Eyo Mensah


Eyo Mensah is a professor of anthropological linguistics in the Department of Linguistics, University of Calabar, Nigeria and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA), University of Ghana, Legon. His research interests include morphosyntax, pragmatics, language and identity/naming, language and sexuality/gender, youth language and African studies.  He is AHP/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow, Leventis Postdoctoral Researcher (University of London), and Firebird Anthropological Research Fellow. He was also a Senior Research Fellow in Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg, Germany (2021). He is a beneficiary of many grants including the Endangered Languages Development Programme (ELDP) (University of London) grant and TETFUND National Research Fund (Abuja). He is the General Editor of the Journal of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria (JOLAN).

MIASA project: Ritual cleansing of homosexual men in rural Nigeria: A Discourse of violence and discrimination

Most recent publications

Mensah, Eyo. 2023. Husband is a priority: Gender roles, patriarchy and the naming of female children in Nigeria. Gender Issues 40(1): 44 -64.

Aboh, Romanus, Eyo Mensah, Idom Inyabri & Lucy Ushuple. 2023. Christianity and the gendering of personal names among the Bette in south-eastern Nigeria. Journal of Religion in Africa 53(1), 53-77.

Mensah, Eyo. 2023. The guy was a toxic player: The discourse of heterosexual non-marital relationship breakups among female youth in Nigeria. Sociological Focus 56(1), 1-21.

Mensah, Eyo & Benjamin Nyong. (2022). Visual representations on Nigerian trucks: A semiotic study. Semiotica 249(1), 43-78.

Uwen, Godsgift & Eyo Mensah. 2022. Tomorrow may not be yours: Military slang and slogan as linguistic performance in Nigeria. Language Matters 53(3), 91-111.

Inyabri, Idom, Eyo Mensah & Kaka Ochagu. 2022. Creativity and authenticity in an emerging Naija’s hip hop culture. Language, Discourse & Society 10(1), 92-108.

Mensah, Eyo, Samson Nzuanke & Theophilus Adejumo. 2022 Giving a dog a bad name: The strategic use of labelling in contemporary Nigerian political discourse. Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research 48(2), 63-84.

Inyabri, Idom, Imeobong Offong & Eyo Mensah. 2022. Satire, aagency and the contestation of patriarchy in Ibibio women’s songs. African Studies 81(1), 23-44.

Mensah, Eyo. 2022. He looks so cute: The discourse of heterosexual relationship initiation among

Senior Individual Fellow, August 2022 - July 2023
University of Calabar