Fellow: Visual History, PhD
Udo is a PhD fellow on Visual History and Theory. He is developing a research trajectory that examines different aspects of African indigenous cultures, festivals and performance in history, and their sociocultural complexities and the symbolisms in relation to sociality, gender attitude, ethics, aesthetics and vocation, and their mediations with contemporary discourses. His MA thesis, “Visualizing the body: photographic clues and the cultural fluidity of mbopo institution, 1914 -2014” won the African Thesis Award, 2019, an esteemed international award hosted by the Africa Study Centre, University of Leiden, the Netherlands.
His doctoral research focuses on the performance of popular cultural festival: The Calabar Festival and Carnival in Cross River State, Nigeria – in relation to its historical, cultural, political, economic and affective representations.