UKALA, Prof. Samuel Chinedum

B.A., M.A., Ph.D; lecturer, researcher, administrator; DOB: April 18, 1948; Place: Mbiri; Hometown; Mbiri; LGA: Ika North-East; so: Delta; Married: Grace Obiajulu Onyebuashi, December 27, 1976; No of Children: two sons: three daughters; Education: All Saints' Primary School, Mbiri, 1956-61; Secondary Modern School, Mbiri, 1962; Ika Grammar School, Agbor, 1963-67; University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1973-77; University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 1982-86; CAREER: Teacher, NYSC, Yelwa Government Secondary School, Yola, Gongola State, 1977-78; Management trainee, then asst. Personnel Manager, Lever Brothers Nigeria Ltd. Apapa, Lagos, 1978-80; Personnel Officer 1/snr. Personnel Officer, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Refinery, Effurun refinery, 198082; part-time lecturer, Threatre Workshop, University of Ibadan, 1982-83; Edo State University, now Ambrose Ali University, Department of Languages and Literature: Lecturer II, 1985-87; Lecturer I, 1987-89; snr. lecturer/ag. HOD, 1989-91; co-ordinating Drama Unit, 1991-92; Reader, Co-ordinating Drama Unit, 1992-93; Reader, Co-ordinating Drama Unit, Department of English, 1994-95; prof. Drama and Theatre Arts, Ambrose Alii University, Ekpoma, since 1995; proL/Head, Department of Theatre Arts, 1996-98; din, General Studies Division, 1997-98; visiting ag. Head, Department of Performing Arts, Delta State University, Abraka, 1993; Folk Art Consultant/Writer/ dir. in Residence Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Waterfool, Lancashire, U.K, 1998-99; Ambrose Alii University, Ekpoma, Department of Theatre Arts: prof, of Drama and Theatre Arts, 1999-2000; prof./ Head of the Department, 2000-01; Department of Performing Arts, Delta State University, Abraka: prof, of Drama and Theatre Arts, since 2001; prof./Head of the Department, 2002; ag. Dean, Faculty of Arts, 2003; Dean, Faculty of Arts, since 2003; established "Abraka Humanities Review", a faculty journal and led the faculty to organise the International Conference on African Arts, the in Delta State University, 2004; visiting ag. Head of Department, Performing Arts, he designed the programme and curriculum of Theatre Arts, merged it with Music into a department with two degree programmes, 1993; led Theatre Arts Unit to obtain interim accreditation, designed its M.A. and Ph.D. programmes and curricula as pioneer Head, Department of Performing Arts, 2002; Ambrose Alii University: Pioneer Head, Theatre Arts Department and designed the department programme and curriculum; ag. Head, Department of Language and Literature, he obtained interim accreditation from Nigerian Universities Commission; designed and pioneered the running of M.A. and Ph.D. programmes; restructured the department into three: English and Literary Studies, Modern European Languages and Theatre Arts; cw: he co-wrote and co-directed, with Bob Frith founder of Horse & Bamboo Theatre Company, "Harvest of Ghosts" an experiment in visual theatre on the effect of oil exploitation in the Niger-Delta which toured the U.K., Holland and Ireland, 1999; directorial consultant to BBC North, Manchester, U.K., 1999; ch: Departmental Admissions Committee, Ekpoma, 1989-91; Ceremonials Committee, 1991-92; University Conference Grants Committee, 2000; ch., in Abraka: Senate Task Force on the Computerisation of Student Records, 2002; Faculty Appraisal Committee, since 2003; Faculty Postgraduate Committee, Faculty of Arts, since 2003; Council, Our Saviour's Chapel, since 2003; ee: and assessor, undergraduate and postgraduate levels (Readership and Professorship), to Universities of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Benin, Ilorin, Abuja and Lagos; mm: Ambrose Alii University: Faculty Research Committee, 1991; University 10th Anniversary Committee, 1991; University Committee on Local Conferences Fund, 1990-91; asst. Hall Warden, 1989-90; then Hall Warden, Rev. Martins Hall, 1990-92. Delta State University Development Committee, and Senate, 1993; Ambrose Alii University: Board of Governors of University Staff Schools, 1994-96; Graduate School Committee, 1995-01; Senate, 1989-01; Senate Representative, Appointments and Promotion Committee, Academic, 1996-01; University Orator, 1997-98; Delta State University: Senate, since 2001; Committee of Deans, since 2003; Nigerian Academy of Letters; Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists (SONATA); asst. editor, Literary Society of Nigeria; editor of drama, West African Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies; Association of Nigerian Authors; Ethnic Studies Network, U.K, since 1993; Modern Language Association, USA, since 1993; f: Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow, University of Leeds, U.K, 1993-94; ah: Rev. J.V. Landy Prize for Best Short Story, Department of English, University of Nigeria. Nsukka, 1976; The British Council Prize for Best All Round Student, Department of English, UNN, 1976; Letter of Commendation for hardwork and devotion to duty from Governing Council, Bendel State University, now Ambrose Alii University, Ekpoma, 1987; Association of Nigerian Authors/British Council Prize for Drama, 1989; Association of Nigerian Authors Prose Prize, 2000; National Honours: National Youth Service Corps, Gongola State: Drama Award first prize, 1977; State award, 1978; h: Cited in Ika: The Land and its People, 2nd Edition, Lagos, 2004; Who's Who in Nigeria, published by Nigerian International Biographical Centre; Publications: Two Plays, The Placenta of Death and The Last Heroes, Oris Press, Agbor 1997; The Trials of Obiamaka Elema, Agbor: Oris Press, 1992; Break a Boil, Oris Press, Agbor, 1992; Akpakaland in 5 Plays: ANA/British Council Prize Winners; Heinemann, Ibadan, 1990; The Log in your Eye. Ibadan University Press Ltd. 1986; The Slave Wife, Ibadan University Press Ltd. 1982; Manual of Research and Thesis Writing in Theatre Arts, a monograph, Oris Press, Agbor, 2000; Skeletons: A Collection of Stories, Oris Press, Agbor, 2000; In My Heritage, a collection of poems, Oris Press, Agbor, 2000, to mention a few; he directs, acts and writes scripts; Creative Works: Harvest of Ghosts (written and directed with Bob Frith) toured the U.K, Holland and Ireland in 1999; Fifteen (15) bther titles, written and directed by me, have been performed in different parts of Nigeria, including Nsukka, Enugu, Zaria, Ekpoma, Benin, Ibadan and Lagos; hob: filming, writing, performance, poultry farming; off: Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Delta State University, Abraka; tel: 08033823536; e-m: [email protected]; res: House C12, 3rd Lane, off 2nd Street, Delta State University, Site II, Abraka; e-m: [email protected] benin.nipost.com.ng; pha: Ukala's Compound Ikeze, Mbiri, Ika North East Iga, Delta State.
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