Dr. Mfon Umoren Ekpootu
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A Senior Lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Great research and analytical skills sharpened by national and international exposure in academic arenas to incisive and critical analysis of issues relating to gender, female sexuality and child labour. Managerial and organizational expertise, with proficiency with data base tools and great communication skills and ability for team work

Curriculum Vitae

MFON UMOREN EKPOOTU

mekpootu@yahoo.co.uk

Department of History & Diplomatic Studies
University of Port Harcourt
East-West Rd, Choba,
P.M.B 5323
Rivers State, Nigeria

PERSONAL SUMMARY

Great research and analytical skills sharpened by national and international exposure in academic arenas to incisive and critical analysis of issues relating to gender, female sexuality and child labour. Managerial and organizational expertise, with proficiency with data base tools and great communication skills and ability for team work

PRESENT APPOINTMENT

Senior Lecturer                       University of Port Harcourt

 

EDUCATION

University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
PhD [Gender History]. February 2008

                                                           

SEPHIS International Research Fellowship (IRTP)
Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC), Calcutta, India,
January 4   – Dec 18, 2004,

 

University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
MA [Economic History]. 1998

 

Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
PGD [Business Studies]. 1998

 

University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State
BA [History]. 1989

  

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Published Works

  • ‘Contestation of Identity: Colonial Policing of Female Sexuality in the Cross River region of Southern Nigeria’ Inkanyiso, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 5(1) 2013

 

  • ‘The Body as a Tool: Negotiating the New Global Order by Female Youths in Nigeria’ Calabar Historical Journal 6(1) 2013

 

  • ‘The Raffia Industry in Ikot Ekpene: A Historical Exposition’ Kingsley I. Owete [ed.] An Introduction to African Culture and Technology Development Port Harcourt: University of Port Harcourt Press, 2013

 

  • ‘Major Isaac Adaka Boro as a Husband and Father: The Family Life and Temperament of the Revolutionary Icon’  Stephen T. Olali [ed.] Before and Beyond the Revolution: Essays in Memory of Major Isaac Adaka Boro 10th September 1938- 16th May 1968, Historical Society of Nigeria and Office of the Chief Historian and Archivist, Bayelsa State, 2013

 

  • ‘Interrogating Policies on Human Trafficking in Nigeria’ [2012] Toyin Falola and Bridget Teboh [eds.] The Power of Gender, the Gender of Power: Women’s Labor, Rights and Responsibility in Africa New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2013

 

  • ‘Getting Them Young: Child Labour in Ikot Ekpene from a Historical Perspective’ Osita Agbu [ed.] Children and Youth in the Labour Process Dakar : CODESRIA, 2009

 

  • ‘The Child Labour Debate: Another View through the Lens’ AFE, Journal of Minority Studies. Vol. 8(1) 2006 pp 60-68

 

  • Fwatshak, S.U and Ekpootu, M.U (2005) ‘An Assessment of Social Security and Welfare System in the United States since the Four Freedoms’ Ejitiwu Nkpanom C et al [eds.] The American Society since the Four Freedom.  American Studies Association of Nigeria (ASAN)

 

  •  ‘Annang Women and Nationalism: The 1929 Women’s War Revisited’ AFE, Journal of Minority   Studies Vol. 1(1) 1997 pp 42-52

  

Conferences

  • ‘Women in Local Governance in South-South Nigeria: Gender Mainstreaming as an Enabling Tool for Women Empowerment’ Paper Presented at the Historical Society of Nigeria 1st  South-South  Zonal Conference on Local Government Administration in South Nigeria, Landmarks, Problems and Prospects 16-17 August  2013

     
  • “Sexualizing the City: Female Prostitution in Nigeria’s Urban Centers in Historical Perspective” Paper Presented at the  Conference on Prostitution in World Cities, 1600 to Present, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam 25-27 April 2013

 

  • Nigerian Video Films and Female Spectatorship: Deconstructing the Male Gaze” Paper Presented at the 12th Annual Africa Conference on Poverty and Empowerment in Africa, University of Texas at Austin, March 30-April 1, 2012

 

  • “Interrogating Policies on Human Trafficking in Nigeria” Paper Presented at the 10th Annual Africa Conference on Women, Gender and Sexualities in Africa, University of Texas at Austin, Texas 26-28 March 2010

 

  • “The Body as a Tool: Negotiation of the New Global Order by Female Youths in Nigeria”
     Paper Presented at the CODESRIA Gender Symposium on Gender and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization 8-11 October,  Cairo, Egypt 2008

 

  • “Prostitution in the Cross River Region of Nigeria” Paper Presented at the CODESRIA Extended Social History Workshop on Gender, Ethnicity and Culture, Dakar, Senegal, 6-27 March, 2006

 

  • Participant CODESRIA Advanced Policy and Research Dialogue, Abuja, Nigeria 17-18 October 2005

 

  • “Getting them Young: Child Labour in Ikot Ekpene from a Historical Perspective” Paper Presented at the Workshop Children and Youth in the Labour Process, Dakar, Senegal 4-29 0ctober 2004

 

Unpublished Works

  • Child Labour, Women Trafficking and Forced Labour in Contemporary Nigeria

Currently being reviewed for publication as a contributing chapter in the forthcoming volume of Groundwork of Nigerian History

  • Sexualizing the City: Female Prostitution in Nigeria’s Urban Centers in Historical Perspective

Submitted as part of urban overviews of Prostitution in Global Cities from 1600s, being a project sponsored by The International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Research in Progress

  • Beyond Victims: Women and Crime in the Niger Delta

Examines women’s crime vis a vis their assigned roles in society with particular reference to the Niger Delta. This work seeks to probe beyond the ‘accumulated wisdom’ about female criminality in Nigeria in the face of emerging breed of female criminals engaged in predatory crimes of violence.

 

  • The Myth of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in Nigeria

In recent scholarly discourse, the complexity and multifaceted dimensions of commercial sex has been highlighted and the need to untangle the muddle underscored. Drawing from this I am presently working on an essay ‘The Myth of Prostitution in Nigeria a sequel to my essay ‘Interrogating Human Trafficking Policies in Nigeria’. My position here is that issues of prostitution and sex trafficking laws are more often than not based on unverifiable and recycled data and less on empirical and ethnographical data. It has been employed as a political agenda which function less to address the issues it targets but serve  to create illusions and fuel a cultural silence that enables a social control of women.

 


COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS:

Departmental Exams and Record Officer, History and Diplomatic Studies, University of Port Harcourt 2008-2009

 

Member, Departmental Exams and Record Committee, History and Diplomatic Studies, University of Port Harcourt, 2009 to Date

 

Member, Sports Committee, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, 2009 to Date

 

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Chair, Local Organizing Committee, 61ST Historical Society of Nigeria Annual Conference, Port Harcourt, 2016

 

Director Liaison, Africa and Volunteer Services, Africa League of Legends Incorporated

 

National Treasurer, Historical Society of Nigeria.

 

Member, Local Organizing Committee, International Colloquium on Slavery, Slave Trade and its Consequences, Oshogbo, Ogun State, 23-26 August 2010.

 

Ambassador for Peace, International Association of World Peace Advocates

 

Assessor, Excellence Local Government Initiative [ELGI], Rivers State, 2009

 

 

PROFESSIONAL / INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION

Historical Society of Nigeria (HCON), Nigeria.

 

The Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal

 

African Studies Association (ASA), USA.

 

REFERENCES

Yakubu Ochefu [Ph. D]

Vice Chancellor, Kwararafa University,

P.M.B 1019 Wukari,

Taraba State, Nigeria

Emeritus President, Historical Society of Nigeria [HSN]

Email: yakubu_ochefu@yahoo.com

 

 

Professor Ben Naanen [Ph. D]

Professor, History & Diplomatic Studies,

University of Port Harcourt

East-West Rd, Choba

PMB 5323 Port Harcourt,

Nigeria

Email: bennaanen@yahoo.co.uk