Dr. Patrick Mbajekwe is an associate professor of history and Co-Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for the Study of the African Diaspora. He received his MA from the University of Lagos and Ph.D. from Emory University. His areas of research include the social and economic history of colonial and post-colonial Africa, especially urban land and transformation in property rights in 20th and 21st century Africa. His recent publications include, “Commerce, Christianity and Urbanization: The Rise of Modern Onitsha, 1857-1899,” in Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu ed., Onitsha at the Millennium: Legacy, History and Transformation, (Endicott, NY: Africa Resource Press, 2013). He teaches courses on African and World History.