Edlyne Anugwom, born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1969. Ph.D. from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Visiting Grant Scholar (1 September 2009 – 30 November 2009)
OUR GOD PROTECTS US: MARGINALISATION, THE OCCULT AND YOUTH CONFLICT IN THE NIGER DELTA OF NIGERIA
The fellowship period has had an overall positive impact on my career. During this period I began work on a book entitled, Between the Occult and Religion: Marginalization, Occult and the Youth’s Conflict in the Oil-Rich Niger Delta of Nigeria which interrogates the role of occult imageries in the youth militia conflict in this important region. In addition to this I was able to write three papers related to the theme of the book.
The multi-national composition of the fellowship group and the culture of exchange made the period more beneficial for me especially as a sociologist. I could find out about social practices in different parts of the globe without opening a book or going online. Therefore the period was productive and reflective for me. I do not know where else I would have had a three months stay with such a profound impact on my career apart from NIAS.