Veritas University Staff Directory

NJOKU Onwuka Ndukwe

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), 1966-67; (Civil war interruption), 1970-1972; BA (Hons.)

University of Birmingham, UK; MA (Economic History),1973-1974;

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, PhD (Economic History), 1983-1986.

Fellow, Historical Society of Nigeria


Academic Publications

  1. Books

1.  O. N. Njoku, MBUNDU of Angola [Commissioned by the Heritage Library of African Peoples]; New York: The Rosen Publishing Group Inc; 1997.

 2…., Ohafia: A Heroic Igbo Society. Owerri: Oyeoku Publishers, 2000.

3-----, Economic History of Nigeria, 19th and 20th Centuries. Enugu: Magnet Publishers, 2002.

4-------(ed.); Pre-colonial Economic History of Nigeria. Benin City: Ethiope Publishing Corporation, 2002.

5….. America since Lyndon Johnson: The Unfinished War against Poverty: The Nigerian Connection. Nsukka & Enugu: Chuka Educational Publishers,    2003.

6…. Ohafia: The Challenge of Our Time and The Way Forward. Owerri: Oyeoku Publishers, 2004.

7. ----- et al, Ibeku in Igbo History. Ibadan: Spectrum Books, 2006.

 8…….. & Obi Iwuagu (eds.), Topics on Igbo Economic History. Ikeja: 1st Academic Publishers, 2008.

9…….. Economic History of Nigeria, 19th - 21­­st Centuries. Nsukka: Great AP Express Publishers Ltd; 2013.

10.……… (ed), The Ohafia Spirit: Proceedings of the First-Ever Ohafia Day Celebration. Nsukka: Great AP Express Publishers Ltd; 2014.

Major Journal Articles

 11…. O. N. Njoku, “The Burden of Imperialism: The Nigeria War Relief Fund, 1939-1945”, TransAfrican Journal of History, vols.6&7, 1977-78:79-99.

12…..,“ Development of Roads and Road Transportation in  Southeastern  Nigeria,1903-            1939”, Journal of African Studies;[UCLA] Winter 1978; vol.5, No.4: 471-497.

13.…; “Oil Palm Syndrome in Nigeria: Government Policies and Indigenous Response, 1918-1935”, The Calabar Historical Journal, vol.2; No. 1, June 1978:78-98

14…., “Evolution of Produce Inspection in Nigeria up to 1936”, ODU: Journal of West African Studies, New Series, No. 19; Jan/July 1979:43-57.

15…., “Some Thought on the “Trust” System in Eastern Nigeria”, AFRIQUE et de`velopment/AFRICA development; Vol v; No. 2; 1980:37-49.

16.…., “The Efik and Their Plantation Economy. 1830-1915”, Nigerian Journal of the Humanities [University of Benin], No. 4; September, 1980:115-131.

17……,“Export Production Drive in Nigeria during the Second World War”, TransAfrican Journal of History, vol. 10 Nos.1&2, 1981: 11-27.

18.……, “Cross of Imperialism: The Nigeria War Relief Fund, 1939-1946”, The Herodotian,           [DELSU, Abraka]; vol.5, No.1; 1982:47-58.

19. …, “Ohafia Origins Reconsidered”; Ohafia Revew,1, 1, 1982.

20….. “The Producer in the Palm Oil Export of South-eastern Nigeria in the Era of ‘Legitimate Commerce”, The African Review, vol. 10, No.2; 1983: 63-76.

21…., “Patterns of Moving Traders’ Frontier in Eastern Nigeria, 1901-1939”, The African Historian (Ife), x, 1983/84:36-55.

22.…., “Awka and Early Iron Technology in Igboland: Myths, Probabilities and Reality”, ODU, New Series, 33, January, 1988:133-148.

 23………, “Archaeology and Igbo Culture History”, The Excavator; Maiden Issue [UNN], No.1; 1988:41-50

24…... “The Salt Industry of Ohaozara from its Genesis to1969”, Ikenga: Journal of African Studies [UNN], 5, 2. :7-19

25…..... “Agbaja Udi: Unsung Pioneers of Iron Working in Igboland”, Nsukka Journal of History, No. 1; Dec; 1989: 28-42.

 26…... “Traditional Technology and Nigeria’s Industrial Future: Reflections from the Field and History”, Humanitas: Abraka Journal of the Humanities, vol.1; No. 1; June1990:1-19.

27……,“Colonialism and the Decline of the Traditional Metal Industry of the Igbo,          Nigeria”, ITINERARIO: Journal of European Expansion, No2; vol.xv, 1991:59-78.

28…….“Magic, Religion and Iron Technology in Pre-colonial North-Western Igboland”, Journal of Religion in Africa, XX1, 3; 1991:194-215.  

29…….“Vocational Training of Our Fore-Fathers: Its Lesson Today”, The African Review, 19, 1&2, 1992:27-40.

30… “Divinities and Trade in Precolonial Nigeria”.HUMANITAS: Abraka Journal of the Humanities; vol. 3; No. 2; 1992: 1-19

31……, “Traces of Technology Diffusion in Precolonial Nigeria: The Igbo and Their Northern Neighbours”, Nigerian Heritage, 1; 1992:49-61.

32 ….“Broken Covenant: A Historical Reflection on the Nigerian Economy since Independence”, Indian Journal of African Studies,; No. 1; April1993:67-86.

33……“The Itinerant Igbo Smiths of Precolonial Nigeria”, Nsukka Journal of the Humanities, No.7; Dec. 1994:1-21

34…...,“Building Bridges in History through International and Comparative Studies: Nigeria and the United States of America”, Nsukka Journal of Humanities, No.10; June 1999:72-86.

 35……”Graduate Explosion and the Nigerian Economy: Problems and Prospects”, Journal of Liberal Studies (Henceforth JLS), 9, 1 & 2, 2001: 184-197.

 36-------“Misguided Optimism in the Birth of a New Nigeria: The Gowon Era, 1970-        1975”, UNZIK Journal of Arts and Humanities, 3, 2001: 100-125.

37------,“Women in Conflict Prevention and Resolution: A Historical Perspective of Nigeria”, JLS, 10, 2001.

38. -----, “Indigenous Science and Technology in Pre-colonial Nigeria: The Examples of   Medicare and Iron-working”, Nsukka Journal of the Humanities, 12, 2002: 21 – 40.

39-----“Youths and Governance in Igboland”, Humanities Review Journal (Ile-Ife) 3, 2, 2003: 15-27.

40------, “The Challenge to Change: The Nigerian Coastal States in the Era of ‘Legitimate             Commerce’”, NJH, 13, 2003: 49-63 .

 41------, “Ideals and Myths in the Making of the American Economy in the 19th century”. African Journal of American Studies, 1, 1, 2004: 161-171.

42 ----, “The Imperative and Challenge of Igbo History & Culture Studies”, Journal of Igbo Studies, Vol. 1, 2006: 13-18.

43…...”The Unfinished Project of Decolonizing African History: Focus on Nigeria”, Journal of African Politics and Society, 1, 2; 2012:1-20.

44……,”The Nigerian Economic History in Perspective: Towards Charting a New Course”, Nigerian Journal of Policy & Strategy (National Institute of Policy & Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru), 18.1; 2013:19-44.

45. …“Mass Poverty, Minority Affluence and Human Rights Predicament in Nigeria,1970-1999. Ikenga: Journal of Africa Studies(in press).

Book Chapters                                                        

46.……, “ West  Africa, 1800 to Present” in J. C. Menakaya, Report of Short in- Service Training for Teachers. Institute of Education, UNN, 1976.

 47………“The Igbo and their Southern Neighbours” in T. Falola & A. Adeniran (eds.), A            New History of Nigeria for Colleges, Ikeja: John West Publications; 1986:139-176

48., “Trading with the Metropolis: an Unequal Exchange” in Toyin Falola (ed.), Nigeria and Britain: Exploitation or Development? London: Zed Books, 1987:124-141.

49…….;“Contributions to War Efforts” in Falola (ed.), Nigeria and Britain: 164-185.

50…., “Economic Culture and History of Ndigbo before the 20th Century” in Edith           Ihekweazu (ed.), Readings in African Humanities: Traditional and Modern, Fourth Dimension Publishers: Enugu, 1987:15-27

51….., “Jaja of Opobo, c.1820/21-1891” in Deborah Klemzer (ed.). Historic World Leaders. Connecticut: Gale Research Inc; USA: 270-274

52…., “Nnamdi Azikiwe” in Klemzer (ed.) Historic World Leaders: 46-50

53…, “Igbo Economy and Society” in A. E. Afigbo (ed.), Groundwork of Igbo History; Lagos: Vista Books, 1992: Chapter 6

54……& F.N. Anozie, “High Point of Igbo Civiliation: The Nri Period” in Afigbo (ed.),   Groundwork; Chapter 9

55……& J.O.Ijoma, “High Points of Igbo Civilization: The Arochukwu Period” in Afigbo (ed), Groundwork, chapter 10.

56…, “The Igbo and the New Economic Order” in Afigbo (ed.), Groundwork; Chapter 17

57….., “The Igbo in Northrup’s Trade Without Rulers” in A. E. Afigbo (ed.) Image of the   Igbo: The View From Outside. Lagos: Vista Books, 1992; Chapter 6.

58…... “Technology in the Nineteenth-Century Nigeria: The Example of Iron Working” in          Toyin Falola & Ann O’Hear (eds), Studies in the Nineteenth-Century Economic History of Nigeria; Wisconsin-Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.

59. ------, “The Aro and Their Abam, Abiriba, Nkporo and Ohafia Neighbours” in U. O. Umozurike (ed.), The Aro Kingdom and Its Contributions to Civilization. Lagos: Fine Spectra Publications, 2000: 71-85: 47-54.

60. -------, “Government and Economic Transformation in 19th Century USA: Some            Thoughts for Nigeria”, in Oyin Ogunba (ed), The Empowerment of the Civil Societies in a Democracy: Nigeria and the USA. Ile-Ife: Anchor Print Ltd; 2000: 148-162.

61. --------, “Era of Misguided Good Feeling: Yakubu Gowon and the Birth of a New Nigeria, 1970-1975” in L. A. Nwachukwu and G. N. Uzoigwe (eds.), Troubled Journey: Nigeria since the Civil War. Dallas: University Press of America, 2000.

62. …., “Underpinnings of the Trade between the Igbo and their Northern and Southern Neighbours in Pre-colonial Times” in Olutayo C. Adesina (ed.) Change and Development in African Trade and Politics: Essays in Honour of Prof. K. O. Dike. Ibadan: University Press, 2002, Chapter 6.

63-----, “From Ethnic Consciousness to Ethnic Nationalism: The Nigerian Example” in J. Onuoha and P. U. Okpoko (eds.), Ethnic Nationalism and Democratic Consolidation: Perspectives from Nigeria and the USA, Nsukka: Great AP Express Publishers, 2004: 59-75.

64. ----------, “Introduction: A Survey of the Landscape” to Pre-colonial Economic History of Nigeria, Njoku (ed.), op cit, 1-5.

65-------, “Towards an Agricultural History of West Africa: The Igbo Example” in Njoku (ed), Pre-colonial Economic History…; 7-22.

66--------, “Aspects of Indigenous Science and Technology in Precolonial Nigeria” in Njoku (ed), Pre-colonial Economic History: 225-237.

67---------, “Nigeria: World War II” in Kevin Shillington (ed.) Encyclopedia of African Economic History, Vol. 2, Fitzroy Dearborn, New York & London, 2005: 118-119.

68----------, “Nigeria: Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural development” in Shillington (ed), Encyclopedia…; Vol. 2: 118-119.

69-----------,“Nigeria: Industry, Oil, (and) Economy” in Shillington(ed), Encyclopedia…; op          cit; Vol. 3, 2005: 1119-1121.

70.-------,“Royal Niger Company, 1886-1898”in Shillington(Ed), Encyclopedia…; op cit;       Vol. 3: 1292-1293.

71------, “Slavery: Trans-Saharan Trade” in Shillington (Ed), Encyclopedia…; Vol. 3: 1384-1386.

72………, “A Synoptic Overview” in Falola (ed), Igbo History and Society: The Essays of Adiele Afigbo. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2005:31 -41.

73…... “Manufacture and Trade in Igbo Culture” in Njoku and Iwuagu (eds.) Topics on Igbo        Economic History; 2008:47-76

74. ……, “Women in Traditional Igbo Economy” in E. J. Otagburuagu & A. E. Afigbo (eds.), New Brides, More Hopes: Igbo Women in Socio-Economic Change. Nsukka: Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, 2008: 108- 124

75…, “Exploring a Darkly Tunnel: 26 Years of Afigbo at Nsukka, 1966-1992” in Toyin Falola and Adam Paddock (eds.), Emergent Themes and Methods in African Studies: Essays in Honor of Adiele E. Afigbo. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2009.

76 ……., “Reality and Mystique: Igbo Perception of Blacksmiths in Pre-colonial Times” in E. J. Otagburuagu, A. E. Afigbo & J. T. Omenma (eds.), Readings in African Studies, (a publication of the Institute of African Studies, UNN;) Enugu: Benak Ventures, 2010: 77-9.

77.……., “A Brief Profile of Ohafia” in Njoku (ed), The Ohafia Spirit..: 23-29. [Po

78…….., “Ohafia Unity in Distress: How Come? Isi Ekpe Owale? What next?” in Njoku (ed), The Ohafia Spirit..: 75-93.

79. ……“Okon Uya @ 70: Matters Arising” in David L. Imbua, Stella A. Attoe, Christopher B.N.Ogbogbo and Yakubu A. Ochefu (eds)) Okon Uya at 70: Issues in Historiography, Nation-Building and African Diaspora. Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2016