Year in Program: 2
Fields: African History
Advisor: Prof. Walter Hawthorne
Committee: Walter Hawthorne, Peter Alegi and Pero Dagbovie
Research Languages: Igbo and English Languages
Educational Background: B.A. (Ibadan); B.A. (Nigeria)
Ozibo Ozibo Ekele is a graduate student of African History in the Department of History, Michigan State University (MSU). I am advised by Professors Walter Hawthorne, Peter Alegi and Pero Dagbovie.
My research interest explores the socio-economic transformations and continuity in the Nigerian Niger Delta region during the “longue durée” from the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the Legitimate (Palm Oil) Trade in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Before moving to the U.S. in August 2019, I worked as an investigative journalist and political reporter with an Abuja-based, leading Nigerian newspaper, Daily Trust, where I covered the Nigerian Parliament (National Assembly).
In 2016, I graduated with a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in History from Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, becoming the first person to so graduate from the Department of History since the foundation of the university in 1948.
For breaking a 69-year-old academic jinx, I was bestowed with twelve academic prizes, including the distinguished “University Scholar Award,” which entitled me to an M.A. scholarship at the University of Ibadan.
In addition, I also hold a B.A. in Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. As an interdisciplinary scholar, I aspire to become a professor of History and African Studies committed to research, scholarship and training of Africanist historians. I am fluent in Igbo and English languages.