Rev. Emmanuel Ojeifo is in the World Religions and World Church doctoral program in the Department of Theology. He is a Roman Catholic priest of the archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. Prior to coming to Notre Dame in 2021, he served as private secretary to Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja and as a chaplain at the chapel of Lux Terra Leadership Foundation Abuja, Nigeria. He earned an MSc in Science and Religion as a Kirby Laing International Scholar at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity (2019) and an MA Religion in Global Politics at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (2018). He also holds a BA Theology from the Pontifical Urban University Rome (2012) and BA Philosophy from the University of Ibadan (2008).
Emmanuel has broad research interests in political and liberation theologies in Africa; religion, civil society, and democracy; religion and development; and interreligious dialogue and peace-building. His doctoral research at Notre Dame hopes to explore the eschatological significance of politics from a comparative Catholic-Muslim dialogical perspective. He has published op-eds on issues in religion, politics, and society in Nigeria’s national newspapers and has also authored three books.