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Dr. Charles Asuquo Effiong


Theatre and Media Studies


Lecturer I


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About Dr. Charles Asuquo Effiong

Dr. Charles Asuquo Effiong is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Carnival Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria. He started his working career in 2008 as news and feature reporter with Pioneer Extra, an insert Magazine, in the Akwa Ibom State-owned Pioneer Newspapers. From the Pioneer Extra, Dr. Effiong left for Abuja in 2009 to work with D.O.M Communications in Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, publishers of the Nigerian Newsworld Magazine, as a staff reporter. Following his commitment to duty, he was transferred to Akwa Ibom State as the State Correspondent/Editor in the same year. He remained with the media organization until the Nigerian Pilot Newspaper was launched in 2011 from the same stable. He continued in his role as the state correspondent/editor for the two titles until 2013, when he left to take up a lecturing appointment as a pioneer and one of the first four lecturers in the Department of Performing Arts, Akwa Ibom State University. He was in that institution until 2015, when he left as a Lecturer II to pick up an appointment as Lecturer I in his alma mater, the Department of Theatre, Film and Carnival Studies, University of Calabar. Between 2011 and 2012, Dr. Effiong was part of the contributors in a book project titled The Critique that was facilitated by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) and sponsored by the Akwa Ibom State Government. Dr. Charles Effiong is a zealous scholar, whose interest is in media and development studies. He is also enthusiastic about critical theory as it relates to theatre and media studies. His interest in media studies started when he was an undergraduate student; and that is why after his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2002, and subsequently completion of National youth service scheme, he enrolled for a Master of Arts in Media Arts Studies. Dr Effiong is published in more than seventeen journals, local and foreign, and he also has five book chapters. He has attended a good number of academic conferences. He is member of the Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists (SONTA). His hobbies include playing the game of scrabble, watching football and listening to and reading news stories.

S/N Qualification School Atttended Started Finished
FSLCIronbar Memorial School, Calabar, Cross River State Nigeria. 19781984
Senior Secondary School CertificateImmaculate Conception Seminary, Mfamosing, Akamkpa Local Government Area, Cross River State Nigeria. 19831990
BA (Hons) in Theatre Art.University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State Nigeria.19972002
M.A in Media Studies.University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State Nigeria.20052009
Ph.D in Media Studies.University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State Nigeria.20092015

S/N Publication
Effiong, C., & Eze-orji B. (2018). Between Nollywood and Cultural Values: A Search for Authentic Global Medium in Democratic Nigeria,. Ndunode: Calabar Journal of Humanities, 13(1), 292-299.
Effiong, C., & Iseyen, L. (2018)., Social Consequences and Dramatic Aesthetics in Effiong Johnson’s The Fight Has Just Begun. Ikoro: Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 10(1,2), 88-95.
Effiong, C., & Akpan, B. (2018). Advancing Effective Communication Through Newspaper Feature Report and Television Documentary, Ikenga: International Journal of Institute of African Studies. 18(1), 205-215
Effiong, C. (2018). Good Governance, the Media and Nigerian Public: Insight Into Edde Iji’s Perspective on Freedom of Information Act, Reflections on Theatre, Media and Human Conditions, 126-134.
Effiong, C. (2018). Globalization, Social Media and Imperatives in the Promotion of Nigerian Cultural Values, Journal of New Media and Mass Communication, 5(1) 14-22.
Effiong, C., & Eze-orji, B. (2017). Media Criticism and Agenda for Effective leadership: An Appraisal of Nollywood Productions. Nigerian Theatre Journal, 17(1), 28-37.
Effiong, C., & Iseyen L. (2017), Nollywood, Popular Culture and Nigerian National Identity. International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (IJHCS), 4(2),75-86.
Effiong, C. (2017). Media Drama and Socio-development of the Nigerian Child, Curriculum Development and Arts Education in Nigeria, 39-47.
Effiong, C. (2017). Nigerian Popular Films: Copyright and Originality. LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research. (14(3), 191-204.
Effiong, C. (2017). The Place of the Media in Tourism Development in Nigeria: Cross River State Example, Theatre and Media in the Third Millenium, 220-229.
Effiong, C. (2017). Nollywood and the Morality Question: Dismantling the Grotesque from Aesthetics. Inside Nollywood: Issues and Perspectives of Nigerian Cinema, 354-363.
Effiong, C., & Irek,N. (2016). Developing Theatre Professionalism in Nigeria, JOTAMS: Journal of Theatre and Media Studies, 1(2), 143-152.
Effiong, C. (2015). Interrogating the Creativity and Effectiveness of the Nigerian Media in a Democratic System, Sankofa: Journal of the Humanities. (4(1), 53 – 76.
Effiong, C. (2015). Changing the Tone: Nigerian Films and the Nation’s Reform Agenda. ASTR –African Theatre Studies Review: A Journal of Theory, Criticism, Aesthetics, Administration, History and Practice of Theatre Arts. 7(1), 5 – 10.
Effiong, C., & Irek, N. (2015). Theatre Practice in Nigeria: Surveying the Past and the Present, Ifiok: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(1), 30 – 39.
Effiong, C., (2015), The Aesthetics of Multiculturalism in Nollywood. Nigerian Theatre Journal, 15, 85-99.
Effiong, C., & Irek, N. (2015). Media Marketing: The Theatre in Perspective, WAACLALS: West African Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, (3(2), 89 – 97.
Effiong, C. (2014). Synergistic Structure of Audio-visual Demands for Effective Communication on Stage and Television, Akwa Ibom State University Journal of Arts, AKSUJA, (1), 63 – 78.
Effiong, C. (2014), A Critical Appreciation of Plato’s Aesthetics in Nigerian Films. Ifiok: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 1(1), 132- 141.
Effiong, C. (2014). Reflecting on Social Conflict in James Alachi Atu’s The Gods are to Blame, Theatre and Sociocriticism: The Dramaturgy of James Alachi, 244-253.
Effiong, C. (2011). Globalization, Multiculturalism and the Nigerian Media, Theatre Studies Review (TSR), 7(2), 32 – 45.

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S/N Conference Description Started Finished
Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists 28th Annual International Conference. : Repositioning Nollywood for the Promotion of Nigeria’s Cultural Diplomacy and National Security held at National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Abuja Theme The Aesthetics of Multiculturalism and the Popularity of Nollywood.2015-08-032015-08-05
Theatre/Media Studies in the Third Millennium organized by Calabar International Conference of Theatre and Media Studies, (CCTMS) Held at the Department of Theatre & Media Studies, University of Calabar (Premiere Edition). The Place of the Media in Tourism Development in Nigeria: Cross River State Example.2015-09-232015-09-27
Globalization and Democratic Values in Africa: Perspectives in the Humanities. Organized by First Faculty of Arts International Conference . Held at the Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar,Calabar Cross River State Between Nollywood and Cultural Values: A Search for Aesthetic Global Medium.2016-04-012016-04-15
Paradigm Shift in African Theatre and Performance. Organized by African Theatre Association (AfTA) Annual International The Bizarre in Nollywood: A Proposal for Aesthetic Appeal. 2016-07-212016-07-24
Theatre, Economic Recession and Quest for Survival. organized by Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists 30th Annual International Conference Held at the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt . Experiential Effect of Contemporary Media Products on the Nigerian Audience2017-11-012017-11-03