Bernard Eze Orji

Lecturer II

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Programme Theatre Art
Department Theatre Art
Faculty Humanities

biography (Education/professional experience/professional accomplishments)

Bernard Eze Orji, MA. (Ibadan), is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, P. M. B. 1010, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. He obtained his Diploma in Theatre Arts from University of Calabar; B.A. (Hons) Theatre Arts from Lagos State University, Ojo and M.A. in AfricanTheatre from University of Ibadan. He is presently awaiting defense of his doctoral Thesis at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has participated and presented his papers in both local and international conferences including theAfrican Theatre Association (AfTA) Conference held at The Faculty of Arts, AgostinhoNeto University (UniversidadeAgostinhoNeto), Luanda, Angola and the Scientific Research Center of the Catholic University of Luanda, Angola from 25th-27th July, 2019. He has also published articles in reputable Local and International Journals and contributed chapters in Books. His research and teaching interests cut across African Performance forms, Carnival and Masquerade Studies; women and cultural studies.He had served as Head of Unit, English and Literary Studies, the pioneer Head of Unit as well as the Exam Officer, Theatre Arts programme in AE-FUNAI.Bernard Orji is a member of African Theatre Association (AfTA), Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA); Igbo Studies Association (ISA) and Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).He can be reached through:

Academic Qualifications

S/N Institutions attended degree(s) awarded year
1 university of calabar, calabar-nigeria diploma in theatre arts 1998
2 lagos state university, ojo lagos ba theatre arts 2008
3 university of ibadan, nigeria ma theatre arts 2012
4 university of ibadan, nigeria phd in view  


research interests

1 African indigenous Performance forms in the postcolonial era
2 Carnival and Masquerade art Studies
3 women and cultural studies
4 african theatre history
5 street emergent/new theatres
6 standup comedy


PG project students (name of student and a summary of completed or on-going research)

1 onyemaechi, favour c. 2016.Existentialism in Twelfik Al-Hakim’s Fate of a Cockroach and John Pepper Clark’s The Raft. ba long essay completed and submitted to the department of languages, linguistics & lterary studies.
2 unya, regina o. ‘indigeniety and modernity in nkwa umuagbogho dance of afikpo’ ba long essay in theatre arts. supervision, on-going



Membership of professional bodies

1 AfTA: African Theatre Association
2 SONTA: Society of nigerian theatre aRTISTS


Selected publications (WITH LINKS WHERE AVAILABLE)

1 Humour, satire and the emergent stand-up comedy: A diachronic appraisal of the contributions of the masking tradition.6:4, 2018, 24-38
2 Masquerade and Women Spectatorship in Akpoha-Afikpo: The Demystified Affront” in Culture, precepts, and social change in southeastern Nigeria: understanding the Igbo. Ogechi E. Anyanwu and Appollos O. Nwauwa (eds.) Lanham: Lexington Books. 2019 (75-98)
3 Carnivalization of Indigenous Performance Forms & the Demystification of Ritual Essence in Costume &Mask Designs of Masquerade Art.African Theatre. New York: Boydell& Brewer Inc. and James Currey, 18:1. 2019, 42-62
4 Interrogating the Indigenous and Contemporary Dance Interface in ‘Ekombi’ and ‘Passion 4’ Dances of Carnival Calabar, Cross River State.CAJOLIS: Calabar Journal of Liberal Studies. 21:1 2019, 184-193
5 Misrepresentation and Bastardisationof the Igbo in Nollywood Films. In Nigeria Theatre Journal. Vol. 16:1. 2016. 108-125
6 Western Theatre and the Production Processes of Ọkumkpọ Masquerade Performance of Akpọha-Afikpo: A Study in Comparison.IJHCS International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies Vol. 4:2 2017, 189-200
7 With Charles Effiong. Between Nollywood and Cultural Values: A Search for Authentic Global Medium in Democratic Nigeria. NDUNODE: Calabar Journal of the Humanities. 13:1 January, 2018, 292-299.
8 With Rowland C. AmaefulaCostuming For African Values: A Reassessment Of Un-African Ideals In Calabar Carnival. OGIRISI: A New Journal of African Studies. 12. Special Issue 2016, 190-121.
9 Carnival, new media and the performance of self in the age of sexuality discourse’ IJOTA: Ibadan Journal of Theatre Arts. 11 & 12, 2017/2018, 45-61
10 Dance Hybridity and the Challenges of Indigenous Dance Forms: A Critical Appraisal of Carnival Calabar.DANJON: Dance Journal of Nigeria. 3:1. 2016, 64-73


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