Prof. Oha O.

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Prof. Obododimma Oha


Department of English

Faculty of Arts

University of Ibadan


Telephone number: +234 803 333 1330

E-Mail address: [email protected]



  • Ph.D. English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • M.A. English, University of Ibadan.
  • M.Sc. Legal, Criminological & Security Psychology, University of Ibadan.
  • B.A. English & Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria. 



  • October 2002 to date: Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. 
  • January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2001: Maitre Assistant, Section d’Anglais, Universite Gaston Berger, St-Louis, Senegal, as Technical Aid Corps Volunteer Staff.  
  • April 1997 to 2002: Lecturer 1, Department of English University of Ibadan, Nigeria. 
  • December 1987 to March 1997:  Lecturer, Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar,  Calabar, Nigeria.
  • November  1986  -  July  1987 :  Teaching  Assistant  (in the National Youth Service Corp Programme)  in The Use of English  and General African Studies,   University  of Lagos, Abeokuta  Campus. 


  • Part-time lecturer in Media Semiotics, Indigenous Communication Systems, and Alternative Media Studies at Ambrose Alli University, Ibadan Centre (Now Lead City University, Ibadan).  
  • Fellow and Postgraduate Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan (, 2005 to date. 



Courses currently being taught at the university level 

  • Contrastive Linguistics (Postgraduate) 
  • Stylistics (Postgraduate and undergraduate) 
  • The English Essay (Undergraduate) 
  • Research Methods (Postgraduate and undergraduate) 
  • Language and Style (Undergraduate)
  • Semiotics (Postgraduate) 
  • Literature and the New Media (Postgraduate)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (Undergraduate)


English and Igbo



  • Stylistics, Cultural Semiotics, African Literature, Afro/American Literature, The Rhetoric of Conflict, Politics of Identity. 



Articles in Journals 

1.  Oha, Obododimma (2006) “Well, it is WELL: Language and Human Interest in a Virtual Community”. Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses, Number 19 (Special issue on “Linguistics and the Media”, pp 261 – 283. 

2.  ------- (2006) “Shepherding the Chants Home: Language and Mmanwu Minstrelsy in Ezenwa-Ohaeto’s Poetry”, Matatu: Journal of African Culture and Society, Number 33, Special issue on Of Minstrelsy and Masks: The Legacy of Ezenwa-Ohaeto in Nigerian Writing, Pp 135 – 152.

3.  ------- (2005) “Nation, Nationalism, and the Rhetoric of Praying for Nigeria in Distress,” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Volume Seven, Number One, pp 21 – 42.

4.  ------ (2005) “Language, Knowledge, and the Revisionary Idea in Igbo Philosophy,” Identity, Culture & Politics, Vol. 6, No. 2.

5.  ------.(2005).“En/countering the Language of Exile in Uche Nduka’s The Bremen Poems”. Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Special issue on Exile and Social Transformations (edited by Paul Allatson & Jo McCormack), Vol. 2, No. 1. 

6.  ------ (2005) “Embodying Women’s Stories: The Dialogue with Femininity in the Artworks of Peju Layiwola and Elizabeth Olowu”. àgùfọn: Journal of the Arts and Architecture, Volume 2, Number 4, Pp 4 – 15. 

7-------(2003). “Heroes of Knowledge versus Dragons of Ignorance: Language, Identity Construction, and Intertextuality in Nnamdi Azikiwe’s My Odyssey.” Mots Pluriels number 23, March 2003 (Special issue on “ Translated Lives: Autobiography, Language, and Identity Politics”, guest-edited by Maureen Perkins). 

8. -------(2002) “Yoruba Christian Video Narrative and Indigenous Imaginations: Dialogue and Duelogue”. Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, 165, XLII-1, 2002, pp 121-142. 

9 ------(2002). “Marketing Goods and Services with/as Images of America”. ANGLES ON THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD, volume 2 ( Trading Cultures: Nationalism and Globalization in American Studies ), pp 75 – 87. 

10-------(2002). “Some Truths We Have not Set Free….”. CONTEXT: Journal of Social & Cultural Studies, Volume five, number one, 2002, pp 51-76. 

11. ------ (2001). “‘This is what they now call reality’: Otherness and the rhetoric of the hyperreal”. Mots Pluriels, No. 18. (Special issue on “The Net: New Apprentices and Old Masters”, guest-edited by Mark Pegrum, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh).  

12.--------(2000) “Pursuing the Night Hawk: The Political Thought of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu”. Africa, Vol. Anno N. 1, Marzo , pp 73-85.  

13. ------ (2000).“Signs, Cities, and Designs of Capacities: The Semiotics of Road Monuments in Some Nigerian Cities”. The African Anthropologist, Volume VII, Number one, pp 33-47. Available online at: 

14. ------.(2000) “Eating Raw Nothing, Committing Suicide: The Politics and Semiotics of Food Culture”. Mots Pluriels: Revue  electronique de Lettres à caractere international, No. 15, September, 2000 (Special issue on “Food and African Cuisine” guest-edited by Joan Wardrop, School of Social Sciences, Curtin University of Technology)   (Also available at Semiotika, Kunci Cultural Studies Center archives:

15 ------ (2000). “ In the web of his sight: European travel through Africa as a virtual encounter”. Mots Pluriels, Number 16, December 2000. issue on “Interchange: European Incursions into Africa: Perspectives from the colonized and the colonizers”, edited by Jean-Marie Volet, The University of Western Australia)   

16. ------- (1999).“The Voices of Her (Un)Seen Conquerors: Sexo-textual War in Male Restroom Graffiti”. Mattoid:  A Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies, 54, pp. 223- 234. 

17. ------ (1999). “L.S. Senghor’s Feminisation of Africa  and the Africanisation of Feminist Aesthetics”. Journal of Cultural Studies, Volume one, Number one, pp. 11--18. (Special issue on “Gender and the Politics of  Representation in Africa”).Also reprinted in Agbasiere,  Julie (ed.) The New Eve in Francophone African Literature . 

18.------ (1999) “Cross-cultural Conversations and the Semiotics of Ethno-cultural Domination in Nigeria”. African Anthropology, Volume VI, Number 2, pp.206-219. Available online at: 

19.-------.(1999) “The Tree of Return: Home, Exile, Memory, and the Visual Rhetoric of Reunion”. CONTEXT, Volume three, Number two, pp. 61-90. 

20.------.(1999) “News Reporting and Environmental Protection in the Periphery Nation”. Journal of  Communication and Language Arts, Volume one, Number one, pp. 11-19. 

21.------ (1998). “Inter/art/iculations of Violence in Nigerian Poetry and Graphic Art’. Mosaic, Volume 32, No. 2. Pp. 165-182.  Special issue on “Cultural  Agendas”.  

22------ (1998) “The Semantics of Female Devaluation in Igbo Proverbs”. African Study Monographs, volume 19, Number 2, pp.87 – 102. 

23.-------.(1998) “Exophoric Reference in Femi Oyebode’s Wednesday Is a Colour and Naked to Your Softness and Other Poems”. Gege: Ogun Studies in English, Volume three, pp 65 - 80. 

24.------- (1997) “Federalizing the Weight of Words: Multilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Political Public speaking in Nigeria”.  CONTEXT:  Journal of Social and Cultural Studies, Volume one, Number one, pp.  37-56. 

25. ------- (1997). “Break Every Rule:  Chi Chi  Layor’s Feminist African Poetry”. Philosophy and Social Action, An Interdisciplinary – International Quarterly of Concerned Philosophers for Social Action, Volume 23, Number 2, April-June, pp.  23-36. 

26. ------ (1997).“Her Dissonant Selves: The Semiotics of Plurality and Bisexuality in Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro”.  American Drama, Volume six, Number two, spring, pp. 67-80. 

27. --------(1996) “The Context and Style of Women’s Oratory in Uli”.  UNICAL QUARTERLY:  A Journal of the Academic staff Union of the University of Calabar, Volume one, Number two, pp. 115-130.  

28.------ (1996).“Writing/Reading Familiar Strangeness:  The Ruptured Semantics of  Femi Oyebode’s Master of the Leopard Hunt”.  Ase, Volume three, Number three, pp. 99- 110.  

29.------.(1996) ”Longing for what was left behind:  An   Introduction’.  Ase Volume three, number three, pp iv – viii.   

30.------- (1995) “The Tactical Uses of Personal Pronominals in the War Speeches of Yakubu Gowon and Emeka Ojukwu “. Papers in English and Linguistics, Volume one, Number one, pp.  1-10.

31.------.(1995) “The Therapeutic Uses of Rhetoric in War”.  African Journal for the Psychological Study of  Social  Issues, Volume one, Numbers two and three, pp. 42-60.  

32. Oha, Obododimma & Louisa Andah. “Tales by Moonlight and the Televisual Education of the Nigerian Child”. Identity, Culture, & Politics: An Afro-Asian Dialogue, vol.3, no. 1, 2002, pp 112-125. (CODESRIA Journal, Dakar, Senegal) 

Book Chapters: 

1.  Oha, Obododimma. (2006) “Night as a Semiotic of Post/Colonial Condition.” In Agbaw, Steven Ekema, Aspects of Postcolonial Literature, Bratislavia: Dept. of English & American Studies, Constantine the Philosopher University, pp 25 – 34.

2.  ------(2005) “Teaching Language and Conflict in Conflict Situation”. In Proshina, A. Language and Culture Contact 8. Vladivotok: Far East University Press, pp 274 – 292. 

3.  ------. (2005) “Living on the Hyphen: Ayi Kwei Armah and the Paradox of the African-American Quest for a New Future and Identity in Postcolonial Africa”. In Davis, G.V., P.H. Marsden, B. Ledent, & M. Delrez (eds.) Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a ‘Post’-Colonial World, ASNEL Papers 9.2, Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, Pp 259 – 271. 

4.  ------- (2005) “In Lucifer We Trust: Reading William Blake’s Reading of America’s Mythical History”. In Kusnir, Jaroslav (ed.) Ideology and Aesthetics in American Literature and Arts. Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, Pp 51 – 68. 

5 ----------(2004) “One Being, Being Won: John Steinbeck, Language, and the Interrogation of Ethnic/Racial Difference in America”. In Proshina et al (eds.) Culture and Language Contact. Vladivostok: Far East University Press, Pp 121 – 134.

6. -------. (2004) “The Role of Face in Wole Soyinka’s From Zia With love: A Study in Literary Pragmatics”. Ogun’s Children: The Literature and Politics of Wole Soyinka Since the Nobel. Ed. Onookome Okome. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, Inc., 2004, pp 227 – 247. 

7. --------. (2004) “The Future of the Past: Christian Cultural Reproduction of America”.  Transnational America: Contours of Modern US Culture. Eds. Russell Duncan & Clara Juncker. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2004, Pp 27 – 42. 

8. --------.(2004) “National Politics and the Deconstruction of Linguistic Subjectivity in Nigeria”. The Domestication of English in Nigeria. Lagos: University of Lagos Press, 2004, Pp 280 – 297.    

9. --------.(2003) “The Rhetoric of Cross-Cultural Engagement and the Tropology of Memory in Remi Raji’s Travel Poetry”. Iba: Essays on African Literature in Honour of Oyin Ogunba. Eds. Wole Ogundele and Gbemisola Adeoti. Ile-Ife: Obafemi Awolowo University Press, 2003, pp 137 – 150. 

10.------- (2001)“ The Visual Rhetoric of the Ambivalent City in Nigerian Video Films”. Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context. Eds. Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice.Oxford: Blackwell, pp 195-205. 

11. ------.(2000) “The Testament of a ‘Penful’ Prisoner: Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Literary Dialogue with the Prison”. Before I Am Hanged: Ken Saro-Wiwa: Literature, Politics and Dissent. Onookome Okome (ed.). New Jersey: Africa World Press, pp 1 - 16. 

12. ------ (2000).“The Wealth of Poor Richard: The Relevance of Benjamin Franklin’s Discourse on  Wealth to Poverty  Alleviation and Wealth Management in Nigeria “. The Empowerment of the Civil Society in a Democracy: Nigeria  and the United States of America. Ed. Oyin Ogunba. Ile-Ife: American Studies Association of Nigeria, pp 163 - 181. 

13 --------(2000) “The Rhetoric of Nigerian Christian Videos: The War Paradigm of The Great Mistake”. In Haynes, Jonathan (ed.) Nigerian Video Films, Athens: Ohio University Center for International Studies, pp 192 – 199.  

14.------. (1999) “Zebrulect, Transitivity and the De/Re/Construction of the Grammar of Standard English”. In Ifie, Egbe (ed.) Coping with Culture. Ibadan: Oputoru Books, pp. 215-228. 

15.------.(1999) “Plain Thieves and Inarticulate Victims: The Problems of Appearance, Reality, Truth, and Falsehood in Zulu Sofola’s Wizard of Law”. In Kolawole, Mary E. Modupe (ed.) Zulu Sofola: Her Life and Her Works. Ibadan: Caltop Publications, pp. 39-55. 

16.--------(1998) “To the Root/of Dear Cassava’: Rhetorical Style in Flora Nwapa’s Poetry”.  In Umeh, Marie (ed.) Emerging Perspectives on Flora Nwapa: Critical and Theoretical Essays.  New Jersey: Africa World Press, pp. 411 – 428. 

17.-------.(1998) “Never A Gain?  A Critical  Reading of Flora Nwapa’s Never Again”.  In  Umeh, Marie (ed.) Emerging Perspectives on Flora Nwapa: Critical and Theoretical Essays, pp.  429 – 440. 

18.------.(1998) “Myth-making and the Legitimization of Leadership”. In Sutherland–Addy, Esi (ed.) (1999) Perpectives on Mythology.  Accra : Goethe-Institut, pp. 244 –251. 

19.------.(1997) “Flora Nwapa  and the Semiotic of the Woman of the Lake”. In Eko, Ebele, Julius Ogu and Emelia Oko (eds.)  Flora Nwapa: Critical Perspectives. Calabar: University of Calabar Press, pp.  175 – 190. 

20.------.(1997) “What God Has put Asunder: The Politics of Ethnic Barriers in Chukwuemeka Ike’s Toads for Supper and Isidore Okpewho’s  The Last Duty”.In Meyer, Mike J. (ed.)  Literature and  Ethnic Discrimination..  Amsterdam:  Rodopi Press (Modern Perspectives in Literature Series), pp. 135 – 149. 

21.------.(1997)“Culture and Gender Semantics in Flora Nwapa’s Poetry”.  In Newell, Stephanie  (ed.) Writing African Women: Gender, Popular Culture, and Literature in West Africa.  London and New Jersey: Zed Books, pp. 105 – 116. 

22.-----.(1996) “Language and Gender Conflict in Buchi Emecheta’s Second –Class Citizen”.  In Umeh, Marie (ed.) Emerging  Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta. New Jersey:  Africa World Press, pp. 289 – 308.  

Published Conference Proceedings

1.  Oha, Obododimma (2002) “Net/Works of the Text: From Barthes to Cyberpoetics”. Poetics of the Text. Eds. Zuzana Fabianova, Gabriela Missikova, Daniela Petrikova, Alena Smieskova, and Tibor Zilka. Nitra: University of Constantine the Philosopher, 2002, pp 254 – 268. 

2.------.(2001) “Mmanwu Awusa: Masquerading the Hausa Muslim in Igbo Tiger Performance”. Africa at Crossroads: Complex Political Emergencies in the 21st Century. Proceedings of the Ethno-Net Conference held in Douala, Cameroon, 21 - 23 May 2001. UNESCO/ENA. 

Articles Accepted for Publication: 

1. Oha, Obododimma. “Praise Names and Power De/Constructions in Contemporary Igbo Chiefship”, Tradition and Modernity, edited by Irene Odotei (University of Ghana, Legon 

2. --------- “Glocalizing Americanness: Language and American Identity in Nigerian Home Videos”. Journal of American Studies. 

3---------. The Wishes That Become Horses: The Rhetoric and Politics of Igbo Jewishness”, Nordic Journal of African Studies

4------- .”Occupying the Isolated Terminal Space and Silent”: The Rhetoric of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Poetry of Femi Oyebode”, In Bekers, Elizabeth (ed.) Transcultural Modernities.  

Selected Published Poetry

5.         Oha, Obododimma (1988) “Memory”, “Admonition”, “Story”. In Garuba, Harry (ed.) Voices from the Fringe: An ANA Anthology of New Nigerian Poetry. Lagos: Malthouse, pp 162 – 163. 

6.------. (1991) “Shit Business”, “The Soldier”. Ase: Calabar Journal of Contemporary Poetry, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp 92 – 93. 

7.------- (1996) “Dust and Ashes”. In Osondu, E.C. (ed.) For Ken, for Nigeria. Lagos: Service & Service International, pp 121—122. 

8.--------(2006) “Fallacies”, Agenda #66, Special Issue on Domestic Violence.  

9. --------(2006) “Boss”. In Nairobi Poetry, Agenda,

10.-------(2006) “Mmanwu in Ascent”, “Song of the Udu & Oyo”, “A Word for the Last Word”, “Wars and Rumours of Wars”, “The Road to the Stream Sings”, “In the Light of Our Darkness”, Sentinel Poetry (Online): The International Journal of Poetry and Graphics, # 43 (June). 

11.--------(2006) “So the Deadlines Want Me Dead”, “Out of the Depths”, “Desire”. Sentinel Poetry (Online), # 44, 

12.--------(2006) “Online Lines”. Sentinel Poetry (Online), Anniversary Issue, #49,  



  • Professor Chinua Achebe Prize for the best graduating student of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria, 1986. 
  • USIA Grant for participation in the Summer Institute on the Study of American Literature and Cultures, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997. 
  • MacArthur Foundation Staff Exchange Grant, University of Ibadan, 2006.              


  • International Conference on Women, Communication, and Development, Ibadan, 1990.
  • First Annual and Inaugural Convention of the African Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, (ASPSSI), Ibadan, 1995.
  • International Conference of Pan-African Association of Anthropologists, Cotonou, Benin Republic, 17 – 21 July 1998. 
  • 3rd International Conference on Oral Literature in Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 21 – 23 October 1998.  
  • International Conference of Pan-African Association of Anthropologists, Yaounde, Cameroon, 30 August – 3 September 1999. 
  • Annual International Conference of American Studies Association of Nigeria, Badagry, 23- 26  September, 1999.
  • International Conference of American Studies on “Nation/Nationalism: A Common Enterprise”, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, 22 – 26 June 1999.  
  • International Conference on the Return of the African Diaspora, Ouidah, Benin Republic, March 1999. 
  • International Conference of the French Association of American Studies, Aix-en-Provence, France, 26-28 May 2000.
  • International Conference of the Association for the Study of New Literatures in English (ASNEL), Aachen, Germany, 31 May to 4 June, 2000.  
  • International Workshop of Ethno-Net Africa on “Africa at Crossroads: Complex Political Emergencies in the 21st Century”, Douala, Cameroon, 2001.  
  • International Workshop of Ethno-Net Africa on “Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance in Africa”, Libreville, Gabon, 18 – 19 August 2001.
  • International Conference of the Pan-African Association of Anthropologists, Libreville, Gabon, 20 – 24 August 2001. 
  • International Conference of the Swiss Association of American Studies/ Austrian Association of American Studies on “American Foundational Myths: Visualizations and Verbalizations”, University of Zurich, 17 – 19 November 2001.  
  • International Conference on America-Africa Interchange, Cape Coast, Ghana, 2002.  
  • International Biennial Conference of the European Association of American Studies (EAAS) on “The United States of/in Europe: Nationhood, Citizenship, Culture”, Bordeaux, 22 – 25 March 2002.
  • International Conference on “Chieftaincy in Africa: Culture, Governance and Development”, jointly organized by Center for African Studies, University of Cambridge, and Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, in Accra, 6 – 10 January 2003.
  • 24th West African Languages Congress, University of Ibadan, 1st – 6th August 2004.
  • African Council for Communication Education Conference, University of Ibadan, 25th – 27th August 2004.
  • Philosophy Conference on “Human Values and Social Order in Africa”, University of Ibadan, 15th – 18th September 2004.
  • Conference on “African-European Interchange” in Honour of Professor Segun Odunuga, University of Ibadan, November 30 to December 1, 2004.
  • University of Uyo Conference on Language and Literature, on the theme “Language, Literature, and the New Humanism,” April 27 – 29, 2005. Presented a lead paper entitled “Language and Human Interest in the Virtual Community.”
  • 15th Annual Conference of the pan-African Anthropological Association, Yaounde, Cameroon, 8th – 12th August, 2005. 


  • Pan-Africa Association of Anthropologists (PAAA).
  •  African Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. 
  •  International Society for the Study of Oral Literature in Africa. 
  •  American Studies Association of Nigeria (ASAN). 
  • Ethnic Studies Network (Ethno-Net Africa).


1. Prof. Isidore Okpewho,

Africana Studies,

Binghamton University,

P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902 – 6000.

E-mail: [email protected] 

Phone: +1 607 777 2324   

2.  Prof. Omar Sougou,

Section d’Anglais,

UFR des Lettres & Sciences Humaines,

Université Gaston Berger, BP 234 St-Louis,


E-mail : [email protected] , [email protected]

Phone : +221 634 79 77 

3. Professor (Mrs) Ebele Eko,

Department of English & Literary Studies,

University of Calabar,


Cross River State,


Phone: +234 803 674 1779.

E-mail: [email protected] 

4. Prof. Ernest N. Emenyonu,

Department of Africana Studies,

University of Michigan Flint,

346 David M. French Hall,

303 E. Kearsley Street,

Flint, MI 48502-1950.

Phone: (810) 762-3353  

Fax: (810) 766-6719.

E-mail: [email protected]