EDUCATION

PhD History     Yale University                                                                                        2021 - to date

Whitney Center of Humanities Fellow for Environmental  Humanities   2021-2022

MPhil  African Studies      University of Cambridge                                                       2021

Dissertation: The Material Culture of Chief Nana Olomu 


M.A.  World History and Cultures    King’s College, London                                        2019

Dissertation: “ The Gendered Dynamics of Authority among Itsekiri Elites; pre colonial to postcolonial”
 

B.A. History          Wesleyan University                                                                             2018
Thesis: "Kingdom in the Creeks: An Early History of the Warri Kingdom."


Year Abroad Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies),                                         2017

 

Conference Papers & Presentations

“ Reading African Agency in an 18th Century French Trader’s Memoirs” 18th Century Africa Conference, Cambridge University Centre for research in the Arts, Social sciences and humanities (CRASSH) ,10th June 2021

“ The Military looting of Itsekiri Cultural Heritage” Session 1, Punitive Expeditions, Looting and the collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Devolving Restitution Workshop, Oxford University 9th June 2021

“Nigerian heritage, memorialisation, and the legacies of colonialism: The Case of an Itsekiri Chief”     Cambridge University Heritage & Colonialism Discussion Group , 9th February 2021


Lecture “Conflict in the Creeks ; A study of contestations for power within the Warri Kingdom 1848-1894” at third annual conference for MOII December 30th 2019


“Education and Motherhood; The Itsekiri experience” , Innovation, Invention and Memory in Africa: IV CHAM [Centro de Humanidades - Universidade Nova de Lisboa] International Conference, Lisbon, 17-20 July 2019


“Three Olus: Symbolism and Exchange in the Early Modern History of the Warri Kingdom, 1597-1653”,     Greater New York African History Workshop, Columbia University, March 2018


Davenport Research Grant, Public Affairs Center, Wesleyan University, Summer 2017

Granted $3,000 to carry out archival research in England, France, and Portugal and oral history research in Nigeria

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

“ Nigerian Cultural Heritage Abroad, the case of an Itsekiri Chief” in Royal Historical Society’s Writing Race series. 28th June 2021

https://blog.royalhistsoc.org/2021/06/28/nigerian-cultural-heritage-abroad-the-case-of-an-itsekiri-chief/

 

 

“Pour une histoire genrée du Royaume de Warri” in Libération Africa4 Regards croisés sur L’Afrique 21/05/2020

https://www.liberation.fr/debats/2020/05/21/pour-une-histoire-genree-du-royaume-de-warri-au-nigeria_1815614/


Museum Of Ode-Itsekiri Initiative      Executive Board member/ Consulting Historian           2016-Present


● Founding member of an organisation that focuses on preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the Itsekiri people of the Warri Kingdom. Administrator for the online Facebook group of 700 members that acts as a digital archive.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/364897703932309/

 

Book Manuscript. Kingdom in the Creeks : The Origin of the Warri Kingdom (Quramo Publishing Limited, Forthcoming Summer 2021)

 

Extracurricular Activities

Moderator; African Literature Book Club at Cambridge African Studies Library. 2020-2021

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