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Prof. (Mrs) Catherine Obianuju Acholonu

October, 26 1951 - March, 17 2014

Catherine Obianuju Acholonu, nee Olumba

Summary: Professor of African History and Philosophy; Fmr Senior Special Assistant on Arts and Culture to the President of the FRN; Fulbright Scholar-Writer in African Studies and African Women Studies – Westchester Consortium for International Studies, NY, USA; Fmr Visiting Professor in African Literature and Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y.; Poet, Playwright, Internationally Published Literary Critic; Award-winning Researcher on African Cultural Studies; Winner of the Phyllis Wheatley Award for Work that Transcends Culture, Boundary and Perception. Winner of the 2009 International Book Awards, USA.


1.    Place of Birth:  Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria.

2.    Educational Background:

-    M.A. English and American language and Literature; Germanic Literature and Linguistics: University of Düsseldorf, Germany 1977;
-    Ph.D. African Literary Studies, University of Düsseldorf, Germany, 1982 - 85 (Finished with Magna Cum Laudae or Distinction)
3.    Professional Background:

1979    – 1980 National Youth Service Corps
1981  - Lecturer 2 Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, Nigeria
1983 -  Lecturer 1 Alvan Ikoku College of  Education, Owerri.
1986 – Senior Lecturer, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri.

1990-91    Fulbright Scholar-Writer-in-Residence and Visiting  Professor in African Literary Studies, Westchester Consortium for International Studies, N.Y., USA
1990-91    Visiting Professor, Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y
1992-96    Reader/Associate Professor, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri (Resigned in 1996).
1998-99    Member, Presidential Policy Advisory Committee  
1999-2002 – (inclusive) Special Adviser on Arts and Culture
to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
2003 – 2012 Goodwill Ambassador, UNCCD Forum of Arts and Culture, Nigeria.

Founder/Director: Catherine Acholonu Research Center, Abuja, Nigeria.
Founder/Director: Let’s Help Humanitarian Project (NGO), 1992.

4.    Awards/Residencies/Fellowships:

1.    2008 - Awarded ‘Professor of African History and Philosophy’ by the Aba Campus of the Pilgrim’s University and Theological Seminary, Burlington, South Carolina, USA, for research and authorship of the ground-breaking book The Gram Code of African Adam: Stone Books, Cave Libraries – Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa’s Lost Civilizations (published in 2005).
2.    Awarded Fulbright Scholar-Writer-in–Residence, Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y., USA, and visiting Professor, Westchester Consortium for International Studies, NY., USA (without application) 1990
3.    Rockefeller Foundation Residency Award, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Italy, 1996
4.    Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Corporate Administration
5.    Fellow, Nigerian Chattered Institute of Public Administrators
6.    Fellow, Worldwide Services, Worldwide Finance Ltd
7.    Listed in the Who’s Who of World Leadership, USA, 1988
8.    Listed in Who’s Who in Nigeria, latest edition, 2003
9.    Listed in the International Authors and Writers Who’s Who, Cambridge, 17th Edition, UK
10.    Voted among the ‘Most Outstanding Women Achievers in Nigeria’ by the African First Ladies Peace Mission, at the 1st African First Ladies Conference, Abuja, 1997
11.     Winner of Woman of Merit Gold Award, 2000
12.     Listed in Top 500 Women in Nigeria, 1992, a bibliography of Nigerian Women Achievers and in all other Who’s Whos on Nigerian Women.
13.     Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Nigerian Authors, Enugu State.
14.    Grand Fellow of Ife Poets Award, Obafemi Awolowo University Poets Community, 1992
15.    First person to be honoured by the Manhattanville College Black Students Union, N.Y., 1991
16.    First Orlu Citizen to be honored by the Orlu Catholic Women Organization; First woman to be honored with the title of Nneoma (The People’s Good Mother); was given a plaque engraved with the words:  “A Lighted Candle on the Lamp-stand… a Gem too rare to be real”.
17.    Honoree, Roteract National Award for Achievement in Society, 1993
18.    Chieftaincy titles: Ugegbe-Eze  of Orlu (‘The King’s Mirror’); Ugogbuzuo of Ideato (‘Resplendent Eagle’); Ezi Ada-nenye Ihe of Umueshi (‘Wonderful Daughter who Brings Light’); Ada Igbo Ji Eje Mba of Igbo Ukwu (‘Worthy Igbo Ambassador’); Ada Ugo of Aguleri (‘Daughter of the Eagle’)…
19.     Appointed Africa Renaissance Ambassador by the PANAFRICA organization, Benin Republic, 2006
20.     Winner of the Flora Nwapa Award for Literacy Excellence (Harlem Book Fair, New York, 2009)
21.    Winner of the Phyllis Wheatley Award for Work that Transcends Culture, Boundary and Perception (Harlem Book Fair, New York, 2009).  
22.    Winner, 2009 International Book Awards, USA, 2009.


5.    Membership of Professional Bodies:

1.    Member, International Body of Nominators for the Ritz-Paris-Hemmingway Award for Literature, USA, 1987
2.    Editorial Adviser, MATATU Journal of Literature, Germany
3.    Member, National Festival of Arts and Culture Committee, 1986
4.    Judge, Imo State Festival of Arts and Culture Competitions, 1985
5.    Member, National Committee on the President’s NYSC Awards, 1989
6.    Member, Imo State Advisory Committee on Curriculum Development and Textbooks, 1986 and 1988
7.    Member, Board of Governors – Imo State Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), 1985 – 1987
8.    Member, National Selection Committee for the Queen Amina National Awards for Women Achievers, 1993
9.    Chairman, Alvan Ikoku College of Education School of Arts Appraisals Committee, 1986 – 1988
10.    Chairman, Imo State Political Awareness Committee for Women, National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Imo State, 1997 – 1998
11.    Life Member, National Council for Women Societies
12.    President, Holy Trinity Parish Catholic Women Organization (CWO), Orlu 1984-1986
13.    National President, Holy Trinity Parish Catholic Women Organization (CWO), Home and Abroad, 1994-1997
14.    Member, National Think Tank, 2007 – date
15.     Board member, American Biographical Institute.

6.    Published Books:

    Creative Writing:

1.    Abu Umu Praimari, (Collections of Poems for Junior Primary in Igbo),University Publishers Ltd., 1985
Recite and Learn- Poetry for Junior Primary, Evans Publishers, Ibadan, 1986
2.    Recite and Learn- Poetry for Senior Primary, Evans Publishers, Ibadan, 1986
3.    Nigeria in the Year 1999, (poems), Totan Publishers, 1885
4.    Into the Heart of Biafra, (war poems), Totan, 1985
5.    Trial of the Beautiful Ones, (a play), Totan 1985
6.    The Spring’s Last Drop, (poems), Totan, 1985
7.     To Live as Jesus Lived, (theological essay), Afa, 2001
8.     The Deal & Who is the Head of State? (plays), Totan, 1985

Research Publications:

1.     Motherism: the Afrocentric Alternative to Feminism, Afa Publications, Owerri, 1995
2.    The Earth Unchained, a Quantum Leap in Consciousness, a Reply to Al Gore, Afa Publications, 1995
3.    Afa Journal of Creative Writing, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Founding Editor)
4.     The Igbo Roots of Olaudah Equiano, (a Linguistic and Anthropological Research), Afa Publications, 1998, Revised Edition, 2007
5.    The Gram Code of African Adam, Stone Books and Cave Libraries, Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa’s Lost Civilizations, CARC Publications, Abuja, 2005.
6.    They Lived Before Adam: Pre-historic Origins of the Igbo, The Never Been Ruled (CARC Publication, Abuja, 2009, winner of the International Book Awards, USA and two Harlem Book Fair Awards).
7.    The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam, CARC Publication, Abuja, 2010
8.    Eden in Sumer on the Niger, LAP Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany, 2013/2014.

8.Published Articles:

1.    Review of  Ernest Emenyonu, The Rise of the Igbo Novel in African Literature Today, No. 13, 1983
2.    “A Touch of the Absurd: Soyinka and Beckett”, African Literature Today, No.14, p. 12-18, 1984
3.    “Ogbanje: A Motif and a Theme in the Poetry of Christopher Okigbo”, African Literature Today, No. 16, 1988, p.103-111
4.    “From Rhetoric to Occultism: The Word as Music and Drama in Labyrinths”, African Literature Today, No. 17
5.    “Upthrust or Downthrust: Technique in Okpewho’s The Last Duty and Iyayi’s Violence”, in Calabar Studies in African Literature, ed. E. Emenyonu, Vol. 12
6.    “Buchi Emecheta”, in Perspectives in Nigerian Literature, Ed. Yemi Ogunbiyi,1988, p. 216-222
7.    “Who was Olaudah Equiano”, Nigeria Magazine, Vol. 55, No. 1, 1987, p. 43-50
8.    “The Igbo Roots of Olaudah Equiano: A Linguistic and Anthropological Search”, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Vol. xxiii, no. 1, 1987
9.     “Igbo Folktale as Imaginative Literature” Anu - A Journal of the Arts, No.3, 1984
10.     “Nigeria Dances and Their Role in Drama”, Nigeria Magazine, March, 1985
11.     “Linguistic Processes of Lexical Innovation in Igbo”, Journal of Anthropological Linguistics, Vol. 22, No. 3, Indiana University 1980
12.    “L’Igbo Langue Literaire”, Notre Librairie, No. 98, Paris
13.    “Ndiichie Akwa Mythology  or Folklore Origins of the Igbo”, Uwa Ndi Igbo, ed. Chukwuma Azuonye, No. 2, 1985; Nigeria Magazine, April/July, 1987
14.    “Writing and Publishing for Children – Nigerian Children’s Literature in English, A Critique”, Journal of African Children’s Literature, Vol. 1, 1989
15.    “The Truth About Equiano’s Origin”, Africa Writing, ed. Afam Akeh, No. 3, Spring, 2008
16.    “Ichi Linguistic Geometry and Evolution” by C. Acholonu and Alex Animalu, African Journal of Physics, Vol. 2, pp. 373-393, 2009.
17.    “Hyperspace and the Torus Revisited”, A.O. Animalu and C. Acholonu, African Journal of Physics, Vol. 3, pp. 31-50, 2010.
18.    “The Traditional African Perspective on the Big Bang and the Theory of Everything”, by C. Acholonu, African Journal of Physics, Vol. 4, 2011, pp. 195- 201.
19.    “The Discovery of the Egyptian Duat and Temple of the Sun in Lejja, Enugu State – Archaeology and Mythology Completes the Curve of History”, accepted for publication by LAP Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany; also accepted for publication in the Global Education Review of the Longbridge Publishing Company Limited, Hong Kong (2013).

9.Published Book Reviews, Short Stories and Poetry

20.     Review of Donatus Nwoga ed. Critical Perspectives on Christopher Okigbo in Research in African Literatures, ed. Berndt Lindfors, Vol. 17, No. 4, 1986
21.    Two Poems in Nka Journal of the Arts, No. 1, Sept., 1983 Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri.
22.    One Poem in Presence Africaine, No. 120, Paris, 1982
23.     Interview with Bob Njemanze (on Christopher Okigbo), Okike, 1989.
24.    Three Poems in Heinemann Anthology of African Literature, U.K.
25.     Three Poems in Heinemann Anthology of African Women Writing, U.K.
26.    “Mother Was a Great Man”, (Short Story), in African Radio Narrations and Plays, ed. Wolfram Frommlet, Germany, 1992;
27.    “Mother Was a Great Man”, (short story) African Women’s Writing, ed. Charlotte Bruner, Heinemann, London, 1993
28.    Two Poems, Okike, ed. Chinua Achebe, No. 12
29.    Two Poems, Okike, ed. Chinua Achebe, No. 18
30.    Three Poems, Greenfield Review, New York, Fall, 1983.

10.Keynote Speeches/Solicited Lectures:

(Sponsored by British Council and USIS (as America International Visitor) in Nov./Dec., 1989 on a lecture Tour of British and American Universities, to share her findings on the Olaudah Equiano research during the Olaudah Equiano Bicentennial Celebrations in USA and UK. Gave solicited lectures at Cornell University, USA; Harvard University, USA; Smith University, Massachusetts, USA; University of Uttah, USA; University of Hall, UK; University of York, UK; University of Reading, UK; The Polytechnic of East London, UK; Commonwealth Institute, UK; University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, UK, etc.)

1.    “The Search for Equiano’s Igbo Roots”, solicited lecture at Commonwealth Institute, London, 1989; University of Reading, U.K., Dec., 1989;
2.    “The Igbo Roots of  Olaudah Equiano: Isseke – The Nation of Dancers, Musicians and Poets”, Keynote Lecture to the Olaudah Equiano Bicentennial Celebrations, University of Utah, USA, Nov/Dec., 1989
3.    “The Igbo Roots of Olaudah Equiano”, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, Dec., 1989
4.    “Women in African Literature”, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, Dec., 1989
5.    “Teaching Equiano in Africa”, Dept. of English, University of Exeter, UK, 1989
6.    “An Update on Igbo Historical Identity and Igbo Studies”, a solicited Lecture to the Standing Conference on Library Materials on Africa (SCOLMA), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Dec., 1989, U.K.
7.    “Women and Sexuality, the  Nigerian Case”, solicited lecture to the Department of Black and African Studies Class on ‘Women and Sexuality’, Harvard University, Dec., 1989
8.    “The Woman in Equiano’s Igbo land”, solicited lecture to Department of History, University of Hull, U.K., Dec., 1989;
9.    “Women in Equiano’s Igbo Land”, solicited lecture to the School of Social Sciences, Polytechnic of East London, Dec., 1989
10.    “Olaudah Equiano and His Travels”, Department of English and African Studies, University of Hull, UK, Dec., 1989
11.    “Revisiting Olaudah Equiano’s Global Legacy”, solicited Black History Month Lecture, Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, USA, February, 2007
12.    “Africa the New Frontier; Towards a Truly Global Literary Theory for the 21st Century”, (Keynote Lecture to the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Annual National Convention), Asaba, Nigeria, 2002.
13.    Africa the New Frontier; Towards a Truly Global Literary Theory for the 21st Century, (Keynote Speech to the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Annual National Convention), 2002.  
14.    “Finding the True Origin of Olaudah Equiano: The Facts, the Fallacies and the Grand Conspiracy”, Keynote Lecture to the 1st Annual Olaudah Equiano Interdisciplinary Conference on Africa and the Transatlantic Slave-trade, Imo State University, 26-28th July, 2007.
15.     “New Age Education – The African Alternative”, Keynote Lecture to the First National Book Fair, Owerri, 1992
16.     “Women in African History”, African Studies Center, University of California at Los Angeles, 1990
17.    “Women in African Literature”, Phi Beta Cappa Club, Marymount College, Westchester County, N.Y., 1990
18.    “Nigerian Women in Development”, Lecture to the Department of African Studies, Smith University, Massachusetts, 1990
19.    “The African Feminist Challenge in Life and Literature”, Annual Hitachi Lecture of the Westchester Consortium for International Studies, Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y., USA, April, 1991 (the lecture was later published as a book under the title Motherism - the Afrocentric Alternative to Feminism, Afa Publications, 1995)
20.    “The Role of Literature in a Developing World”, Keynote Lecture to the University of Calabar Students’ English Week, May, 1983
21.     “ Creativity and Recent Nigerian Literature”, Alvan Ikoku College Students English Association Week,1984
22.     “Writing and Publishing for the Nigerian Child”, Imo Book Fair Lecture, Feb., 1988
23.     “The African Women Writer: Towards a New Poetics for the Nineties”, Keynote Lecture, Imo State University Annual Postgraduate Lecture of the English Association, August, 1990
24.    “English Language in National Development”, Alvan Ikoku College Students English Week, 1992
25.     “African Rock Art as Script and Communication and Historical Document: The Example of Ikom Monoliths”, solicited lecture to the Methodology Workshop on Rock Art and the Pan-African Renaissance, Nairobi, Kenya, 2007

11.Conference Presentations/Papers:  

1.    “Ritual Enactment of the Load of Destiny: Christopher Okigbo and the Loadstone Myth”, University of Calabar 4th International Conference on African Literature and the Teaching of English, May, 1984
2.    “Ogbanje – A Motif and a Theme in the Poetry of Christopher Okigbo”, Literary Society of Nigeria, Fourth Annual Conference, 22-25 Feb., 1984, University of Benin
3.    “The Unheard Music of the Soul: The Symbolic Power of Silence in Christopher Okigbo’s Labyrinths, International Conference on Commonwealth Literature in German-Speaking Countries, University of Aachen, Germany, July, 1988
4.    “From Ritual to Politics: Christopher Okigbo and the Loadstone Myth”, 4th International Conference on African Literature and the Teaching of English, University of Calabar, 2-6th May, 1984
5.    “From Rhetoric to Occultism: The Word as Music and Drama in Labyrinths, African Literature Association 10th Anniversary Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, April, 1985
6.    “From Pre-history to Post-history: Revisiting the Poetry of Christopher Okigbo, the Prophet of the New African Renaissance”, International Conference on Postcolonial African Literature  and the Ideals of the Open Society/Teaching and Learning from Christopher Okigbo’s Poetry, September, 2007, Harvard University, University of Boston, Massachusetts.
7.     “What is Igbo Literature”, University of Ibadan 5th Annual African Literature Conference, University of Ibadan, 28-31 July, 1980
8.    “The Diabolic in Ekwensi’s City Novels”, University of Ibadan 5th Annual African Literature Conference, University of Ibadan, 28-31 July, 1980
9.     “Signs, Symbols and Meaning in Soyinka’s Madmen and Specialists”, 5th Ibadan Annual African Literature Conference, University of  Ibadan, July, 1980
10.     “Linguistic Processes of Lexical Innovation in Igbo”, International Conference in Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, organized by Kay Williamson, 22-23 March, 1979, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
11.     “Freedom and the Expressive Ideal; The Problem of Language in Creativity”, Literary Society of Nigeria, Fourth Annual Conference, 22-25 Feb., 184, University of Benin, Nigeria
12.     “Igbo Oral Literature as Imaginative Literature: The Example of the Folktale”, Society for the Promotion of Igbo Language and Culture Seminar, UNN, 23 August, 1979
13.     “The African Woman in Development”, Annual Gender Studies Symposium, Lewis and Clark College, California, April, 1991
14.     “The Female Essence in Creativity”, African Literature Association Annual Conference, Loyola University, New Orleans, March 1991
15.     “The Olaudah Equiano Roots Research”, International Conference on Commonwealth Literature in German-Speaking Countries, University of Aachen, Germany, July, 1988
16.    “The Igbo Roots of Olaudah Equiano”, Workshop at the Olaudah Equiano Bicentennial  Symposium, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, U.K., 1989
17.    “Who Was Olaudah Equiano? Tracing the Origin of a Pioneer of Igbo Written Literature”, 5th Ibadan Annual African Literature Conference, (four papers were presented at this conference) University of Ibadan, July, 1980
18.    “Rediscovering Olaudah Equiano”, Commonwealth Literature Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 1989
19.    “The Cross River Monoliths of Nigeria”, UNESCO Roundtable on Intercultural Dialogue, Badagry, May, 2001
20.    “African Rock Art as Script and Communication: The Ikom monoliths of Nigeria”, Methodology Workshop on Rock Art and the African Renaissance, Nairobi, Kenya, 22-23 January, 2007
21.    “Ikom Monoliths of Nigeria as Historical Record and Religious Instrument”, Methodology Workshop on Rock Art and the African Renaissance, Nairobi, Kenya, 22-23 January, 2007
22.     “Ogam Philosophical Language and the Lost Nation of Tilmun”, UNESCO Roundtable on World Philosophy Day, Abuja, 2006.
23.    “The Sons of God and the Unshakeable Generation: Tracing Igbo Divine Rights through Pre-history, Forgotten Scriptures and Oral Tradition”, Igbo Studies Association Conference, Howard University, Washington DC, USA, April 4th-5th, 2008.
24.     “They Lived Before Adam, Prehistoric Origins of the Igbo – The Never Been Ruled: A Review Article presentation” – Igbo Studies Association Conference, Howard University, Washington DC, USA, April 3rd - 4th, 2009
25.     The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam: Unearthing Heliopolis/Igbo Ukwu – The Celestial City of the Gods of Egypt and India, a review article presentation: Igbo Studies Association Conference, Howard University, Washington DC, USA, 7th – 8th, 2010
26.    “Igbo Ukwu Symbols as Prehistoric Proto-Writing and Religious Literature”, paper presented at the Philosophy, Science and Human Development Conference, Institute of African Studies, UNN, Nov 30th -3rd Dec, 2011.
27.     “Igbonomics – Was Igbo the Language of the Big Bang in the Creation of the Universe?” – 4th International Seminar on Theoretical Physics and National Development, National Mathematical Center, Abuja, Nigeria, 15th – 20th July, 2011.
28.    “A Traditional African Perspective on the Big Bang and the Theory of Everything”, 5th International Seminar on Theoretical Physics and National Development, National Mathematical Center, Abuja, Nigeria, July, 2012.
29.    “The Discovery of the Egyptian ‘Duat’ and ‘Temple of the Sun’ in Lejja, Enugu State – Mythology and Archaeology Complete the Curve of History”, Igbo Studies Association (Intl) Conference, Enugu, July, 2013.

12. Achievements as Director of Catherine Acholonu Research Center (CARC)

Partnership Projects with the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka:

1.    Dec., 2010, Institute of African Studies: A Two hour lecture on “The State of Igbo Pre-History Research” during the Presentation of the book The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam (A CARC Publication, 2010), hosted by Prof. Onuigbo, Director, Institute for African Studies, UNN (see U-Tube Video).
2.    5th Dec., 2012, Institute of African Studies: International Conference on Catherine Acholonu and Igbo Pre-history Research, hosted by Prof Onuigbo, Director, Institute of African Studies, UNN.
3.    Solicited lecture presentation at the 2013 UNN Institute of African Studies Annual Seminar.  Paper Title: “Translating Sumerian Pre-Cuneiform Pictographic Writing: Its Origins in Igbo Nsibiri and Ichi Linear Script”, June 14th, 2013.  
4.    Reconnaissance Field Trip to the Lejja, Nsukka archaeological site by a joint body of researchers from CARC and UNN, namely Dr C.C. Opata (Department of History, UNN); Sidney Louis Davis (a USA citizen and a CARC Research Fellow); Prof. Damian Opata (Department of English, UNN); Prof. Sam Onuigbo (Director, Institute of African Studies, UNN), Prof. Catherine Acholonu (Director, CARC).
5.    The Trip yielded a ground-breaking joint paper under the title “The Discovery of  the Egyptian Duat and Temple of the Sun in Lejja, Enugu State – Archaeology and Mythology Completes the Curve of History”, which was presented at the 2013 Igbo Studies Association Conference, Enugu, 27th – 29th June, 2013 an has been accepted for publication by LAP Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany; also accepted for publication in the Global Education Review of the Longbridge Publishing Company Limited, Hong Kong.
6.    CARC partnership with the UNN Faculty of Archaeology under Professor  Eme Okafor (Dean of Archaeology) was the main engine behind the write-up title “The Discovery of  the Egyptian Duat and Temple of the Sun in Lejja, Enugu State – Archaeology and Mythology Complete the Curve of History”.
7.    The CARC partnership with UNN Faculty of Archaeology is the driving factor in our latest groundbreaking research and full-length book titled Eden in Sumer on the Niger: Archaeological, Linguistic and Recorded Evidence of 450,000 Years of Atlantis, Eden and Sumer in West Africa, accepted for publication in 2013 by LAP Lambert Academic Publishers, Saarbrucken, Germany.
 
Other Achievements as Director of  CARC:

1.    Initiator and co-organizer of the first Igbo Theology Conference, Whelan Academy, Owerri, July 5th – 7th, 2012.
2.    Organizer/Chief Host – First Olaudah Equiano International and Inter-disciplinary Conference, Imo State University, 26th – 28th July, 2007.
3.    Blazing a Trail as the initiator of Research on the place of Igbo Language, Culture, Civilization and Science in Global Pre-history Studies. Our research publications: (1) The Gram Code of African Adam, 2005; (2) They Lived Before Adam, 2009; (3) The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam, 2010; (4) Eden in Sumer on the Niger, 2013/2014 have successfully demonstrated that Igbo land is the origin of mankind and of Human civilization, and that Igbo Language was the Mother-Language of Humanity and of all modern languages.
4.    Acholonu has partnered with the Department of Physics, UNN, under Professor Emeritus Alex Animalu, since the publication of They Lived Before Adam, to use the discoveries in the said book to define the indigenous Africa/Igbo Perspective to Science. Accordingly, Prof Alex Animalu and Professor Catherine Acholonu have co-authored a number of path-breaking articles, some of which are published in the African Journal of Physics, namely:
1.    “Ichi Linguistic Geometry and Evolution” by C. Acholonu and Animalu, African Journal of Physics, Vol. 2, pp. 373-393, 2009.
2.    “Hyperspace and the Torus Revisited”, A.O. Animalu and C. Acholonu, African Journal of Physics, Vol. 3, pp. 31-50, 2010.
3.    “The Traditional African Perspective on the Big Bang and the Theory of Everything”, by C. Acholonu, African Journal of Physics, Vol. 4, 2011, pp. 195- 201.
4.    “Igbonomics – Was Igbo the Language of the Big Bang in the Creation of the Universe?” – 4th International Seminar on Theoretical Physics and National Development, National Mathematical Center, Abuja, Nigeria, 15th – 20th July, 2011.
5.    “A Traditional African Perspective on the Big Bang and the Theory of Everything”, 5th International Seminar on Theoretical Physics and National Development, National Mathematical Center, Abuja, Nigeria, July, 2012.

 
Related Works emphasizing the impact of Acholonu’s Research on the Rediscovery of Indigenous Igbo/African Science and Technology are:

6.    “Physics in the Traditional Practices of the Igbo…” by Jeff Unaegbu, (AJP) African Journal of Physics, Vol. 4, pp. 202-217, 2011
7.    A.O. Animalu et. al.: “On Matter and Antimatter – Asymmetry in Cosmology”, AJP, Vol. 4, pp. 175-194, 2011
8.    A. O. Animalu: “A Comparison of Acholonu’s Igbo Ukwu Torus/Hyper-doughnut with Michio Kaku’s 10-Dimensional Hyperspace/Hyper-doughnut View of the Theory of Everything”, Appendix to Acholonu’s The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam, Abuja, 2010. Also published in African Journal of Physics,  Vol. 3, pp. 31-50, 2010.
9.    A. O. Animalu: “Solid State Physics of African (Igbo Ukwu) Bronze Artifacts, The Evolutionary Roots of Quantum Culture in Acholonu’s Adam Trilogy”, in Ikenga Intl. Journal of the UNN Institute of African Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp 27-45, 2011.

Ebo Landing Diaspora Pilgrimage Tourism Project:

This is a project of the CARC, initiated by Catherine Acholonu with the blessing and endorsement of the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke. This project is the first formal and annual tourism to Igbo land by foreigners, in this case African Americans. The first Diaspora tourists to Igbo land in 2012 were guests at UNN Institute of African Studies and were hosted by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University. They were also hosted by state governments in Igbo land including Enugu State. The Genesis of the program is the popularity of the publications of Catherine Acholonu among Diaspora Africans in search of a proud African identity. Her works are creating awareness of ‘Igbo’ as the origin of Black civilization. This has opened an avenue for international tourism to Igbo land.
 
During the meeting of the African American tourists (who were mostly professionals and faculties of Universities in USA), it was agreed to build a partnership between willing USA Universities and UNN. This program needs to be revisited.

Acholonu is an avid student of Igbo Culture and a researcher into the intellectual content of African and Igbo culture, language and traditions. Through her research findings and publications, she has made seminal contributions to disciplines as diverse as Igbo Pre-History; Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; African Oral Tradition and Cultural Studies: Igbo Language Studies, Symbology/Semiotics and the study of ancient Igbo Inscriptions, Literature, Religion, Philosophy, Oral Historical Studies, Gender Discourse, etc.; she has brought a powerful African perspective into African Women and Gender Studies and Comparative Environmental Philosophy, among others.

13.The Impact of Acholonu’s Olaudah Equiano Research

Professor Acholonu has consistently broken new grounds in African cultural studies, African Women Studies and African Historical Studies through her research works and publications for three decades running.  In the late 1980s her two year-long research yielded the discovery of the actual Igbo origin of Olaudah Equiano and the publication of The Igbo Roots of Olaudah Equiano (1989) which subsequently led to her being invited in 1989 as an American International Visitor to tour USA universities sharing her research findings. In the same period, she was sponsored by the British Council and the USIS to tour universities in UK (and USA), lecturing on her research.  Thereafter she was offered (in 1990) the Fulbright Scholar-Writer-in-Residence Position at the Westchester Consortium for International Studies, Purchase, New York USA (without application).

14. Contribution to Women Studies

Her one year research work as a Fulbright Scholar led to the developing of the first published Theory of African Women Studies and definition of African Womanhood, which was first delivered as the Hitachi Public Lecture on 23rd April 1991 at Manhattanville College, NY. The lecture was advertised in New York Times (Westchester Guide) on April 21, 1991, and was later published as a full-length book under the title:  Motherism: The Afrocentric Alternative to Feminism, 1995.

15.United Nations Assignments

1.    Member, UN Committee of Experts for Gender-Mainstreaming for Beijing, Cairo and Rio Plans of Action;
1996 - One of only two Africans in the eight-man expert-group on “Women, Population and Sustainable Development - The Road from Rio, Cairo and Beijing”. Prepared the draft Plan of Action for Gender Mainstreaming of the decisions reached at the UN World Conferences of Rio, Cairo and Beijing.

2.    Member and only Nigeria representative of the 18-man First Intellectual Forum on Desertification set up by the Global Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Poverty and Drought (UNCCD). Was, along with other international members of the Forum, assigned as Goodwill Culture Ambassadors for the UNCCD to execute the Program of Action of the Forum in home countries - 2003.

Conclusion:

Acholonu is Creating New Paradigms for Igbo Linguistic Research and Breaking New Grounds for Igbo Studies Worldwide

Her four-part series The Gram Code of African Adam: Stone Books and Cave Libraries, Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa’s Lost Civilizations; They Lived Before Adam, The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam and Eden in Sumer on the Niger - a result of 23 years of field work and library research (1990-2013) that began in 1990 during her Fulbright Fellowship in USA - are redefining global history from the perspective of Igbo Prehistory, oral traditions, language and archaeology by drawing attention to the lost and forgotten contributions of pre-historic Igbos to human history, ancient civilizations and the invention of Writing (Nsibiri/Ichi/Nkara).

Through her two decades-long research on ancient monuments of Igbo land in particular (sacred sites, caves, revisiting archaeological research results, oral traditions, etc), and her groundbreaking deciphering of the pottery and bronze inscriptions on Igbo Ukwu archaeological artifacts, and comparative study of these with ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, Indus and other pre-historic inscriptions, Acholonu has made a highly persuasive case for the Igbo origin of the Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations, and as such the mother of all civilizations, language and culture.   

Catherine Acholonu’s research on the stone inscriptions on the Ikom monoliths in Cross River State, Nigeria, have attracted world interest on the monoliths and led to the State government using the monoliths as the State Tourism logo. Professor Catherine Acholonu and the CARC applied to the World Monument Fund, New York, USA, for the listing of Ikom monoliths as an endangered site.  Subsequently, the monoliths were listed by the World Monument Fund in the 2008 100 Most Endangered Sites (see 2008 WMF Watch List, www.wmf.org), as “ancient stone inscriptions dating before 2,000 B.C.”. This date was gleaned from Acholonu’s linguistic evidence.
Acholonu has succeeded in proving to the world that Prehistoric Black African Rock Art and cultural symbols constitute a lost system of writing and records of a rich, forgotten History that was instrumental to the making of global civilizations.

Her work in this regard received the written commendation of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2005, the Minister of Culture and Tourism (2005) and the Asst Director General and Head Africa Department, UNESCO, Paris (2006) among others. Her second publication from her ground-breaking research won two international Awards at the 2009 Harlem Book Fair in 2009, and was aired thrice in New York on C-Span Book TV in August, 2009 as a ground-breaking publication. They Lived Before Adam also won the 2009 International Book Awards in USA.

As a testimony to her community and humanitarian service, Catherine Acholonu holds six chieftaincy titles from local communities in Igbo land and several awards and titles from women organizations, youth/artists and writers organizations such as RATTAWU, ANA, Roteract, National Association for Women Journalists. She is a Patron of the Imo State Organization of Disabled People. She is listed in Who’s Who in Nigeria 2003.

Catherine Acholonu is an internationally respected scholar of high repute. Her widely recognized views on African/Igbo Life and Culture are earning respect for Igbo and African Studies around the globe and establishing her globally as an ambassador of the New Africa/Igbo Renaissance. For more information consult the official website of the Catherine Acholonu Research Center at www.carcafriculture.org.

Prof. Catherine Acholonu (Ph.D), Abuja, 2013.
Tel. +234-81-69215765.  Email – ikomgram@yahoo.com

Achievements

1. 2008 - Awarded ‘Professor of African History and Philosophy’ by the Aba Campus of the Pilgrim’s University and Theological Seminary, Burlington, South Carolina, USA, for research and authorship of the ground-breaking book The Gram Code of African Adam: Stone Books, Cave Libraries – Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa’s Lost Civilizations (published in 2005).
2. Awarded Fulbright Scholar-Writer-in–Residence, Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y., USA, and visiting Professor, Westchester Consortium for International Studies, NY., USA (without application) 1990
3. Rockefeller Foundation Residency Award, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Italy, 1996

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