Nollywood, Cultural Diplomacy and Women’s Roles as Agents of Peace and Security
Praise C. DANIEL-INIM, PhD
Department of Theatre Arts
Igbinedion University, Okada
Edo State, Nigeria
Within a lifespan of twenty three years, Nollywood has been consistent in its role as the Nation’s cultural diplomat. Ranking as the second largest employer of labour in the country, Nollywood tactfully draws from the rich Nigerian culture and projects a world where peace and security reign. Though these are often achieved as a result of a writer’s or director’s dream of a utopian state, yet, the need to have Nollywood re-positioned for a better promotion of cultural diplomacy and national security cannot be over-emphasized. Also, though women are often depicted from the traditional point of view in the Nollywood films, yet, women’s roles as agents of peace and security cannot be denied. Through a sampling of selected home videos of Emem Isong, the paper submits that there is need to provide an enabling environment for the survival of Nollywood, women and culture.
Praise Chidinma DANIEL-INIM teaches Theatre Arts at Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria. She has PhD (Theatre Arts) from Igbinedion University, Okada. Her MA (Drama) is from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and BA (Hons.) in English/Literary Studies) is from University of Calabar. Her published works include, Examine Yourselves, Born to Excel, Minus Dorcas, Married but Single, Ebiere my Love, Wrong Foundation, and Reflection. She has also directed and produced movies for the stage and screen. She has published many scholarly articles in local and international journals. Her areas of interest are playwriting, gender and media studies.