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Basil A. Ekot B.D, M.A, M.Phil, PhD
Associate Professor

Fr. Dr. Basil A. Ekot is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy. He hails from Ikot Imoh in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. Fr. Dr. Ekot is a Catholic priest of the diocese of Uyo. He studied at Bigard Memorial Seminary Ikot Ekpene and Enugu where he obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1982 and a Bachelor of Divinity in 1988 respectively. He got a Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees from the Australian Catholic University Sydney in 1996 and 1999 respectively, and, a Doctorate degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in 2002 (Politics and International Relations) specialising in African Politics. In addition he has done a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Calabar and has a Diploma in Public Relations and a certificate in Office/Business administration from Sydney. Prior to joining Veritas University in 2008 as a pioneer staff, Dr. Ekot was a tutor of History of Political Thought and International Relations at the University of New South Wales (2000-2002) and African Politics at Macquarie University (2002) in Sydney, Australia. He was the principal of Ss Peter and Paul Comprehensive High School, Mkpanak Ibeno from 2006-2008. He has also served as the Secretary (1991-1995) and Chancellor of Catholic Diocese of Uyo in 2003. Dr. Ekot earned the University of New South Wales Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Fellowship in 2000 for his doctorate degree, and the Australian Catholic University scholarship for his Master of Philosophy Research. He is a member of African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific, Member, Nigerian Political Science Association and  Fellow, Chartered Institute of Global Communication and Diplomacy

Fr. Ekot teaches Political Theory and Nigerian/African Politics. Apart from his routine teaching he holds various positions in Veritas University Abuja: One time Acting Dean of Student Affairs; Current Acting Dean College of Management and Social Sciences and College of Arts and Theological Studies; Dean, College of Social Sciences; Member, Veritas University Ceremonials Committee; Member, Veritas University Examination Misconduct Committee; Chairman, Task Force on Result Verification; member Students Disciplinary Committee; Head of Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Member, Senate Business Committee; Member Senate Curriculum Committee.

More Publications

  •  One Hundred Years of Nigerian Statehood: A Post-Centenary Assessment in Lapai International Journal of Admistration vol. 1 no 1 April 2017: 367-377.
  •  Diplomacy as Instrument of Good Governance, Peace and Security: Lessons from 17th Century French Diplomatic Practice in VUNA Journal of Politics and Diplomatic Studies vol. 1 no. 1 June, 2015: 1-13


  • Analysing Traditional, Political and Social Institutions as Insights for Governance in Africa in Abuja Journal of Philosophy and Theology vol. 2 (2012), pp. 202-219.


  • Updates on Nigeria in The Australasian Review of African Studies volume 33 no 1 June (2012), pp. 187-189.


  • Approaching Hobbess Sovereign Power: African Perspective in International Journal of Social Sciences vol. 4 no. 3 (2011), pp. 69-84.


  • Fifty Years of Nigerian Independence: Governance in a multi-Ethnic Nation-State in The Australasian Review of African Studies volume 31 issue 2 December (2010), pp. 51-78.


  • Conflict, Religion and Ethnicity in the Post-Colonial Nigerian State in The Australasian Review of African Studies Volume 30 Issue 2 December (2009), pp. 47-67.


  • Ethnicity and the Dynamics of Political Transformation in Nigeria (SaarbrÈ•cken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011).


  • Lay Participation in the Life of the Church: A Case for Broadening of Ministry in the Church in Nigeria (Uyo, Nigeria: Wusen Publishers 2007).
  • The Church of Ministers: Understanding of Ministry in the Catholic Church Today (Uyo, Nigeria: Last Century Publishers, 2005).
  • A Failing Nigeria? The Political Transformation of Ethnicity in a West African State. Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Submitted to Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2002.