AKE, Prof Claude

Born February 18, 1939,





B.Sc (Hons), Ph.D,

A Nigerian political scientist
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Anita Ake,
State of Origin: Rivers
Father's Name Geoffrey Ake
Father's Status Deceased
Mother's Name Christiana Ake;
Mother's Status Deceased
Number of Male Children 3

Mela, Ibra & Brieri

Profession University Lecturer , political economist
Working Experience Assistant professor of political science, Columbia University, 1966-69 , associate prof, Carfeton Univ., Canada, 1969-72; , prof, of political economy, dean of faculty of social sciences, Univ. of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, mid-1970s-1989 , founder and director, Center for Advanced Social Science, Port Harcourt, 1991-96; , 1972 to 1974, Ake was a visiting professor at the University of Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania. , University of Port Har-court
Previous Appointments:

Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York, USA, 1966-68; Professor of Political Economy, Carleton University, Canada, 1969-77; Visiting Professor, University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Visiting Professor, University of Nairobi, Kenya; appointed Professor of Political Economy and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, 1977; Research Director, African Association for Political Science; Consultant, Economic Commission for Africa; Chairman, Rivers State Housing Corporation, 1978; President, Nigerian Political Science Association, 1980-82; President, Council for Economic and Social Research in Africa, 1985-88; editor, African Journal of Political Economy, since 1986; member, Board of Directors, Institute of Labour Studies, Geneva, 1987; member, International. Social Council, UNESCO, 1987;

Social Science Council of Nigeria (vice president, beginning in 1982; Nigerian Political Science Association (president, 1980-82); National Universities Commission; .

King's College, Lagos, Columbia University, "New York, USA

International Development Research Center, Canada; United Nations Economic Development Program; The African Development Bank; the World Bank.

1. Nigerian National Merit Award;

1. Martin Luther King Award
2. Rockefeller Scholar, 1962-66
3. National Science Research Council of Canada Award for the Study of the Indigenization of African Economies, 1975;
4. Woodrow Wilson Scholar, 1985-86;
5.Choice Book of the United States, for Political Economy of Africa, 1987.

A Theory of Political Integration, 1967; Revolutionary Pressures in Africa, 1978; Social Science as Imperialism: A Theory of Political Development 1979; A Political Economy of Africa, 1981; The Political Economy of Crisis and Underdevelopment in Africa: Selected Works of Claude Ake, 1989; The New World Order: A View from the South, 1992; Democratization of Disempowerment in Africa, 1994; The Marginalization of Africa: Notes on a Productive Confusion, 1996; Democracy and Development in Africa, 1996. Edited Contemporary Nigeria: A Political Economy 1984. 1978, Ake published Revolutionary Pressures in Africa,

1. “In Nigeria, companies like Shell are struggling between greed and fear,”


7 November 1996
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