Yohanna Joseph Waliya is a Nigerian digital poet, distant writer, ludokinetic writer, novelist, playwright, python programmer, winner of the Janusz Korczak Prize for Global South 2020, Electronic Literature Organization Research Fellow, UNESCO Janusz Korczak Fellow, Creator & Curator of MAELD and ADELD [2022 Emerging Open Scholarship Award: Honourable Mention, C-SKI], Executive Director of AELA& ADELI (https://africanelit.org ), International Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference on Web and Social Media [ICWSM ] Virtual Scholar 2021-2022, and Hastac Scholar 2021-2023. He writes in English and French. Among his works are : La récolte de vie (play), Monde 2.0 (play), Hégémonie Disparue (novel), Quand l’Afrique se lèvera (novel), Homosalus (digital poetry), Momenta (digital poetry), @TinyKorczak (Twitterbot-poetry), Climatophosis (digital poetry: The best use of DH for Fun 2020), Inferno 2.0 (ludokinetic poetry) etc. He is also Graduate Assistant at the Department of Modern Languages and Translation Studies, University of Calabar as well as an M.A. French student at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. His research interests cover distant writing, Distant reading, Digital Poetry, Metaversal literature, Twitterbot-poetry , Twitterature, Digital Humanities,  language discourse etc.


2011-2014: B.A. Modern Languages, University of Calabar.

2008-2010: B.A. Religion Studies, NationsUniversity

2019-2022: M.A. French, Ahmadu Bello University (in view)

Other Publications

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Inferno 2.0”(e-poetry). ShufPoetry. Issue 9: https://www.shufpoetry.com/issue-9.html.     Fall  2021.

“@KorzakDramatist” (Twitterbot-dramatist) KorczakDramatist (@KorczakD) / Twitter  January 2021

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Monde instable “(e-poem). Taper #5: Pent Up: https://taper.badquar.to/5/monde_instable.html    Fall 2020.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Pope Lost Hope”(e-poem). Taper #5: PentUp: https://taper.badquar.to/5/pope_lost_hope.html.      Fall 2020.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Climatophosis” (e-Poem: Winner of the Best Use of DH for Fun): http://thenewriver.us/climatophosis/?fbclid   Spring 2020.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “@TinyKorczak” (Twitterbot poetry): https://twitter.com/TinyKorczak.    29 February  2020.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. English & French Digital Poetry: http://vispo.com/guests/waliya/index.html      2019.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. La révolte des jeunes dans Les espoirs perdus d’Unimna Angrey. Saarbrücken: Editions Universitaires Européennes,      2016.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. Les dieux et leurs subalternes ont tort. Paris: Edilivre. 2014.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. La récolte de vie. Yaoundé: Édition Ifrikiya,         2013.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. Hégémonie disparue  Smashword, USA.          2016.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Post Digital Text (PDT) Reads the Readers Instead” The Future of Text. Ed. Frode Alexander Hegland. London: Future Text Publishing, 2021. Vol. 2. 207-209.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Multilingual African Electronic Literature Database & African Diasporic Electronic Literature Database (MAELD & ADELD): Tracing the Origin of the African Electronic Literature. “ EBR. Fall 2021 (In Press).

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Botification of the Twitterary Protest Poetry: @Protestitas’ Protestitas.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, no. 22, 2020. doi:10.20415/hyp/022.r07

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Digital Knowledge Integration (DKI): When Transhumanism (H+) Meets Digital Humanities (DH)”. International Journal of Pedagogy, Innovation and New Technologies (IJPINT) 7.1 (2020): 39-49. DOI:10.5604/01.3001.0014.4456 https://ijpint.com/resources/html/article/details?id=208507&language=e

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Digital Activism & Botification of Janusz korczak’s Concepts in “Twitterature.””  What would Korczak do?: Refections on Education, Well-being and Children’s Rights in the Times of the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Ed. Odrowaz-Coates, Anna. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Akademii Pedagogiki Specjalnej, 2020. 21-40.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Musicolinguistics: Deciphering the Nigerian Hip-Hop Music: Cryptolect.” Language, Discourse & Society (LD&S), 7.1 (2019): 43-57. https://www.language-and-society.org/volume-7-number-1-june-2019/

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph** and Wilson-Ama’Echefu, Karen M*. “Niger: Modern and Contemporary Performance Practice.” The SAGE International Encyclopaedia of Music and Culture. Ed. Janet Sturman. Thousand Oaks, SAGE Publications, Inc., 2019. 1585-1587.  Doi: 10.4135/9781483317731.n521.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. « « C’est tout bon ! » de Corinne Albaut comme poésie numérique: Relation entre le texte et l’image .» Ndụñọde: Calabar Journal of the Humanities 13.1 (2018): 126-141.

Waliya, Yohanna Joseph. “Calabar lesbian cryptic languages.” Symbolic violence in socio-educational contexts. A post-colonial critique. Ed. Odrowaz-Coates A, et Goswami S. Warsaw:  Wydawnictwo Akademii Pedagogiki Specjalnej, 2017. 112-126.

Waliya,Yohanna Joseph. « Contrastive study of the trend of metamorphosis of political activism using theatre in the twentieth and twenty-first century. » International Journal of Pedagogy, Innovation and New Technologies (IJPINT) 4.1 (2017): 80-86. DOI:10.5604/01.3001.0010.4988 https://ijpint.com/resources/html/article/details?id=154163#173004.



Andrews, Jim. Énigme n. Translated by Yohanna Waliya and Nathalie Funk, 2019. http://www.vispo.com/animisms/enigman/index.htm

Andrews, Jim. Seattle détourné.  Translated by Yohanna Waliya and Nathalie Funk, 2019. http://www.vispo.com/animisms/SeattleDriftFrench.html


Blog Posts


  • Digital poetry Projects from 2019-2021: link

  • ELO Salon at York University, Canada. March 9, 2021. Topic: African Electronic Literature: Link

  •  Brave New Digital Literature  World. Roundtable Talk  at Brave New Literature Festival 2022: Link

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Praxis of African electronic literature @ Hastac Digital Friday 4th March 2022


Digital Humanities Association of Nigeria (DHAN)

Electronic Literature Organization (ELO)

African Electronic Literature Alliance (AELA)

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