Dooshima Lilian Dugguh

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Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD Title: Post independence disillusionment with African Politics: Postcolonial Francophone literary voices
Supervisors: Dr Berny Sebe and Dr Emma Wagstaff
PhD French Studies


  • NECOSSCE (2002- Federal Government College Vandeikya, Benue State, Nigeria)
  • B.A Hons French (2nd Upper Class Division) (2008- Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria)
  • M.A French (2013- Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria)


I am Miss DUGGUH Lilian Dooshima, a doctoral research student in the Department of Modern Languages, at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. My on-going research titled ‘Post-independence disillusionment with African politics: Post-colonial francophone literary voices’. My other research interests include; French education, child abuse, francophone post-colonial studies, francophone feminist writings, narratives of gender equality and sexuality.

Short summary of educational background and work experience:


  • French Lecturer, Benue State University, Makurdi October 2010 – October 2019
  • French Teacher (NYSC) Command Day Secondary School, Mokola, Ibadan August 2009 – August 2010


  • General Student Administrator, University of Birmingham, April 2021 to date
  • Teaching Assistant at Birmingham International Academy, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, August 2019-October 2019
  • Departmental Secretary, Preliminary French Program Benue State University Makurdi, Nigeria, May 2017- June 2018
  • French Teacher (Volunteering), Dooshima High School, and Dooshima Nursery and Primary School, Tyowanye, Buruku Benue State, Nigeria, July 2015– August 2018
  • Coordinator, 100 Level French, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria, September 2015 – September 2017
  • Course Facilitator (French for special purposes), National Teachers Institute, Benue State Makurdi, Nigeria, March 2014-August 2014
  • Resource Person, (French Teachers Assessment Program), Benue State University, (In conjunction with Benue State Government, August 2012 – August 2013


My research engages with the literary representations of socio-political disillusionment from the early colonial periods to the present day. Studying selected literary works across Western, Northern, and Central Africa, especially the works of Mongo Beti, Ferdinand Oyono, Ahmadou Kourouma, Alain Mabanckou, Aminata Sow Fall and Hella Feki, I examine the role and policies of ex-colonial powers and current post-independence African leaders in the creation and sustenance of socio-political disenchantment. Building on critical literary theories such as the postcolonial theory and new historicism, I highlight the various policies and strategies that enhance under-development, oppression, and marginalization of the subalterns in the post-independence era. This research further examines the efforts and strategies employed by the disenchanted citizens in a bid to overcome disenchantment. In conclusion, I stress that immense growth and development may be experienced if disenchantment and citizens reaction to disenchantment are viewed from a constructive perspective, as a yardstick of measuring government productivity, and as a modele of enhancing the well-being of its citizens.

Other activities

  • ‘The Fine Line between Independence and Neocolonialism : Literary Examples from Aminata Sow Fall.’ Paper Presented at The University of Birmingham and Aix-Marseille University, ‘Showcasing’ Empires: The Legacy of Colonialism on Post-Imperial Societies Online, 18th- 19th February 2021.
  • ‘La Voix Révolutionnaire Des Jeunes Africains : Un Regard Sur Trois Mouvements – Y’en A Marre! Le Balai Citoyen! Et #Endsars !’ Paper presented at The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, and The Society for The Study of French History (ASMCH-SSFH) Postgraduate Study Day Conference: (Im)Mobilisations. Online, 6th March 2021.

Membership of organisations

  • Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN)
  • University French Teachers Association of Nigeria (UFTAN)
  • Society for French Studies, United Kingdom (SFS)
  • National Teachers Institute, Nigeria. (NTI)



  • Dugguh, Lilian Dooshima, “Une analyse thématique de la déchéance morale et politique de l’Afrique post indépendance à travers La Calebasse Cassée de Tunde Fatunde”, Covenant Journal of Language Studies (CJLS) Vol. 8 No. 2, December, 2020

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