Social Sciences

"Conservation Management of the Benin Earthworks of Southern Nigeria: A Critical Review of Past and Present Action Plans " in The Protection of Archaeological Heritage in Times of Economic Crisis Edited by Dr. Elena Korka

Benin is known worldwide for its massive city moat or Iya; yet people have chosen to make this icon into an eyesore, fly-tipping it full of rubbish. In an era of hope, when Governor Oshiomhole is determined to transform Benin back into the impressive city that was reported by Europeans centuries ago, the Iya should be the jewel in the crown of the beautification of Benin. Resolution of the paradox between local desires to fill the moat with garbage and civic aspirations for its beautification is needed if any policy is to be effective and lasting.

"Women's participation in community meetings: Marginalization and its social consequences for development in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area , Edo State". Journal of Gender Studies, University of Benin, Vol.3, No.1 &2, : pp 157-169

The paper examines the marginalization of women in community meetings, their exclusion from political participation and the social consequences of this marginalization on the development of Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. Data was collected by conduction an in-depth interview with ten selected key informants from stakeholders representing community leaders in the areas. The findings were transcribed, analysed and discussed. the study found out that the marginalization was mainly due to a male-dominated and moderated society and self-imposed restrictions by women.

Pension Scheme and the Prospect of Job Satisfaction among Lecturers in the University of Benin, Nigeria. Nigerian Sociological Review Vol.6.No. 1, pp. 151-157

This paper examines the impact of pension on job satisfaction among lecturers in the University of Benin.  Data was collected from respondents across fourteen faculties of the institution with the aid of a questionnaire. The perception of respondents was determined by ranking on a 5 point Likert scale. Results were evaluated, analyzed and tested using the Chi Square statistical test, the study concludes that there is a significant relationship between pension and job satisfaction. The paper recommends a review of the pension laws in Nigeria.

“The use of National Youth Service Corp members to build AIDS competent communities in rural Edo State Nigeria”. African Journal of Reproductive Health.June 2012, 16(2) :72-85

This paper focuses on the community component of a larger action research project on HIV Prevention for Rural Youth (HP4RY), funded by the Global Health Research Initiative (Canada). It began with ethnographic research in 10 communities selected using geographic representative sampling and random assignment to one of three research arms. Using the AIDS Competent Community (ACC) model developed by Catherine Campbell, the ethnographic research identified factors in six domains that contributed to youth vulnerability to HIV infection.

“Addressing the Challenges of Ageing in Africa” in The Anthropologist: International Journal of Contemporary and Applied Studies of Man. 14(1), 61-66

In the past, the elderly in African societies performed very important roles, which facilitated societal growth and development. They were regarded as major contributors to virtually all aspects of their societies. However, over the years, they lost the recognition traditionally accorded them in the general scheme of things. This has created some negative impacts on the aging population in the region. This paper, therefore, examines the problems facing the elderly in contemporary African societies in view of the ongoing social change and transformation in the area.

“Religious Beliefs and Family Planning Practices of Married Women in Zone 5, Police Barracks in Nigeria”. Ozean Journal of Social Science Vol. 4 No. 2., Pp 55-61

The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between religious beliefs and family planning practices of married women in zone 5 barracks of the Nigeria Police, comprising Edo, Delta, and Bayelsa State Commands. The population for the study was 5,579, which comprised all married women aged 15-49 years in zone 5 barracks of the Nigeria Police. The correlational research design was used for the study.

“Gender Inequality and Human Resource Management: A Nigerian Perspective”. Global Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 1&2, 2011, pp 15-24

Literature suggests that gender inequality in the work-place stems from gendered stratifications in the larger society and that it is comparable with race- and class-based inequality. Specifically, the gender inequality discourse revolves around the assertion that biological differences between the two sexes have been transformed into male advantages versus female disadvantages. This paper is library research with the objectives of exploring theories of gender inequality and examining women's unequal treatment in paid employment through the lens of the human resource management function.

"Mentor and Mentoring amongst Academic Staff in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions: A study of University of Benin, Edo State". (Chapter 18) in Mentoring: A Key issue in Human Resource Management. (Ed. A.A. Olowu) Ife Centre for Psychological Studies/Services

This paper presents an overview of mentorship with particular focus on mentors and mentoring amongst academic staff in Nigerian tertiary institutions with special reference to University of Benin, Edo State. In addition to quantitative data, case studies and life histories were employed to showcase the state of mentoring in University of Benin. Our findings show that senior faculty naturally is more comfortable with the tenets of mentoring and are more likely to mentor others.

“If the Treasures Are Returned.Views on Museums and the Cultural Heritage in Benin City” in Wilhelm Östberg, (ed). Whose Objects? Art Treasures from the Kingdom of Benin in the Collection of the Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm. Stockholm: Ethnografiska M

The works of art that were taken from Benin in 1897 when the British invaded the kingdom were not made to be exhibited and appreciated for their aesthetic beauty. As Andah (1988:222) points out, "Through the ages, African art was hardly every solely aesthetic in conception and purpose – but rather variously combined ritual, magico-religious, commemorative and utilitarian functions." So it is in the case of the art of Benin. Many of these Benin ‘art' objects are now found in museums.

“The bane of female trafficking in Nigeria: An examination of the role of the family in the Benin society” in Towards a Sane Society, (Ed. A. Awaritefe) Roma publications, Ambik Press Ltd. pp 9-20

Nigeria has been described as a centre of trafficking in human beings especially women and children The country has become a source, route, transit and destination country for trafficked children and is one of the major countries of origin for trafficked women and the only African country with such an unenviable record. Reports show that Edo State and Benin City, in particular, has been the centre for trafficking of women and girls to Europe for forced prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation. The state has been labelled as the most endemic state known for female trafficking.