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OLOKODANA-JAMES, Oluwatoyin Y. & Itsewah Steve JAMES

Articulating and Addressing Cultural Complexity through the Nigerian Film Industry, Nollywood

Oluwatoyin Y. OLOKODANA-JAMES

Department of Creative Arts

University of Lagos, Akoka

Lagos, Nigeria

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GSM: +234-802-342-7172

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Itsewah Steve JAMES

Department of Creative Arts

University of Lagos, Akoka

Lagos, Nigeria

Email:

GSM: +234-802-352-2522

Abstract

One thing that is sacrosanct with the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, is its ability to project core and multifaceted cultural intricacies of its host country, Nigeria. Many of the movies produced by Nigerian producers replicate and propagate certain norms and culture of the Nigerian people for the consumption of local and international viewers. Amongst the many projections are the complexities of culture exhibited by the well over 250 tribes occupying the various Nigerian states. This study uses the movie, Widow, as an analogy in its discussion and it is premised within a defunct cultural/customary practice of the Igbo speaking tribe of Eastern Nigeria. The untimely demise of Chima, the bread-winner gave rise to some culturally acclaimed rites of passage, which birth detrimental spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological conditions within his immediate family, particularly in his wife, Nnenna. The movie articulates prejudice against women in a patriarchal society as well as the cultural peculiarity of the Igbo people in relation to the rites that accompany burial. This paper adopts the descriptive methodology in its investigation and concludes that the Nigerian film industry, as an entertainment industry, has over the years provided bigger lens through which the Nigerian diverse and complex culture is perused with corrective measures actively gaining considerable grounds.

Keywords: Nollywood, Prejudice, Patriarchal, Complexities

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