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Christopher Ifeanyichukwu Ejizu


  • Bigard Memorial Major Seminary, Enugu,
    (Affiliate of Urban Univ. Rome, Dip. Phil)
    (B.Th,, Summa Cum Laude Probatus)

  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
    M.A, Religion

  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
    Ph.D, Religion (African Traditional Religion)


African traditional religion, religion and society, religious change in Africa

Teaching Experience

2000–16: University of Port Harcourt
Professor of Religious and Cultural Studies

1992–94: Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
Visiting scholar, Assoc. Professor of Religion

1989–95: University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Senior Lecturer

1987–89: University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Lecturer I

-----------: Spiritan International School of Theology, Enugu
Part-time Lecturer

1984–86: College of Education, Nsugbe
Lecturer I

-----------: Bigard Major Seminary, Enugu
Part-time Lecturer

Honors and Awards

  • 2015: Elevation to the Rank of Clerical Honour in the Roman
    Catholic Church; Papal Chamberlain, (Monsignor)

  • 1992–1994: Visiting Scholar/Associate Professor
    Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, U.S.A.

  • 1994–2000: Chancellor, Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese
    Secretary to the Archbishop, Onitsha Archdiocese

  • 1982–84: Federal Government ofNigeria
    Winner, Graduate Scholarship Award

  • 1982–84: Anambra State Government,
    Graduate Scholarship Award

  • 1974: Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church,
    (Onitsha, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha)



2013, C.I. Ejizu (edited), Fundamentals of Research Methodology in the Humanities, Special Reference To Religious Studies, Port Harcourt, University of Port Harcourt Press.

2008, C.I. Ejizu, Between Religion and Morality: Their Interconnection and Significance in Public Life, No. 59 Inaugural Lecture, University of Port Harcourt Press

2007, Kiabara Readings on Religion & Culture in Africa, (Guest Editor), A Kiabara Publication, Univ. of Port Harcourt.

1986 Ofo: Igbo Ritual Symbol (Fourth Dimension Publishers Ltd., Enugu, Nigeria)

1985 Hundred Years of Catholicism in Eastern Nigeria. The Nnewi Story 1885-1985, (A Historico-Missiological Analysis) Co-authored withDr. E. Ikenga-Metuh, Nimo, Asele Publishing House

Chapters in Books

2014 "Ofo n-Ogu and Mmanwu: Ritual Symbolism in the Interface of Igbo Indigenous Religion and Christianity," in Akuma-Kalu Njoku and E. Uzukwu (eds.), Interface Between Igbo Theology and Christianity, Newcastle, U.K., Cambridge Scholars, pp. 31-50

2013 "Conceptualizing Research Methodology in the Humanities," in C.I. Ejizu (ed.), Fundamentals of Research Methodology in the Humanities, Special Reference to Religious Studies, Chapter One, pp. 1-16 Port Harcourt, Univ. of Port Harcourt Press

2013 "Types and Approaches To Religious Studies' Research," Chapter Two, in C.I. Ejizu (ed.) Fundamentals of Research Methodology in the Humanities,---, pp. 17-30.

2013 C.I. Ejizu and J.F. Awajiusuk, "The Phenomenological Perspective," Chapter Three in C.I. Ejizu (ed.), Fundamentals of Research Methodology in the Humanities, ---, pp. 31-42.

1994 "The Holistic Approach Of Traditional African Medicine In Wholistic Health Care, Social And Political Dimensions, Vol. II, eds. J.H. Boer and D.A Ityavyar, (Jos; CHAN Wholistic Health Care Project, 1994), pp. 32-46.

1990 "The Meaning And Significance of Festivals In Traditional African Life," in Socio-Philosophical Perspective of African Traditional Religion, Ekpunobi and Ezeaku (Eds), (New Age, Enugu, Nigeria).

------ "Okolo on the Nigerian Church: a Critical Appraisal," in Okolo On Philosophy And African Theology {Silver Jubilee Essays), E.I Ifesieh (ed), ( CECTA Publishing Division, Enugu, Nigeria).

1986, "Continuity And Discontinuity In Igbo Traditional Religion." in The Gods In Retreat; Continuity And Change in African Religion, E.lkengaMetuh (edited), Enugu, Fourth Dimension Publishers, pp. 133 - 156.

Book Reviews

1995 Inculturation Applied Toward An African Christianity", By Eugene Hillman, New Jersey, Paulist Press, 1993; Journal Of Inculturation Theology, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 140-142.

1987 "African Religions In Western Conceptual Schemes: The Problem Of Interpretation "By Ikenga-Metuh, Pastoral Institute, 1985, Research In African Literatures , Vol. 18 No 3, Fall 1987, (University Of Texas Press).

Major Articles

2013 Chris I. Ejizu & Julia Awajiusuk, "Gender Perspectives on Ecological Restoration, Justice and Sustainability in the Niger Delta, Nigeria," Journal of African Environmental Ethics and Values, Vol 1, Nov. 2011, pp. 131-146.

2008 "Emergent Key Issues In The Study Of African Traditional Religions," izu.htm

2002 Down But Not Out; Contemporary Forms of Igbo Indigenous Religion, in Religion in a World of Change, Whelan Academy, Vol.I, No. 1.

1995 "African Traditional Religious Rituals and Symbols", Pro Dialogo, No 87, Vol 2, pp.243-258.

1993 "Un Dialog Qui Va AL 'Essentiel lV, Spiritus, A La Rencontre Des Religions Traditionnelles (Paris, No.133, Vol. XXXIV, Decembre 1993), pp. 436-444.

"Indigenous Values And Self Reliance In Nigeria Issues and Challenges," Aquinas Journal, Vol. 8, (Colombo, Sr i Lanka), pp. 1-13.

"Religio-Cultural Issues In Population Growth In Contemporary Nigeria," Asian Journal of Theology (Vol. 7, No 1, 1993), pp. 172-182.

1992 "Chi Symbolism as a Potent Mirror of Igbo Indigenous WorldView," _Anthropos Vol. 87 (Germany, September 1992), pp. 379-389.

1991 "Religion And Politics in Nigeria: The Perspective of The Indigenous Religion," Asian Journal of Theology, Vol 5, No 2 (1991), pp. 241-252.

1991 "Cosmological Perspective in Prayer-Healing in Contemporary Nigeria," Mission Studies, Vol. VII, No 2 (Germany, 1991, pp.165-176.

1991 "Human Rights in African Traditional Religion," Bulletin of Ecumenical Theology, Vol 4, Nos 1-2 (Enugu, 1991), pp. 31-45.

1991 "Ritual Enactment of Achievement: Ikenga Symbol in Igbo Life, Paideuma, Vol 17 (Frankfurt, Germany, 1991 ), pp. 234-251.

1991 "African Personality in Symbolic and Ritual Form," Aquinas Journal, Vol VII, (Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1991), pp. 3-16.

1990 "Priesthood: A Cross Religio-Cultural Perspective," Horizon, Vol. 3 (Enugu, Nigeria, 1990), pp. 1-11.

1990 "Dialogue at the Depth-level: Inculturation of Prayer in the Nigerian Church,", Neue Zeitschrift fur Missionswissenschaft, Vol. 46, No 1 (Switzerland, 1990), pp. 31-48.

1990 "Sens Et Processus De La Guerison, Vision Africaine," Spiritus, 120 Tome XXXI (Paris, September 1990), pp. 304-315.

1989 "Methodological Issues and Perspectives in the Study of Igbo Traditional Religion," Ofo: Journal of the Humanities, Vol.II, and No. 2 (Nsugbe, Nigeria 1989), pp. 67-72.

1989 :The Traditional Igbo Perception of Reality: Its Dialectics and Dilemma," Bigard Theological Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Enugu, Nigeria, January 1989), pp. 58-75.

1988 "African Christian Widows: An Agonistic Definition," Asian Journal of Theology, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Singapore, 1989), pp.174-183.

1989 "Religion and Social Control: The Case of the Igbo of Nigeria," Neue Zeitschrift fur Missionswissenschaft, Vol.46, No 1 (Switzerland, April 1989), pp.110-119.

1989 "Oral Sources in the Study of African Indigenous Religion," Cahiers Des Religions Africaines, Vol. 23, No. 45-46 (Zaire, 1989), pp. 37-47.

1988 "Ethics of Politics in Nigeria: The Christian Perspective," Nigerian Journal of Theology, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Owerri, Nigeria, April 1988), pp. 27-38.

1988 "Nigeria's Three Religions: Patterns and Prospects of Their Interaction," African Theological Journal, Vol. 17, No. 5 (Tanzania,1988), pp. 179-195.

1988 "Ritual Symbolism and Morality among the Traditional Igbo," Religious Periscope, Vol.I, No.I (Awka, 1988), pp. 1-12.

1988 "Christian Evangelism in Nigeria: A Blueprint for the Future," Mission Studies Vol.V-I (Aachen-Germany 1988), pp. 30-41.

1987 "The Role of Rituals in the Renaissance of African Culture,", Bulletin of African Religion and Culture, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jos, Nigeria, April 1987), pp. 25-46.

1987 "Healing as Wholeness: The Igbo Experience," Africana Marburgensia, XX, I (Marburg, Germany, 1987), pp.1-18.

1987 "The VIIIth Plenary Assembly of S.E.C.A.M, and the Nigerian Church." African Christian Studies, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Nairobi, Kenya, December 1987), pp. 39-50.

1987 "Endurance of Conviction: The Persistence of The Traditional World View in Igbo Christian Converts," Neue Zeitschrift fur Missionswissenschaft, Vol.43, No 2 (Switzerland, 1987), pp.125-133.

1987 "The Taxonomy, Provenance and Functions of Ofo: A Dominant Igbo Ritual and Political Symbol,", Anthropos, Vol. 82 (Germany, 1987), pp. 457-467.

1987 "Liminality in the Contemporary Nigerian Christian Religious Experience," Mission Studies, Vol. IV-2 (Aachen, Germany, November 1987), pp. 4-14.

1986 "Decolonising the Church: A Challenge to Nigerian Theologians," Presence Africaine, Vol,137/138 (Paris, Dec. 1986), pp. 211-226.

1985 "Ofo: A Review of Existing Literature," Ofo, Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 1, No.l (Nsugbe, Nigeria, 1985), pp. 1-14.

1984 "Continuity and Discontinuity in African Traditional Religions: The Case of the Igbo ofNigeria," Cahiers des Religions Africaines, Vol. 16, No. 36 (Zaire, 1984), pp. 197-214.