• KY16 9AX

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

Counter-insurgency operations in West Africa, Boko Haram Insurgency, Politics in Nigeria, the Nigeria Police Force, colonial army and police in Nigeria, Martial Race Theory and ethnic armies in West Africa, coups d'état in Africa

Personal profile

Research overview

My PhD research, with King's College London and the Defence Academy of the UK (JSCSC, Shrivenham) was on counter-insurgency operations by the Nigerian Army against Boko Haram. I am interested in the roles of doctrine, culture and historical experience in determining the nature of military operations. I have expanded on that research area to include policing and the Nigeria Police Force, which is the focus of my third book, Policing and Politics in Nigeria, published by Lynne Rienner and available now.

More broadly, I am interested in small war theory and how it explains, or fails to explain, historical and contemporary instances of civil wars and insurgency in Africa since the pre-colonial era. This underpins the compilation of case studies and evidence-based illustrative stories in my fourth book, Rebel, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Other areas of interest include Martial Race theory and ethnic armies, the emergence and roles of the colonial military and police in Nigeria, and Nigerian military history from the colonial era, through the Civil War of Nigeria (1967-1970) to the military interregnum that lasted mostly between 1966 and 1999. The collective themes feature in my fifth book also under contract with Oxford University Press, Picking Sides: Race, Ethnicity and Recruitment in the Colonial Nigerian Army

Finally, I hope that my research on the Nigerian military is crystallized in a sixth work-in-progress to be pitched as the most comprehensive single volume on Nigeria's tri-services: the Army, Air Force and Navy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Counter-insurgency in Nigeria, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

Nov 20111 Oct 2015

Award Date: 1 Oct 2015

Master of Business Administration, University of Aberdeen

1 Jan 20101 Jan 2011

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

31 Oct 000130 Jun 0001

Award Date: 1 Jun 2006

External positions

Lecturer in African Politics (Tenure), University of Leicester

1 Sept 20191 Sept 2020

Teaching Assistant, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

31 Aug 201830 Jun 0001

Senior Teaching Assistant, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

1 Aug 20181 Jun 2019

Researcher, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

Jan 20181 Jun 2018

Teaching Assistant, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

1 Aug 20141 Jun 2015


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