Eric Kesse

I am a doctoral student in African History, advised by Professor Nwando Achebe. My doctoral research will investigate the history of the Nzulezu community (and its people) in southwestern Ghana. This community is one of the few communities in West Africa that is built on stilts, and situated in the middle of a Lake called Tadane. My research will span precolonial through colonial and post-colonial periods, tracing the origin(s) of the people of Nzulezu and how the community has developed over the course of time. The research will touch on themes like migration, Atlantic slave trade, and environmental change.

Educational/Research Background:

In 2016, I obtained a Master’s degree in International Studies (with concentration in African Studies) at Ohio University. At Ohio University, my professional project analyzed the nature of Boko Haram’s terrorist activities in West Africa, and how the group has been combated since its inception.  In 2012, I completed a BA in African Studies at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. While at the University of Cape Coast, I joined a team of researchers from the African Studies Department to conduct ethnographic studies in rural communities like Efutu and Eguafo, all in southern Ghana. I also conducted a field research on the effects of ethno-politics on presidential elections in Asawase Constituency in Kumasi, Ghana.

Year in Program: 1

Fields: African History (West Africa), Comparative Black History, World History

Advisor: Professor Nwando Achebe

Research Languages: Akan (Asante Twi, Akuapem, & Fante)

Email: kesse@msu.edu