Mary Ononokpono is a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge Faculty of History. Her research examines socioeconomic and cultural transformations across the Bight of Biafra in the Atlantic world and the Age of Abolition. It is both women’s history and a history of gender relations. It is primarily concerned with the ways in which financial devices mediated social relations; with the extent to which Biafran women facilitated the rise in consumerism and the impact Atlanticisation had on the autonomy of African women across the Bight of Biafra. Mary is also an award winning writer. She holds an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cambridge where she graduated top of her cohort with distinction.