Philosophy, Religion and Social Issues in Nigeria – A Festschrift for Professor (Monsignor) John A. Onimhawo


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Think religion, think Nigeria! the saying goes. Although the description that Africans are notoriously and incurably religious has been caustically criticised and contested, it appears that it is more or less a theoretical or intellectual exercise than practical reality. One may still be persuaded to argue that Nigeria is still as furiously religious in the twenty-first century as it was before the advent of missionary religions and colonialism. Although philosophy is often conceived as a tool of analysis of religious truth claims and of religious phenomena, the strong resonance of religion in everyday life and encounter has made analytic philosophy to tread with caution in Nigeria. In fact, many of the philosophers are as furiously religious outside the classroom as other people they unsympathetically criticise. However, the need for philosophy is urgent, to at least, clarify and analyse the texture of religious claim that seems to not help the country so much.

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Publication Date

November 28, 2023

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Hard Cover

About the author

Benson Ohihon Igboin is a professor in the Department of Religion and African Culture, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State. He specialises in philosophy of religion with bias in African religious and cultural values. He has published extensively in philosophy of religion, African cultural values, religion and politics, corruption and so forth. He is the Principal Investigator of the research project: “The Politics and Poetics of Violent Prayers in Nigerian Pentecostal Churches” funded by John Templeton Foundation hosted by Nagel Institute, USA. He is a Professor Extraordinaire in the Centre of Gender Studies, University of South Africa.

Table of contents


Brief Profile of Professor John A. Onimhawo | page i
Notes on Contributors | page v
Introduction: Philosophy, Religion and Social Issues in Nigeria | page ix


The Encounter between Christianity and Yoruba Religion: Syncretism or the Principle of ‘give and take’? Olu Emmanuel Alana | page 1

The Nexus between Religion and Society Grace Lawrence-Hart | page 17

Religion, Education and Leadership Olu Emmanuel Alana | page 31


The Role of Philosophy of Religion in Human Development Burabari Sunday Deezia | page 45

Principles of Human Development in Kierkegaard’s Notion of Ethical Commitment Joseph O. Obaweki | page 63

Re-Examining Onimhawo’s Concept of Euthanasia and its Implications for Sanctity of Human Life in Nigeria Kehinde E. Obasola | page 85

God’s Omnipotence and the Problem of Corruption in Nigeria Oladayo O. Bamidele | page 101

Kitchen Phenomenology: The Dilemma of Womanhood in Gendered Geography Ucheoma Osuji | page 125

Reincarnation and Biogenetics: An Afro-Yoruba Discourse Gbemisola Funmilola Omomowo | page 141

Moral Health and Underdevelopment: The Nigerian Experience C.O. Adamu | page 159

Morality and the Revival of Natural Law Philosophy Philip O. Isanbor and Michael M. Uzomah | page 173

Rethinking Yoruba Proverbs beyond Aristotelian Laws of Thought Sunday Layi Oladipupo | page 189


Family and Kinship in Esan World: An Inquiry into African Communal Experience M. A. Izibili and S. O. Oyemhonlan | page 199

Marriage for a Meaningful Existence Segun Ogungbemi | page 213

Marriage for a Meaningful Existence: A Reappraisal Benson Ohihon Igboin | page 227


Epistemological Inquest into the Human Effort and Grace Controversy Cyril-Mary Pius Olatunji | page 243

Faith-Healing as a Process of the Brain: A Neuro-theological Appraisal Segun Ogunnaike | page 269


Reporting Political Conflict in Nigeria: A Discourse Raphael Olugbenga Abimbola | page 283

How Social and Economic Integration between Nigeria, British and French Cameroons Influenced Reunification
Primus Fonkeng | page 297