Samantha Iwowo

Dr Samantha Iwowo

  • Senior Lecturer in Directing Drama for Film and Television
  • Weymouth House W210, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Samantha Iwowo, is a screenwriter, director and researcher, who commenced her career as a commissioned screenwriter with South Africa’s largest cable network, M-Net.


Iwowo wrote several episodes of the daily drama series, Tinsel (2008 – present), from 2013 to 2014. She has also written fifty published screenplays. These include the internationally celebrated feature Oloibiri (2016): Made in collaboration with Student Emmy and Academy awards winning director, Curtis Graham, it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2015. Her most recent screenplay, The Tyrant (forthcoming), is a biography on Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe; commissioned by Theatron Media Inc., Canada, it stars British-Nigerian actor, Hakeem Kae-Kazim. She has also directed four films; her works often situate within themes of postcolonialism, and transnational cinema. Her most recent directorial piece, Go Get Milk, is due for release in the first quarter of 2019. This is an advocacy piece on the teenage knife-crime incidents in South-East London...


Journal Articles



PhD Students

  • Ucheyamere Chimdiebube Nkwam-Uwaoma, 2024. Horror Film in Nollywood: An Evaluation of Women Portrayal and Participation (2000-2022)

Invited Lectures

  • Story Structure and Motifs, Lagos, Nigeria, 22 Apr 2022 more
  • Screenwriting in Africa: Stories, Tools & Future, Lagos, Nigeria, 02 Apr 2022 more
  • Keynote: “Creativity in the New Workplace”., Nigeria, 19 Mar 2022 more
  • “African Cinema, past, present & imagined futures", London South Bank University, London., 01 Jan 2022 more
  • A Postcolonial Review of African Apocalypse, Bristol, UK, 01 Jan 2022 more
  • Birkbeck, University of London, 25 Nov 2019 more
  • "Nollywood as a 'World' Cinema", University of Bristol, 14 Nov 2019 more
  • The Poetics of Mise en Scène, Nigeria, 08 Nov 2019 more
  • Nollywood: From Whence We Came, London Southbank University, 01 Dec 2017 more
  • Production Patterns of Neo-Nollywood, University College London, 15 Mar 2017 more

External Responsibilities

  • University of York, External Examiner (2020-2023)

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Media Practice and Education, Open peer review, 01 Jan 2021

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Panel member, The Stuart-Hall Project; Screening and Roundtable, held by the Department of Humanities and Law. Bournemouth University, UK. 2020.
  • Convener, ‘Towards a Sustainable Framework for Transnational Neo-Nollywood’, A Roundtable. University College London (UCL).
  • ‘Tackling the Othering of Nigerian Socio-Political Cinema’. Presented at the CCARHT symposium: The Several ‘Rs’ of Trafficking; Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. 2019.
  • "Nollywood Audiences and Human-Rights Films", presented at the seminar, The Past and Future of Rights Cinema, by Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Birckbeck University, UK.
  • “R.U.N.S: A Film Screening and Discussion”, presented at the seminar, ArtoP: The Visual Articulations of Politics in Nigeria. A BU research seminar in collaboration with SOAS, Bayero University, the University of Lagos, and the University of Wisconsin.
  • “An Introduction to Rage”, a paper underscoring motifs of racial-imposter complex in, Rage (1999), directed by Newton Aduaka. As part of the film’s curation by Dr. Jacqueline Maingard, it was presented during the 2017 edition of the project, Africa’s Lost Classics, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
  • "Nollywood Audiences and Human-Rights Films", presented at the seminar, The Past and Future of Rights Cinema, by Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Birckbeck University, UK.

Conference Presentations

  • Decolonising African Cinema: A History, 2021, Moderated the Session titled, “Continuity and Change”, involving the discussants, Balufu Bakupa Kanyinda, Boukary Sawadogo, 21 Oct 2021, United Arab Emirate
  • Fusion Learning Conference: Innovation and Excellence in the Pandemic, “Allyship and Decolonisation of Curriculum”., 28 Jun 2021, Bournemouth
  • Doing Diversity Better Conference, ‘Decolonising the Curricula: A Preface’, 22 Apr 2021, UK
  • Colonial Film Archives: Interrogations and Interventions, Subtext of Colonialism in Nigeria, 2020: A Post-Mortem of the #EndSARS Lekki Toll-Gate Massacre, 19 Mar 2021, UK
  • Women Academic Conference., 'Decolonising the Curricula: A Preface’,, 01 Jan 2021, United Kingdom
  • Social Impact Symposium, "Scripting and Filming Paint Brush – Exploring the Identity of Black, Teenage and Female in a Nigerian Diaspora Community of Peckham in London”, In the panel Fiction Forms and Impact., 01 Jan 2021, Germany
  • 7th Annual Conference of the Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN), in Partnership with UNESCO, ‘Reading Apaye, as Emem-isong’s Construction of Nigerian Female Identity in Media…’, 02 Sep 2020, Virtual
  • CCARHT Symposium: The Several ‘Rs’ of Trafficking, ‘Tackling the Othering of Nigerian Socio-Political Cinema’., 01 Jan 2019, Cambridge, UK
  • Researching Africa Day, Conference; University of Oxford, 'Neo-Nollywood: Exploring the Cinema Movement through Tripartite Lenses', 04 Mar 2017, Oxford



External Media and Press

Broadcast Interview

  • BBC Radio, Solent, UK., ‘Bournemouth University Lecturer, Dr. Samantha Iwowo, on Hattie McDaniel - The First African American to Win an Oscar’., Martin, K, 29 Feb 2020.