The Open University, Development Policy and Practice, Research Fellow
Françoise Ugochukwu (Igbo name: Ijeoma), habilitée à diriger des recherches, is a Chartered linguist & an Africanist with special interest in Nollywood, Nigerian and intercultural Studies. A retired Professor from the University of Nigeria, currently affiliated to the Open University (UK), Dept of Development Policy & Practice as a Research Fellow, she is also a Senior Research Fellow, IFRA (Ibadan). She lectured in Higher Education in Nigeria, France and the UK, 1972-2014. She is now a full-time researcher and PhD examiner, while serving as expert on the Paris-based 'Neverforgetbiafra' endowment fund. She is the author of the first Igbo-French dictionary (a Franco-Nigerian joint venture), of several books and more than hundred book chapters and articles in English and in French in reputable journals worldwide, and translated the first Igbo novel, Omenuko, into French. A former external collaborator to the Paris LLACAN (unit 3), 1993-2017, and President of the Association for the study of African literatures (APELA), 2016-2019, she is the founding editor of the Journal of African Films & Diaspora Studies (JAFDIS), a member of several professional Societies including the Société des Africanistes (Paris) and a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy. Her pioneering work in the field and longstanding contribution to the strengthening of cultural and educational ties between France and Nigeria awarded her the national distinction of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques in 1994.
Nigeria - Biafra - History - Media - Literature
The Open University, Development Policy and Practice, Research Fellow ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche), ELLAF, Project member in charge of literatures in Igbo language Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique, African Studies, Senior Research Fellow