The University of Michigan in the USA has named a 34-year-old Nigerian actress, Omowunmi Dada, as a resident professor.
Omowunmi Dada, a Nigerian actress well-known for voice-over, presentation, and modelling, was accorded the 2023 Global Artists in Residence title by the University of Michigan’s African Studies Center (ASC), USA.
Omowunmi, thrilled by this accomplishment, shared the news on Instagram, showing gratitude to be part of the ASC’s initiative. The program, set up by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is jointly run by the ASC and the Department of African American and African Studies.
The ASC, along with the Department of African American and African Studies (DAAS), oversees the program. Omowunmi divulged her plan of assisting DAAS language instructors to produce audio-visual teaching materials for African languages.
Furthermore, she intends to interact with students and teachers beyond the university – at the elementary, middle, and high school levels – in Southeast Michigan.
The Ascension of Nigerian Actress Omowunmi Dada to Professorship at a U.S. Institution
In addition, Omowunmi will be exploring and discussing Nollywood and African filmmaking at events arranged in partnership with different departments at UM and local groups, thereby promoting an understanding of Nigerian culture to the younger generation.
The actress excitedly anticipates her engagement with the University of Michigan’s faculty, staff, and students, and hopes to delve into the depths of African culture and the remarkable growth of the Nigerian film industry, of which she is a proud contributor.
A creative arts alumna of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, Omowunmi considers it a privilege to be chosen as the Global Artist in Residence, standing as an ambassador for Nollywood, one of Africa’s most dynamic film industries.