) in Recognition of my Leadership and outstanding contributions towards the Academic excellence and Student Unionism.
A God fearing person, Prof. Rev. Fr. Ogbonna has contributed immensely to the guidance, mentoring and motivation of the youth in Nigeria. He believes that the strength and future of the nation, depends on how sound and guided the youth are groomed; and sees this as his call to contribute his best to the empowerment of the youth.