Fellows & Grantees

Chimaobi Onwukwe

African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2020
Project Title
Responding to Xenophobic violence in South Africa: Identity negotiations and language practices of Nigerian Immigrants
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Lecturer, Department of Linguistics and Communications Studies, Abia State University


Chimaobi Onwukwe is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies/Igbo, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria where he has worked for over a decade now.  He has served as research scholar on the UNESCO global project on indigenous and marginalized youth in Sub-Saharan Africa, Center for lifelong learning, as well as research fellow, Institute for French Research in Africa (IFRA), and recently, Postdoctoral fellow, South African Research Chair Initiative (SARCHi) on migration, language and social change, Linguistics section, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
He is a recipient of Nigeria’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) research grant for different research projects in 2016, 2018, and 2019. He holds Bachelor’s (First class Hons) and Doctorate degrees in linguistics with over 30 publications in internationally and nationally peer-reviewed outlets. His research interests are formal linguistics (morphology, phonology, semantics), sociolinguistics (of migration), communication, and cultural studies.