The Chris Ijiomah Essay Prize Award (CHIEPA)

In memory of CSP icon of African philosophy, Late Prof. Chris Okezie Ijiomah, the Conversational Society of Philosophy is pleased to announce that it has now instituted The Chris Ijiomah Essay Prize Award (CHIEPA).
This award is worth R3000 and it is open to all postgraduate students (Masters and Doctorate) in any part of the world.


The theme/topic for each year will be decided by the CSP CHIEPA Committee. This theme would naturally be in the areas of African Epistemology and Logic which are the areas in which Ijiomah made his most significant contributions.


– This essay prize is only open to Post Graduate Students (M & D).

– Post Graduate Students of all nationalities can send in an essay which must be 4000-5000 words in total inclusive of references. A passport size photograph would be requested from the winner for our website.


– The winner will receive R3,000 (N75, 000) and the winning essay will be published in the prestigious journal, Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religion.

Selection Process:

Once the theme for the year is selected, a call for submission would be announced on the CSP site: Each paper would be blind-reviewed and ranked by external and independent reviewers who are not members of the CSP, and whose recommendations would exclusively determine the winning entry.

The CSP reserves the right to not award prizes (especially in the rare circumstance where external reviewers indicate that no entry is of real quality).


 2021 CHIEPA Essay Prize Topic:

 “Rethinking the Logic Foundation of African Philosophy”.

 The deadline for submission of entries is 12 mid-night (West African Time) February 12, 2021. The winning entry will be announced on the CSP website on March 19 2021.  We intend to review and publish the winning essay in the first issue of Filosofia Theoretica in 2021. All submissions to be sent to with the subject title written as: SURNAME-2021 CHIEPA ENTRY. Include a separate file containing a 200-word short bio. For all inquiries or request for some of Ijiomah’s articles, contact the Committee on