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Title:Religion in the Yoruba Videos, and the Project of Social Reformation in Nigeria
Author:Lawuyi, Olatunde B.
Year:1997
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Volume:30
Issue:2
Pages:59-70
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Church
social change
Yoruba
cinema
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Abstract:As religious proselytization in Nigeria intensifies, the battle for converts, and the role of religion in nationbuilding, is carried into video productions, quite often advertising the relevance of a reformer as a corrective measure. Christian videos are in demand because they attempt to articulate the declining conditions of social life and to focus on political developments within adversarial frames. With rising expectations that good will prevail over evil, religion has become central to the oppositional aesthetics of the videos. However, their project of social transformation starts and stops, implicitly or explicitly, with religion as functional knowledge, especially its power to give meaning to individuals' experiences of social processes. In the videos reformation involves the definition of moral space and the transformation of formed relations into moral ones, and change remains a dream because the rival powers of the self, the other, and God neutralize each other. Each power supplies the critique of the other, productively negating consciousness of change not just in the texts consulted (for explanatory rationality), but also in the nature of the structural relations that knowledge creates. Two videos are analysed: 'Imole' (Light), a Christian production, and 'Ilu le' (Hard Times), which has a secular overtone. Bibliogr., notes.
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