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Dul Johnson

 

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Prof. Dul Johnson, born September 1953, is a Filmmaker, Creative Writer and a Literary and film scholar. He started off his career as a drama director
with the Nigerian Television Authority, Jos, and worked for many years before retiring into Independent Filmmaking and teaching. He has won national and international awards with his films and dramas, including There is Nothing Wrong with my Uncle (a cultural documentary), The Widow’s Might (a feature film), Against the Grain, Wasting for the West, Basket of Water, and many others. He has been closely associated with the Nigerian Film Corporation (since 1996), where he has taught Scriptwriting and Directing, and worked briefly (2004 – 2006) as Director of Academic Planning of the National Film Institute, Jos. He has also carried out a num of film productions for the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), including For the Good of All (1997) and Of Rocks and Jos (1999), both documentaries. Dul Johnson has run several workshops for Film, TV and Radio productions all over the country, and has been juror on many film festivals in Nigeria. He is currently teaching at Bingham University, Karu, and is the author of Why Women Won’t Make it to Heaven, and Shadows and Ashes, both collections of short stories, published by Kraft Books

 

BOOKS BY DUL

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DEPPER INTO THE NIGHT

is a tale of the Tarok people, a tale of trials, society, local colonialism, migrations, corruption, and most importantly, power. What this book is all about is fully captured in the blurb: ‘Mamzhi, [one of the main characters in the book] saves Gwangtim, his community, in a time of grave crisis to great admiration. Slowly, admiration turns into hero-worship by the villages who are blind to the growing evils that Mamzhi picks with increasingly acquired power.

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MELANCHOLIA

A play that satirizes the political scenario in many contemporary African countries. It is the tale of Mumude (a pun on the word mumu), a Presidential aspirant of “one of the greatest countries of Africa (obviously Nigeria) and his many associates. Through the campaigns and the aftermath of the election, the play moves, with quick action, spirited wit and a deft use of language to reveal much that would leave any audience smiling; many readers intrigued, and capture the minds of those to whom it is intended – everyone.

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