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IYORZA, Stanislaus

Nollywood in Diversity: New Dimensions for Behaviour Change and National Security in Nigeria

Stanislaus IYORZA, PhD

Department of Theatre & Media Studies

University of Calabar

Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria



This paper is designed to demystify the nature of Nollywood movies existing in diversity and to articulate possible and new dimensions available for achieving behaviour change and a dependable national security in Nigeria. Nollywood has naturally diversified and the Nigeria’s movie industry boasts of movies produced along ethnic dimensions including the Hausa movies (Kannywood) in the North, the Yoruba movies in the West and the Ibo movies in the Eastern part of the Nigeria. Others include the Akwa-Cross movies from the Southern part and the Tiv movies from the Middle Belt region of Nigeria. This paper proposes that a careful analysis will portray Nollywood’s diversity as an opportunity to ameliorate some security challenges of the country through behaviour change. This paper views national security as the art of ensuring national safety of the government. This paper also posits that national security can be attainable through behaviour change, and through focused themes featured by Nollywood movies that exist along cultural, ethnic and regional boundaries.

Key Words: Nollywood, Diversity, Dimensions, Behaviour Change, National Security. 


Stanislaus IYORZA is a Lecturer I at the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Benue State University Makurdi, Master of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts and a Doctorate in Theatre and Media Studies from the University of Calabar. His research interest areas include media and behaviour change communication. He is married with children.