Richard Oko Ajah

Richard Oko Ajah
University of Uyo | UNIUYO · Department of Foreign Languages

BA, MA, PhD

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Introduction
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages where I teach French and Literary criticism. I had done my doctoral thesis on travel works of Ben Jelloun. I have used postcolonial theories to interpret Francophone African war narratives, graphic novels and other literary and cultural works. My current research focus is on multimodal texts in literature, pictographic criticism, Computer-assisted literary analysis and material cultures, using postcolonial theory as framework.
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - August 2020
University of Ibadan
Position
  • Visiting Scholar
Description
  • Teaching of Franco-African literature: prose and drama (undergraduate and postgraduate), examination and supervision of PG students in literature.
Education
April 2008 - August 2012
University of Ibadan
Field of study
  • African Diasporic literature and travel writing

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Publications (11)
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Nationalism has become a contested construct because scholars doubt its ideological authenticity and global migratory consciousness, which promotes transcultural / transnational identity, and problematizes its raison d’être. Though Abouet and Oubrerie’s graphic novel could be read as a portrayal of the emerging urban center and its postmodern ident...
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Various researchers have offered critical opportunities for reading the Rwandan genocide literature in general and the testimony of Scholastique Mukasonga in particular through trauma and memory studies. And these anthropocentric and phenomenological approaches have paid insignificant attention to environmental issues consciously or unconsciously r...
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The Rwandan writer, Scholastique Mukasonga chronicles her eye-witness account of Rwandan civil war and genocide; her two novels are part of literary attempts to historicize ethnic collective trauma and memory, but they end up traumatizing national history itself and deconstructing Eurocentric representations. Her works are popularly read as autobio...
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Yopougon as an urbanizing peripheral area of Abidjan renamed "Jop City" by its bovaryst inhabitants who are undergoing a postmodern influence of Western popular culture, thereby appropriating a postmodern identity and language, so to speak. This work adopts postmodern literary approach and spatiality theory to study the Ivorian graphic novel, Aya d...
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The Nigerian comedy series, “The New Masquerade” or “Masquerade”, remains “one of the Nigeria’s longest running and most watched television show as transmitted by Nigerian Television Authority in the 80s and 90s. The episodic representations, although full of caricatures and farcical qualities, express serious disillusionment, becoming an indictmen...
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Regards sur la littérature postcoloniale nous révèlent une manifestation de ses nouvelles tendances dans la littérature africaine qui tente de répondre au Centre impérial et de bouleverser l"hégémonie littéraire eurocentrique. Notre étude nous conduit à percevoir les écrivains postcoloniaux de l"Afrique francophone comme transgresseurs qui s"approp...
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The exodus of Maghrebian citizens towards France was premised mainly on the high demand for unskilled labour for the reconstruction of postwar France. With a flexible French immigration policy that facilitated integration of immigrants‟ families, the growth of Maghrebian Diaspora became evident in peripheral settlements or French cities‟ suburbs. A...
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Léopold Senghor’s poem “Femme noire” has been widely read as a metaphor for his Motherland, subjected to Eurocentric stereotypes. Revivalist and redemptive as his negritude appears, the poet extols the virtues of his mother, albeit his Mother Africa thereby engaging in a colonial discourse that truncates European biases against African cultures. Th...

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Projects (3)
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Interrogating African comics and graphic novels written in French as part of multimodal literature.
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Educate literates and illiterates on the dangers of desperate journeys to Europe through illustration-mediated discourse and Using literary works as pedagogical tools for literate and illiterate audience.