Ngozi U. Emeka-Nwobia is a senior lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki-Nigeria where she also obtained her PhD in Sociolinguistics. She is a Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) Scholar (2015) and has also received other international fellowships and research grants among which include; Postdoctoral fellowship award of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)’s African Humanities Program (AHP), 2016/2017; Social Science Research Council (SSRC)’s Next Generation Social Sciences Research in Africa 2013 Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship Award; and 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award; a collaborative research grant on ‘Language, Literature, Music and Prayer as (re)Sources of African Values, Spirituality and Christian Theology’ funded by the Templeton Foundation under the Nagel Institute of Calvin College, Michigan, USA 2018-2020; among others.
The research is a pragmatic analysis of the perlocutionary force in Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo's political speeches. Not much has been done in the field of perlocution. This work seeks to know the effect of such political speeches of the hearers and the Nigerian people at large. It is interested in identifying and examining the speech act features of some of his selected speeches, using Austin's(1962) model.The work shall also explore the extent the conversational maxims are upheld in the utterances and what may be the conversational implicature of possible violation.