NIGERIAN FILM CULTURE AND THE IDEA OF THE NATION: Nollywood and National Narration by James Tar TsaaiorNIGERIAN FILM CULTURE AND THE IDEA OF THE NATION: Nollywood and National Narration by James Tar Tsaaior

NIGERIAN FILM CULTURE AND THE IDEA OF THE NATION: Nollywood and National Narration

EditorJames Tar Tsaaior, Françoise Ugochukwu

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Collectively, the essays brought together in this book represent a discursive confluence on Nollywood as a local film culture with a global character, aspiration and reach. The governing concern of the book is that texts, including film texts, are animated by a particular sociology and anthropology which gives them concrete existence and meaning. The book argues that Nollywood, the Nigerian video film text, is deeply rooted in the sub-soil of its social and cultural milieux. Nollywood is therefore, engaged in the relentless negotiation and re-negotiation of the everyday lives of the people against the backdrop of their cultural traditions, social contradictions and the politics of their ethnic/national identity, longing and belonging.  The essays weave an intricate and delicate argument about the critical role of Nollywood to the idea of nationhood and the logic of its narration with implications for language, politics and culture in Africa. The book is a valuable addition to the critical discourse on the important place of film and cinema studies in national engineering processes.

James Tar TSAAIOR is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mass Media and Writing in the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic (formerly Pan-African) University, Lagos, Nigeria where he teaches creative writing, media/cultural studies and postcolonial writing. He is also the Director, Academic Planning of the University an...
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Title:NIGERIAN FILM CULTURE AND THE IDEA OF THE NATION: Nollywood and National NarrationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:310 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.65 inShipping dimensions:9.21 × 6.14 × 0.65 inPublished:April 10, 2017Publisher:Adonis & Abbey PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1909112747

ISBN - 13:9781909112742

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Table of Contents

Dedication ........................................................................................................................ vi

Acknowledgements ........................................................................................................... vii

List of Contributors ........................................................................................................... xi

INTRODUCTION

Filmic Texts and their Social/Cultural Contexts: Nollywood as Site for National Narrativisation

James Tar Tsaaior ..................................................................................................... 17

CHAPTER ONE

Another Tower of Babel or a Future of Possibilities? The Language of Nollywood and the Politics of Cultural Communication in Postcolonial Nigeria

James Tar Tsaaior ..................................................................................................... 47

CHAPTER TWO

Changing Nigerian Cultures: Two Films against Witchcraft and an Impossible Dialogue

Françoise Ugochukwu ............................................................................................ 73

 

CHAPTER THREE

Setting the Agenda for Women’s Liberation and Empowerment in Nigeria through Movies: An Analysis of Women’s Cot, Women in Power and The Bank Manager

Aje-Ori Agbese ........................................................................................................... 93

CHAPTER FOUR

Archiving Hausa Popular Entertainment through New Media Technology: An Assessment of the Recreation of Ruwan Bagaja into Video Movie

Asabe Kabir Usman .............................................................................................. 123

CHAPTER FIVE

Culture, Media Technology and Globalisation: The Case of Folktales in Kannywood Videos

Yusuf Baba Gar ........................................................................................................ 135

CHAPTER SIX

Mediating Countercultural Practices in Nollywood: Violence as Rebellion and Commodity in Liquid Black Gold

Philip Aghoghovwia ........................................................................................... 153

CHAPTER SEVEN

Nollywood Unbound: Benin Language Video Films as Paradigm

Osakue Stevenson Omoera .................................................................................. 175

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Remediation of Religion in a Visual Culture: Understanding the Interaction of Media, New Religious Experience and Globalisation

Damian Amana ..................................................................................................... 207

CHAPTER NINE

Realism in Nollywood Films: The Materiality of Lagos and the Nigerian Video Film Industry

Alessandro Jedlowski ......................................................................................... 223

CHAPTER TEN

Charting Moral Geographies: Nollywood and the Concept of the Nation

Nomusa Makhubu .................................................................................................. 241

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Binaries and Ambivalences: An Analysis of Two Nollywood Actors’ Spatial Discourses

Ogochukwu Ekwenchi and Allen Adum ......................................................... 257