History Department
History Department

Ogechukwu Ezekwem

M.A. History, University of Texas at Austin

Ogechukwu Ezekwem



African History; Maternal Health and Reproduction; History of Medicine; African Diaspora; Medicine in African American History; Indigenous Health Systems; Nigeria-Biafra War (History, Literature, and Representation)


Ogechukwu Ezekwem is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, University of Texas at Austin. She obtained her Master's degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor’s degree in History and International Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Nigeria (UNN). She received the Best Graduating Student award in the History department at UNN. Her doctoral dissertation examines the shifts from traditional midwifery to hospital births and faith-based birthing homes in colonial Nigeria. It highlights the continued influence of religion, culture, and traditional values on birthing practices. Her dissertation research has been funded by the University of Texas at Austin and the Rockefeller Archives Center. She recently co-edited a book, "Writing the Nigeria-Biafra War."




Book and Book Chapters

Writing the Nigeria-Biafra War (edited with Toyin Falola) (Suffolk: James Currey, 2016)

“Scholarly Trends, Issues, and Themes: An Introduction,” (with Toyin Falola) Writing the Nigeria-Biafra War, edited with Toyin Falola(Suffolk: James Currey, 2016)

“Consequences of the First World War in Africa,” (with Toyin Falola) in The World during the First World War. Helmunt Bley and Anorthe Kremers (eds.) (Germany: Klartext Verlag, 2014)

“A Blur Between the Spiritual and the Physical: Birthing Practices among the Igbo of Nigeria in the 20th Century,” Childbirth and Spirituality in Late Modern to Contemporary Society,edited by Morag Martines and Marianne Delaporte (Maryland: Lexington Books, 2017, forthcoming)

Journal Article

“Art, Parody, Politics, and the Production of dele jegede’s Intellectual Space,” (with Ben Weiss, and Daniel Jean-Jacques), Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture, Vol. 9, Issue 1, February 16, 2015, 59-71

Encyclopedia Entries

“Burkina Faso,” Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society, edited by Toyin Falola and Daniel Jean-Jacques (California: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2016)

“Africa,” (with Toyin Falola) Dictionary of American History Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to Present, edited by Edward J. Blum (Michigan: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2016)

“Amazons, Dahomey Female Warriors,” Encyclopedia of African Colonial Conflicts, edited by Timothy Stapleton (California: ABC-CLIO, LLC, forthcoming, 2017)

“Anglo-Asante Wars of 1874,” Encyclopedia of African Colonial Conflicts, edited by Timothy Stapleton (California: ABC-CLIO, LLC, forthcoming, 2017)

Book Reviews

The Medical War: British Military Medicine in the First World War, The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies, No. 11, Fall 2015

African Diasporic Women’s Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival, and Citizenship, Women Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 44, Issue 3, (2015): 428-431

Africa and the War on Drugs, Journal of Retracing Africa, Vol. 2, Issue 1, (2015): 80-82                                                                                                 

The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa. URL: https://notevenpast.org/the-dual-mandate-in-british-tropical-africa-by-frederick-john-dealtry-lugard-1965/

The Making of Man-Midwifery: Childbirth in England 1660-1770. URL: https://notevenpast.org/the-making-of-man-midwifery-childbirth-in-england-1660-1770-by-adrian-wilson-1995/