Prof. Godwin Iornenge AKPER

Prof. Godwin Iornenge AKPER

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Dean, Faculty of Arts; Acting Director, Examinations & Assessment.

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Godwin Iornenge AKPER was born to Daniel and Rebeca Akper in Makurdi, Benue State on 19th day of July, 1969. He is currently Dean, Faculty of Arts, Acting Director, Examinations and Assessments; Professor of Christian Religious Studies (specialized in African Christian Studies –Systematic Theology) in the Department of Religious Studies, National Open University of Nigeria, Plot 91 Cadastral Zone, University Village, Nnamdi Azikiwe Express Way, Jabi, Abuja – Nigeria. Godwin is married to Eunice (Nee Avungu).





  • Dean, Faculty of Arts; Acting Director, Examinations & Assessment.




African Christian Studies with special emphasis on the relationship between (Christian) faith and public life experiences of people on the margins of society. Specific themes are: Poverty and human dignity, ethnicity in Nigeria and the theory of the global citizen. Other areas are: Church, Mosque and the State; Partisan politics and Christian life, Normativity and the hermeneutic of suspicion, A Christian Ethics of responsibility/Hospitality, Moral formation & Public Morality.





  • Akper, G.I. (2006), “Oom Bey for the Future: Beyond Resistance and Hope” in: The Legacy of Beyers Naude: Beyers Naude Series on Public Theology, Stellenbosch, Sun Press, pp. 69 -79.
  • Akper, G.I. (2007), “Christianity or African Christianity? On Christian Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Christian Identity edited by Eddy Van der Borght Leiden: Brill, pp. 405-420.
  • Akper, G.I. (2011), “Dialogue and an advocate of Dialogue, Dirkie Smit on Dialogue”, in: Len Hansen, Robert Vosloo and Nico Koopman (eds.) Living Theology, Essays Submitted to Dirk J. Smit on his Presented Birthday Wellignton South Africa: Bible Media, pp.159-169.
  • Akper, G.I. (2012), “A Stranger in my own Country: Alienation and Public Theology in South Africa”, in: Joel Carpenter (ed.) Walking Together: Christian Thinking and Public Life in South Africa. Abilene, Texas, USA: Abilene Christian University Press, pp. 89-101.
  • Akper, G.I. (2014), “Academic Theology and the Church: A West African Perspective”, in: Isabel A. Phiri & Dietrich Werner, Handbook of Theological Education in Africa. Pietermaritzburg South Africa: Cluster Publications, pp. 869-874.
  • Akper, G.I. (2016) “Of what is a citizen in Nigeria, Today? Citizenship in the Nigerian South African Contexts”, Forthcoming in the volume on The Relevance of Critical Citizenship Education in the African Context . Stelenbosch: SUN Media. PP. 53-67.


  • Akper G.I. (2005), “The Role of the Ordinary Reader in Gerald O. West’s Hermeneutics”, Scriptura: International Journal of Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa 88:1. pp. 1-13.
  • Akper, G.I. & Koopman, N.N. (2005), “Where Do We Go from Here: The Role and Status of the ‘Past’ in Contemporary African Theological Scholarship”, Dutch Reformed Theological Journal 46(1&2). pp. 7-21.
  • Akper, G.I. & Koopman, N.N. (2005), “The Bible and African Experience: Contending Authorities in Black and African Theologies?”, Dutch Reformed Theological Journal 46(1&2). pp. 22-38.
  • Akper, G.I. & Smit, D.J. (2005), “Jesus’ Cross and Human Suffering in African Christologies”, Dutch Reformed Theological Journal 46(1&2). pp. 39-54.
  • Akper, G.I. (2005), “A Decade of Democracy in South Africa and the Vocation (Task) of the Nigerian and South African Theologian at the Beginning of a New Millennium”, Scriptura: International Journal of Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa 89:2. pp. 420-481.
  • Akper, G.I. (2005), “Towards a Hermeneutic for African Theologies: A Reformed Perspective”, Ned Geref Teologiese Tydskrif (Dutch Reformed Theological Journal) 46/ 3&4. pp. 293-313.
  • Akper, G.I. (2006), “From Multiculturality to Interculturality: Locating the Ongoing African Agency Discourse in the Debate”, Scriptura: International Journal of Bible, Religion and Theology in southern Africa. 91:1, pp. 1-11.
  • Akper, G.I. (2007), “The Person of Jesus Christ in Contemporary African Christological Discourse”, Journal of Religion and Theology, 14. pp. 224-243.
  • Akper, G.I. (2007), “Prosperity Gospel: A Case Study of Benue State in North-Central Nigeria”, Journal of Reformed Theology 1. pp. 41-49.
  • Akper, G.I. (2007), “Charles Nyamiti’s Christology in its African Context” Theologia Viatorum Journal of Theology and Religion in Africa vol. 31/1. pp. 23-42.
  • Akper G.I & Gire, T.T.. (2007), “Gender as a Challenge to Educational Development in Nigeria: Ubuntu as an Ethic for taking up the Challenge”, Journal of National Association for Women Academics NAWACS. pp.316-324.
  • Akper, G.I. (2009), “We the poor must abandon our wheelchairs and begin to walk unaided: On African Agency Discourse”, Scriptura: International Journal of Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa 100. pp.108-120.
  • Aker, G.I. (2009), “Belhar Beyond Southern Africa: A Nigerian Reformed Perspective” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 135. pp. 1-21.
  • Akper, G.I. (2011), “Different but One? A Regional Application of an Ecumenical Debate” Journal of Reformed Theology 5. pp.45-62.
  • Akper, G.I. (2012), “Participating in God’s Mission of Reconciliation: Nigerian Churches’ Response to Ethnic Conflicts”, Neg Geref Theologiese Tydskrif Supplementum 2 Volume 53. pp. 89-102. 
  • Akper, G.I., Antyo Joseph, Brinkman, M.E., Van der Borght, E.A.J & Nierder-Heitman (2012), “Introduction: Religions and the Search for the Common Good in Pluralistic Societies”, Neg Geref Teolohiese Tydskrift Supplementum 2, Volume 53. pp. 5-15.
  • Akper, G.I. (2013) “Christianity Viewed as Poisonous Onion, Icon and Witchcraft: The Reception of Christianity in Oral and Residual-oral Sub-Saharan Africa”,African Journal of Cultural, Religious, Educational and Environmental Sustainability {hereafter AJCREES} 1(2). PP. 20-29.
  • Akper, G.I. (2013), “The Ideological Use of Religious Laws, Human Dignity and Ubuntu”, AJCREES 1(2). pp. 83-88.
  • Akper, G.I. (2013), “Dialogue and an advocate of Dialogue – Dirkie Smit on Dialogue”, Ned Geref. Teologiese Tydskrift 54, (November) 3 & 4, 1-8, Also available as open Educational Resources on
  • Akper, G.I. (2014), “A Mirage Called African Hospitality”, African Journal of Local Societies Initiative (LOSI) Vol. 3(1). pp. 173-178. 
  • Akper, G.I. (2014) “The Impact of the Heidelberg Catechism on Ecclesiastical and Social Life of Christians in Contemporary Nigeria” Mkar Journal of Inter-disciplinary Studies Vol. 5 (1) (2014). pp.1-13.
  • Akper, G.I. (2015), “An Ethos of Hospitality: Can it serve as a Veritable Public Morality in the Face of Disorderly Process in Nigeria Today?” Stellenbosch Theological Journal Vol.1No.2; pp.283-298,






Peer Reviewer, National Research Foundation, Republic of South Africa, Member, Society of Christian Ethics, USA; Global Network of Public Theologians; Member, New Testament Society of South Africa, Member, Theological Society of South Africa. External Examiner to many Universities, Member editiorial boards of a number of Journals.