Prof. Chieke Ihejirika

Prof. Chieke Ihejirika

President, Igbo Dev. Initiative (IDI)

Professor Chieke E. Ihejirika is Chair of Political Science Department at Lincoln University Pennsylvania USA. He is the second Igbo man after Nnamdi Azikiwe to teach Political Science at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania—Zik’s Alma mater. He was awarded the first Freedom and Peace Award, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Professor of Political Science.  He co-authored two books namely:  Pantheon of Political Philosophers (2010) and Freedom and Prosperity in the 21st Century (2011); and is author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, on the Igbo, Nigeria, Africa, America, African American Experience, philosophy, culture and politics international relations and leadership.

He was research assistant at the University of Waterloo for two years; Teaching Fellow at Temple University for five years, an adjunct professor at Drexel University for six years. He has been at Lincoln since 2004.

He participated in the future faculty program of Brown University sponsored by Ford Foundation as a graduate student.

He was trained in African, European and North American Universities, thus he holds two bachelor’s degrees, and two master’s degrees and a doctorate, namely:

He has taught at Temple University PA, Drexel University; Kansas City Kansas Community College and Avila University Missouri.

  • B. Ed. Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri, Imo State Nigeria, 1982,
  • B.A., Philosophy KUL, Belgium, 1985
  • M.A., America Studies KUL, Belgium,19 84
  • M.A., Political Science University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada, 1987
  • Ph. D. Political Science Temple University Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA, 2000

He is a columnist with a Philadelphia based community magazine, FunTimes. He was the second Coordinator and a respected community leader in charge of the Igbo Language Program of the Igbo Catholic Community in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is the founding Chairman of Ngor-Okpala Congress in America – A Diasporan Organization comprising over three thousand indigenes of Ngor-Okpala Local Government in the United States. He was the first chairman of the building committee mandated to build a multi-million-naira conference center for NOCIA at the LGA headquarters at Umuneke Ngor-Okpala, in Owerri Imo State of Nigeria; Member of Board of Ngor-Okpala Congress in America NOCIA. Member of Board and Nigeria Liaison of the Divine Mercy International Widows and Orphans Organization. Chairman of Board of Owerri Obinwanne Association of Delaware Valley etc.

Professor Chieke E. Ihejirika is married to Mrs. Annunciata Nzenalu Ihejirika and they are blessed with four wonderful children– two men and two ladies.