Dr. Boaz K. Onyancha

Boaz Karioki Onyancha,

Immediate Former Chairman,
Department of Philosophy, History and Religious Studies and Lecturer Religious Studies,

Egerton University, P.O. Box 536, EGERTON

Tel.+254 723 019 498

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Education

 

2010

Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies (Ph.D)

Egerton University

1989

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A)

University of Nairobi

1987

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (B.A)

University of Nairobi

 

Work experience

 

Nov. 2013- June 2017

Chairman, Department of Philosophy, History and Religious Studies

2012/2013

Participated in the Institutional Self Assessment and Accreditation Process leading to the award of Egerton University Charter.

2013

Member of Current 2014/2015 University Catalogue Review Team.

Sept. 2012-May 2013

Ag. Dean FASS, Egerton University

8/2/1991-todate

Lecturer, Religious Studies

Nov. 1989-Nov. 1991

Assistant Lecturer, Religious Studies

June 2011-todate

Member of FASS Research Committee

July 2011-Dec 2016

Chairman, BOG, Kenyenya Secondary School.

2012- 2014

Member of Board of Undergraduate Studies, Egerton University.

2006- 2016

Member of BOG, Riokindo Boys High School

RESEARCH

Co - authored a research Proposal with Prof. Mark Okere of Faculty of Education and ,Egerton University and others and won a research grant fom the government of the republic of Kenya worthy Kshs 20 million. This project is a multidisciplinary research involving three public Universities; Egerton, Kiratina and Garissa. The research targets ten selected counties namely; Machakos, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kisumu, Bomet, Garissa, Kisii, Homabay,Kakamega and Nyeri.

On going Research in Ten Counties in Kenya. Dr Onyancha is currently based in Machakos County.

Topic ; Status of Community Policing; Impact on Incidences of Criminal Activities, Mechanisms, Challenges and Policy Prospects in Selected Counties in Kenya

 

Papers and Books Published

1.

Onyancha, B.K. (2014) The Impact of Beliefs in Witchcraft and Magic on Attitude towards Sustainable Agricultural Productivity in Gucha District, Kenya.  Published in Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Vol. 3 (4) Nov. 2014. Pp.267-277

2.

Onyancha, B.K. (2015). Soccer Made in Africa: An arena for Magic, Witchcraft, Religion , Science and Implication on 19th century progress theory. –Published in Ruwaza Afrika Journal of Contemporary Research in Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol 2 No. 2 December, 2015.

3.

Onyancha B.K. (2013). Impact of Beliefs in Witchcraft on Attitude to Human Health in Gucha District, Kenya.  Published in Ruwaza Africa: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol. 2 No I Oct. 2013. Pgs: 12-27.

4.

Hellen M.Mukindia & Onyancha, B.K. (2013). Religious Cohabitation: African Traditional Religion and Christianity in the Methodist Church in Meru County, Kenya, in Ruwaza Africa: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.2 No:1: Oct. 2013.pp.28-49

5.

Onyancha,B.K (2015)Witchcraft and Africa’s development Crisis: And the Confessions of A witch. (Lambert Academic Publishing).

6.

Joseph Koech, Reuben Matheka and Boaz Onyancha (2015), “Religion and Politics: Examining the Life and Contribution of Bishop Alexander Muge to the Struggle for Social Justice in Kenya in the 1980s; Biographical and Historical Perspectives” International Journal of Development Research (IJDR), Vol. 5, Issue-05 pp. 4319-4322, May, 2015

7.

Mutava Munyao Benson, Boaz Karioki Onyancha Joshia O. Osamba (2015) “Religion and Development: The Redeemed Gospel Church and the Fight against HIV and AIDS in Kenya” Scholar’s Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, October 2015; 3(7B):1229-1233

8.

Kinyua Kiragu, Reuben M. Matheka and B.K. Onyancha “Gender Issues in African History of Freedom Struggle: The Case of Field Marshall Muthoni and the Mau Mau Movement of Kenya (1930-2015)” in JIARM V.4 Issue No.3 April, 2016.

9.

Bosire D.O., Onyancha, B.K. & Parstau, S.D. (2017) Role of Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church (PAG) in the Development of Education in Nyamira County, Kenya  in International Journal of  Social Science  and Humanities Research Vol.5, Issue 2, (508-514): April-June 2017

10

Everlyne C, Boaz K. Onyancha & Joshua O. Ayiemba (2017) The Influence of Christianity and Modernity On Youth Sexuality in Kisii Central Sub-County, Kenya in  Greener Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 7(2)May 2017

11

Victoria Nduku, Boaz Onyancha & Joshua Ayiemba (2016)  “Evaluting the Nature and Challenges to Pastoral Care in Catholic sponsored Schools in Nakuru Municipality, Nakuru County, Kenya” in International Journal  of Social Science Studies Vol. 4. No. 12 Dec.2016, pp.30-37

12

Richard Soi, Boaz Onyancha (2016)” Search for Participatory Leadership  in Management of  Church Resources in the Roman Catholic Church  With Particular Reference to  Kaplong Parish, Bomet County,Kenya” in  International  Journal of Innovative Research and Development Vol.5  Issue 13, pp.208-213

13

Hellen Kagwiria, Boaz K. Onyancha and Halkano A. Wario (2017) ' Resilience of African Traditional Religion as Evident in the Resurgent Roles , Practices and Activities of Njuri Ncheke in Meru County, Kenya ' Ruwaza Afrika: Journal of Contemporary Research in Humanities and Social Sciences , Vol. 5, Dec. 2017 Issue, pp. 224 -238

Unpublished Papers in waiting

14

Onyancha B.K (2017) ‘The Parable of the Good Samaritan Retold in Kenya: The Violence of Ethnicity and Corruption” submitted to editors for publication by Paulines Publishers  in a volume on Violence sponsored by Ecumenical Symposium of East African Theologians (ESEAT). Reviewed and accepted for Publication

15

Onyancha B.K (2017) “Emerging Church Leadership in Contemporary Africa: Theological and Biblical Reflections with Particular Reference to Kenya” submitted to editors for publication by Paulines Publishers  in a volume on  Leadership  sponsored by Ecumenical Symposium of East African Theologians (ESEAT) Reviewed and accepted for Publication

16

Onyancha, B.K. (2016) “Theological Conspiracy and Agrarian Dilemma in Post Colonial Kenya” submitted for Publication by the Sam Moyo Pan African Roundtable Dialogue in collaboration with Mafeje Institute on Land Reforms, UNISA, South Africa.

Unpublished Book

Onyancha, B.K. (2017) A life of Struggle: An Authorbiography

Teaching Manuals

1. Rest 100; Religion and Ethics in Society

2. HURI 100; Introduction to Human Rights (co-authored with members of PHR staff)

Graduate Students Supervision:

Master of Arts Students

1

James Karori, ‘The Role of Catholic Diocese of Nakuru in Peace Building in Molo, Nakuru County, Kenya. Graduated, 20th December, 2013

2

Joseph Ondieki, ‘The Role of the Church in Environmental Conservation with Reference to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kisii County’. Graduated, 21st December, 2012.

3

Hellen Mukindia, ‘Integration of African Traditional Religion and Culture in Christian Worship with Particular Reference to the Methodist Church of Kenya, Meru County’. Graduated, 26th July, 2013.

4

Joseph Koech, ‘Alexander Muge and the Struggle for Social Justice in Kenya, 1948-1990’.Graduated December 2014

5

Bosire Ongwae,  ‘The Role of the PAG Church in the Development of Education in Nyamira County, Kenya from 1938-2011’. To graduate june, 2017

6

Richard Soi, ‘Quest for Participatory Democracy in the Roman Catholic Church with Particular Reference to Kaplong Parish, Bomet County, Kenya’.Defended successfully to graduate Dec.2017.

7

Samuel Ombori, “Church Intervention Mechanisms in Teenage Pregnancy Phenomena in Suba District, Homa Bay County, Kenya”. The work in Thesis form.

8

Benson Mutava Munyao.  The role of the Redeemed Gospel Church and the Fight against HIV and AIDS in Katangi division of Machakos County, Kenya. Graduated December 2015

9

Francis Kariuki, “Assessment of Factors Affecting Repayment of Government Grants by Community Based Organizations of People Living with Disabilities in Nyandarua North District, Kenya” Graduated Dec.2014.

10

Susan Mwamodo, “Role of the Church in Community Development with Particular Reference to Kitengela Division, Kajiado County, Kenya”. The work in Thesis draft form.

11

Everlyne Chetambe, “Influence of Christianity and Modernity on Youth Sexuality in Kisii Central Sub-County, Kisii County, Kenya”. Thesis submitted for examination.

12

Victoria Kimunya NdukuThe Challenge of Pastoral Care in Roman Catholic Church Sponsored        Sec. Schools in Nakuru Municipality, Nakuru County”Graduated  Dec.2016

13

Patrick Kinyua Kiragu “A Biography of Field Marshall Muthoni Kirima of the Mau Mau Movement of Kenya 2030-2015”. Gradauted  Dec. 2016

Doctorate Students

Hellen Mukindia: “Resilience of  Traditional Religious Institutions and Practices in Kenya: The case of Njuri Njeke of Meru County, Kenya ”. Thesis Submitted for examination. Reports back waiting to defend.

Internal Examination of PhD Theses

1

Fred Juma, ‘Ethical Issues in the Management of HIV/AIDS Patients in Nakuru District, Kenya’.  (Internally Examined) - Graduated 20th June 2014.

2

Zaphania Marwa Muniko, “Gender-Labour Relations in Tobacco Productions and their Implications on Social-Economic Welfare in Kuria District, Kenya”.Defered

Conference proceedings and workshops attended

1.

2011:    Egerton University Consultancy Proposal Writing Workshop – ARC 23rd –    24th Feb 2011-Egerton University Gender Policy Workshop CMRT – 15th March 2011

2.

2010:     Mt. Kenya University 2nd Academic Conference, Rift Valley Sports Club  Nakuru ,  26th – 27th November, 2010.    Title  of paper “Witchcraft Belief; Grabbling with the problem of meaning”.

3.

2007:     Egerton University 2nd Research Week, 16th – 20th July 2007. Title of paper: “The Mungiki Factor and the Question of Social Justice in Kenya”.

4.

2006:     Egerton University 1st Research Week, 2006.

5.

2004:    Open Distance Learning, Material Writers Training Workshop Njoro Campus  Egerton, Title of paper“ Sequencing Ideas for Open Distance Learners’

6.

2003:   Instructional Material Writers Workshop: College of Distance Learning, Kenyatta Campus in conjunction with the University of South Africa – {UNISA} Mombasa, 21st – 27th September, 2003. See Doc 32

7.

2003:   Quality Academic Communication Workshop, held on 7th and 8th March 2003, Laikipia College Campus, Nyahururu – Egerton University.

8.

2003:   EATWOT Annual National Conference, St. Mary Pastoral Centre, Nakuru, August,             2003.

9.

2002:   EATWOT, Annual National Conference, 15th – 16th August, 2002, Limuru Kenya. Title of paper: “Political Leadership and Public Morality in Africa’ A theological Perspective.

10.

2000:   EATWOT Annual National conference 25th – 30th August 2000, Nairobi, Kenya.

11.

1996:   Pan Africa Theological Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, September, 1996.Title of paper “Recovery of African Image: A Theme in African Christian Theology of Reconstruction”.

12.

2011:   Consultancy proposal Writing Workshop, 23rd – 24th Feb. 2011, ARC Hotel, Egerton University.

13.

2012:   Research Methodology Workshop, facilitated by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and graced by Prof. Fan zyl of Witwatersrand University, South Africa.

14.

2012: AASR Conference Egerton University, ARC Hotel.

15.

2016: Egerton University International Conference and Expo March 30-April 1, 2016.  Paper presented is “The Parable of the Good Samaritan and its Implications on Governance in Kenya”.

16.

2016: Ecumenical Symposium of East African Theologians (ESEAT) Jinja Uganda 7- 10 April, 2016.  Two papers presented “What is happening to the Church in Contemporary Africa, Biblical Reflections on Contemporary Church Leadership in Africa” & “The Parable of the Good Samaritan Retold in Kenya: The Violence of Corruption and Ethnicity” (to be published in two different volumes by Paulines Publishers).

17.

2016; Pan African Round table Dialogue on land and Agrarian Conflicts in Post colonial Africa; University of south Africa, Pretoria 5th -9th September 2016. Paper read; “Theological Conspiracy   and Agrarian Dilemma in Post Colonial Kenya”.

18

Ecumenical Symposium of East African Theologians (ESEAT), Eldoret, Kenya 6th to 9th April 2017.

Membership in Professional Associations

1.

Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT) Oct 1998 to date.

2.

African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR).

3.

Ecumenical Symposium of East African Theologians (ESEAT)

Research interests

 

Anthropology of Religion

Religion and  Development

Psychology of Religion

Religion and Ethics

Research Methods in Humanities and social sciences,

Religion and Land Conflicts in Africa

Research Ethics and Public Policy

Academic Referees

Prof. J.N.K. Mugambi

University of Nairobi’

Dept of Philosophy and Religious Studies,

P.O.Box

Tel. 0722753227



Prof. M.O. Okere

Egerton University

Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Management

P.O.  Box 536

EGERTON