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Title:On the demonization and discrimination of Akan and Yoruba women in Ghanaian and Nigerian video movies
Author:Müller, LouiseISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
Volume:45
Issue:4
Pages:104-120
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Nigeria
Subjects:Akan
Yoruba
women
religion
filmmakers
gender inequality
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Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/article/562665/pdf
Abstract:This article focuses on the religious information inside Ghanaian and Nigerian video movies regarding Akan and Yoruba women. More specifically, it focuses on the indigenous religious, Christian, and Islamic messages inside these movies in relation to women. The article demonstrates that Akan and Yoruba filmmakers, who dominate the Ghanaian and Nigerian video movie industries, are part of networks of religious institutions, predominantly Pentecostal-Charismatic Christian and modest Islamic ones. These organizations sponsor filmmakers to spread religious messages that promote hierarchical gender relations and the suppression of equal rights for women, e.g., economic independence. By providing an overview of Akan and Yoruba belief systems, in respect of indigenous, Christian, and Islamic gender-related positional concepts and ideological communication on what is appropriate behavior for women, the author will show and support the hypothesis that these movies contribute to women's demonization and (economic) discrimination. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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