Dr. Chris S. Orngu, Diplomatic Historian and Scholar of International Relations & Strategic Studies, is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is a versatile scholar with a multiple educational training acquired from the following institutions: the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the Benue State University, Makurdi and the National Teachers Institute, Kaduna. He teaches Diplomatic History and International Relations at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Benue State University where he has supervised/is currently supervising a good number of M.A. Dissertations and PhD Theses in the History Department of the same University.
Dr Orngu obtained his Doctorate with a special bias in Diplomatic History in 2009. As the fifth PhD graduate of the Department of History, Benue State University, he was the first doctoral product to be harvested by the same department. He joined the academic staff list of Benue State University in 2010 as Lecturer II and has progressively risen to the rank of Senior Lecturer. He has held/holds the following positions of responsibility, among others, in the University: Member/Secretary, History Departmental Committee on Seminars, Publications, National and International Conferences (2010-Date); Member/Secretary, History Departmental Board, BSU (2010-2015); Member/Secretary, Post Graduate Board of History Department, BSU (2010-2014); Coordinator/Examination Officer, Sandwich Programme in the Department of History, BSU (2013-2015); Coordinator, Sub-Degree/Diploma Programme in Nigerian Cultural Studies (2012-2015); Member, Academic Board of the Centre for Continuing Education, BSU (2012-2015); Course Coordinator, General Studies (GST 113 – Nigerian Peoples and Culture) (2015-Date); and Deputy Director, Centre for Peace and Development Studies, BSU (2016-2019). Membership of University Committees includes: BSU Ad Hoc Committee for the Development of Centre for International Trade through the World Trade Organization (2016); BSU Standing Committee on Inaugural and Other Distinguished University Public Lectures (2016-Date); and BSU Management Tracer Committee on the University Alumni (2016-Date), Chairman, BSU Management Examination Monitoring Committee (2017-Date) and Member, Management Committee to Investigate Conduct of Examination in the Department of Educational Foundations from 2015-2017 (2018).
As a dynamic scholar, Dr Orngu is strategically located in the realm of international scholarship, having attended and presented scholarly papers at several international conferences in both the northern and southern hemispheres. He is a functional member of the Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN), and a Resource Person, International Centre for Ethno-Religious Mediation, New York, USA. Dr Orngu is also a Resource Person, the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy, Lagos, Nigeria and is currently a serving member of the Events and Ceremonies Committee of the Historical Society of Nigeria.
Dr Orngu is a highly productive academic with an enviable publication profile of over fifty scholarly published works, including a number of commissioned works to his credit. He has convened several national and international conferences that have served as platforms for intellectual interface among scholars of various academic orientations. These and other important national and international academic engagements afford a vivid illustration of his intellectual productivity.
Dr Orngu is an active researcher with a credible multidisciplinary equipage in research methodology. He has, over the years, actively engaged himself in a wide range of research activities that cut across socio-political conflicts, Nigeria’s external relations, political economy of gas and oil exploitation in Nigeria, Nigeria’s national security, globalization and development history, imperialism and the dialectics of economic diplomacy in Africa, African historiography, United States foreign policy in Africa, international economic relations, international organizations, foreign direct investment in post-colonial Africa, among others.
Dr Orngu is a social activist and a pro-active member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Benue State University Branch, where he has served on a number of Committees. He was the ASUU Welfare Committee Chairman of the Branch from 2011-2016. He also served as Member/Secretary of ASUU-BSU Committee on Accumulated Leave of Academic Staff in May 2015 and has also served as member of ASUU-BSU Thrift Building Committee.
Dr Orngu is married to Mrs Comfort Orngu. The marriage is blessed with children. His hobbies are: reading, trekking and listening to music.