Igbara-Oke, Ondo State born Prof Sophie Oluwole (originally from Edo state), was the first woman to earn a doctorate degree in Philosophy in Nigeria.
She studied History, Geography and Philosophy at UNILAG after which she was employed as an Assistant Lecturer in 1972. She earned her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan.
She taught African Philosophy at UNILAG and focused on the Yoruba school of philosophical thought that discussed the cultural and religious beliefs of Yoruba land. She retired from the department of history of the university 18 years ago.
She produced several books on philosophy including Ifa and Orunmila which aimed at correcting the Western philosophies on Africans.
The late philosopher; popularly called Mamalawo (female native doctor) was recognised for her activism for women in philosophy and education.
Prof Oluwole died in her home at Ibafo, Ogun State. She was 83.