Performing Insurgent Ecologies: Water and resistance in Nigeria’s Niger Delta


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


College of Liberal Studies


The representation of the Niger Delta insurgency in cultural texts is often registered from the viewpoint of human history, an approach that foregrounds the politics of resistance against the multinational oil corporations in ways that ignore the contribution of the non-human elements in the historical struggles in the region. In this study, I seek to understand the ways that the Niger Delta seascapes and environment are imagined in the works that I describe as the Niger Delta drama. Drawing on a number of plays to reflect on the different historicisations of spaces in the region, I examine and analyse the ways in which these water bodies exercise social and political agencies in the unfolding events in the region.