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Ifeanyichukwu Cajetan ONWUZURUIGBO

Senior Lecturer, Sociology of Development

B.Sc., M.Sc. Sociology; Ph.D Sociology of Development (Ibadan)


Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Cajetan Onwuzuruigbo obtained his Ph.D Degree from the University of Ibadan. He joined the University Service in 2005 as an Assistant Lecturer and rose to the position of a Senior Lecturer in 2014. He was a recipient of Research Grant in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Institute for French Research in Africa (IFRA) and Post-Doctoral Award (2010), Peace Initiative Fellowship, West African Research Association, Dakar, Senegal.  Between 2010-2012, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of African Humanities Program (AHP), American Council of Learned Societies, New York, America and the Lead Researcher of the Land Grab in Historical Perspective Research Group that won the 2016 Brown International Advance Research Institute’s (BIARI) Alumni Collaborative Research Grant, Brown University.




Political and Development Sociology; Ethnic Politics, Ethnic and Communal Conflicts and Urban Studies.



Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria,




Laureate, PEFS Postgraduate Research Bursary (Ph.D Grade), Programme on Ethnic and Federal Studies (PEFS), University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (2001).


Laureate, Governance Institute, CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal (2002).


Laureate, Research Grant in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Institute for French Research in Africa (IFRA), University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (2003).


Laureate/Research Partner (West Africa), Centre for Research in Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE), University of Oxford, UK (2006).


Laureate, Research on Youths and Conflicts, Institute for French Research in Africa (IFRA), University of Ibadan and Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin (2009).


Post-Doctoral Research Project sponsored by the Peace Initiative Programme of the West African Research Association (WARA) and the West African Research Council WARC), Dakar, Senegal (2009).

Post-Doctoral Research Project sponsored by African Humanities Program, American Council of Learned Societies, New York, America (2010- 2012).

BIARI Alumni Collaborative Research Grant, Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), Brown University (2016).



Onwuzuruigbo, I (2005) The Land Question, Economic Crisis and Ethnic Conflicts in Nigeria. A chapter in A. M. Yakubu et al (eds) Crisis and conflict management in Nigeria since 1980 (Vol. 1) Kaduna: Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA).


Onwuzuruigbo, I (2011) Re-Contextualisation of the Concept of Godfatherism: Reflections on Nigeria. A chapter in Albert O. S et al (2011) (eds.) Democratic Elections and Nigeria’s National Security. Ibadan: Peace and Conflicts Studies Programme, Institute of African Studies. 


Onwuzuruigbo, I (2010) Researching Ethnic Conflicts in Nigeria: The Missing Link, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Volume 33, Number 10, 2010 pp. 1797-1813.


Onwuzuruigbo, I (2011) Horizontal Inequalities and Communal Conflicts: The Case of Aguleri and Umuleri Conflicts in Southeastern Nigeria, Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, Volume 81, Number 4, 2011 pp. 567-87.


Onwuzruigbo, I (2011) Old Wine In New Bottle: Civil Society, Iko Mmee And Conflict Management in Southeastern Nigeria, African and Asian Studies, Volume 10, Number 4, 2011, pp. 306-322.


Onwuzuruigbo, I (2012) Even if We Met in Heaven We will Fight: British Colonial Policies and Aguleri/Umuleri Conflicts in Southeastern Nigeria Journal of Asian and African Studies, Volume 48, Number 2, 2012, pp. 129-144 .


Onwuzuruigbo, I (2013) ‘Space of Power and Power of Space: Islam and Conflict over Cemetery Space in Colonial Ibadan’. Journal of Urban History, Volume 40, Number 2 pp. 301 – 317.


Eboyehi, F and Onwuzuruigbo, I (2014) Care and Support of the Aged Among the Esan of South-South Nigeria The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 12, No. 1 pp. 44 - 61.


 Onwuzuruigbo, I (2017) Indigenising Eurocentric Sociology: The ‘Captive Mind’ and Five Decades of Sociology in Nigeria. Current Sociology, DOI:10.1177/0011392117704242