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Philip TerzungweVande was born on 26th May, 1973, at Korinya City, presently in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State. He had his elementary education at St Joseph’s Primary School, Korinya, between 1980 and 1986. He then moved to Government Secondary School, Korinya, where he obtained his Senior School Certificate, in 1992. After passing out with flying colours from the SSCE, he was admitted by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi to study for the priesthood. Between 1993 and 1996, Dr Philip studied Philosophy at Saint Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Makurdi, Benue State, and proceeded to St Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos for the study of Theology, before he withdrew from the race in 1998.

From 1999 to 2003, Dr Philip studied Political Science at Benue State University, Makurdi, and between 2006 and 2008, he went back to the same University and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Political Science, with a specialisation in Political Philosophy. Desirous of acquiring more knowledge, he enrolled at the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in 2009. To get to the zenith of his academic pursuit, Philip got admitted into the University of Port Harcourt in 2012 and by 2016, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Political Science, with a specialisation in Political Theory and Methodology and minor interest in Nigerian Government and Politics.

As a young academic, Dr Philip Vande has attended over 15 National and International Conferences and has over 20 publications in National and International Journals and Books. His research interest is in Governance, Peace and Development Studies. Philip is a member of many Professional bodies, such as the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), Chartered Institute of Global Communication and Diplomacy (CIGCD), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and a Fellow, Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science (IDMSS). He is also a member of the Forum on Farmer-Herder Relations in Nigeria (FFARN).

Dr Philip Vande is happily married with four Children.


I Journals:

  1. Vande, P.T (2017). “Electoral Management And Credible Elections In Nigeria: Implications For Democratic Consolidation In The Fourth Republic.” VUNA Journal of Politics and Diplomatic Studies, 1(3).
  2. Vande, P.T.  andJooji, I. (2017). “The Civil Society Organisation, Good Governance        and Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria”. South East Journal of Political Science,       3(1): 197-220.
  3. Vande, P.T. (2016). “The Culture of Corruption and the Dilemma of Development in Nigeria.” North Central Journal of Political and Societal Studies,” 1(1), pp. 336-357.
  4. Vande, P.T. and Kussah, T.K. (2016).“Leadership and National Development in Nigeria: Situating the Missing Link.” Journal of Political Inquiry, 2(2), pp. 216-230.
  5. Vande, P.T. (2015).“Pluralism, Power-Sharing and National Stability in Nigeria.” Lapai International Journal of Politics. 3(1 & 2): 49-67.
  6. Amadi, O.S. andVande, P.T. (2015). “The State, Distributive Justice and Political Stability in Nigeria.” VUNA Journal of Politics and Diplomatic Studies. Volume 1 N0 1, pp.37-56.
  7. Vande, P.T. and Obodo, N. I. (2015). “Decentralisation and Rural Poverty Reduction in Nigeria: The Role of Local Government in Benue State.” VUNA Journal of Politics and Diplomatic Studies. Volume 1 N0 1, pp.220-247.
  8. Vande, P.T. and Okeke, T.I. (2015). “Plato’s Philosophy of Education and Leadership Recruitment in Nigeria: Implications for the Nigerian State.” VUNA Journal of History and International Relations, Volume 2 N0 2 , pp.131-151.
  9. Vande, P.T. (2013). “Justice and the Essence of the State in Aristotle’s Philosophy: Implications for the Nigerian State.” Lapai Journal of Humanities, Volume 7 Number 1, pp.35-49.
  10. Vande, P.T. (2013). “Democracy and Socio-Economic Rights in Nigeria.” African Journal of Economy and Society, Volume 12 Number 1, pp.105-122.
  11. Vande,P.T (2012). “Electoral Fraud and Electoral Violence in Nigeria: A Post-Mortem of the 2011 Post Election Violence in Northern Nigeria.” Commercial and Industrial Law Journal, Volume 3 Number 1, pp.335-360.
  12. Vande, P.T. (2012). “Ethnicity and the Politics of State Creation in Nigeria.” European Scientific Journal, July 2012 Edition, Volume 8 Number 16, pp.33-51.
  13. Igbe, I. and Vande, P. T. (2011). “Internal Migration and its Impact on Rural Development in Nigeria: Benue State in Perspective”. Journal of Research and Contemporary Issues Volume 6 Numbers 1 and 2, pp.98-107.
  14. Okpaga, A. and Vande, P.T. (2004). “The Economic Development of Latin American Countries: Lessons for Nigeria”. NAPSS Journal of Politics and International Relations.Vol.1 No.3, pp. 108-129.

Books Chapters:

  1. Vande, P.T. (2017). “The Legislature and Good Governance in Benue State, 1999-2014,” in Ode, R.O. and Tsuwa, J.T. (Eds). Leadership and Governance in Benue State, 1999-2014. Makurdi: Gwatex Publishers, pp. 17-40.
  2. Vande, P.T. and Ekot, B.A. (2016). “Voter Education and the Incidence of Rejected Ballots: Implication for Post- Election Peace Building and Democratic Consolidation,” in Tsuwa, J.T. (Ed). Book of Proceedings. Accepted on 5th August, 2016.
  3. Vande, P.T. (2016). “The National Question, the Federal Character Principle and Political Stability in Nigeria,” in George-Genyi, M.E. (Ed.). The National Question and Development in Nigeria. Abuja: Donafrique Publishers, pp. 94-116.
  4. Vande, P.T. and Ekot, B.A. (2016). “Conflict and Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria: Implications for Political Inclusion,” in Kolawole, V.A. and Egwemi, V. (Eds). Interrogating Internal Displacement in Nigeria, Volume One.
  5. Vande, P.T. (2016). “Open Grazing and Conflicts between Farmers and Herders in Benue State: Implications for FoodSecurity in Nigeria,” in Kolawole, V.A. and Egwemi, V. (Eds). Interrogating Internal Displacement in Nigeria, Volume Two.
  6. Vande, P.T. (2015). “Politics and Development in Tiv land since 1960,” in Orngu, C.S., Wuam, T. and Ikpanor, E.T. (Eds). Ethnic Minority Agitations and Political Development in Nigeria. Abuja: Donafrique Publishers, pp.
  7. Vande, P.T. (2013). “Constitutional Amendment and Tenure Elongation in Nigeria: Implications for the Legislature,” in Ukase, P.I., Afaha, P. and Larab, T.A. (Eds). Studies on the Nigerian Legislature, 1999-2011 Volume One. Ibadan: Vast Publishers, pp. 338-355.

Conference Papers

  1. Vande, P.T. (2018). Poverty and International Migration: An Appraisal of the Developmental Challenges of Human Migration on Nigeria. A Paper Presented at the 1st National Conference on Governance, Separatist Agitations and the Survival of the Nigerian State,organized by the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Veritas University, Abuja, held from 5th -7th February, 2018.
  2. Vande, P.T. (2018). Poverty, Inequality and the Challenges of Sustainable Development in Nigeria. A Paper Presented at the 1st International Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development, organized by the Faculty of Humanities, Kaduna State University, Kaduna State, held between 5th and 7th February, 2018.
  3. Vande, P.T. (2017). Resource Scarcity, Open Grazing and Peaceful Co-Existence: The Case of Farmers-Herders Relations in the Middle-Belt, Nigeria. A Paper Presented at the 1st Conference on Peace and National Development, organized by the Centre for Peace and Development, Veritas University, 20th -22nd November, 2017
  4. Vande, P.T.and  Jooji, I. (2017). “The State and Management of Violent Conflict in Nigeria: The Case of Herdsmen in the Benue Valley”. A Paper Presented at the 2nd International Conference on “Enhancing Democracy, Security, Development and Nigeria’s Foreign Relations in a Globalised World”, organized by Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Abuja, 11th -13th July, 2017.
  5. Vande, P.T. and Jooji, I. (2016). “The Civil Society, Good Governance and Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria.” A Paper Presented at the 4th Annual Conference Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA) South East Zone on the theme “Governance and Nation Building