Growing up in rural Africa, I often asked why Africa remains poor and underdeveloped despite the abundance of natural resources in the continent. How can we understand and explain Africa’s development crisis? I write and speak passionately about the work I do because it addresses real and practical problems that over a billion people face in Africa.

I am an assistant professor of Global African History and the author of The Second Colonial Occupation: Development Planning and the Legacies of British Rule in Nigeria.  My next book is, Rush to Failure: Modernization and US Cold War Policy in Africa.

I also research, write, tweet, and speak on African conflicts, politics, and religions. My writing has appeared in several newspapers and sites including the HuffPost.