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JULIUS-ADEOYE, ‘Rantimi Jays & Olorunjuwon Emmanuel OLORUNTOBA

Nigerian Video Film Reception in France: Popular and Free

‘Rantimi Jays JULIUS-ADEOYE, PhD

Department of Theatre Arts

Redeemer’s University (RUN)

Ede, Osun State, Nigeria

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Olorunjuwon Emmanuel OLORUNTOBA

Department of Theatre Arts

Redeemer’s University (RUN)

Ede, Osun State, Nigeria

Abstract

In spite of the humble beginning of the Nigerian video film, it has metamorphosed from being an appendage to other filmic cultures to defining a culture of its own, as well as becoming a pace-setter to video filmmaking in the African continent. Researches on the popularity of Nigerian video film across Africa, Europe and North America by film scholars abound. Recently, scholars have been researching on what informs the appeal among different types of audiences – from Nigerians in the Diaspora to fascinated Africans – who readily identify with the film storyline to curious non-Africans. This paper looks at the impact of the new media, especially the Internet on the widespread of the Nigerian video film in France, particularly Paris. It will also interrogate how the new media pauperizes the Nigerian video filmmakers even though it is giving the genre a widespread appeal. The paper will attempt to answer the following questions: Who are the audience of Nigerian video film in France? How does the audience get the film? In what language is the film seen in France? Is the new media, especially the Internet, a blessing or a curse to Nigerian video filmmakers?

Bio-data

‘Rantimi Jays JULIUS-ADEOYE, PhD is a lecturer with the Department of Theatre Arts, Redeemer’s University (RUN), Osun State, Nigeria. His area of specialization is Drama and Media (especially film, radio, and the new media) Criticism. He studied at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Leiden University, Netherlands.

Olorunjuwon Emmanuel OLORUNTOBA is a postgraduate student in the Department of Theatre Arts, Redeemer’s University, Nigeria, with specialization in Dance and Film.

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