Cultures In Nigerian Culture In Nigeria

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THE APPRAISAL OF INDIGENOUS FILMS IN PRESERVING EDO CULTURE IN NOLLYWOOD IN NIGERIA. CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY.
Culture is indeed the totality of a man’s life which include food, dance, music, e.t.c. It also encompasses information about his past generation, his present life and his no distant future.
The history of the Edo- Benin people dates back to 601,AD, where Igodo’s was the first series of kings which settle in what is now known as Benin City. The Edo people are the blessed with a very rich culture and are very artistic. There are different cultural festivals celebrated of which the Igue festival is the most popular of them all. It takes place in December by the Oba
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The Edo- Benin people are very artistic and have a great deal of artifacts of which most were lost due to the invasion of the Benin empire in the colonial era which also lead to the capture of the then Oba of Benin.
Nigerians are exposed to various programs on television and radio that shapes their thoughts and provides an avenue for taking informed decisions of which most of the media content are based on western ideologies and culture thereby creating a block in the promotion of indigenous culture.
There was a great fear that arose due to the constant exposure to western ideologies and culture which could have lead to the total wipeout of our cultural heritage but this was soon calmed with the introduction of the Nigerian Home Video Industry (Nollywood).
The Nigerian Home Video Industry started with the introduction of the soap opera Mirror in the Sun produced by the late Amaka Igwe which was aired on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
The first Nigerian films were made by filmmakers such as Ola Balogun and Hubert Ogunde in the 1960s, but they were frustrated by the high cost of film production. Later in 1992 Nigeria’s home video industry, popularly known as Nollywood, was successful with the production and release of the movie ‘Living in
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To know if proper funding and management can help the Nigerian Film Industry propagate Edo culture.

1.4 RESARCH QUESTIONS
The following research question was adopted for this study:
1. How are films important instruments used in the presentation of Edo culture?
2. How can Nigerian film industry portray a rich heritage of the Edo culture?
3. If manage effectively and properly funded, can the Nigerian film industry go the extra mile in propagating the culture of the Edo People?

1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
This study hopes to knows if there are enough indigenous films to help promote and preserve the Edo cultural heritage through Nollywood in Nigeria.
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY

1.7 OPERATIONAL DEFINITION OF TERMS
APPRAISAL: According to Collins English Dictionary, it is the official or formal assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of someone or something. It often involves observation or some kind of testing.

INDIGENOUS: According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, indigenous means something produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment. It can also be something that is innate or inborn for example the indigenous culture, indigenous

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