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Agatha Ukata

Assistant Professor
English & Literature
American University of Nigeria


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)

Research Interest

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


  • “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.

  • “Conflicting Framings of Women in Nollywood Videos.” Journal of African Nebula. Vol 1. February 2010, 65-75.

  • "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.

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