author={Olagoke Alamu},
  journal={African Study Monographs},
  • Olagoke Alamu
  • Published 30 December 2010
  • Art
  • African Study Monographs
At a little over 50 years of age, fi lm is a relatively new medium in Nigeria. Despite its youth, however, it has established itself as a powerful and popular art form. Nigerian fi lm producers have creatively exploited the techniques that give fi lm its narrative power while expressing emotions and ideas. In general, Nigerian fi lms are both created and produced in the context of their social and economic conditions. Resting on this foundation, this paper takes a critical look at the story and… 
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Nigerian filmmakers and their construction of a political past (1967-1998)
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Contextual Cinemas: Screening Everydayness of Africa in Nollywood
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  • Art
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African video-films, like performances generally capture the complexity of people’s everydayness. Apart from challenging formerly held stereotypes about the continent, they reveal the identity of
The Persuasive Influence of Nollywood Film in Cultural Transmission: Negotiating Nigerian Culture in a South African Environment
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A Paradigm Shift From Tradition To Modernity In Nollywood’s Projection Of African Narratives
The Nollywood movie industry, since its inception in the early nineties, has progressively projected the African cultural heritage to other parts of the world. This encompasses both good and bad
Content Analysis of Programs Produced by Nollywood Particularly on Africa Magic: DSTV
The introduction of films and cinemas into Nigeria marked an important epoch in the history of Mass communication in this country. Through films and videos, the cultural background and identity of a
Promoting Cultural and Social Values in Yoruba Nollywood Movies
Introduction/Problem Statement Culture is the sum total of the attainments of any specific period, race or people including their handicrafts, agriculture, economics, music, arts, religious beliefs,
Analysis of Narrative Form in Three Kenyan Fiction Video Films
Research has identified poor quality and unprofessionalism as factors that limit the appeal of Kenyan video films (Kenya Film Commission, Audience Consumer Trends Survey, 2010). This study
We are in the world but not of the world: An investigation into the popularity of Christian films among ‘born-again’ Christians in Nigeria
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Gender construction, domestic crisis and the communication of femininity and masculinity in selected Nigerian films
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Nollywood—the Lagos-based Nigerian film industry—has become the third-largest film industry in the world, and it is by far the most powerful purveyor of an image of Nigeria to domestic and foreign
Film Art: An Introduction
Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Since 1979, David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson's Film Art has been the best-selling and most widely respected introduction to the
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