Elizabeth Isichei

Elizabeth Allo Isichei (born 22 March 1939 in Tauranga, New Zealand) is a Nigerian author, historian and academic.[1][2] Her parents are Albert (an agricultural scientist) and Lorna Allo.[2] On 23 July 1964 she married Uche Peter Isichei (a chemical pathologist) and they have five children.[2] In 1959 she earned her BA from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, B.A.[2] In 1961 she completed her M.A. at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and in 1967 she completed her PhD at Oxford University.[2] She was a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Otago.[3] She has been a professor in the Department of History, University of Jos in Jos, Nigeria since 1976.[2] She is the general editor for Jos Oral History and Literature Texts.[2]

Her works and books are centred on Christianity in Africa and the history of Nigeria particularly the Igbo people.[4]

Selected worksEdit

  • 1964: Political Thinking and Social Experience: Some Christian Interpretations of the Roman Empire, University of Canterbury Publications
  • 1970: Victorian Quakers, Oxford University Press
  • 1973: The Ibo People and the Europeans: The Genesis of a Relationship, to 1906, St. Martin's
  • 1976: A History of the Igbo People, St. Martin's
  • 1977: A History of West Africa since 1800, Africana
  • 1977: Igbo Worlds: An Anthology of Oral History and Historical Descriptions, Institute for the Study of Human Issues
  • 1981: Entirely for God: The Life of Michael Iwene Tansi, Macmillan Nigeria
  • 1982: Studies in the History of Plateau State, Nigeria, Macmillan
  • 1983: A History of Nigeria, Longman
  • 1995: A History of Christianity in Africa: From Antiquity to the Present, Africa World Press
  • 1997: A History of African Societies to 1870, Cambridge University Press
  • 2002: Voices of the Poor in Africa, University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY)
  • 2004: The Religious Traditions of Africa: A History, Raeger (Westport, CT)
  • 2005: Stoptide, Steele Roberts (Aotearoa, New Zealand)


  1. ^ Erik Lönnroth; Karl Molin; Ragnar Björk (1994). Conceptions of National History: Proceedings of Nobel Symposium 78. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 116–. ISBN 978-3-11-013504-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Isichei (13 April 1997). A History of African Societies to 1870. Cambridge University Press. pp. 582–. ISBN 978-0-521-45599-2.
  4. ^ Kalu Ogbaa (30 January 1999). Understanding Things Fall Apart: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. ABC-CLIO. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-1-57356-667-4.