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Dr. Imbua David Lishilinimle

Senior Lecturer
History and International Studies
dimbua@unical.edu.ng

David L. IMBUA is an award-winning Lecturer at the Department of History and International Studies, University of Calabar. He was the overall best student in the 2001/2002 graduating class of the University of Calabar, a feat which earned him an offer of automatic employment by the University as lecturer in the Department. He was the winner of Nigerian Breweries Plc & NYSC prize for the best writer in 2003 when he did his National Youth Service in Maiduguri, Borno State. He has been quite prolific in scholarly output and in participation in academic conferences, seminars and symposia around the world. He has also organized a number of international conferences which have over the years attracted scholars from various continents of the world. Papers from the last one have recently been published by Africa World Press in New Jersey, USA, under the title Calabar on the Cross River: Historical and Cultural Studies (2017). He is the lead-editor of the book. Dr. Imbua is the author of several books, which traverse history and historical fiction, book chapters and articles in learned national and international journals. Some of his books have won various national and international awards and commendations. The last in this regard is his Intercourse and Crosscurrents in the Atlantic World: Calabar-British Experience, 17th – 20th Centuries (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2012) which won the Lapai Book Prize for Outstanding Historical Text in International History in 2015. Dr Imbua has carried out various assignments for UNESCO and currently a contributor to the UNESCO project, General History of Africa. Apart from this, he collaborates with internationally acclaimed historians in various lands on various projects. A widely travelled scholar, Dr. Imbua has permitted the translation of some of his works into some other international and local languages for the benefit of the speakers of those languages.

David L. Imbua, Paul E. Lovejoy and Randy J. Sparks.The Notorious Massacre at Calabar in 1767. Trenton: The Red Sea Press, 2017.


David L. Imbua, Paul Lovejoy and Ivor L. Miller, Eds. Calabar on the Cross River: Historical and Cultural Studies. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2017.


David L. Imbua, Intercourse and Crosscurrents in the Atlantic World: Calabar-British Experience, 17th – 20th Centuries. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2012.


David Imbua, Otoabasi Akpan, Ikechuckwu Amadi and Yakubu Ochefu, Eds. History, Culture, Diasporas and Nation Building: The Collected Works of Okon Edet Uya. Bethesda: Arbi Press, 2012.


Dave Imbua, Across the Atlantic. (Revised Edition) Bethesda, Maryland: Arbi Press, 2011.


David L. Imbua, Obar A. Irom and Otora O. Agbor, Europe and the Wider World: A Reader. Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2018.


David L. Imbua, Sandy O. Onor and Patrick O. Odey. A Companion to African History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2017.


David L. Imbua, Stella A. Effah-Attoe, Christopher B. N. Ogbogbo and Yakubu Ochefu, Eds. Okon Uya at 70: Issues in Historiography, Nation-Building and the African Diaspora. Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2016.


David L. Imbua. Slavery, Slave Trade and the African Diaspora. Lagos: Serenity Publishers, 2012. Second Edition Published by Aboki Press, Makurdi, 2018.


Joseph A. Ushie and David Imbua. Essays on the History, Language and Culture of the Bendi. Ibadan: Kraft Publishers, 2011.


Dave Imbua Failed Expectations. Calabar: University of Calabar Press, 2010.


Dave Imbua Across the Atlantic. Calabar: University of Calabar Press, 2006.


David L. Imbua, “From Captives to Heroes: Liberated Africans at Calabar,1850-1920.” UNESCO’S General History of Africa, Volume IX (Forthcoming).


David L. Imbua, “The Politics of Abolition at Calabar.1805-1858.” Calabar on the Cross River: Historical and Cultural Studies. Eds David Imbua, Paul Lovejoy and Ivor L. Miller. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2017: 137-154.


David L. Imbua and Isaac Ishamali, “Memories of the Nigerian Civil War among the Bette-Bendi of Old Obudu Division.” The Nigerian Civil War: Narratives from some Border Communities. Ed. Donald O. Omagu and Sandy O. Onor. London: Bahiti and Dalila Publishers, 2016: 66 – 91.


David L. Imbua, “Okon Edet Uya and Afro-Centric Reconstruction of the African-American Past.” Okon Uya at 70: Issues in Historiography, Nation-Building and the African Diaspora. Eds. David L. Imbua, Stella A. Effah-Attoe, Christopher B. N. Ogbogbo and Yakubu A. Ochefu. Makurdi: Aboki Publishers, 2016: 70-93.


David L. Imbua, “Mosop and Rights Claims: Reflections on the Relative Deprivation Theory of Social Movements.” Territoriality, Citizenship and Peace building: Perspectives on Challenges to Peace in Africa. Ed. Kelechi Kalu, Ufo Okeke Uzodike, David Kraybill and John Moolakkattu. London: Adonis and Abbey Publishers, 2013: 335-360.


David L. Imbua, “Nigeria at 54: ‘The best Man policy’ in Colonial Calabar Remember.” Harvests from the Gown: Festschrift in Honour of Professor Comfort M. Ekpo, Volume 2. Eds. Michael Afolabi and Joseph A. Ushie. Uyo: Flypapers Printing House, 2014: 567-584.


David L. Imbua and Patrick O. Odey, “Political Systems in Nigeria: Pre-Colonial Times to I960.” Current Development in Social Studies Education. Eds. Edinyang, S. D., Meziobi, D. I., Igba, D. I. and Yaro K. L. Lagos: Graphic Frame Publishers, 2014: 196-222.


David L. Imbua and Patrick O. Odey, “Africa Before European Contact.” Selected Issues in Social Studies Education. Ed. Edinyang, S. D., Mezieobi, D. I. and Ubi, I. E. Calabar: Maesot and Company, 2013: 192 – 208.


David L. Imbua and Grace M. Brown, “The Democratic Project in Nigeria since 1999: Some Matters Arising from Francis Fukuyama’s the End of History and the Last Man.” International Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Work Place Ergonomics in Africa. Vol. II, Issues 4 and 5 (December 2017): 01-12.


David L. Imbua, “The Ordeal of the Nigerian Historian and the Crisis of Development.” Perspectives in African Historical Studies. Ed. Ojong Echum Tangban and Chukwuma C. C. Osakwe. Kaduna: Pyla-Marks Services Ltd, 2013: 29-45.


David L. Imbua and Ekwutosi E. Offiong, “Cosmopolitanism, Urbanism and Ethnicity in Calabar Metropolis: The Challenge of Heritage.” Urbanisation and Infrastructure in Nigeria Since the 20th Century. Ed. Abdullahi. M-Ashata. Kaduna: Hammerhead Print House, 2011: 131-150.


David L. Imbua, “Understanding Globalization Through the Prism of Slavery.” New Perspectives on West African History. Eds. P. U. Omeje and U. U. Okonkwo. Enugu: Madonna University Press, 2013: 78-93.


David L. Imbua and Patrick O. Odey, “Africa in the Slavery and Slave Trade Era.” Selected Issues in Social Studies Education. Ed. Edinyang, S. D., Mezieobi, D. I. and Ubi, I. E. Calabar: Maesot and Company, 2013:209-231.


David L. Imbua, “Pan-Africanism” African Political Philosophy. Ed. Godfrey O. Ozumba and Elijah Okon John. Uyo: El-johns Publishers, 2012: 83-100.


David L. Imbua, “Religious Conflicts and Nigeria’s Development Since 1960.” Historical Perspectives on Nigeria’s Post-Colonial Conflicts. Ed. Olayemi Akinwumi, Sati Fwatshak and Okpeh O. Okpeh. Lagos: Unimark, 2007: 164-170.


David L. Imbua, “African Cultural Presence in Brazil.” History and Citizenship: Essays in Honour of Okon Edet Uya. Ed. I. R. Amadi, Ini Udoka and Yakubu Ochefu, Calabar: University Press, 2005: 348 – 364.


David L. Imbua and Grace M. Brown, “Re-Engineering Pan-African Cultural Studies in the Black Atlantic.” International Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Work Place Ergonomics in Africa. Vol. II, Issues 4 and 5 (December 2017): 13-21.


David L. Imbua and Sandy O. Onor, “King Eyo Honesty II of Calabar: Slave Trader, Abolitionist, and Modernizer, 1800-1858.” Ofo: Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Volume 6, Number 1 (June 2016): 21-46.


David L. Imbua, “British Colonial Education in Calabar: The Hedge School Policy as Standard for Education in Contemporary Nigeria.” Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation.Volume 5, Issue 1 (2016): 79-106.


David L. Imbua and Stella Effah-Attoe, “Re-Engineering the Pan-Africanist Vision in the Black Atlantic.” Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities. Vol. V, Issue III, 2015:14-23.


David L. Imbua, “Old Calabar Merchants and the Off-Shore British Community,1650 – 1750.” Paideuma: Mitteilungen Zur Kulturkunde. Vol. 59,2013: 51 – 75.


David L. Imbua, “Robbing Others to Pay Mary Slessor. Unearthing the Authentic Heroes and Heroines of the Abolition of Twin-Killing in Calabar.” Journal of African Economic History. Vol. 41, 2013:141-161.


David L. Imbua and Patience O. Erim, “Expatriate Researchers and the Historiography of Calabar,1650 – 1960: A Reappraisal.” Journal of Social Sciences.Vol. 30, No. 2, February, 2012: 165-170.


Patience O. Erim and David L. Imbua, “Women in the Colonial Economy of the Cross River Area of Nigeria, 1900 – 1950.” Journal of Social Sciences.Vol. 30, No. 2, February, 2012:171-181.


David L. Imbua, “Le Vieux-Calabar et al traite des esclaves.” Cahiers des: Anneaux de la Mémoire L’Afrique centrale atlantique n.14. Nantes 2011:183-204.


Preye K. Inokoba and David L. Imbua, “Vexation and Militancy in the Niger Delta: The Way Forward”. Journal of Human Ecology: International Interdisciplinary Journal of Man-Environment Relationship. Vol. 29, No. 2. February, 2010:101-120.


David L. Imbua, “The Role of Sierra Leoneans in the Development of Calabar, 1850-1960”. DRUMSPEAK: International Journal of Research in the Humanities. Vol. 2 No. 3, December 2009: 178-197.


David L. Imbua and Winifred E. Akoda, “Globalization and the Search for New Markets: Lessons from the Past.” Tropical Focus: The International Journal Series on Tropical Issues. Vol. 9, No. 2, May 2008: 140 – 151.


David L. Imbua, Patience O. Erim and Grace M. Brown, “The Expansion and Consolidation of British Empire in the Cross River Region:The Role of Efik Political Agents, 1891 – 1928”. DRUMSPEAK: International Journal of Research in the Humanities. New series 3, 2010: 183-204.


David L. Imbua, “Socio-Cultural Institutions of Bendi People of Northern Cross River State from Earliest Times to the Eve of Colonial Rule.” Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Volume 5, No. 2 (August 2016): 53 – 67.


David L. Imbua, “Colonial Rule and the Anti-Pawning Campaign in Obudu Division, 1900-1938.” Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria. Vol. 24 (2015): 73-94.


David L. Imbua and Chinyere E. Ecoma, “Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020. The Challenge of Infrastructural Development.” SOPHIA: An African Journal of Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 15. No. 1, 2014: 127-135.


David L. Imbua, “Slavery and Slave Trade Remembered: A Study of the Slave History Museum in Calabar, Nigeria.” Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria. Vol. 22 (2013): 112 – 136.


David L. Imbua, “Abolition and the Sierra Leonean Diasporians in Old Calabar, 1840 – 1920.” Calabar Journal of Liberal Studies. Vol 19 No.1 (2015): 1-20.


Patience O. Erim and David L. Imbua, “Colonial Education and Women of the Cross River Region of Nigeria, 1900 – 1960: An Appraisal.” LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2013: 80 – 95.


Patience O. Erim and David L. Imbua, “Colonial Political re-engineering and the breeding of Corruption: The warrant Chiefs of Southeastern Nigeria Remembered.” NDUNODE: Calabar Journal of the Humanities. Vol.10, Number 1, 2013: 97-114.


David L. Imbua, “Globalization and the Imperative of Cultural Renaissance in Nigeria.” KASU Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 4. No. 1 June 2012:105-120.


David L. Imbua, “The Ordeal of the Nigerian Historian and the Crises of Development.” The Calabar Historical Journal. Vol. 5, No. 1 and 2, December 2011: 178 -202.


David L. Imbua,“Two Centuries after the Abolition of the Slave Trade: Reverberations and Challenges.” Kaduna Journal of Historical Studies. Special Edition, December 2011: 66-79.


David L. Imbua and Isaac B. Igiri, “Alien Rule and Its Discontent in Kenya, 1900 – 1963.” CAJOLIS: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Liberal Studies Vol.14. No. 2. September 2010: 1-27.


David L. Imbua, “Two Hundred Years after the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Reflections on the Legacy of the Slave Trade and Slavery in Nigeria.” Tarikh, Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria. New Series 2, 2009: 1-14.


David L.Imbua and Michael Ushie, “Stemming the Tide of Electoral Violence in Nigeria: The Role of Traditional Rulers.” The International Chercheur, Vol. 1, January 2008: 46 – 56.


David L. Imbua, “Nigeria’s Cultural Renaissance in the Age of Tourism and Globalization.” NDUNODE: Calabar Journal of the Humanities. Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2008: 76-90.


David L. Imbua, “Imperialism and Underdevelopment in Nigeria.” UZU: Journal of History and International Studies, Vol. 1 No. 1, December, 2007: 226 – 237.


David L. Imbua, “Intercourse and Crosscurrents Between the Bendi and their Neighbours in Pre-colonial Times.” CAJOLIS: Calabar Journal of Liberal Studies, Vol.10 No.1, Sept., 2007: 1-14.


Mensah Eyo and David L. Imbua, “Street Names in Calabar Metropolis: A Socio-Historical and Socio-Linguistic Study.” Journal of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria, No.10, 2007:199-214.


David L. Imbua, “The Politics of Occupation and Race Relations in Latin America, 1492 – 1800.” African Journal of Religion, Culture and Society. Vol. 1 No. 2, November, 2006: 155-160.


David L. Imbua, “Waving through History: Nigeria in the International Community and the Challenge of Development.” UNIZIK Journal of Arts and Humanities, Vol. VIII, September, 2006; 21 – 40.


Michael Ushie and David L. Imbua, “Christianity and Islam in Nigeria since 1980: The Challenge of Heritage”. SOPHIA: An African Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 9, No.1, Sept. 2006: 14-18.


Winifred E. Akoda and David L. Imbua, “Service to God and Humanity: Reverend Hope Waddell in Calabar, 1842 – 1858, A Biographical and Prosopographical Study.” CAJOLIS: Calabar Journal of Liberal Studies, Vol. VIII, No. 2, Sept. 2005: 173 – 185.


David L. Imbua, “Liberation Struggle and Regional Cooperation: From OAU to AU.” SOPHIA: An African Journal of Philosophy, Vol.7, No.2, April 2005: 59 – 62.

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“Re-engineering the Pan-Africanist Vision in the Black Atlantic.”
14th Annual Africa Conference on African Diaspora: Old and New held at the University of Texas at Austin, April 4-6, 2014.
Start: Friday 4th April, 2014
End: Sunday 6th April, 2014
“The Off-Shore British Community and Old Calabar Merchants, 1650 – C.1700.”
Conference on Africa, Europe and the Americas, 1500 – 1650, Accra – Ghana, July 12 – 25, 2009.
Start: Sunday 12th July, 2009
End: Saturday 25th July, 2009
“Reflections on Literature and Liberation in the Black Atlantic.”
African Literature Association Conference on “Literature, Liberation and the Law.” Charleston, SC. March 20-24, 2013.
Start: Wednesday 20th March, 2013
End: Sunday 24th March, 2013
“Orality and Freedom: A Study of the Robin Johns.”
Conference on the English Language Across Disciplines. University of Calabar, 14-17 May, 2010.
Start: Friday 14th May, 2010
End: Thursday 17th May, 2018
“The Democratic Project in Nigeria: Some Matters Arising from Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man.”
61st Annual Conference of the Historical Society of Nigeria held at the University of Port Harcourt and Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, 9-13 October, 2016.
Start: Sunday 9th October, 2016
End: Thursday 13th October, 2016
“The Social and Intellectual Roots of Pan-Africanism.”
International Conference on 50 Years of Pan-Africanism in Africa: Retrospect and Prospect. University of Uyo, Nigeria, Sept. 7 – 10, 2008.
Start: Sunday 7th September, 2008
End: Wednesday 10th September, 2008
“Abolition and the Sierra Leonean Diasporians in Old Calabar, 1840 – 1920.”
Conference on Sierra Leone Past and Present. Freetown, April 23 – 29, 2012.
Start: Monday 23rd April, 2012
End: Sunday 29th April, 2012
“Democracy, Gender and Peace-Building in Africa.”
Second International Conference of the Department of History and international Studies, University of Calabar, 21-24 September, 2016
Start: Wednesday 21st September, 2016
End: Saturday 24th September, 2016
“The Bebwai Bebwainang Undi Phenomenon among the Bette-Bendi.”
International Conference on Making a better life: training, work and mobility of youth in West and Central Africa. Point Sud, Bamako, 1–9 March 2016.
Start: Tuesday 1st March, 2016
End: Wednesday 9th March, 2016
“James Ewah as an Environmental Historian and Activist.”
James Oshuo Ewah Roundtable, held at Gbagolo Integrated Farms Limited, Akpabuyo, Cross River State, 24 – 25 March, 2017.
Start: Friday 24th March, 2017
End: Saturday 25th March, 2017
“The Bloody Writing is Forever Torn: Domestic and International Consequences of the First Governmental Efforts to Abolish the Atlantic Slave Trade.”
International Conference Centre, Accra: Ghana, August 8 – 12, 2007.
Start: Wednesday 8th August, 2007
End: Sunday 12th August, 2007
Golden Jubilee Conference of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Golden Jubilee Conference of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Ibadan – Nigeria, 16 – 20 October, 2005.
Start: Sunday 16th October, 2005
End: Thursday 20th October, 2005
“Nigeria’s Cultural Renaissance in the Age of Tourism and Globalization.”
Conference on Culture and the Challenges of Development in Nigeria. Akure, Ondo State, 2-3 September, 2010.
Start: Thursday 2nd September, 2010
End: Friday 3rd September, 2010
“Mosop and Rights Claims: Reflections on the Relative Deprivation Theory of Social Movements.”
Conference on Territorial Origins of African Civil Conflicts. University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. January 29th and 30th 2010.
Start: Friday 29th January, 2010
End: Saturday 30th January, 2010
“Slave Trade and Slavery Remembered: A Study of the Slave History Museum in Calabar, Nigeria.”
Conference on Searching for the African Voice in Enslavement, Slave Trade and Slavery. University of Buea, Cameroon, 14-16 December, 2010.
Start: Tuesday 14th December, 2010
End: Thursday 16th December, 2010
“Memorials of the First World War in Calabar, Cross River State.”
International Conference on Africa and the First World War: Remembrance, Memories and Representations after Hundred years. University of Cape Coast, Ghana, October 28-30, 2015.
Start: Wednesday 28th October, 2015
End: Friday 30th October, 2015
“From Barriers to Bridges: Rethinking African Boundaries, Regional Economic Integration and Identity Politics in Post-Colonial Africa.”
International Conference, University of Calabar, November 25-27, 2015.
Start: Wednesday 25th November, 2015
End: Friday 27th November, 2015
“The Influence of Old Calabar Judicial Practices on the British Legal Landscape, 1750-1800.”
International Conference on Legal Structures and Localized Practices of Slavery, from the 14th-19th Centuries (Europe- Africa- Americas). Cheick Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal, 13-15 April, 2010.
Start: Tuesday 13th April, 2010
End: Thursday 15th April, 2010
“Waving through History: The African Writer and the Challenge of Globalization.”
33rd Annual Meeting of the African Literature Association, Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, West Virginia, March 14 – 18, 2007.
Start: Wednesday 14th March, 2007
End: Sunday 18th March, 2007
“Humanistic Intellectuals and Pan-Africanism: The Imperative for a Renaissance in the Black Atlantic”
International Conference of Faculties of Arts/ Humanities Association of Nigerian Universities, held at the University of Calabar, 9 – 13 April, 2018.
Start: Monday 9th April, 2018
End: Friday 13th April, 2018
“Efik Monarchs and the Politics of Abolitionism, 1807 – 1858.”
International Conference on Calabar through Time: Issues and Challenges. Calabar, April 24-27, 2013.
Start: Wednesday 24th April, 2013
End: Saturday 27th April, 2013
“Expatriate Researchers and the Historiography of Calabar, 1650 – 1960: A Reassessment.”
ASAUK 2008 Conference on the “The Presence of the Past? Africa in the Twenty-First Century.” University of Central Lancashire, Sept. 11 – 13, 2008.
Start: Thursday 11th September, 2008
End: Saturday 13th September, 2008
“Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020: The Challenge of Infrastructural Development.”
56th Congress of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Osun State University, Osogbo, 31st October – 2nd November, 2011.
Start: Monday 31st October, 2011
End: Wednesday 2nd November, 2011
“International Conference on Slave Trade and Slavery in the Arab Islamic World: Untold Tragedy and Shared Heritage.”
“International Conference on Slave Trade and Slavery in the Arab Islamic World: Untold Tragedy and Shared Heritage.” Calabar, March 11 – 17, 2012.
Start: Sunday 11th March, 2012
End: Saturday 17th March, 2012
“Globalization and the Imperative of Cultural Renaissance in Nigeria.”
13th Annual Africa-Conference on Social Movements, Political Expression and Religion.” The University of Texas at Austin, March 29 – April 4, 2013.
Start: Friday 29th March, 2013
End: Thursday 4th April, 2013
“Philosophical Foundations of Bette-Bendi Indigenous Economy.”
African Economic History Conference in Honour of Professor Y. A. Ochefu, held at the Benue State University, Makurdi, 22 – 26 October, 2017.
Start: Sunday 22nd October, 2017
End: Thursday 26th October, 2017
“Memories of the Nigerian Civil War among the Bette-Bendi of Old Obudu Division.”
International Conference on Historicizing the Civil War Experience of Border Communities in Nigeria. Calabar, September 4-6, 2013.
Start: Wednesday 4th September, 2013
End: Friday 6th September, 2013
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