Dr Osakue Stevenson Omoera is at the leading edge of knowledge generation and dissemination in the field of Nigerian (African) Studies. The foci of his research have been in three main areas: Nollywood studies, with an emphasis on ethnic films; media sociology, with an emphasis on the social impacts of the media in developing areas of the world, including Nigeria; and cultural dynamics, with an emphasis on theatre and African performance studies.
He is credited with pioneering scholarly inquiry into the Benin video-film segment of Nollywood studies and he continues to probe the culture and practice of Nigerian video cinema. He also developed the “Active Volcano Paradigm” for the study of English as a language of mass communication, with reference to broadcast media news in Nigeria.
Apart from holding the position of Senior Lecturer at Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria, where he teaches and mentors undergraduate and postgraduate students and engages in community service and charity work, Osakue served as a guest lecturer in the Nollywood Studies component of the Master of Arts (MA) programme in Film and Media Studies with Prof Mette Hjort in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2016 and 2017.
He is widely travelled and has over 100 publications in leading journals, specialist books and other outlets across the world and has served as a resource person to organisations such as the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), and the European Union Technical Assistance to Nigeria’s Evolving Security Challenges (EUTANS) Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Media Roundtable, among others. Currently, he is on the boards of several local and international journals such as the Ekpoma Journal of Theatre and Media Arts; Iroro; AM Journal of Art and Media Studies; the International Journal of Research and Review; and Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration.
Osakue is also a member of the Society of Nigerian Theatre Artistes (SONTA), the Institute of Mass Communication and Information Management of Nigeria (IMIM), and the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS), Finland. His many published works have been translated into other languages such as Edo, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian, and most of his articles are available at ResearchGate.
He is happily married and blessed with children, and hopes that his works will vertically and horizontally contribute to scholarship and ultimately the improvement of the human condition.