Department of Politics and International Studies
Professor Christopher Afoke Isike is an associate professor at
UNIZULU, an author and rated researcher, and a political analyst for 1KZN TV in Richards Bay and the Zululand Observer, for which he contributes a political opinion page.
He obtained his first Political Science degree in 2000 from University of Benin in Nigeria and also holds a B.Sc. Honours in Political and Public Administra-tion, an M.Sc in International Relations, all from the same university, and a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In addition, he obtained a Certificate in Public Relations and participated in various short training courses at different universities, including the University of Johannes-burg and the University of Ilorin in Nigeria.
Prof Isike started his academic career at the University of Benin before moving to South Africa where he took up a position as a lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He started working at UNIZULU as a political science lecturer in 2009, teaching undergraduate 2nd year students as well as postgraduate stu-dents.
Prof Isike is an excellent researcher and has already published 30 research articles, which earned him an NRF rating at the C3 level. He is currently conducting research in pre-colonial gender relations in Africa. The project focuses on women in different countries who are forced into marriage at an early age either by cultural practice or belief systems. Prof Isike is working alone in this project but also relies on some assis-tance from Master’s and Honours students. He hopes to finish the research in three years’ time.