Joined Feb 26 2009
Françoise Ugochukwu, Prof. MCIL, FHEA
Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques
Habilitée à diriger des recherches
Françoise Parent-Ugochukwu studied Classics and English before obtaining a Maîtrise in French Stylistics and a Ph.D. in French Literature (Grenoble 1974) and has been lecturing in Higher Education in Nigeria, France and the UK for more than thirty-five years. A former Professor from the University of Nigeria, she was awarded the Habilitation à diriger des recherches, University of Chambéry, in 2002 and qualified as a French University Professor in Comparative Literature in 2004. A specialist in Comparative Literature, with special interest in African Literatures and Cultures (Igbo, Nigeria) and Ethnolinguistics, she is the author of the first standard Igbo-French dictionary (Karthala 2004, with P. Okafor), a number of books and more than eighty book chapters and articles in reputable journals in France, Belgium, Britain, Italy, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and African Countries. An associate member of the CNRS-LLACAN, (Paris), with research links with INALCO (Paris), CAS (Edinburgh) and IFRA (Nigeria), she is a member of several professional Societies including ISOLA, the British Chartered Institute of Linguists and the Higher Education Academy, APELA (France) and a member of the Council, Africanist Society, Paris. She has been a correspondent for the Senghor Foundation journal for years, and is a regular reviewer for several learned journals. Her pioneering work in the field and her longstanding contribution to the strengthening of cultural and educational ties between France and Nigeria awarded her the national distinction of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques in 1994. She figures on the university of Western Australia website http://aflit.arts.uwa.edu.au/UgochukwuFrancoise.html for her creative writing publications, some of which have been on school programmes in France and Francophone Africa.