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Nkem’s PhD research is on copyright infringement in the film industry in developing economies; Nigeria as a case study. The film industry in Nigeria popularly referred to as Nollywood, is one of the most robust creative industries in the world. While it is the world’s third-largest film industry (based on the volume of films produced), unfortunately, this ranking does not, however, translate to real economic benefit. Similarly, the industry is the second largest employer of labour in Nigeria, after agriculture, but with no corresponding revenue to show for it. Concerned about the apparent loss of revenue, this research will examine what role Nigerian copyright law has to play in supporting the film industry as the flagship of its copyright industries, ensuring a higher return on investment and driving an enhanced contribution to the Gross Domestic Product.

She seeks to examine how the Nigerian copyright law can support the film industry as the flagship of its copyright industry. She will research the issue of piracy in the industry and examine its indirect positive impact and its role in bringing the industry to its present global standing. To critically understand the meaning of piracy and to adequately answer questions on piracy, Nkem will engage with the literature on piracy in its different forms to discover its measurable impact and answer the question of whether piracy is economically harmful to the film industry in Nigeria.

To further provide answers to questions posed, Nkem, in addition to her doctrinal analysis, will conduct qualitative research in the form of in-depth semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in the film industry. Producers, directors, actors, law academics and policymakers in the copyright industry will be the target for these interviews.

Issues of enforcement of the law against piracy will be addressed. Bearing in mind that the Nigerian has a different economic model, she will explore the more effective means by which implementation can be carried out. She will research how other jurisdictions have successfully treated the issue of enforcement.

Nkem’s research interests include Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Law. She is a lecturer employed in the Commercial and Corporate Law department, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, and is currently on study leave.



PhD (Queen’s University, Belfast; in progress)

LLM Commercial and Corporate Law, University College London, (UCL) University of London, 2000.

BL 1999. Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Nigeria.

LLB 1997. Bachelor of Laws Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.



Nkem was the co-ordinator of the School of Law Streetlaw programme, 2018/19 academic session. StreetLaw is a project which aims at educating the community on legal issues, intending to provide legal information in an interactive, fun, accessible and informative way. The theme of the workshop for the year was the law regarding the use of smartphones. The workshop took place at Moot Court of the School of Law on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Participants included invited secondary school pupils and undergraduate and postgraduate law students of the School of Law.


Contact: nitanyi01@qub.ac.uk

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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