In every generation, there seems to me, to be an increasing upsurge of puritanical fervency. It is that singular epitome of what many today might term, “the great awakening.” For ever since the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, definitions of certain concepts have either taken a different twist, a coating or have been ‘comatosed.’
Refreshingly, in each generation, there are spectacular minds who do not conform to this ‘antisexualisms.’ On the Other hand, albeit painfully, one knows that in our Universities, libraries or research centers, it is not quite as much popular to have educators who dwell or go deep into their areas of specialization – gazing through the open portal of a radical questioning of beliefs.
The author, M. M. Uzomah, has stood out among equals to raise some existentialist questions in the world of the sexes. He is a scholar per excellence, a philosopher and an intelligent academician. His researches have been published in many journals, one of which include, “A Critical Reflection on the Epistemic Status of Locke’s Doctrine of ‘Tabula Rasa,” in the Albertine Journal of Philosophy and Related Disciplines (AJOPRED, 2017). Others include:
Uzomah, M. M. (2016). In Defence of Disobedience and the Legitimacy of Punishment of Civil Dissenters in Contemporary Era. Ekpoma Review (Philosophy and Theology Journal of Catholic Major Seminary of All Saints, Ekpoma), Vol. 3, pp. 25-43.
Isanbor, P. O. and Uzomah, M. M. (2016). Douglas Roche on Cultures of War and Peace: Global Ethics for Social Order, Justice and Development. EPHA: Ekpoma Journal of Religious Studies (Department of Religious Management & Cultural Studies, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria), Vol. 11.
Isanbor, P. O. and Uzomah, M. M. (2015). Relating Peace and Human Rights Developmentally: a Philosophical Re-assessment. Polac International Journal of Humanities and Security Studies (Department of History and International Studies, Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano), Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 167-180.
Uzomah, M. M., and Adewumi, A. O. (2015). Ethical Humanism and the Quest of African Development. Enwisdomization Journal (Catholic Major Seminary of All Saints, Ekpoma), Vol. 6, No. 3.
Uzomah, M. M., Fasuyi, A. O. and Isanbor, P. O. (2015). Towards Philosophical Foundation and Evaluation of the Roles of Educational Stakeholders for Integral National Development. Journal of Teachers Perspective (ASSONT, Cross Rivers State University of Technology, Calabar), Vol. 9, No. 2.
He wrote, “Notes on Medieval Philosophy: Exploring the Dynamism of Philosophy and the Confluence of Faith and Reason” (2017) and also co-authored a book titled, “Fundamental Principles of Philosophy and Education” (March 2017).
(The author M. M. Uzommah)
M. M. Uzommah is presently a PhD student in Philosophy with focus on Bioethics and Jurisprudence in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. He holds a Masters degree in Philosophy (with specialty in the Philosophy of Law and Gender Studies) from Ekiti State University, Nigeria (2015). M. M. Uzommah also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy, 2:1) from Benin in 2010. His thesis includes:
Uzomah, M. M. (2015). Natural Law as the Basis of the Human Law: A Philosophical Appraisal, M.A Unpublished Thesis, Department of Philosophy, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, 104 pp.
Uzomah, M. M. (2010). Natural Law as the Basis of the Human Law. B.A Unpublished Essay, Department of Philosophy, Catholic Major Seminary of All Saints, Ekpoma/University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, 62 pp.
Uzomah, M. M. Gene Technology and Human Dignity: Asserting the Imperative of the Law to an Effective Bioethics. An On-going PhD Dissertation, Department of Philosophy, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
He is also presently a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, St. Albert’s Institute, Kagoma, Kaduna State, an affiliate of the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. His second book, “Fundamental Issues in Gender Studies and Human Sexuality: The Philosophy of Gender Parity,” is said to be indeed timely.
It arrived at a point where the majority of us seem to be rather devoted to gender identity and a gendered representation as a central category in analysis. One therefore cannot but be overwhelmed by the author’s incredible flawlessness and quintessential, yet simple-in-language awakening of the muted ‘tabooed’ questions regarding women, feminism, gender and politics.
The reader would be not be left befuddled or intellectually stupefied at his or her obvious ignorance at this subjects of supreme importance. Refreshingly, the author, in his usual down-to-earth explanations, exhumes unapologetically, how race, ethnicity, location, class, nationality and disability intersect with the categories of gender and sexuality. To achieve this, M. M. Uzommah, in this 458 pages and ten chapters has paid sufficient attention to: life in a gendered world, the basic features of Gender Studies, Patriarchy, Feminism, Feminist Jurisprudence, Human Sexuality and Sexual Orientations, the Institution of Marriage, Commercial Sex, as well as the thoughts of selected feminists.
Like all lovers of knowledge and research, I could not have closed my mind to this neo-awakening. Like all who hope for a better world where both males and females sit on the dinning table of equal opportunities, etc, I dare you dear reader to step into these pages and savour the sweetness of an unregrettable voyage.
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David E. Francis
Philosophy (University of Jos, Nigeria); Researcher (St. Albert’s Institute, Kaduna); Literature (S. E. M.S, Nassarawa State). November 4th, 2017.