Emmanuel Effiong Johnson is a Nigerian researcher, filmmaker and poet. He has directed films such as To Grow a Tree, Parallel Identity and the upcoming film: Becoming Nigerian. He has also written his first poetry book which is soon to be published. He has recently completed his PhD programme at Coventry University, which explores Nigerian student experience and what it means to be educated. Emmanuel is committed to values of authenticity and accessibility across his works.


Emmanuel Disu Effiong Johnson

12 November 1994

Abuja, Nigeria


Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria



Coventry University [BA, MA, PhD (ongoing)]

EF Cambridge [University Foundation Diploma]

Bright Stars Model Secondary School [GCE Ordinary Level]


Becoming Educated: An Autoethnography of Nigerian Student Experience Involving Participatory Film


Main interests

Education, Film, Identity, Belonging, Poetry, Autoethnography, Autobiographical Writing, Digital Media, Art-Research, Faith and Religion, Reflection, Authenticity, Accessibility in Research, Personal/Lived Experience, Cultural Relations



Effiong Johnson, Ofonime Johnson, Katherine Wimpenny, Duncan Clark, Martin Luther King jr, Ken Fero, Alun Dewinter, Fred Mudhai, James Baldwin, Krzysztof Kieślowski

Notable Works

Parallel Identity (2015), To Grow a Tree (2019), Becoming Nigerian (2022)

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