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Sister Anthonia Essien

Professor of Sociology of Religion

Faculty of Arts, University of Uyo

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Anthonia M. Essien, HHCJ, is a Sociologist of Religion and Professor at the University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria. She obtained her first degree from the University of Cross River State, and an MA (1992) and a PhD (1997) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She has published articles in learned journals in Nigeria and abroad. Her interest in Female Empowerment led her to the founding of a Non-Government Organisation, Human Empowerment and Development Project (HEMADEP). She is in collaboration, with some international organisations for the promotion of Female Empowerment in Nigeria. She is widely travelled for academic research and conferences to such countries as United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uganda,: Ethiopia, Belgium, Ghana, South Africa, Republic of Benin, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire and Switzerland. She is from Osurua, Ikot Ekpene LGA, Nigeria.
In this knowledgebase you will get to know more about her and have open access to majority of her works.

Years of Experience
23
Institutional Email:
anthoniaessien@uniuyo.edu.ng
Anthonia Essien

Membership of Professional Bodies

Professor Anthonia holds Membership in some highly reputable professional bodies such as:

American Academy of Religion (AAR)2013
International Economic Development Research Center (IEDRC)2012
International Association for the History of Religion (IAHR)2008
National Association for the Study of Religion (NASR)1997
National Association for the African Religion and Culture2000

Academic and Professional Background

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Ph.D

Sociology of Religion-University of Ibadan
(1997)

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M.A

Sociology of Religion-University of Ibadan
(1992)

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B.A.

Religious Studies University of Cross River State
(1988)

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WASC

Cornelia Connelly College.
(1982)

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FSLC

Holy Child Primary School
(1975)

Experience

Work Experience Before Present Appointment

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Teacher - Cornelia Connelly College, Afaha Oku, Uyo
(1982-1984)


Teacher - Army Day Secondary School (Youth Service)
(1989-1990)
Teaching Assistant - University of Cross River State, Calabar
(1990-1991)
Graduate Assistant (Part Time) - Dominican Institute of Theology, Ibadan
(1995-1997)

Work Experience in The University of Uyo

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Departmental Welfare Officer
(1997-2009)


Examination Officer
(2003-2006)
Faculty of Arts Welfare Officer 2007 till date
Acting Head of Department of Religious and Cultural Studies 2009 –till date

Courses Taught

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SESSION 1997 – 1998
RES 311 – Old Testament Theology
RES 413 – Synoptic Gospel II
RES 123 – Synoptic Gospel I
RES 223 – Philosophy of the Existence of God
RES 224 – Sociology of Religion
RES 225 – Problem of Evil
DRS 021 – Synoptic Gospel
Project Supervision

SESSION 1998 – 1999
RES 311 – Old Testament Theology
RES 411 – Exegesis of St. John
RES 413 – Synoptic Gospel II
RES 123 – Synoptic Gospel I
RES 223 – Philosophy of the Existence of God
RES 224 – Sociology of Religion
DRS 043 – Religion and Ethics
Project Supervision

SESSION 1999 – 2000
First Semester: On Short Course in the University of London – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
RES 224 – Sociology of Religion
DRS 033 – Johannine Writing
DRS 034 – Ecumenism
Project Supervision

SESSION 2000 – 2001
RES 123 – Synoptic Gospel
RES 224 – Sociology of Religion
DRS 036 – Outline of Christian Doctrine
DRS 043 – Religion and Ethics
Project Supervision

SESSION 2001 – 2002
RES 411 – Exegesis of St. John
RES 413 – Synoptic Gospel II
RES 415 – Current Religious Movements
RES 123 – New Testament Survey
RES 321 – Comparative Religion
Project Supervision

SESSION 2003 – 2004
RES 212 – The Book of Genesis
RES 315 – World Religion
RES 411 – Exegesis of St. John
RES 224 – Sociology of Religion
Project Supervision

SESSION 2004 – 2005
RES 212 – The Book of Genesis
RES 224 – Sociology of Religion
RES 315 – World Religion
RES 411 – The Exegesis of St. John
RES 324 – Motifs in ATR
RES 422 – Elements in ATR
Project Supervision

SESSION 2005 – 2006
SABBATICAL LEAVE

SESSION 2006 – 2007
RES 114 – The Jahiliyya Period
RES 311 – Old Testament Theology
RES 244 – Sociology of Religion
RES 610 – Relations among People of Living Faith
RES 615 – Religious Change in Nigerian Society
RES 625 – Religion and Arts in African Society
RES 626 – African Religion and Society
Project Supervision

SESSION 2007 – 2008
RCS 224 – Sociology of Religion
RCS 315 – World Religion
RCS 417 – Religion and Gender Studies in Africa
RCS 610 – Relations among People of Living Faith
RCS 615 – Religious Change in Nigerian Society
RCS 625 – Religion and Arts in African Society
RCS 626 – African Religion and Society
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Thesis Supervision
Dissertation Supervision

SESSION 2008 – 2009
RCS 417 – Religion and Gender Studies
RCS 224 – Sociology of Religion
RCS 321 – Comparative Religion
RCS 610 – Relations among People of Living Faith
RCS 615 – Religious Change in Nigerian Society
RCS 625 – Religion and Arts in African Society
RCS 626 – African Religion and Society
Project Supervision
Thesis Supervision
Dissertation Supervision

SESSION 2009 – 2010
RCS 113 – Introduction to the Pentateuch
RCS 610 – Relations among People of Living Faith
RCS 615 – Religious Change in Nigerian Society
RCS 625 – Religion and Arts in African Society
Project Supervision
Thesis Supervision
Dissertation Supervision

SESSION 2010 – 2011
RCS 113 – Introduction to the Pentateuch
RCS 610 – Relations among People of Living Faith
RCS 615 – Religious Change in Nigerian Society
RCS 625 – Religion and Arts in African Society
Project Supervision
Thesis Supervision
Dissertation Supervision

SESSION 2011 – 2012
RCS 113 – Introduction to the Pentateuch
RCS 610 – Relations among People of Living Faith
RCS 615 – Religious Change in Nigerian Society
Project Supervision
Thesis Supervision
Dissertation Supervision

SESSION 2012 – 2013
RCS 610 – Relations among People of Living Faith
RCS 615 – Religious Change in Nigerian Society
Project Supervision
Thesis Supervision
Dissertation Supervision

SESSION 2013 – 2014
RCS 113 Introduction to the Pentateuch
RCS 217 Religion and Ethnicity in Africa
RCS 613 Secret Society in ATR
RCS 610 Relations among People of Living Faiths.
Project Supervision
Thesis Supervision
Dissertation Supervision

SESSION 2014- 2015
RCS 113 Introduction to the Pentateuch
RCS 217 Religion and Ethnicity in Africa
RCS 613 Secret Society in ATR
RCS 610 Relations among People of Living Faiths.
Project Supervision
Thesis Supervision
Dissertation Supervision

Responsibilities

- Faculty of Arts Welfare Officer 2007 till date
- Acting Head of Department of Religious and Cultural Studies 2009 –2015
- Acting Director, Centre for Cultural Studies 2015-2016

Community Services

- Local Superior, Convent the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ) CCC, Afaha Oku, 1997-2003
- Provincial Councilor: South Eastern Province, HHCJ 2000-2003
- Provincial Councilor: South Eastern Province, HHCJ 2003-2006
- Provincial Superior: South Eastern Province, HHCJ 2006-2009
- Executive Director: Human Empowerment and Development Project (HEMADEP) 2003 till date
- Adjunct Lecturer: Samuel Bill Theological College, Abak, Akwa Ibom State, January, 2017.

Researches Undertaken

- Principal Investigator – Church Peer Education Network for Reproductive Health in Rural annangland, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, with Support from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, United States of America. 1998-2002


- Research Officer (Akwa Ibom State) – Girls’ Power Initiative, Nigeria, No.44 Ekpo Abasi, Calabar, Trafficking in Girls’ Research. 2000-2001
- Research Officer (Akwa Ibom State) - Life link Organization, N0.13 Commercial Way Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria – HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control 2002
- Library Research – At Harold Turner Collection, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom – March 2003
- Principal Investigator - Nkukut and Female Reproductive Health in Annangland Community: a way out of the cultural menace. With Support from PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, Seattle, WA, USA
- Spiritualist Movements and Female Reproductive Health in Annangland, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Other Relevant Information

1. Representative of the University of Uyo in the Governing Council of Samuel Bill Theological College, Abak 2015-Till Date
2. External Examiner, Undergraduate Programme, Department of Religious and Cultural Studies: Akwa Ibom State University, 2016 till Date.
3. External Examiner, Postgraduate Programme, Department of Religious and Cultural Studies University of Port Harcourt, 2021
3. Adjunct Associate Professor – Veritas University, Abuja, 2013
4. Co-coordinator of the Department of Religion, Theological Studies, Veritas University, 2013.
5. External Examiner, Undergraduate Programme, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, 2013-2014
6. External Examiner, Postgraduate Programme, University of Calabar, 2009-20015
7. External Assessor, of Candidate for Reader: Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, University of Port Harcourt, 2018.
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Distinction And Awards

Prof. Anthonia's personality and exceptional behaviour has attracted several Awards. Some of which are:

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Best Graduating Student

Winner of MKO Abiola Award, University of Ibadan, 1992

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Best Graduating Student

Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan - 1992

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Best Graduating Student

Faculty of Arts, University of Cross River State - 1988-1989

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Honour Rolls

Faculty of Arts, University of Cross River State - 1985-1987

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Department Religious and Cultural Studies,
Faculty of Arts,
University of Uyo,
Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria