Shadrach Teryila Ukuma

Lecturer at Benue State University Makurdi, Nigeria

Shadrach Teryila Ukuma holds a PhD in Cultural Studies with a bias in Performance and Sustainability. His interdisciplinary thesis entitled "Cultural Performances: A Study on Managing Collective Trauma amongst Displaced Persons in Daudu, Benue State, Nigeria" (published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers) focused on the utilitarian role of cultural performances in helping traumatized displaced persons to generate positive energies enabling them to attain emotional growth and psychological integration, including social skills with which they imagine and work towards a better future.

Shadrach has been teaching Theatre and Cultural Studies at Benue State University, Nigeria since 2013. He won the Rheinholdt Würth Foundation Global South Postdoctoral Fellow in Cultural Management and taught International Cultural Management to Master’s students at the Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, Campus Künzelsau, Germany, in the Winter Semester of 2021. He has also given invited lectures to postgraduate students in the University of Warwick, UK, Universities of Bielefeld and Hildesheim in Germany. His research interests include Cultural Performance Aesthetics, Transculturality, Cultural Management, Cultural Sustainability, and Creative Peacebuilding. Dr. Ukuma has also been serving as the Director of the Kyegh Sha Shwa Cultural Festival ( which he co-founded since 2015.