I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Nigerian Screen Worlds, a subset of the African Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies Project funded by the ERC at SOAS, University of London.
My background is in media and communication studies with a focus on Nigerian film and culture, which I have been researching since 2009 at the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU), Lagos. There, I co-convened several conferences and roundtables on Nigerian film with scholars and filmmakers on an annual basis.
In 2015, I obtained a PhD in Nigerian film from the University of Westminster, where I co-organised African film conferences for three years. My research interests include representations of the past and conflict in film, which my PhD explored, reception studies, media effects, cinema-going cultures in Nigeria and Ghana, film and social change, and the variety of screens through which audiences engage with African film. I was a recipient of the African Film Fellowship at the University of Cape Town in 2016. Thereafter, I co-edited African Film Cultures in 2017 and published the first article fully devoted to contemporary cinema-going in Lagos in 2019
Books And Book Chapters
Agina, A (2017b) NFVCB’s Ban of Fuelling Poverty: Political Move or National Security? In W. Mano, B. Knorpp & A. Agina. African Film Cultures. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.223-240 Mano, W., Knorpp, B. & Agina, A. (Eds.) (2017b). African Film CultAfrican Film Fellowship awarded by the University of Cape Town, October – December, 2016 Centre for African Studies Bursary awarded by University of Cambridge and ASAUK, 2016 1st Prize, National Film Essay Competition awarded by the Nigerian Film Corporation, Nigeria, 2012ures. Cambridge Scholars Publishing
African Film Fellowship awarded by the University of Cape Town, October – December, 2016 Centre for African Studies Bursary awarded by University of Cambridge and ASAUK, 2016 1st Prize, National Film Essay Competition awarded by the Nigerian Film Corporation, Nigeria, 2012
Lagos Studies Association (LSA) Conference, Jun 14-16, 2017 held at the University of Lagos. Exploring Cinema Audience Experiences in Lagos
African Studies Association of the UK (2016) Conference, Sep 7-9, 2016 held at the University of Cambridge, UK. Black November and its Social Change Potential: Reactions from the Audience
International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) July 27-31, 2016, University of Leicester, UK. Memory, Conflict and Restoration: The Reception of Niger Delta Films in the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa.