Nollywood and Health Security in Nigeria: An Evaluation of Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling Mirage
Rasheedah LIMAN, PhD
Department of Theatre & Performing Arts
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)
The contribution of Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood films in re-imagining and reinventing the nations to which they belong cannot be overemphasized. Films centred on issues of health always play vital roles in generating awareness and prevention of hereditary and infectious diseases. Although Nollywood is estimated to be the second largest film industry in the world, critical evaluation however reveals that this film industry has not been able to adequately facilitate health awareness campaign in Nigeria. While a lot of public campaigns have been done on deadly diseases such as Malaria, Polio, HIV and Ebola, little awareness campaign is waged on hereditary diseases such as Sickle Cell Anaemia (SCA), even though it is one of the commonest preventable inherited diseases. To underscore the urgent need for awareness campaign, Nigeria is said to have the largest population of people with SCA, having annual rates of about 150,000 SCA births. This is the context in which Tunde Kelani’s film, Dazzling Mirage, is a welcome development. The film has x-rayed the predicament of people suffering from SCA and its implications on relationships, cultural attitudes and national development. This paper therefore analyses how the film, through its artistic and innovative techniques, highlights health problems in Nigeria, an issue that has been largely ignored by Nollywood films. The aim is to demonstrate how Dazzling Mirage successfully critiques Nigeria’s healthcare system and the need for collaboration in order to create effective awareness and support for sufferers of Sickle Cell Anaemia.