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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Louisa Uchum Egbunike

BA (Hons) (Kings College London), MA (SOAS)

Overview

Louisa Uchum Egbunike
Name:
Louisa Uchum Egbunike
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Thesis title:
The Igbo Experience in the Igbo-Nigerian Novel
Website:
http://www.igboconference.com
Internal Supervisors

Biography

Teaching:

Academic Year 2012-2013

  • Term 1:
    Lecturer for Contemporary African Literature, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Undergraduate course at SOAS
  • Term 2:
    Teaching Assistant for Culture in Africa, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Undergraduate course at SOAS.

PhD Research

My thesis closely examines the changing Igbo experience within Igboland and abroad as represented in the Igbo-Nigerian novel vis-à-vis colonialism, the missionary influence, independence, the Biafra war, Nigeria’s economic decline and the subsequent increase in emigration.  Given the late emergence of a pan-Igbo identity in the light of the republican nature of Igbo communities, this thesis explores how writers across generations grapple with notions of self from the immediacy of the clan or village to broader identifications such as Nigerian or African. It considers the distinctions between Igbo expressions within and without Igboland, and reflects on the impact of urbanisation, migration and cultural assimilation on Igbo culture(s) and tradition(s).  

PhD Publications

  • Egbunike, Louisa Uchum, ‘Constructing the Destructive City: Representations of Lagos in Cyprian Ekwensi’s People of the City’ African Literature Today 30 (2012), 86-97
  • Egbunike, Louisa Uchum, forthcoming ‘Snapshots of the Botswana Nation: Bessie Head's The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales as a National Project’ African Literature Today 31 (2013)

PhD Conferences

Conference Organising
  • Conference co-organizer and  coordinator for the Igbo Language Conference at SOAS, 24th March 2012
  • Conference co-convenor for the Igbo Language Conference in association with the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at SOAS, 5-6th April, 2013 which featured Nollywood directors Obi Emelonye and Amaka Igwe, and prize winning novelist Chika Unigwe
Conference Presentations
  • ‘Louisa Uchum Egbunike and Dr Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr in Conversation with NLNG Prize winning author Chika Unigwe’ 2nd Annual Igbo Conference: Igbo Language and Performance, in association with the Centre of African Studies (CAS), SOAS London April 5-6, 2013
  • ‘Third Generation Nigerian Novels in the Era of Military Rule’ 39th Annual African Literature Association Conference, Charleston Marriott, Charleston, South Carolina March 20-24, 2013
    (Invited Panellist on ‘Politics and Social Justice in Contemporary African Fiction’ Panel)
  • ‘Snapshots of the Botswana Nation: Bessie Head’s The Collector of Treasures and other Botswana
    Village Tales as National Project’ African Studies Association, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA November 29 – December 1, 2012
    (Invited Panellist on the ‘Short Stories in African Literature’ Panel)
  • ‘The Commodified Body and the Restless Spirit in Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street’
    MELUS and USACLALS Joint Conference, Santa Clara University, San Jose, California
    April 19-22, 2012  
  • Chair for ‘Nigeria’ Panel MELUS and USACLALS Joint Conference, Santa Clara University, San Jose, California April 19-22, 2012
  • ‘Women's Rights and Women Writes: Igbo Women's Writings in the era of Human Rights’
    38th Annual African Literature Association Conference, Adolphus Hotel, Dallas TX, April 11-15, 2012
  • ‘'The World is like a Dancing Mask': Representations of the Igbo World view in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God’ Worldscapes Conference, SOAS, London March 10, 2012
  • ‘The Problematics of Publishing in Nigeria: Promotion, Piracy and the Public’, Africa Dept. Research Student Seminars, SOAS, London October 12, 2011
  • ‘Rebirth, Reinvention and Resurrection: Female Subjectivities and Global Identities in Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street’  37th Annual African Literature Association Conference, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio April 13-17, 2011
  • ‘No Condition is Permanent’: Temporal Flux and the Colonial Interruption in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart’, Post Graduate Students’ Research Seminar, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria  
    January 12, 2011