Indiana USA May 2016: Professor (Rev. Fr.) Anthony Nwachukwu, a faculty of the Graduate Theological Foundation reported that “History was made at Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana, USA last May 05, 2016, when, after two consecutive years of search for an African Genius, to be created for Academic Fellowships and Prizes in Scientific Research and Human Values, particularly for PhD Awards in Research and academic excellence at the named International Institution, Prof. Celestine Onwuliri was unanimously considered. It was also on record, that the said Academic Awards, in his name, were the first to be granted in the history of the Institution to three students of GTF at the same time. Consult the school website, www.gtfeducation.org and search for “2016 Graduate theological foundation & Congratulations to that class for the entire ceremony”. As it were, three Nigerian students benefited from the Prof. C .O. E Onwuliri Fellowship in Scientific Research and Human Values namely;
- The Rev. Dr. Joachim Chukwujekwu Adione,
- The Rev. Dr. Kyrian Chukwuemeka, AND
- The Rev. Dr. Valentine U. Ibeh,
due primarily to the intimidating academic profile of Prof. C. O. E Onwuliri. May the soul of Prof. C.O.E. Onwuliri, already immortal at GTF, USA, ever remain fresh in the hearts of society and serious academic researchers for posterity? Amen!”
In response to this honor, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Widow of Prof. Celestine Onwuliri, and former minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State Education said “On behalf of my family, I commend the GTF, Rev. Professor Anthony Nwachukwu, Rev. Dr. Jude Onuoha and Professor Eddie Oparaoji, for their various roles in facilitating establishing this fellowship in honor of my husband. Please be reassured that my family is now part of the GTF family, and I will do whatever I can to ensure the continued growth of the GTF family”
While Rev. Prof. Nwachukwu was the prime mover of this initiative, Rev. Dr. Onuoha and Prof. Oparaoji were facilitators.