© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/157006609X452294 Journal of Religion in Africa 39 (2009) 360-361 brill.nl/jra Obituary Professor Ogbu Uke Kalu ( June 2, 1942–January 7, 2009) Professor Ogbu U. Kalu, a member of the Board of the Journal of Religion in Africa for a number of years, passed away unexpectedly in early 2009. Professor Kalu’s life spanned many important eras in his native Nigeria’s his- tory. Born in Ohaﬁ a (now in Abia State) in the midst of World War II when Nigeria was still a colony of Great Britain, Solomon Ogbu U. Kalu received his early education in that town and later (1955-61) at the famous Hope Wad- dell Training Institute in Calabar. It is perhaps signiﬁ cant that HWTI was a legacy of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Presbyterian missionaries to Nigeria since their work would spur Kalu’s interest and subsequent scholar- ship in African Christianity. At around the same time that Nigeria received its ﬁ nal independence from the U.K. and joined the Commonwealth, Kalu left Nigeria for university in Canada, studying history at McMaster University and the University of Toronto, where he earned his Ph.D. in that subject in 1970. Since the Biafran civil
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Published: Jan 1, 2009
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