Dr. Chioma Daisy Onyige / Ebeniro

University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Chioma Daisy Onyige is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where she earned her Ph.D in sociology with specialization in criminology, police science, and social work in 2007. Dr. Onyige was a recipient of the Global South Scholar Fellowship from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva as well as a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich. In addition, she was a Fellow of the African Science Leadership Programme, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Commonwealth Fellow at the African Studies Center, University of Oxford, UK. Furthermore, Chioma Onyige has been a member of various international expert groups and organizations. For example, she was a board member of the International Consortium for Environmental History Organization (ICEHO) as well as an associate member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). Dr. Onyige is also a member of the editorial board of the “Feminist Criminology Journal, A journal of the Division of Women and Crime (DWC)”.

Her research interests include crime and gender issues, climate change as well as economic globalisation and human trafficking, especially in Nigeria.

From October 2019 to March 2020, Dr. Chioma Daisy Onyige was a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center “Law as Culture”.

Research Project

“Globalisation, poverty, and the shadow economy of human trafficking in Nigeria”

Human trafficking in Nigeria has a widespread link to North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The Nigerian presence in Europe has included connections to organized crime. Since the beginning of the 1990s, organized criminal networks have gained considerable power in West Africa. These networks consist mainly of Nigerians, and have, among other things, based their growth on established trade networks in the region and ties to the large West African populations in the United States and in parts of Europe. The combination of corruption and poverty makes it easy to engage in organised crime in Nigeria. The dynamics of trafficking are best explained by migration theory, which utilizes and economic perspective to analyse the flow of human migration in terms of demand-pull factors. Factors such as high levels of economic development and prosperity, access, and employment prospects make affluent regions in the global north attractive for migrants. To many families in Nigeria, having a child travel to Europe is the only way to escape extreme poverty. Nigeria is a source, transit and destination country for women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Human trafficking as part of an organised crime can be categorised under what is known as shadow economy, because it is an economic activity that includes conscious efforts to avoid official detection. This research examines economic globalisation in a country ridden by poverty, and how it is encouraging and fuelling the increase of modern day slavery in Nigeria. Specifically, the paper seeks to understand the extent to which the law plays in protecting inequalities of nations brought about by globalisation. The general purpose of this study is to explore the role of local, regional and global laws in promoting or undermining the shadow economic activities such as human trafficking and smuggling in Nigeria.

Publications (selected)

Monographs and Books

  • 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
  • Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2015) Introduction to the Sociology of Deviant Behaviour. Pearl Publishers, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Atemie, J.D, Onyige, 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.

Book chapters and articles

  • Nlemchukwu E 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 (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
  • Wordu, Steve and Onyige, Chioma D. (2016) Tourism and development in Nigeriain Nigeria Peoples and Culture. Edited by Stephen A. Okodudu and Chioma Daisy Onyige. GES Unit. University of Port Harcourt Press Ltd, Nigeria.
  • Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2015) The law, crime and delinquency: The nature of female offending in Nigeria in Elements of Sociology. 2015. Edited by S, Okodudu, K, Anele and S, Joab Peterside. University of Port Harcourt printing Press Ltd, Nigeria.
  • 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.
  • Agbonifo, John and Onyige, Chioma Daisy(2012)Credible Force and Effective Implementation of Smart Sanctions in Africa: The Case of Sierra Leone. African Conflict Profile. 2 (1) 2012. A publication of theCenter for Ethnic and Conflict Studies (CENTECS).
  •  Onyige,Chioma Daisy (2011) The problems of administration of justice on female offenders in Nigeria. African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies.  4 (2). 2011. www.umes.edu/ajcjs
  •    Atemie, J.D. and Onyige, 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 Onyige, 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.
  • 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)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
  • Onyige, Chioma Daisy (2010)Female migration and development in Nigeria. Culture and Development International Journal of Africa (ICACD), 1(1) December 2010, Accra Ghana.
  • Onyige,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.
  • Onyige,Chioma Daisy (2010)Women and Politics in Nigeria.Pan African Social Science Review. No 11, September 2010