Performing Pain: Mnemotechnologies of remembrance in Abia and its impact on informal (music) education, memory, peace and recovery
Justice and MemoryHeritage and everyday lives

Dr. Okaka Opio Dokotum

Dr Okaka Opio Dokotum is an Associate Professor of Literature and Film and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Lira University in Uganda. Dokotum is an eclectic multidisciplinary researcher whose major research fields are: literature—film adaptation theory, performative poetics, contemporary African music videos, trauma aesthetics, history and heritage studies, and Ugandan literature.

Dokotum has published articles in Lagos Historical Review, African Conflict and Peace Building Review, East African Literary and Cultural Studies, African Studies, and Journal of Africa Cinemas among others. His latest book is Hollywood and Africa: Recycling the “Dark Continent” Myth from 1908 to 2020,  published by the University of South Africa (UNISA) Press. Dokotum is a playwright and director, poet, filmmaker,  advocate for Ugandan languages and newspaper columnist.  He is also the Chairman of the Lango Language Board (LLB), a body entrusted by the Ministry of Education and Sports with promoting the teaching, reading and writing of Lёblango from pre-primary to university. Dokotum has written four plays and a poetry book in Lёblango which are taught at secondary school and University levels in Uganda. He has also adapted his play Wek Abonyo Kwani (2003) into the first feature film of the same title in Lango.

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