The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia


In my dissertation, I argue that post-Independence Nigerians in Houston, Texas must be studied within a theoretical framework of global anti-black racialization that takes into consideration the way both local and global racial structures played in their position in society. I utilize critical race and African Diaspora theories to demonstrate the necessity in incorporating post-Independence Africans within the framework of diaspora theorization while simultaneously emphasizing the need for centering global racial structures as an analytical framework in African Studies and immigrant sociology. I convey how this population’s legal access to the U.S., negotiation of racialized ethnic identities, forms of mobilization, economic position, and memories and silences of their past are all embedded in and impacted by local and global structures of anti-black racialization. In turn, I present a political project that stresses that post- Independence Nigerians can not be understood outside of their blackness that determines their existence.

First Name: 
Chinwe Ezinna
Pre-Doctoral Fellow (African and African Diasporic Studies)
University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation Title: 
“Race in Africa, Africa as Diaspora: Racialization of Post-Independence Nigerians in the U.S.”