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Ogbonna, M.A. Chinwe Beneditte

Chinwe.ogbonna [at]
Areas of research:
International relations, politics, culture, conflict, poverty, violence against women, gender equality, gender in peacebuilding and Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030
Regional focus:
West Africa (esp. Nigeria)
since 2022
PhD candidate in Political Science and Culture at University of Freiburg, Germany
MA in Cultural Sustainability at Centre for the Study and Promotion of cultural sustainability, SDG-DAAD Graduate School University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
BA in History and International Relations at Ebonyi State University, Nigeria
Professional experience:
Assistant Program Officer Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Ikeja, Lagos: Strengthening Citizen's Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAPC)/Action Aid International, USAID Funded Project
Assistant Technical Officer, Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Ikeja, Lagos: International Foundation for Electrical System Project (IFES) Election Monitoring System, USAID Funded Project
Assistant Program Officer, Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Ikeja, Lagos: Reproductive Rights of Women, MacArthur Foundation Project
Assistant Program Officer, Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Ikeja, Lagos Women in Parliament (WIP), National Democratic Institute Funded (NDI)
Assistant Program Officer, Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre, Ikeja (WARDC), Lagos:
Voices for Change/50/50 Purple project, UK Aid Funded
Ph.D. Thesis
Working title:
"An Investigative Study of the Effect of Imperialism on the Traditional/cultural Leadership Institution of Igbo in Eastern Nigeria"

The scramble for Africa was a decision from the Berlin conference (1884-1885) that led to colonialism and imperialism of most African Colonies. The sixth decade of the twentieth century was remarkable for Africans, as it witnessed the attainment of Independence by a host of African states from European imperialists. However, independence didn’t prevent or put to an end to the manifestation of Western influence in decisions and direction of events and policies on the continent till date. In spite of structural changes, the processes and objectives of imperialism remain same as they were in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. The lack of harmony in religion, political culture and general cultural belief systems make it difficult for tensions not to exist even presently, as agitations for self-determination are on the rise.

This study therefore, problematizes the renewed tensions for self - determination due to western imperialism that has forced changes on the cultural settings of the Igbo, especially, leadership culture. This has caused various changes, agitations and struggle for power amongst the major tribes in Nigeria. My dissertation project investigates and examines the effects of post colonialism on the traditional/cultural leadership institutions of Africa using eastern part of Nigeria as a case study. Igbo people are industrious people with a cultural trait that cuts across political, social cultural and economic life. They are located in the south eastern part of Nigeria and constitute one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria. My research seeks to compare the cultural institutions that existed before and after contact with the western imperialism. Hence, this research confine itself to events during and after the colonial period of Nigeria. Hence, qualitative research techniques will be adopted based on the content analysis of both primary and secondary sources of data collection, making use of discussions, interviews with Traditional rulers and custodians of culture and data from sources such as peer-reviewed journals, books, articles and other publications will be used to achieve this study.

Selected Publications

Ogbonna, C.B, Gyegwe, G.A, Saliba, J. (2022), Vulnerability of The Internally Displaced Persons in Covid-19 Pandemic Era (In Press)

Ogbonna, C.B. (2022). Coping Strategies of Traumatized Internally Displaced Females, (In Press) Liwuram: Journal of The Humanities university of Maiduguri

Ogbonna, C.B, Kagu, B. (2022) Impact of Displacement on The Psychosocial Wellbeing/Mental Health of Females (In Press), Journal of Peace and Conflict.