Prof. Hyginus Ekwuazi
Faculty Film Production
Prof. Hyginus Ekwuazi
Faculty Film Production


Professor Hyginus Ekwuazi was a former Acting Head of the Department of Theatre Arts in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was also Director General of the Nigeria Film Corporation.

Ekwuazi currently acts as a jury in several awards competitions and festivals, including the Africa Movie Academy Awards.


 Ekwuazi, H.O. (1987).

 “The Semantic Environment of the Television News Bulletin”. Ivie, Nigerian Journal of Arts and Culture, Vol.1 No 4 (pp. 86-100)

 Ekwuazi, H.0. (1988).
“Film Production in Nigeria”. Nigeria Magazine, Vol. 56, No.2 (Pp. 22-25)

 Ekwuazi, H.0. (1990).
“Towards a Theory for Film Acting: The Nigerian Experience”. Africa Media Review, African Council for Communication Education (ACCE)
Nairobi Kenya, Vol.5, No. 2 (pp. 95-106).

 Ekwuazi, H.0. (1991).
“Towards the Decolonization of the African Film” Africa Media Review, African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), Nairobi, Kenya, Vol.5, No.2 (pp. 95-106)

 Ekwuazi, H.O. (1992).

 “Towards an Effective Film Criticism” Alore, Ilorin Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 6-8, 94-104.

Ekwuazi, H. O. (2007).

 “Nigerian Literature and the development of the Nigerian Film Industry”. IJOTA: Ibadan Journal of Theatre Arts, Vol 1, No. 1 130-139.

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2008).

“Nollywood: History as Economic Determinism or as an Accident in Evolutionary Trends/Creative Process” International Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Scholarship – Special Issue – Motion Picture in Nigeria, No. 3-5. 135-142.

 Ekwuazi, H.O. (2008).

“Development Communication: Towards an Assessment of the Nollywood Practice”. International Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Scholarship – Special Issue – Motion Picture in Nigeria, No. 3-5. 190-206.

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2008).

“Nollywood: Living in the Bondage of Wealth Creation. “International Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Scholarship – Special Issue – Motion Picture in Nigeria. No. 3-5. 229-307.

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2008).

“Eye on Corruption—A Mass Mobilization Project.” The CRAB, Journal of Theatre & Media Arts No. 2-4, June.

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2008).

“The Other Nollywood: The Documentary. IJOTA: Ibadan Journal of Theatre Arts: July Special Edition: No. 2-4. 284-297.

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2010).

“Portrait of the Nigerian Poet”. Nigerian Literature Today: A Journal of Contemporary Nigeria Writing.

Ekwuazi, H.O. (1993).
“Rasheed Gbadamosi: Towards the Screen Adaptation of the Plays” ASE:
Journal of Contemporary Literature (Special Issues on Rasheed Gbadamosi)
Vol.1 No.3 (Harmattan) 1993. (pp. -49)

Ekwuazi, H.O. (1993).
”Development Communication: Towards a Synthesis of Ideas”. JAPA: Journal of Africa Theater Arts  Vol. 1 No.1 (pp. 100-111)

Ekwuazi, H.O. (1994).

 “Culture and the Nigerian Film”. IRORO-JASS (1994/1995) No. 1 (pp. 177, 183)

 Ekwuazi, H.O.
“Muenier’s Barriers: What Barriers to a Screen Adaptation?” ASE: Journal of Contemporary Nigeria Life and Literature. VoI. 1, 111. No.1. French Themes Nigerian Background. (pp. 125-135)

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2001).
”Political Values and the Nigerian Film” Matata: Journal for African Culture & Society, Numbers 23-24. (257-282)

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2006).

“Supremacy of image on the discourse in the news and TV” The Crab: Journal of Theater and Media Arts, Vol.1 No.2 , June 2006, (165-175)

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2006).

“The Hausa video film: the call of the muezzin”; Film International, issue 28, vol.5, Nov 4: 2007 (64-70).

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2008).

“Nollywood’s Movie Magic: The Privileging of Story/Theme Over Technique.” The CRAB, Journal of Theatre & Media Arts, No. 5-6, June.

 Ekwuazi, H. O. (2011).

“The Perception/Reception of Multichoice/M-Net’s Africa Magic Channels by Nigerian Undergraduates”.Uniben Mediacom, No. 1-4, Jan-Dec. (1-14).

Ekwuazi, H.O. (2011).

 “Nollywood: The Audience as Merchandise” Uniben Mediacom, No. 1-4, Jan-Dec. (233-244).

Ekwuazi, H. O. (2014).

“The Perception/Reception of DSTV/Multichoice’s Africa Magic Channels by Selected Nigerian Audiences.” Journal of African Cinemas, Vol. 6, Issue 1 (21-48).




Books And Book Chapters

• Books or Chapters in books already published:


(1) Ekwuazi, H.O. (1987) & (1991).
Film in Nigeria. Ibadan. Moonlight Publishers, Nigeria Ltd, (222 pp). Enlarged second edition — Jos. NFC, 1991 (pp 244).


(2) Ekwuazi, H.O (1991).
Creating the Screen Image: Visual Composition for Television and Film.
Lagos. Kraft Books Ltd. (166 pp).


(3) Ekwuazi, H.O. (1990).
“Television and Nigeria’s Mass Mediated Audio-Visual Culture” in Akali, Domatob and Jika (ed): Africa Media Issues. Enugu, Delta Publications. (pp 34-45).


(4) Ekwuazi, H.O (1991).
“The Communicative Import of Film in National Development” in Unoh, S. (ed): Topical Issues in Communication Arts (Vol. 11) Uyo.
Modern Business Press.(pp. 148-162).



(5) Ekwuazi, H.O. (1991).
“Film and Television: Any Common Grounds?” in Olu Aderoumu and Dedenuola (ed). Management and Problems of Media Practices in Nigeria. Lagos. Nigeria Television Forum Lecture. (pp. 46-57).



(6) Ekwuazi, H.O. & Nasidi, Y. (ed) (1992).
No…. Not Hollywood: Essays and Speeches of Brendan Shehu. Jos, Nigeria. Jos, Nigeria Film Corporation. (194 pp) My own contribution besides editing: The Preface: xi – xvii.



(7) Ekwuazi, H.O. & Nasidi, Y. (ed) (1992).
Operatives Principles of the film Industry: Towards a Film Policy for Nigeria.
Jos. NFC. (354pp) My own contribution besides editing: Chapter 4: “The
Development of the Nigerian Film Industry: Implications for Research” (pp



(8) Ekwuazi, H.O. (1993).
A New Approach to the Screen Play. Lagos. Kraft Books Ltd (111 pp)



(9) Ekwuazi, H.O. Okome, 0. Okhakhu, M & Ibagere, E (1993).
Studies in film and Television. Lagos. Nigerian Film Corporation
(pp 158). My Own contribution in the work: –
Chapter 1: “Issues in the Use of Film in Research” (pp. 1-12)
Chapter 2: “Film Criticism: Issues, Precepts and the Nigerian Situation” (pp13-33).



(10) Adedeji, J.A. & Ekwuazi, H.O. (1994).
Nigerian Theater: Dynamics of a Movement .Ibadan: Caltop Publications
Nig. (175 pp). My own contribution besides general editing: Editor’s
Preferences (p-iv)
Chapter 10: “Lights! Camera! Action! The Yoruba Theatre on Screen”. (pp.



(11) Tosanwunmi, 0.0. & Ekwuazi, H. O. (ed) (1994).
Mass Communication. Ibadan. Caltop Publications, Nig. In
association with Dept. of Mass Communication, Delta State University,
Abraka. (197 pp.). My own contribution besides editing:
“Writing for Radio: Basic Principles and Application” (pp. 146-172).
“Writing for Television: Basic Principles and Application” (pp. 137-193).



(12) Ekwuazi, H.0 (1996) & (2008).
The Television/ Film Documentary: A Production Resource Book. Jos National Film Institute. (112 pp); Ibadan. Kraft Books. (155pp)



(13) Ekwuazi, H.0. (1997) & (200).
“The Igbo Video Film: A Glimpse into the Cult of the Individual” in Jonathan Haynes (ed). Nigerian Video Films. Athens, Ohio University Center for International Studies (pp13-147).



(14) Ekwuazi, H 0 (1986).
Morning yet on Judgment Day (A Play in Three Movements). Ibadan. Evans Publishers, Nigeria td. (pp 57).


(15) Ekwuazi, H.0. (1989).
The Great Attempt (A novel adapted from the film of the same title)
Ibadan. Mackay Educational Services Nigeria Ltd. (pp 105).



(16) Ekwuazi, H.0 (1993).
A Temple Made of Clay: An Experimental Play. Ibadan: Kraft Books Ltd. (46 pp)


(17) Ekwuazi, H.0. (2000).
For whom the Mourners Mourn (A Play in Three Movements). Lagos
Macmillan Publisher, Nigeria Ltd. (pp 46).



(18) Ekwuazi, H.0. (2002).
“Discourse on Film Censorship in Nigeria” in Augustine-Ufua Enahoro (ed) Cinema Discourse. Jos. Positive Education Publishers. (pp. 34-49)



(19) Ekwuazi H., Sokomba J & Mgbejume 0 (ed) (2000).
Making the Transition from Video to Celluloid.
Jos. NFC/UNESCO (332pp)
my own contribution:
Preface p.vii-ix
Chapter 1:’Perspectives on the Nigerian Motion Picture Industry’ (1-11).



(20) Ekwuazi, H. 0. (2003) (ed).
Zanani— Screenplay. (UNESCO sponsored).
Jos. NFL (153 pp). My own contribution besides editing; “A Screenplay is born” — pp5-11.



(21) Ekwuazi, H. 0. (2006).
Love Apart (Poems) Ibadan. Kraft Books Ltd. (84pp). Winner: ANA/Cadbury prize for poetry (2007); Winner: ANA/NDDC-Gabriel Okara prize for poetry (2007); nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature (2009).



(22.) Ekwuazi, H.O.(2007).

Advertising on television: the TV commercial from premise through concept & copy to storyboard & production. Ibadan. Sterlin Hordens. (357pp)



(23.) Ekwuazi, H.O. (2008).

Dawn into moonlight: all around me drawing (poems) Ibadan. Kraft Books Ltd.( 108pp). Winner: ANA/NDDC – Gabriel Okara Prize for Poetry, 2008.


(24) Ekwuazi, H.O. (2009).

The Monkey’s Eyes (Poems) Ibadan. Kraft Books Ltd (136pp)

(25) Ekwuazi, H.O. (2010).

That Other Country (Poems). Ibadan. Kraft Books Ltd. Winner: ANA/Cadbury Prize for Poetry (2010) 110pp. Nominated for the Soyinka Prize for Literature (2012).

(26) Ekwuazi, H.O. (2011).

 I’ve Miles to Walk Before I Sleep. (Fiction). Ibadan. Kraft Books Ltd. (167 pp)

(27) Ekwuazi, H. O., Aluede C. O & Omoera S. S (20012) (eds).

Contemporary Discourses on Media and Theatre arts Studies in Nigeria. Delhi, India. Kamla-Raj Enterprises. 147pp.

(28) Ekwuazi, H. O. (2013).

“Writing Poetry” in Dan Izevbaye, Festus Adesanya & Dele Layiwola (eds): A Handbook For Nigerian Creative Writers, Nigerian Academy of Letters. (pp67-95).

(29) Ekwuazi, H. O. (2014).

“Nollywood: How Far? How Much Further?” in Adeshina Afolayan (ed):Auteuring Nollywood—Critical Perspectives in ‘The Figurine’.  Ibadan, University Press Plc. (pp332-349).


(30) Ekwuazi, H. O. (2015)

One Day, I’ll Dare to Raise My Middle Finger at the Stork and the Reaper. (Poems). Makurdi, Karu, Abuja Ibadan. Sevhage Publishers. 98pp. [Nominated for both: the Soyinka Prize for Literature/Poetry & the LNG/Nigeria Literature/Poetry Prize, 2017].

(31) Ekwuazi, H. O.  (ed.) (2017)

Media—A Production Resource Book. Makurdi, Karu, Abuja & Ibadan. Sevhage Publishers. 400pp.




1. Honoured Lecturer:

 (7th) NCAC: National Council for Arts & Culture.

2. Nominated for the Nigeria Literature Prize.

3 Nominated for the Soyinka Prize for Literature.

4. Won (Association of Nigerian Authors) ANA/Cadbury prize for poetry.


5. Won (Association of Nigerian Authors) ANA/NNDC-Gabriel Okara prize for poetry.


6. Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administrators of Nigeria.


7. Gold Plaque Award for professional & selfless contribution to the successful hosting of CHOGM — The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.


8. Letter of Commendation from the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku ABUBAKAR, for role as Producer of the seminal biographical documentary film, Shehu Musa Yaradua.


9. Fellow: Salzburg Film Seminar (Session 314).


10. British Council Fellowship for Film Studies:
(Not Utilized).


11. Federal Government of Nigeria P/Graduate
Scholarship Award (Not Utilized).


12. University of Ibadan Post Graduate
Scholarship Award.



13. Association of African Universities Under-Graduate
Scholarship Award (Not Utilized).


14. Federal Government of Nigeria Under-Graduate
Scholarship Award.


Membership of Learned Societies

(1) Member: ACCE — African Council for Communication Education.


(2) Member: SONTA—Society of Nigerian Theater Artists.


(3) Member: ANA — Association of Nigerian Authors.


Conference Presentations

Subject(s) Taught