I am a lecturer in media and cultural studies in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. Before this I was a fellow in the department of methodology at the London School of Economics.
My research interests are in gender and feminism in Africa; transnational feminist cultural studies; feminist theory; and qualitative, feminist and poststructuralist methodologies; and my empirical focus is on contemporary African contexts, subjects and cultures.
My current research concerns new styles of feminine dress and subjectivity among young and class-privileged Nigerian women in the city of Lagos. I focus on women who dress in what I call a spectacular ‘hyper-feminine’ style, and I argue that the women in my study see themselves as cosmopolitan consumer citizens and ‘postfeminist’ subjects. Hear a little more about this research here.
I received my PhD in gender and cultural studies in 2015 from the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. I have a master’s in gender studies from the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town, and a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University.
I am on the editorial team of the journal Feminist Africa, and have recently guest edited an issue (#21) of the journal on fashion and beauty politics in Africa!
Before academia, I worked in publishing in Nigeria, for Kachifo Limited, publisher of Farafina books, where I authored a children’s book, Beem Explores Africa, and co-authored two primary school textbook series.