“…Hannah Arendt, contesting some Socratic Philosophers, especially Plato…argues that in the modern era, contemplation has become insufficient and meaningfulness lie in the active life. The active life is actualized not in the private realm of the social/private concerns nor characterized by bodily necessities, but in the public realm where engagement with the world through discussions, debates and the free expression of opinions take place…for in the public life…we rediscover the truth known to ancient Greeks that action is the supreme blessing of human life…”
(An excerpt from the Abuja Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 5, 2015, page 105, being the best philosophy project in the University of Port Harcourt with the title: “An Assessment of the Notion of Revolutionary Action in the Philosophical literature of Hannah Arendt” by Sunday Anyawu).
As far as I am concerned Mr Sunday A. is not just a researcher, a philosopher but also a good actor. I remember watching him and his crew in Abuja replay a drama that left Philosophy students in Nigeria gathered in Iseluku, astounded. He is also one of the first class scholars who dared to tell the story of women philosophers (in his case, Hannah Arendt) in the midst of male/Western philosophies.
You know what? He didn’t just emerge with the best project among his classmates, he also believes in that “philosophy of public action.” Those friends of mine who seemed excited at how I speak in class halls, etc ought to meet Sunday, who is one of the liveliest orators I have encountered. I am also excited to note that, Dr. Pius Ekpe who moderated my first project on Aquinas also moderated Sunday Anyawu, a good blend of brains and talents.
In Sunday , one sees, not just the audacity of the mechanics surrounding the perfect knit of ideas, but also a spirited mix of human relationship done rightly.
Sunday’s input in the academic world is a singular reminder that knowledge, though communal albeit intangible, should be shared and approached from a power which only humans have. His, is a reminder that an intelligent man/woman should appreciate the truths too that efface not only from books, but also from human dialogues!
Author: David Francis E.