Nollywood Literature Review

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Auteuring Nollywood: Critical Perspective on The Figurine, edited by Adeshina Afolayan. Ibadan: University Press PLC, 2014. xxii + 457 pp. (Paperback) ISBN-13: 978 978087. This book holds within its covers a collection of intensely engaging essays of an interdisciplinary character, on developments in the Nigerian film industry today. It is a significant and valuable contribution to the growing body of literature devoted to the discourse on Nollywood for several reasons. One of these is that for the very first time we have an assemblage of articles offering varied critical approaches to the reading of a single film text, which makes it not only refreshing but also unique. Using Kunle Afolayan’s The Figurine, it engages the concept of neo-Nollywood…show more content…
Dele Olayiwola’s essay traces the evolution of the home video and the role played by the new media of television in fostering their popularity. Foluke Ogunleye’s contribution also traces a trajectory into the history of the Yoruba video film. Matthew H. Brown’s thought provoking contribution ponders a number of salient points if Nollywood is to be considered a ‘national cinema’ in a nation bedeviled by numerous crises. In his contribution, Gideon Tanimonure contends the notion that Nollywood is “apolitical” as some critics have posited. He uses his analysis of three films Campus Queen and Osuofia in London I & II to advance his argument. A.G.A Bello addresses the question of the moral burden on the African filmmaker. Finally, Hyginus Ekwuazi robust contribution takes a holistic look at the Nigerian film industry; its past, present and…show more content…
These insightful interviews at once establish the fact that a feature film is a complicated collaborative effort with different roles played by several people, and yet lends credence to the auteur argument that the director is the person who ‘orchestrates’ various part of production to achieve a specific result. These interviews reveal that much. The volume closes with renowned Nollywood scholar, Onookome Okome’s afterword, giving readers his perspective to the foregoing discourse on neo-Nollywood and auteur criticism. Auteuring Nollywood… is an important book that breaks new ground in the discourse on Nollywood. It is a pacesetter and an ‘indispensable’ (425) contribution to both film and culture studies. It is my hope that other scholars will be inspired by Adeshina Afolayan’s

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