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Sixtus is a postgraduate researcher currently immersed in his Ph.D. journey at the School of Area Studies, University of Portsmouth. Additionally, he holds membership in the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). His Ph.D. programme is generously supported by the esteemed ESRC South Coast DTP fully funded Studentship Award. Sixtus's Ph.D. research delves into a crucial topic: "Exploring ways of preventing Sexual Abuse of Internally Displaced (Vulnerable) Women and Girls in Nigeria, drawing insights from the COVID-19 experience." In his investigation, he is meticulously evaluating the role of external assistance  from NGOs and internal support from local communities in finding lasting solutions. This work not only underscores his dedication to understanding and alleviating the challenges faced by vulnerable populations but also represents a significant step in his mission to drive positive change and make a difference. His fascination with this research area stems from his extensive background in international development issues, as evidenced by his MSc degree in International Development

In his previous role as a Research Associate at a Think Tank  in Nigeria (Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa), he gained invaluable real-world research experiences by collaborating on many development research projects in Africa around education, gender, and youth empowerment. Some of the projects he worked on were research projects funded by FCDO, UK  (RISE Project), such as  Learning Trajectories  and Surveys of Enacted Curriculum . His diverse background equips him with a holistic perspective in his research endeavours, making him a promising scholar in the field of International Development.



Sixtus started his PhD journey in October 2023 through a studentship award from the ESRC. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Portsmouth in BA (Hons) Economics and Management in 2016 and was awarded first-class honours. After his graduation, he moved back to Nigeria and worked as a research assistant in the economics department at Federal University, Wukari, for about a year. Later, he transitioned to a college, where he not only headed the Social Sciences Department but also lectured on Economics and Business modules. During his tenure at the college, he pursued the MSc International Development degree through distance learning at the University of Portsmouth, completing it with a distinction in 2021.

After completing his  MSc, he joined a Think Tank in Nigeria, the "Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA)" as a research associate in January 2022, where he spent close to two years working on different development research projects across Africa. 

Research Interests

Sixtus is  interested in research that sheds light on the challenges that confront development in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on issues such as:

  • Gender Inequality & Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
  • Development Aid Delivery & NGO Effectiveness
  • Human Capital Development (education, income, health)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

MSc, International Development


Award Date: 30 Jun 2021

BA (Hons), Economics and Management


Award Date: 29 Jun 2016

External positions

Research Associate , Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA)

Jan 2022Sept 2023

Economics & Business University foundation/A-level tutor, Regent College

Jan 2021Dec 2021

Head of Department "Social Sciences" & Economics tutor, Aduvie Pre-University College

Sept 2018Dec 2020

Research Assistant, Federal University Wukari

Jan 2017Jan 2018