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Assistant Professor and Chair, English Language & Literature


Ph.D. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


Dr. Ukata obtained her first degree in English Education (Second Class Upper Division), and a Master’s degree in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, in Nigeria. She later proceeded to the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she obtained a Ph.D. in African Literature. Her interest in the politics of gender in literary and other artistic renditions influenced her passion for the representation of women in the fast growing Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood), and in her Ph.D. research. She is a recipient of the prestigious Wits’ “Post-graduate Merit Award,” “Harrold and Doris Tothill Award,” and “Conock Award.” Before joining AUN, Dr. Ukata taught courses at the School of Literature and Language Studies, and Department of Media Studies and Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa (2007 to 2010)

  • WRI 101 and 102
  • WRI 321: Written and Oral reports Preparations
  • ENG 221 Intro to African Lit
  • ENG 316 Literature and Film
  • ENG101 Intro, Lit

  • Gender politics ,African Literature, Nollywood, Postcolonial Literature and theories.

  • Member, International Society of Oral Literature in Africa (ISOLA)


  • "Nollywood Wispers as Beacon of Hope for Youths."African Youths in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture:Identity Quest. Eds.Yinka-Agbaw, Viivian and Lindah Mhando. Routledge, 2014.
  • “Conflicting Framings of Women in Nollywood Videos.” Journal of African Nebula. Vol 1. February 2010, 65-75.
  • “Breaking the Ice of National  Ties beyond  the Boundaries  of the Post-colonial Cities through Films: Nollywood and Videos in Context." Gege-Ogun Studies in English Journal Vol.8 of (2011):139-157.
  • “Representing Women and their Interventions on the Political Scene in Nollywood: A Challenge to Film Producers in the 21st Century.” African Film: Looking Back and Looking Forward. Ed. Foluke Ogunleye. Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2012.
  • “Romance with Ancient Culture: Archival Repertoires in Post – Colonial African Films.” Africa Through the Eye of the Video Camera. Foluke Ogunleye. Ed. Swaziland:  Academic Publishers, 2008. 174-186.


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