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Bernard E. OWUMI

Associate Professor, Medical Sociology

B.Sc, M.Sc PhD (Medical Sociology), (Ibadan)


Dr. B.E. Owumi joined the department of Sociology, university of Ibadan in October 1989, the same year he completed his Ph.D.  He specialized in medical sociology with bias in traditional medicine among other areas of interest such as stratification, family and urban studies where he has some publications. He was a visiting lecturer to the University of Swaziland, Kwaluseni Swaziland (1999 – 2003).  As a transformed leader, he is currently involved in the enrolment and institutionalization of transformational leadership programme in some pilot universities in Nigeria. This novel initiative is being championed by NACA/UNDP (Abuja). 



Medical Sociology



Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

[email protected]



Recipient, inter-African Committee (IAC) grant on Traditional Practices Affecting the health of women and children in Nigeria for 1992.

Recipient, Social Science Council of Nigeria/Ford Foundation Grant on liberalization policies in Nigeria for 1993.

Recipient, Social Science and Medicine Africa Network (SOMANET) Travel Fellowship, Cameroon, October 1994.

Recipient of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Scholarship for the Salzburg Seminar 23-31 March, 1996.

Recipient of Pan African Federation for Mother and Child Health (PAFMACH) Travel and Conference Scholarship to South Africa 2nd – 8th September, 1996.




  1. Books already published


  1.  Oke, E.A. and Owumi, B.E. 1993.  Primary Health Care in Nigeria: State of the Art. Department of Sociology University of Ibadan. 128 pages ISBN: 978-32524-1-0 Ibadan Contribution


      2.     Oke, E. A. and Owumi B.E. 1996 . Readings in Medical Sociology. Resource Development and Management Services (RMDS) 274 Pages ISBN 978-027-118-X Contribution


  1. Jegede A.S., Olutayo O.A., Omololu O.O., Owumi B.E. 2012 (eds)  Peoples and Culture of Nigeria Department of Sociology University of Ibadan. 410 pgs ISBN: 978-978-929-644-6 Contribution


        (b).        Chapters in Books already Published


  1. Owumi, B.E. 1993. “Voluntary health care workers and success of PHC, in Primary Healthcare in Nigeria:  State of the Art.” In E.A. Oke,. & B.E. Owumi, (Eds) Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, pp. 56-60. ISBN:  978-32524-1-0.


  1. Owumi, B.E. 1994. “New trends and attitudes toward crime: The Phenomenon of Area Boys in Nigeria,In I.O. Albert, J. Adisa, T. Agboola and G. Herault (eds.) Urban Management and Urban Violence in Africa. IFRA. Pp. 217-222. ISBN: 978-2015-334 (Nigeria).


  1. Owumi, B.E. 1995. “The Hospital Environment and Work:  A  Study of occupational hazard associated with Nursing as an Occupation.” In Femi Omololu and Funmi Adewumi (eds). Death by Installment: Occupational Health and Hazards in Nigeria.  Fredric Ebert Foundation Lagos, Pp. 145-153. ISBN: 978-34306-0-2 (Nigeria).


     7.            Owumi, B.E. 1996. Traditional Practitioners (Healers and Healing Practices) In Oke E.A. & Owumi B.E. (eds). Readings in Medical Sociology. Resource Development and Management Services (RMDS) Pp. 233-243  ISBN 978-027-118-X (Nigeria).


  1. Owumi, B.E 2002. “The political economy of maternal and child health in Africa.” In Isiugo- Abanihe, U.C; Isamah, A.N. and Adesina, J.O. (Eds) Currents and Perspective in Sociology,- Malthouse Social Science Studies, Lagos, pp .227-239. ISBN: 978-023-0750  (Nigeria).


  1. Owumi, B. E and Ezeogu, Austin 2003. “HIV/AID patient management in Swaziland:  a case  study of known HIV/AIDS patients” In Mulinge, M and Mufune, P. (Eds)  Debt Relief Initiative & Poverty Alleviation: Lessons from Africa. Africa Institute of South Africa & SAUSSC.  Pp 189-196 ISBN: 07983-0170-8   (South Africa).



  1. Owumi B.E. and Taiwo P.A. 2012. “Traditional Healing Practices and Health Reforms in Nigeria”.  In Jegede A.S., Olutayo O.A., Omololu O.O. and Owumi B.E. (Eds) Peoples and Cultures of Nigeria. Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Pp 241-254 ISBN: 978-978-929-644-6. Nigeria   


11.                Owumi, B.E and Florence U.Masajuwa. 2013. “Theories and Approaches of Development in Third World Development strategies; Decades of Fascination and Frustrations in Edwin Ijeoma and Nnamdi Nwaodu (Eds.) Pretoria. Verity Publishers. ISBN: 978-0-9922024-1-5  Pp 31 – 44 South Africa 


  1. Articles that have already appeared in Learned Journals


  1. Owumi, B.E. 1994. “Traditional Medicine and the Nigerian Society: a case for the   development of traditional medicine,” African Journal for the Psychological study of Social Issues, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 47-55.  (Nigeria).


  1. Owumi, B.E. 1994. “Forms and age at circumcision: Some Psychological implications        for women’s fertility.” Journal of Women Behavioural Issues, Vol. 1. No.1. Pp 297-308 Nigeria.


  1. Owumi, B.E. 1994 “The problem with the persistence of female circumcision in Nigeria:  A Case Study of the Okpe people of Delta State.”  African Journal for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Volume 1, No. 2.  pp. 297-308 Nigeria.


  1. Owumi, B.E and Jerome, A.P 2007.“Changing Family Structures/ Values and the Incidence of Human Trafficking in Edo State.” Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology. Volume 5.  PP 121-140 Nigeria


  1. Jerome, A.P and Owumi, B.E. 2009 “Women Trafficking and the Risk of Contracting

HIV/AIDS Among the Trafficked in Edo State.” African Journal for the Psychological study of social Issues Volume 12 Numbers 1&2 (April & September 2009. Pp 68-83 Nigeria.


  1. Osamor P.E & Owumi. B.E 2010. “Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the  

management of hypertension in an urban Nigerian community”. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 10:36. Pp 1­-9 United Kingdom.


  1. Osamor P.E and Owumi B.E 2011. “Factors Associated with Treatment of Hypertension in Southwest Nigeria.” Journal of Health, Population & Nutrition. Vol. 29, (6) pp 619-628.     Bangladesh.


  1.     Owoseni J.S and Owumi B.E 2012. “Factors influencing utilization of Traditional birth

    attendants’ services by pregnant women and nursing Mothers in Ikole local government area    of Ekiti state, Nigeria” Journal of Health and Social Issues Vol 5 No 1.  pp 52-70 Nigeria. 


  1. Owumi B.E. and Raji S.O. 2013. “Rational Choice Theory and the Choice of Healthcare Services in Treatments of Malaria in Nigeria. Journal of Sociological Research .Vol 4 no. 1. Pp. 110 – 123 ISBN 1948  – 5468. United Kingdom.



  1. Owumi B.E. and Ajayi J.O. 2013. “Traditional Values, Beliefs and Reliance on Indigenous Resources for Crime Control in Modern Southwest Nigeria.” Ethiopia African Research Review, Vol.7 (1) pp. 73-94. Ethiopia.


  1. Owumi B.E. and Raji S.O. 2013. “Socio-Cultural Determinants of Maternal Health Care Seeking Behaviour in Seme Side of Benin Republic:”  African Journal of Social Sciences. Vol 3, No. 1. Pp 145-158 England. 


  1. Taiwo, Patricia A and  Owumi, B.E., 2013 Perceived HIV-Risks and the preventive strategies. The case of the Trafficked Women of Edo State Origin; African Journal of Social Science Vol.3, No2 pgs 148-167 England.


  1. Owumi B.E., Omorogbe C. and Raphael Sunday C. 2013. “An Evaluation of the Impacts of the National Health Insurance Scheme on the Employees’ Health Status at the University of Ibadan.”  African Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 3 No.3.  pp 40-52.  England.



  1. Owumi B.E., Raji S. and Aliyu T. 2013. “Religious Beliefs and the Utilisation of Traditional Medicine among members of Pentecostal Churches in Emurin, Ogun State,Nigeria.” African Journal of Social Sciences. Vol 3 Number 4 June 2013. Pp 23-34 England.


  1. Owoseni, J. and Owumi, B. E 2013. “The Impact of Traditional Birth Attendants on Maternal and Child Health in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria”.   Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India.  Vol. 8 No. 6. Pp 692-712.


  1. Owumi B.E., Taiwo P.A. and Olorunisola A.S. 2013. “Utilization of Traditional Bone-Setters in the Treatment of Bone Fracture in Ibadan North Local Government.”  International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Invention¸ Volume 2 Issue 5 pp 47 – 57. Canada. 


  1. Jegede A.S & Owumi B.E 2013. Factors Influencing Infant Immunization Uptake in the Yoruba Community of Southwest Nigeria.” Journal of Community  Medicine & Health Education. Vol 3 Issue 4. Pg. 1 – 6, http: // – 0711.1000215.  USA.


  1. Owumi B.E., Adeoti A. and Taiwo P.A. 2013. “National Health Insurance Scheme   dispensing outreach and maintenance of health status in Oyo State”  International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention. 2013. Vol. 2 issue 5 Pp 37-46. Canada.


30.            Ajayi, Johnson Olusegun and Owumi, B.E 2013 Socialisation and Child Rearing Practice         Among Nigerian Ethnic Groups. Academic journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol 2,No 2. Pgs 249-256 Italy.


31.             Raji S.O, Owumi, B.E, and Aliyu, T.K 2014. Media violence and its effects on children’s health and aggressive behavior in Osun State, Nigeria; International Journal of  Humanities and Social Science Invention Vol. 3, issue 6, pgs 59-73. Canada 


32.            Taiwo, P. A. and Owumi, B.E 2014 Integrating Health Services into Microfinance Operations for Sustainable Poverty Alleviation. The Case of female clients in Edo State. Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences Vol. 12, No 2pgs 125-146. Nigeria.


33.            Owumi B.E., Chukwu R.S and Omorogbe C.E. 2014. “Employees’ Satisfaction with National Health Insurance Scheme at the University of Ibadan” Ilorin Journal of Business & Social Sciences.  Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 125 – 136 Nigeria.


34.            Owumi, B.E. Christie E. Omorogbe and Pauline E. Osamor 2015 leadership and Patient Satisfaction in a Tertiary Health Care System. The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol.13, No 1 pgs 145-165 Nigeria.


35.  Olanike A.O, Pauline E.Osamor and Owumi, B.E 2015 Policies and Practices of Child       Adoption in Nigeria. A Review Paper. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 6, No 1 pgs 75-80 (Italy).


36.            Osamor P.E, Owumi B.E, and Dupeolu I.O 2015. Socio-cultural Context of Development Milestone in Infancy in South West Nigeria: A Qualitative Study. European Scientific Journal Vol. 11, No 17 pgs 185-201(Portugal) 


37.            Garuba, S.A. and Owumi, B.E., 2015. Household strategies for coping with the financial cost   of healthcare in Edo state. The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology. Vol. 13, No. 2 pgs 56-74 (Nigeria)


38.  Owumi, B.E., Kolo, V.I. and Taiwo, P.A. 2016. The Role of Significant others in the  Utilization of Traditional Orthopaedic Services in Kwara State, Nigeria. Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences. Vol. 14, No. 1 March  pgs 62-80 


39.  Owumi, B.E,  Taiwo, P.A. and Olaotan, S.Y. 2016 “Old People’s Wellbeing in  a Total Institution and the Imperative of a New Policy Directive”. African Journal for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Vol 19. No. 2. Pgs 12-27 (Nigeria)  


              Articles already accepted for Publication


40.            Owumi, B.E., Kolo, V.I. and Taiwo, P.A., 2016. “Perception and Utilization of Traditional   Orthopaedic services by patients in Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria. Ibadan journal of the social sciences. Vol 15, June.  Nigeria


Technical Report and/or Monograph


41.   Isamah, A.N., Owumi, B.E. Adewunmi, F. & Okunola, R. 1996. “The Impact of Price Reform on the Health and Productivity of Rural Women in Nigeria.”  NISER/SSCN National Research Network on Liberalization Policies in Nigeria.  39 pgs. (Nigeria)


Major Conferences Attended with Papers Read (in the last five years)


(1)         Nigerian Sociological and Anthropological Association (NASA) 2012 Conference Proceedings. Pgs 493-507  Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

Paper Read: Taiwo P.A. and Owumi B.E. Microfinance and Women Empowerment; Implication for Poverty Alleviation in Edo State, Nigeria”.


(2)          Nigerian Sociological and Anthropological Association (NASA) 2013 Conference Proceedings, Covenant University, Sango Ota.

 Paper Read: Taiwo P.A. and Owumi B.E. Microfinance and Integration of Health-Related Services; A Pathway for Sustainable Poverty Alleviation among Female Clients in Edo State Nigeria”.




(3)          Bilingualism for socio-cultural integration, scientific & economic development of Africa at University of Lome, Togo on the 9th – 11th September 2015.

Paper Read: Owumi B.E. and Raji S.O. Democratic governance & ethical provisions and practices in border Communities in South west Nigeria.



(4)         Advances in Women’s Studies Conference organized by Uniqueca Conferences Canada in Buffalo New York State, United States of America on the 30-31st of July, 2016.

Paper Read: Taiwo P.A. and Owumi B.E. Indecision in Decision making on Personal Healthcare: The Dillemma of women under Microfinance Services in Edo State, Nigeria.