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Butake Nyanyo Layih

I am a Cameroonian woman, PhD researcher in the Performing Arts and Cinematography Section of the Department of Arts and Archaeology of the University of Yaoundé I, since 2010. I have extensive experience in academic research in the domains of drama, theatre and film since my undergraduate studies from 2004 to present. Throughout my undergraduate years, I created and edited short films as part of the course work and was actively involved in stage productions of drama pieces. By the time I got my BA in 2007, after distinguishing myself each year by being on the Dean’s Honour Roll, it became clear that research in film and theatre studies would be my next recourse. The topic for my Master’s dissertation focussed on the negotiation of the Anglophone Cameroonian identity through drama and film. My PhD thesis, which I regard as a sequel to the Master’s dissertation focuses entirely on Anglophone Cameroonian film. Futhermore, I am an adjunct lecturer at the universities of Buea and Yaoundé and have served as Research Assistant for a not- for profit entity built on the objectives of conserving culture, empowering the deprived and promoting excellence.