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Mr Kingsley Oluchi Ugwuanyi

PhD in Linguistics

Kingsley is a second year PhD student at Northumbria University. His thesis is entitled, 'Ownership attitudes of Nigerians to Nigerian English.'

I was born in Nsukka, Southeastern Nigeria, the host town of the University of Nigeria, where I completed my BA in English and literary studies and MA in TESEL. I have been teaching and researching at the same university since 2010 (currently on study leave). In 2016, Northumbria University awarded me full studentship to undertake doctoral research in sociolinguistics. Please visit my University of Nigeria staff profile for additional information.

My project has the working title 'Language ownership perceptions of speakers of Nigerian English', and is supervised by Dr Robert McKenzie and Dr Philip Wallage. My research seeks to investigate what attitudes Nigerians have towards English with regard identity construction. More specifically, my study investigates the extent to which speakers of Nigerian English construct language ownership with respect to their individual linguistic repertoires (micro-ownership) and with respect to Nigeria’s sociolinguistic landscape (macro-ownership). My research is funded by a Northumbria Doctoral Studentship.

I teach on the module EL4012 Introduction to Discourse Analysis.


  • MA (TESEL)
  • BA (English and Literary studies)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests lie broadly in sociolinguistics (particularly World Englishes and language planning) and discourse analysis. I have also had research experience and publications in applied linguistics and African literature. Currently, my doctoral research focuses on the question of the construction of language identity and ownership in Nigerian English.

Funding Awards and Prizes

  • Full Bursary, PhD Colloquium for the 2017 Africa Unity for Renaissance International Conference, 20-22 May 2017 at the University of South Africa, Pretoria
  • Full Bursary, Association of Commonwealth Universities Summer School, University of Rwanda, Kigali, 13-21 August 2016
  • University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Doctoral Scholarship 2016, University of Auckland, New Zealand (not taken up)
  • Best graduating student prizes (for both BA and MA programmes)

Current and Recent Projects

2012: Master of Arts in English as a Second Language

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Dissertation: Developing the communicative competence of second language speakers of English through literature



2008: Bachelor of Arts in English and Literary Studies

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Project: New Englishes of the world: The Nigerian example 

Key Publications

Articles and essays:

Ugwuanyi, K. O. (2016). The tragic order and the threat of comedy in Achebe’s Arrow of God. Okike: African Journal of New Writing, 55, 23-35 (co-authored)

Ugwuanyi, K. O. (2016). Interrogating the teaching and learning of English in Nigeria: Still in search of an enabling principle. Turkish Online Journal of English Language Teaching (TOJELT), 1(2): 75-84. (co-authored)

Ugwuanyi, K. O. (2015). Shifting the borders: Genre-crossing in Modern African Drama. Research Innovator: International Multidisciplinary Research Journal, 2(5): 1-17. (co-authored)

Ugwuanyi, K. O. (2014). Poor literacy in the English language: Beyond the teacher and his classroom, inside the mass media. Literacy and Reading in Nigeria: A Journal of the Reading Association of Nigeria, 15(2): 261-266. (co-authored)

Conference papers:

Ugwuanyi, K.O. (2017). ‘English as a native second language’: The problem of taxonomy and identity in Nigerian English. Presented at the 22nd International Conference of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE), 30 June – 2 July 2017 at Syracuse University, New York.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • International Association for World Englishes (IAWE)
  • Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA), United Kingdom
  • English Language Teachers Association of Nigeria (ELTAN)

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