Professor Sophie Oluwole AKA Mamalawo Is Dead

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Professor Sophie Oluwole, an African philosopher also known as Mamalawo has died at the age of 83. She passed away at about 8pm on Sunday after a protracted illness.

Sophie is the first female doctorate degree holder in philosophy in Nigeria.

She is a practitioner of Yoruba philosophy, a way of thinking which stems from the ethnic group based in Nigeria. She is vocal about the role of women in philosophy, and the disproportionate representation of African thinkers in education.

Born in Igbara-oke, Ondo State in 1936, she studied history, geography and philosophy at the University of Lagos and eventually settled on philosophy.

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