Ediru, Ugo, Afigo, and Onome,
fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1982, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1982, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1988, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute in 1990, National Humanities Center in 1997, and 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship.
fellowships in the humanities from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1982), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1982), Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (1988), the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University (1990), National Humanities Center in North Carolina (1997), and the Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2003). He was also elected Folklore Fellow International by the Finnish Academy of the Sciences in Helsinki (1993)
1972: Winner of the African Arts Prize for Literature, for manuscript of The Last Duty
1993: Winner of Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Africa), for Tides
1998: Dean’s Award for Honors Teaching Excellence, SUNY Binghamton
2010: Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) in humanities
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