Gov Peter Mbah Appoints Prof Ndubueze Mbah as the New Commissioner for Education

The Executive Governor of Enugu State Barr Peter Mbah has appointed new commissioner for education in the person of Prof. Ndubueze Leonard Mbah.

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Prof. Ndubueze Leonard Mbah (Commissioner for Education Enugu State)

His Brief Biography

Ndubueze Leonard Mbah obtained a B.A (First-Class Hons.) in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, in 2007. He was awarded a Harold G. Marcus Recruitment Fellowship for doctoral training in African History at Michigan State University, U.S.A, under the supervision of Prof. Nwando Achebe. His Graduate Committee comprise Prof. Nwando Achebe (West African History – Primary Field), Dr. Peter Alegi (African History – General Field), Prof. James Pritchett (Anthropology), and Prof. Gordon Stewart (World History – Teaching Field).

Mbah completed his comprehensive written and oral examinations in May 2011, with “Distinction” in all fields. He won the prestigious Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and has successfully concluded his dissertation research on “Emergent Masculinities:’ The Gendered Struggle for Power in Southeastern Nigeria, 1850-1920.” This study locates masculinity as a concept within the cultural logic, norms, practices, idioms, and institutions of Ohafia-Igbo society, and examines the impact of the historical constructions of masculinities on gendered unequal power distribution in the society, between 1850 and 1920. Mbah argues that constructing new individual and collective identities for political purposes was a real and immediate necessity in both pre-colonial and colonial Africa.

Mbah’s research utilizes oral history, life history, emic interpretations of material culture, and gendered rituals and memorialization ceremonies to study masculinities, gender, slavery, religion and colonialism, in Southeastern Nigeria. Mbah defended his dissertation with distinction in July 2013.

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