Nollywood and Women Profiling: A Case Study of Two Nigerian Home Videos Films
Adefolaju Eben ADESEKE
Department of Theatre and Media Arts
Ekiti State University
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State
There is no doubt that the Nigerian Home Video has become a phenomenon as it has received accolades and backlash from audience and critics as well. It has remained a major export of Nigerian culture thereby having great influence on its audience both within and outside the country. It has been observed that some home videos portray women as inferior, second class and sex objects which has dragged the lofty image of the country in the mud and has influenced the audience negatively, especially young women. This has, without doubt, thwarted our cultural heritage and the country’s image. This research aims to protest against such immoral image construction, deep-seated discrimination, under-representation and widespread hyper-sexualisation of women and girls. We shall examine and analyze two Yoruba-language video films in contextualizing this discussion. The films are: Posh and One Million Boys produced by Yemi Terry and Omogoriola Hassan, respectively. Since Nigerian films fall within the realm of popular culture, we will employ feminist criticism in the analysis. This is appropriate since feminist criticism gives women a voice where they have been negatively represented as this research will help to reposition the Nigerian film industry for better performance, right women profiling that coalesce in a better image and etiquettes for video film audience, especially women.
Key Words: Nollywood, women profiling, ethical relativism, feminist criticism.