Joshua Agbo

Doctoral Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Literature

Joshua's expertise lies in African literature, postcolonial, trauma, exile/migration studies, African studies, and history. He has taught undergraduate courses in Nigeria, including stylistics oral literature, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics.

Joshua on SBPRA Books website



Joshua is a lecturer in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, Benue State University, Nigeria. He studied in Nigeria before leaving for the UK, where he is currently doing a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He is author of How Africans Underdeveloped Africa: A Forgotten Truth in History (2010) and Dead Wood (2015), as well as the co-editor of the book Linguistics: An Introductory Text. He has published both nationally and internationally, and was shortlisted for the 'Barbara Harlow Prize for Excellence in Graduate Research' in 2017.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Idoma

Research interests

  • African Literature
  • African History
  • Linguistic/Literary Stylistics
  • African Studies
  • Caribbean Literature


  • Teaching and Learning in Practice, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, 2016 
  • Master's Degree (Linguistic/Literary Stylistics), Benue State University, Nigeria, 2013
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics, Benue State University, Nigeria, 2008

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Association of Child Development and Communication Disorders, Nigeria - member
  • Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA)-member
  • Great Northern Postcolonial Network (United Kingdom)-member
  • New Routes Old Roots Network (United Kingdom)-member
  • Society of Historical Fiction (United Kingdom)-member
  • African Literature Association (ALA)-member
  • Postcolonial Studies Association-member
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)-member
  • Editor-in-Chief, Students’ Union Magazine, Benue State University, Nigeria, 2008-2009

Selected recent publications

Agbo, J. 2015. Dead Wood. USA/Singapore: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency.

Agbo, J. 2014. 'Literature in the Service of Humanity: The African Perspective.' Ed. Gabriel B. Egbe, Veritas Journal of English and Literary Studies. Vol. 1, No. 1. Abuja: A Publication of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Veritas University, pp. 123-135

Agbo, J; Bamidele Rotimi, B; Godwin, Y; Ogoma Anyogo, C. 2014.  (Eds). Linguistics: An Introductory Text. Lagos: Apex Books Limited.

Agbo, J. 2010. How Africans Underdeveloped Africa: A Forgotten Truth in History. Ibadan: Kraft Books Limited.

Recent presentations and conferences

17th Annual African Conference on Rupturing Colonial Legacies: Colonialism and Decolonizations in Africa and the African Diaspora, University of Texas at Austin, USA, 2017

Symposium on Postcolonial Education, University of Leeds, UK, 2016

Conference on Historical FictionAnglia Ruskin, Cambridge, UK, 2015

Workshop on New Routes, Old Roots, Modernity and Fascism, Anglia Ruskin University, UK, 2015

Writing South Now, Cambridge, UK, 2015