Dr. Paul Ugor

Asst Professor
  • 20th-21st Century Postcolonial Anglophone World Literature; African Literature and Cinema/Video; African Popular Culture; New Media Cultures in the Global South; Youth Cultures in Africa; and Postcolonial Theory.
  • My research and teaching interests are concerned with new social processes—in global politics, economy, information and communication technologies, cultural/textual representations, and everyday life—and the new social responses which these social changes elicit, especially from amongst marginal groups like youth and women in postcolonial settings.
  • Ph D Anglophone African Literature / Anglophone Postcolonial Literatures - 2009
  • University of Alberta
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • MA Theatre and Film Studies / Nollywood Cinema - 2001
  • University of Ibadan
  • Ibadan, Nigeria
  • BA Theatre and Media Studies / Dramatic Literature and Criticism - 1996
  • University of Calabar
  • Calabar, Nigeria
  • This book addresses the theme of youth as a representative conceptual/social formation and its textualization in some early Nollywood video films. Following emerging critical developments in new media studies that transcend textual reductionism, the author discusses the subject of youth in Nollywood films, both theoretically and empirically, using socio-economic analysis to supplement representational analysis. In order to adequately problematize the conjunction between social and economic power and the visual representation of youth-related themes in Nollywood videos, the author draws on both close reading and a political-economic approach, which allows for the historicization of visual representations. This kind of interdisciplinary method allows the author to apply concepts such as uncertainties, social struggles, risks, social aspiration, belonging, agency, and other such sociological concepts specific to youth studies in the analysis of Nollywood videos.