The Auteur Director and the Repositioning of Nollywood for Cultural Diplomacy and National Security
Department of Theatre & Film Studies
University of Port Harcourt
Nollywood remains one of the entertainment wonders of the world. Its rapid growth has continued to attract the attention of government, entrepreneurs, entertainment experts, scholars and critics into the content, form and the economic business of the industry. However, there are more to be done by the industry in resolving the myriad problems affecting the Nigerian state where the industry is housed. This study examines the role of the auteur director in promoting cultural diplomacy and reducing insecurity in Nigeria. Using the literary and artistic methodologies, the study observes that the auteur director has the capacity to use his art in marketing the image of Nigeria, as well as reduce insecurity in Nigeria through appropriate storylines, technical expressions and casting. It therefore calls on such identified auteur directors, such as, Tunde Kelani, Teco Benson, Kunle Afolayan and Dickson Iroegbu, to step up their games in this regard.