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ADEDINA, Nkemdirim Olubunmi & Olumide AKINULI

Themes and Thematic Relevance of Nollywood Films

Nkemdirim Olubunmi ADEDINA

Department of Theatre Arts

Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education

Otto-Ijanikin, Lagos


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Department of Creative & Cultural Arts

Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education

Otto-Ijanikin, Lagos

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Early Nigerian Nollywood films were predominantly agents of advocacy for culture, tradition and history. However, over the years there is a shift in this direction. Nollywood has gradually shifted emphasis to more contemporary and realistic social themes which their audience has also embraced. This could be due to the fact that they can easily identify with the treatment of such themes. This paper shall therefore address the issue of thematic relevance of Nollywood films and whether it has adequately met the yearnings of the audience. To achieve this, few out of the many Nollywood films shall be put under scrutiny. Thispaper shall also examine factors responsible for this radical shift. It shall also highlight major issues that affect their thematic relevance and possible effects on the industry.


Nkemdirim Olubunmi ADEDINA is a graduate of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, where she obtained a B.A. and M.A. She is presently a drama teacher in the Department of Theatre Arts, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto/ljanikin, Lagos, Nigeria. For over a decade now she has taught and carried out researches on children education and development. She is a creative writer, director and versatile actor. Her areas of interest include Drama Education, Performance Studies, Theatre Administration and Management As a scholar, she has many publications to her credit in journals and books.