Prof. Dr. Chioma Daisy Onyige


Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Room: 2.003 
Niebuhrstr. 5
D - 53113 Bonn

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Academic Profile

Dr Chioma Daisy Onyige is a Sociologist by training and a multidisciplinary researcher by choice. She is Professor of Sociology (Criminology) at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Her research includes gender and crime, environmental sociology, Gender and climate change, and cognate issues such as conflict and peace building. Her current research is on contemporary slavery where she focuses on human trafficking and smuggling of women and children.

Fellow – Global South Scholar, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Fellow – Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Munich, Germany

Fellow – Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP), University of Pretoria, South Africa

Commonwealth Fellow at University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Fellow, Kate Hamburger Kolleg “Law as Culture” Center for Advanced studies, University of Bonn, Germany

Asymmetric dependency and agency in the gendered nature of slavery in crime and punishment in Ogba customary law of Nigeria

The research on the gendered nature of slavery in crime and punishment in Ogba customary law deals with asymmetrical dependencies and agency in the process of crime and punishment. The study attempts to explain the asymmetric dependency between the victim who becomes a slave because of an accidental death (manslaughter) done by a kinsman, and the slave owner or master, who is given the slave as an act of restorative justice in the customary law. This research seeks to examine the jurisprudence of crime and punishment in traditional Ogba society. It considers the following questions: what constitutes a crime in a traditional Ogba society? What types of punishment can attach to the commissions of crimes? What are the aims of these punishments? What role does slavery play in restorative justice in traditional Ogba society? Why are female slaves the preferred slaves in retributive justice in a traditional Ogba society? And what are the implication of these Ogba customary criminal law in the light of the prevailing Nigerian legal system? (Linkage to Research Area C “Institutions, Norms and Practices”). Attempts to these questions and more would showcase the intricate and complex nature of traditional Ogba legal system in general and its criminal justice system in particular. Interwoven with religion, morality and spirituality, law, both divine and human, is aimed at a total integration of the entire aspect of human life, and the slave is in the center of this legal complexity that is still prevalent today.

Books/Edited Books/Monographs (indicate title, authors, publishers and year of publication)

  • Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2018) Introduction to the Sociology of Deviant Behaviour. 2nd Edition. University of Port Harcourt Press Ltd, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Okodudu, Stephen A. and Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2016) ed., Nigeria Peoples and Culture. School of General Studies (GES). University of Port Harcourt Press Ltd, Nigeria
  • Okodudu, Stephen A and Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2011) ed., Pan African Social Science Review Journal (Issues in Gender and Development). Posag International Publishers Ltd, London, UK
  • Atemie, J.D, Eeniro, C.D and Anyanabia, A (2009) The Relevance of urban ethnicity for the analysis of urban social structures: the Ibadan and Port Harcourt examples. Monograph series No. 1, 2009. Social Sciences Research Network, UNIPORT.

Chapters in Books

  • Clinton Mene and Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2020) Law: It’s meaning, Nature and role in Nigeria. In Law and Society in Nigeria: An introduction. Edited by Destiny Eze Agwanwo. Aboki Publishers, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Modestus Onyeaghalaji and Chioma D. Onyige. (2015) Rethinking Police Ethics for Socio-Political Order. In A political Economy of policing in Nigeria. Edited by Destiny Eze Agwanwo. Aboki Publishers Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Atemie, J.D. and Ebeniro, Chioma D. (2011) Informal productive forces and class conflict: An examination of urban socio-economic changes in Nigeria. Book chapter in “The changing Nigerian society” Edited by Kinikanwo Azunda Anele and Jokull Johannesson. Publishers: Oxford Academic Publishing Ltd. Corby UK.
  • Atemie, J.D. and Ebeniro, Chioma D. (2011) Community Relation and Development. Book chapter in “The changing Nigerian society” Edited by Kinikanwo Azunda Anele and Jokull Johannesson. Publishers: Oxford Academic Publishing Ltd. Corby UK.
  • Ebeniro,Chioma Daisy (2010) The growing problem of female-headed households in rural Nigeria: A consequence of HIV/AIDS pandemic. Book chapter in “The Changing faces of rural Nigeria: Change and Continuity, 2010. Edited by Prof. Edet M. Abasiekong.

Foreign/International Articles

  • Nsirim, Elisabeth and Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2020) The Use of Plea Bargaining in Reduction of Economic and Financial crimes in Nigeria. International Journal of Recent Scientific Research (IJRSR). 11 (4) pp 38055-38065. April 2020
  • Nlemchukwu, Emmanuel and Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2019) Strategic Approaches to Eliminate Electoral and Political Violence in Nigeria. American Strategic Research Journal For Engineering, Technology, and Science (ASRJETS). 54 (1) 173-184. March 2019. Global Society of Scientific Research and Researchers (GSSRR) Publishers, Jordan
  • Onyige,Chioma Daisy (2014) A letter to my father. Article in Beyond Doom and Gloom: An Environmental Exploration through letters, Rachel Carson Center Perspectives journal, 2014, 6. Edited Elin Kesley. RCC Publishers, Munich Germany.
  • Ebeniro,Chioma Daisy (2011) The problems of administration of justice on female offenders in Nigeria. African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies. 4 (2). 2011.
  • Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2011) Feminist theorizing of the role of women in conflict and development in the Niger Delta. Gender and Development in Africa. In Issues in Gender and Development. Pan African Social Science Review Journal. 2011. Posag International Publishers Ltd, London, UK
  • Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2010) Female migration and development in Nigeria. Culture and Development International Journal of Africa (ICACD), 1(1) December 2010, Accra Ghana.
  • Ebeniro,Chioma Daisy (2010) Knowledge and Beliefs about HIV/AIDS among male and female students in Nigerian Universities. Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology. 1 (1), 121- 131, 2010. Journal of the department of sociology, University of Bucharest.

Local/National Journal Articles

  • Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2018) Globalization, Poverty, and Human Trafficking in Nigeria. Port Harcourt Journal of Social Sciences. Vol. 8 No. 1, January 2018. A publication of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt.
  • Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2017) Women, indigenous knowledge and climate change in Nigeria. 2017. Osun Sociological review. Vol. 4 Nos 1 & 2, June 2017. A publication of the Department of Sociology, Osun State University, Osogbo.
  • Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2016) Traditional versus Modern Methods of Crime Control. Jos Journal of Social Issues. Vol. 9, No. 1, September 2016. Published by the Department of Sociology, University of Jos
  • Ebeniro,Chioma Daisy (2010) Women and Politics in Nigeria. Pan African Social Science Review. No 11, September 2010
  • Ebeniro,Chioma Daisy (2009) Gender and Climate Change: A study of rural farming households adaptation to Climate change in the Niger Delta region. Pan African Social Science Review Journal. 10(1) November, 2009
  • Ebeniro,Chioma Daisy (2009) Gender inequality and women’s susceptibility to HIV/AIDS. Journal of International Gender Studies (JIGS). 4 (1) June 2009
  • Atemie, J.D, Akikibofori, J.S and Ebeniro, Chioma D (2008) Cultural Impact on Fertility: a Comparative Analysis of Polygamy and Religion in Ahiazu, Ezinahitte and Aboh in Mbaise. Nigerian Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. 16(1) October 2008.
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