Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Izuu Nwankwọ is a theatre scholar, teacher, researcher, and essayist, whose research interests include African and African diaspora popular culture and performance.
He is a recipient of the African Humanities Program (AHP) Dissertation Completion Award and Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2012 and 2014. Nwankwo is also Iso Lomso postdoctoral Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and currently (2019-2022) a Georg Forster Postdoctoral Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany.
He translated Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart into the Igbo language with the title Ihe Aghasaa (2007). His other books include Yabbing and Wording: The Artistry of Nigerian Stand-up Comedy (NISC Press: Makhanda, 2021); the edited book, Stand-up Comedy in Africa: Humour in Popular Languages and Media (Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag 2022); and the co-authored work (with Daniel Hammett and Laura S. Martin) Beyond Resistance: Humour and Politics in Africa (Bristol: Bristol UP, 2022).
Feb 02, 2022 08:49 am UTC| Entertainment
The essence of stand-up comedy is that you have a comedian performing to a live audience with the goal of entertaining through eliciting humour. Comedians hold social, cultural, and political phenomena up to ridicule....