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Title:Home video films and the democratic imperative in contemporary Nigeria
Author:Adeoti, GbemisolaISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas
Volume:1
Issue:1
Pages:35-56
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:cinema
politics
Abstract:This paper analyses the sociopolitical importance of Nigerian home video films (Nollywood) against the backdrop of long years of military rule. Some titles discussed include: Tunde Kelani's 'Saworo Ide' (Brass Bells, 1999) and 'Agogo Eewo' (Gong of Taboo, 2002), Yomi Ogunmola's 'Alaga Kansu' (Local Council Chairman, 2002), Abiodun Olanrewaju's 'Akobi Gomina I & II' (The Governor's Heir, 2002) and Jide Kosoko's 'Your Excellency' (2003).The paper notes that while military dictatorship lasted, the film was more or less a medium for social diversion, cultural exhibition and religious affirmation. The inauguration of a civilian administration in 1999 has, however, led to the expansion of thematic possibilities through the screen. To this end, the Nigerian home video presents a framework for deepening people's participation in the process of democratization and development, as shown in the film analyses. In conclusion, the paper affirms the potential of video film in tackling the challenges of social reconstruction in a post-military democratization. App., bibliogr., filmogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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