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Vitus Nanbigne

Director, Screenwriter, Education

Cape Coast


Dr Vitus Nanbigne is a faculty member at the Faculty of Arts, University of Cape Coast. He is a trained journalist and filmmaker who has a keen interest in media and cultural studies. He obtained his MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Bergen in Norway, both in media studies, where he produced a Doctoral Thesis titled "Cinema in Ghana- History, Ideology and Popular Culture". He also produced a documentary film on the slave trade activities in his area of origin titled "Kalibi- How I found Me." He has been a lecturer in Film History, Film Theory, Screenwriting, and Film Directing at the National Film and Television Institute in Accra, Ghana. Dr Nanbigne has produced and/or directed several documentaries, training videos, feature films, and television productions, including "Frytol Women’s Digest". Since 2009 when he joined the University of Cape Coast, he has written several articles in the areas of media, cinema and culture, and has attended international conferences in Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Germany, to present papers. Some of his works include "Cultural (Mis)representation in Ghanaian Video-Film Practice" (2013), "Counter-hegemony in Ghanaian Video-Film Practice" (2015), "The mediation of cultural identities- texts and contexts in Ghanaian video-films" (2015), and "Mass Media and Community Health in the Akotokyir Community of Cape Coast" (2015). He has several papers that are forthcoming in various journals and as book chapters, such as, "War against a new colonialism: using cinema and television for a new militant Africanist consciousness", and "Pan-Africanism: a paradigm shift in the theory of knowledge and the model of man." Dr Nanbigne is working in the areas of Postcolonialism and Decoloniality. Dr Nanbigne has served as an editor on "Asemka", one of the flagship journals of the Faculty of Arts, University of Cape Coast. He is currently on the Editorial Boards of "Journal of African Cinemas" and "The Parnassus- University of Oyo Journal of Cultural Research". He has served as a peer reviewer for several journals. He also served as the Chairman of the Faculty of Arts Public Lectures Committee during which time he organized many special lectures delivered by visiting scholars. Dr Nanbigne was the Head of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies from 2015 to 2018. He is also currently a member of the PANAFEST Colloquium Planning Committee. He continues to research and teach in both the Theatre and Film Studies programmes in his Department. Dr Nanbigne is interested in collaborative research with scholars that have similar interest. He also has plans to produce feature films. He is currently working on some screenplays.