Thesis 2022

Specialization: Study of Religion

Albinism in Cameroon : How persons living with albinism experience social exclusion in Cameroon

This study aims to study persons living with albinism (PWA) experiences in Cameroon through the lens of social exclusion. PWA suffers from different forms of social exclusion in Cameroon because of the lack of Melanin. Studying their experiences with melanin people in Cameroon reveals that their lack of melanin (albinism) is a focal reason for their experiences of social exclusion. The difference in skin creates adaptation and socialisation problems, with many myths and misconceptions surrounding PWA that have spread over the years within many African Communities. They are viewed as ghosts and nonhuman by the melanin people who consider themselves humans. One of the main findings of this study is that albinism in Cameroon remains a misunderstood phenomenon, and many people do not understand the complex experiences of PWA in Cameroon. PWA continue to be ridiculed unconsciously due to a lack of knowledge of melanin people in Cameroon.

This is a thesis summary of three blog posts focused on the issues of Albinism in Cameroon. This non-traditional thesis offers a novel way of conducting academic research. It is inspired by the article-based research style used in most PhD theses in Finland.

Specialization: Study of Religion

Social Exclusion of the Yoruba Traditional Priest : “Babalawo” through the lens of the Child Naming Ceremony

This thesis examines the impact of Christianity on the practice of naming ceremony among the Yorubas of Southwestern Nigeria. The study explores how the traditional priests-Babalawo, who was once the officiating priest for naming ceremonies,, are now being excluded from the practice. In doing so, the study explored the differences and similarities between Christianity and the Yoruba religion.

The research findings demarcate the differences and similarities in the host communities. The study also established that peaceful co-existence between the two religions was exemplary, and their collective impact on both communities was praise-worthy in terms of the promotion of social cohesiveness. The provision of certain primary data on past and recent literature collection and observations were made. Recommendations were given to basically strengthen the maintenance and entrenchment of the respect of freedom of worship and belief, and possible method of resolution to be applied in any religious conflict that may arise in both communities being studied.