Dr Terri Ochiagha

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Dr Terri Ochiagha holds a PhD in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures from Complutense University, Madrid, and  is Lecturer in World Literatures in English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is  a scholar of colonial and postcolonial Nigerian cultures and societies working in the interstices of literary studies, history, and postcolonial theory. Dr. Ochiagha is particularly interested in colonial archival practices, first-generation Nigerian writing, the history of elite colonial education in Africa and the complex construction and performance of colonial subjectivities amidst (post)colonial flux. 

Her first book, Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite (2015) won the African Studies Association UK 's Fage and Oliver Prize in 2016. Her work has been published in The Lion and the Unicorn, History in Africa, Research in African Literatures, Africa: Journal of the International Africa Institute and Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies

In 2014, she was awarded one of the prestigious British Academy Newton Fellowship Awards to fund her research on the colonial cultural magazine Nigeria. The result is her third book, which is currently in the process of concluding, Affective States and Archival Excess: Nigeria Magazine and the Politics of Self-Monumentality



Dr Ochiagha is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and at Royal Holloway, she  co-convenes and lectures in the first year core module, Reorienting the Novel, as well as teaches two third-year options, The Postcolonial Novel: The Art of Resistance and Orientalist Fantasies: From the Eighteenth-Century to the Present. 

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