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IYAV, Ben Due

Nollywood, Cultural Diplomacy and National Security in Contemporary Nigeria: Problems, Challenges and Prospects

Ben Due IYAV, PhD

Department of Theatre Arts

Benue State University, Makurdi


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This paper x-rays the movie industry in Nigeria otherwise known as Nollywood and its role in the cultural diplomacy sector of Nigeria. The paper also looks at the place of Nollywood in the area of national security. Indeed in the last six years, Nigeria has witnessed an incredible rise in security challenges. This has had an adverse effect on the country’s image abroad, resulting in numerous problems including foreign investors scare. With Nigerian movies being exported in their thousands by the day to the countries of the world, the industry has become a force to reckon with at the international level. However, most nations of the world may be interested in investing only in peaceful environments and would not tolerate the reign of terror of Boko Haram in Nigeria. The paper looks at culture and what cultural diplomacy entails, examining the theoretical base for International relations orchestrated by the cultural policy of an ideal state and society. There is no doubt that there are numerous problems and challenges associated with Nigeria’s Nollywood, the practice of cultural diplomacy in Nigeria and national security. The paper reviews and links these accordingly and concludes with various recommendations.    


Ben Due IYAV, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, Benue State University, Makurdi. Benue State, Nigeria. He teaches Playwriting, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Gender and Feminism and Theatre and Good Governance courses. He is published in various Journals and has chapters to numerous books in the area of Drama and Theatre.