Bright Alozie is a lecturer and an ABD doctoral fellow in the Department of History at West Virginia University. He was a former lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Nigeria and the University of Liverpool. He also teaches World History, African history and African American history courses at West Virginia University. He has published several journal articles and book chapters. His major research interests are social and political history of Africa with focus on colonial and postcolonial Nigeria, petitions, gender/women history, civil war, memory and transatlantic studies.
Using a microhistory approach, his research, “‘Voices on Ink’: The Politics of Petitions in Colonial Igboland, 1892-1960,” brings together historical, sociopolitical, geographical and gender perspectives to explore hundreds of previously untapped petitions written by colonial subjects of southeastern Nigeria to British officials. It is a response to the challenge of how to extract social and political history from a study of colonial petitions. By focusing on history from below, “voices on ink” illuminates the trials and travails of ordinary peoples in their everyday colonial lives. These petitions recover the voices of colonized Africans and gives them the scholarly visibility that they deserve. A major contribution of "voices on ink" to African studies is the opportunity it provides readers to “hear” firsthand the voices of non-elite African subjects of the British Empire, who would otherwise remain silent.