Chijioke studies religion and film, with emphasis on Nollywood, the cinema of Nigeria. His research examines the interplay of religion, media, and culture in local and transnational contexts, especially of Africa and African Diaspora. Chijioke’s dissertation, “Nollywood and Popular Religion: Productions of Prosperity, Gender, and the Supernatural in Nigerian Cinema,” combines religious studies and cinema studies analyses to investigate the role of film in constructing the everydayness of life influenced by religion in contemporary Nigeria. A Jesuit priest, Chijioke has been a chaplain to the Movie Reporters Guild of Nigeria and a consultant to the Nollywood Media and Research Center, Lagos.
MA, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
MSc., Global Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
MA, Global Communication, University of Southern California (Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism), Los Angeles
MLA, Extension Studies, Journalism, Harvard University
BA (Hons.), Philosophy (summa cum laude), University of Zimbabwe
BA, Communication Science (with distinction), University of South Africa
BA, Theology, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi
Religion and Film
Cinema and Media Studies
Religion and Popular Culture
Religion in Africa
Film and Gender
• Politics and Publics
• Childhood, Gender, and Sexuality
Fall 2017: Teaching Assistant, “Islam in the Modern World”
Spring 2016: Teaching Assistant, “Love, Sex, and Death”
Fall 2015: Teaching Assistant, “Gods, Ghosts, and Monsters”
“Nollywood and Pentecostalism in Africa: Preaching Salvation, Propagating the Supernatural.” CrossCurrents special issue: “Cinema as Public Religion,” edited by S. Brent Plate (accepted for publication).
“Telling Africa’s Story: Chinua Achebe and the Power of Narratives.” Chinua Achebe and the Igbo World: Between Fiction, Fact, and Historical Representation. Eds. Chima J. Korieh and Ijeoma Nwajiaku (forthcoming).
“Ikenga: Reimagining an Iconography of Cultural Achievement.” Igbo Studies Review 8 (2020): 37-56.
“Prologue: Journalists and Personal Journalism in the Age of Social Media.” Encounters: Lessons from my Journalism Career, by Azuh Arinze (2020): pp. xiii-xviii. Lagos: Yes Ventures.
“Chinua Achebe’s ‘“Chi’ in Igbo Cosmology’: Revisiting a Classic,” Igbo Studies Review, 7 (2019): 29-46.
International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
International Communication Association
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Igbo Studies Association
African Studies Association
Lagos Studies Association