THE CENTRE FOR IGBO STUDIES
The Centre for Igbo Studies was established in 2014 with Dr. Tony Nwaezeigwe as the first Ag. Director. Prof Gabriella Ihuarugo Nwaozuzu took over from Dr. Nwaezeigwe as substantive Director in 1 August, 2015 and subsequently handed over to the immediate past Director, Prof Roseline Ijeoma Okorji on 1 August 2018, after a successful tenure. The current Director, Prof Christopher Uchenna Agbedo was appointed on 1 August, 2021.
CIS was established by the administration of Prof Batho Okolo (as Vice Chancellor, 2009-2014) to serve as a melting pot for all researches, studies, investigations and information about various aspects of Igbo life. The University in establishing the centre fulfilled the aspirations of the homeland Igbo people and Ndigbo in the diaspora as well as all those interested in knowing about or studying the Igbo people and their culture. The Centre for Igbo Studies is a centre where issues about Igbo people, including but not limited to their language, literature, culture, politics, architecture, traditional medicine, theatre, traditional music, history, archeology, arts provide veritable topics for meaningful and insightful multidisciplinary research engagements.
Welcome to the home of Centre for Igbo Studies (CIS), University of Nigeria Nsukka-Nigeria. CIS is a knowledge-driven, research-focused and globally-competitive Centre, established in line with the international best practices and core value of UNN, which is the restoration of the dignity of man. The Centre was established with the primary mandate to leverage transdisciplinary dialectics in interrogating the multi-faceted trajectory of Igbo, especially its waning linguistic, literary, and cultural studies in both Igbo homeland and the diaspora, and the bright prospects of its rebound in the digital media space. As a university-based centre forged in the furnace of innovative pedagogy and cutting-edge research that is responsive to the intellectual needs and human capital formation quest of the Nigerian and indeed the African society, CIS is set to reinvent multidisciplinary perspectives of Igbo.