Ameh Dennis Akoh is a Professor of Drama and Critical Theory at the Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI), where he currently combines pioneering theatre research and teaching with headship of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts and Music. He attended the Universities of Jos and Ibadan, Nigeria, where he also taught for some years.
Akoh was Director of General Studies (2015-2016), Dean of Humanities and Head of Campus (2014-2015), Acting Dean of Culture (2012-2013), Head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics (2010-2012) at the Osun State University (UNIOSUN); and Sub-Dean of Arts and Humanities (2006-2009) at the Kogi State University (KSU), Anyigba, where he taught for seven years.
His areas of research interest include Critical Theory, Dramatic Criticism, Sociology of Theatre and Literature, Gender, Media, Postcolonial and Cultural Studies, and Interdisciplinary Discourse. He has over 50 publications in refereed local and international journals and books. He is former Editor of the Nigerian Journal of Indigenous Knowledge and Development, Nigerian Theatre Journal (NTJ), Co-editor of African Nebula and the UNIOSUN College of Humanities Monograph Series (2009-2016). He has edited Performative Kinesis (with Sunday Ododo, 2016), The Anxiety of Discourse (SONTA, 2015), Arts, Culture and Communication in a Postcolony (with Stephen Inegbe, 2013]), and Intersections in the Humanities (with O. E. Alana), which is forthcoming. As the immediate past SONTA Editor, Professor Ameh Akoh produced eight volumes of the Nigerian Theatre Journal between 2013 and 2017.
Akoh is a 2014 AHP post-Doctoral Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Fellow of the Corporate Administration Institute of Nigeria (FCAI), and a 2013 Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He was Resident Fellow at Rhodes University, South Africa (Feb.-Apr. 2015). He is also a recipient of Lecturer of the Year Award (2007; 2008; 2016) at Kogi State University and UNIOSUN; as well as Distinguished Personality Award by the Faculty of Humanities Students’ Association, UNIOSUN (2015). He is listed in the Year’s Work in English Studies (YWES) Index of Critics. In 2010, he was nominated visiting scholar to Africa’s topmost university, the University of Cape Town, South Africa. As an undergraduate student at the University of Jos, he was twice Best Play Director in the 1993/94 and 1995/96 academic sessions.
Among his services within and outside the university are: Chairman and Member of many Statutory and Ad-Hoc Committees, Editor, Reviewer and Member of Editorial Boards of Academic Journals, Examiner and External Examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as Assessor for professorial positions. He is a member of several professional associations/societies including African Theatre Association (AFTA), Nigerian Society of Indigenous Knowledge and Development (NSIKAD), International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS), International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), International Theatre Institute (ITI), and Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM), Australia.