Samantha Iwowo

Dr Samantha Iwowo

  • Principal Academic in Directing Drama for Film and Television
  • Weymouth House W210, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Journal Articles



PhD Students

  • Ucheyamere Chimdiebube Nkwam-Uwaoma, 2024. Horror Film in Nollywood: An Evaluation of Women Portrayal and Participation (2000-2022), (In progress)
  • Francis Adeyinka Thomas, 2025. Yoruba Neo-Nollywood Film Producing: Challenges and Prospects

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

  • Screening Discussion (14 Oct 2020)
  • Roundtable (06 Jan 2020)
  • Presentation (01 Jul 2019-05 Jul 2019)
  • ‘Nollywood Audiences and Human-Rights Films. Against the Backdrop of the Fela'. Presentation at the seminar, "The Past and Future of Rights Cinema Day", Birckbeck Institute of Moving Images (BIMI) (16 Mar 2019)
  • ArtoP: The Visual Articulations of Politics in Nigeria (04 Mar 2019-06 Mar 2019)
  • A Pre-Screening Introduction of RAGE (1999), at the Afrika Film Festival, Bristol; 2017 (10 Nov 2017)
  • The Past and Future of Rights Cinema, by Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image

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.