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Nigerian filmmaker appointed Honorary Fellow at Oxford varsity

A Nigerian film director and producer, Mishael Maro, has been conferred an Honorary Fellowship of the James Currey Society at the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

Maro, who will be an Academic Visitor at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, for the 2022-2023 Academic year, will be returning to the United Kingdom to focus his research on creating films from the past, with a general focus on James Currey and his works.

The James Currey Writing and Publishing Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and dedication to their writing and arts.

The scholarship is named in honour of British publisher, James Currey and his contributions to African scholarship and literature.

This year, over 120 applications were received.

Maro, on his part, was invited by the Society for a joint research project on film and publishing.

He was selected as one of the participants of James Currey Writing and Publishing Workshop Class of 2022, where he got an opportunity to meet, work and learn from experienced researchers and writers.

Maro, who spoke during a workshop, mentioned that he developed an interest in neo-colonialism and theories of imperialism, and wishes to focus mostly on cultural imperialism, hegemony, the role and impact of colonies, especially in West Africa, to improve ethnographic research, and develop values promoting cultural revitalisation and rationalisation.

He said, “After completing my degree and travelling round the world, I invested in arts, and also recently released the film titled ‘Abused,’ amongst others.”


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