Elaigwu P. Ameh is a performance artist and scholar who employs storytelling, teaching, and research to promote societal reorientation and the pursuit of the common good. He holds an M.A and a Ph.D. in Performing and Media Arts from Cornell University and an M.A in Development Communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a recipient of the Arrupe College Book Prize for graduating with a First Class in the BA (Hons.) Philosophy program at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare. His teaching and research interests include performance ethnography, forced migration, performance theory, critical race theory, human rights, postcolonial performance, and Africana performance.
He is a recipient of many awards/grants, including Public Humanities New York Fellowship, HASTAC fellowship, Sage Fellowship, the Bouchet Honors Society Award, and the Elizabeth Worman Award. His publications include plays, poems, short stories, social commentaries, and academic essays. His short story, “Vagina Protest,” won the 2010 Centre for Human Development/Ford Foundation Writing Competition (prose category). In India, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and the United States, he has leveraged performance to uncover silences, illuminate existential issues, and interrogate superstructures. Through his work with underserved populations such as displaced persons, leprosy patients, incarcerated persons, immigrant farmworkers, and disenfranchised youth, he has sought to underscore the unique priorities and perspectives of socio-politically excluded people.