Philosophy and Religious Studies

Nasarawa State University, Keffi > Arts > Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Gesila Nneka Uzukwu
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The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (formerly Department of Religious Studies) was among the earliest Departments that came on board when the University was established in 2003. At inception, it was only Christian Studies that commenced academic activities. However, Islamic Studies was later introduced with one lecturer and from that point on, more hands were brought in, thereby increasing the staff strength of the Unit.

The Head of Unit at its inception was Mr. Makpu Ishaya Mallo with D.D. Gonjoh and Benjamin M. Abdullahi. The three (3) staff pioneered the work until 2005 when Dr. T.A. Aluko came in as a Senior Lecturer and was made the Ag. Head of Department.

In 2005/2006, the Unit graduated her first set of students and the class had a total of eight (8) students where two (2)


  • B.A Christian Religious Studies
  • B.A Religious Studies
  • B.A Philosophy
  • M.A MPhil/PhD, PhD in Comparative Religion
  • M.A MPhil/PhD, PhD in African Traditional Religion
  • M.A MPhil/PhD, PhD in Old Testament
  • M.A MPhil/PhD, PhD in New Testament
  • M.A MPhil/PhD, PhD in Church History
  • M.A MPhil/PhD, PhD in Philosophy & Ethics
  • M.A MPhil/PhD, PhD in Sociology of Religion
  • M.A MPhil/PhD, PhD in Religious Studies

of them were outstanding and came out with 2nd Class Upper Division. From that time on, the Department has witnessed appreciable increase in the intake of students, and the performances of students have been encouraging. It is imperative to point out that a Unit that started with one lecturer in 2003 at present has eleven 12 staff.  In 2005, the NUC accreditation Team came on inspection and after the exercise, the Unit secured an Interim Accreditation. By 2007, a Re-Accreditation was conducted, and the Department secured Full Accreditation. All the courses of the Department were Re-Accredited in September, 2015.

It is to be noted that the Department has also produced a First Class candidate, the first of its kind in the Faculty of Arts. The Unit has enjoyed patronage from Universities across the length and breadth of the nation and had succeeded in hosting the National Conference of the National Association for Biblical Studies (NABIS) in 2011.

A number of reputable scholars have been into the Unit for sabbaticals, and they have added value to our programme. Renowned among these are Prof. U.H.D. Danfulani, Prof. R.A. Akanmidu, Prof. C.I. Imo, Prof. J.D. Gwamna, Prof. Gaiya, M. and Prof. S. D. Shishima.

From what we were in 2003, as of today (2020), the Department  has 1 Professor, 1 Associate Professor, 2 Senior Lecturers,  5 Lecturers I, 1  Lecturer II and 1 Assistant Lecturer. The Department has a history of re-integrating our graduates back into the system. Notable in this respect are two (2) of our products that distinguished themselves academically and they have been integrated into the system and have grown considerably in the rank that they have become Lecturers II. They are Mr. Angbashim J. Theophilus and Mr. Oyiwose Ishaya Owusakio.

Departmental Board

The Departmental Board is made up of all lecturers in the Department except Graduate Assistant  with the Head of Department as the Chairman. The Departmental Board organizes and controls the teaching of all courses in the Department and the examination held in those courses.

Name Portfolio
Head of Department (HOD) Chairman
All Academic Staff (Except Graduate Assistant) Member

Entry Requirements

Five O/Level credits in English Language, Mathematics, Government and any other two subjects


Any three subjects

English Language

English Language

Staff Profile
S/No Name Rank Institutional E-mail
1 Jake Otonko Professor
2 Mbachirin Abraham Associate Professor
3 El-Faruk Ali Ahmed Senior Lecturer
4 Utsua Terzungwe Peter Senior Lecturer
5 Mathew Michael Senior Lecturer
6 Uzukwu Gesila N Senior Lecturer
7 Evaristus Egwuatu Senior Lecturer
8 Fashina Oladipo Senior Lecturer
9 Dingbas G. Danjuma Lecturer I
10 Ishaya Owusakyo Oyinose Lecturer I
11 Samuel S. Tama Lecturer I
12 Egbeji Patrick O Lecturer II
13 Danasabe Shagari Assistant Lecturer ---------

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