Shadrach Teryila UKUMA is a university lecturer with the Benue State
University, Makurdi in the Department of Theatre Arts. He has expertise
in Cultural Performance, Performance Aesthetics, Cultural
Sustainability, and Creative Peacebuilding. His other interests include
Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Leadership, and Theatre Tourism.
Shadrach worked on the founding idea of Kyegh Sha Shwa Cultural Festival
with the Initiator and has since 2015 been the Director of the Festival.
His Ph.D research in Cultural Sustainability at the DAAD funded SDG
Graduate School “Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in
West Africa” focused on “Cultural Performances and Collective Trauma
Management amongst Displaced Farmers in Daudu Community, Benue State,
Nigeria”. The research espoused the role of cultural performances as a
mechanism for used by victims of the farmers/herders violent relations
in managing their trauma experiences and negotiating a brighter future
for themselves while at the same time giving functional relevance to
these performances both in the present and in the context of the future.
Shadrach Teryila Ukuma is a member of professional societies and
associations such as Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA), Society
for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), and African Theatre Association
(AfTA), and he is a Research Fellow with the French Research Institute
in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria).
Shadrach is the Executive Director of Kyegh Sha Shwa Cultural Initiative, and also serves as the Board Secretary.