Imo State University, Owerri has produced it’s first doctorate degree holder in Literature 40 years after it’s establishment.
He is Augustine Uche Emela, a lecturer in the Department of English and Literary Studies of the university.
Emela made history on Friday 30th April 2021 when he successfully defended his Ph.D thesis before a panel chaired by a former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Prof Gbemisola Adeoti.
Emela’s thesis investigated Femi Osofisan’s appropriation of Brechtian Aesthetics and Traditional African theatre in his plays with close references to some selected plays by the playwright.
With the application of Bertolt Brecht’s theory of theatre together with Ossie Enekwe’s and Mineke Skipper’s theories of traditional African theatre, it was revealed that Osofisan harmonises Brechtian Aesthetics with the elements of traditional African theatre in his plays.
The review of scholarship illuminates critical views of Osofisan’s work which touches on the varieties of issues that relate to his writings.
Through this engagement, it was established that critics have not paid adequate attention to the developmental phases of Osofisan’s work.
This is a crucial gap in scholarship which the research fills.
In 2019, Augustine Emela got an invitation from a renowned international research foundation -The Humboldt Research Foundation to travel to Germany with his supervisor, Prof. Isidore Diala to explore modern European research facilities for the enrichment of his thesis with modern scholarship.
He returned to Nigeria at the end of 2019 after completing his research.