ISBN 9781909112742
Pages 310
Dimensions 234mm x 156mm
Published 2017
Publisher Adonis & Abbey Publishers, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Nigerian Film Culture and the Idea of the Nation

Nollywood and National Narration

edited by Françoise Ugochukwu, James Tar Tsaaior

Collectively, the essays brought together in this book represent a discursive confluence on Nollywood as a local film culture with a global character, aspiration and reach. The governing concern of the book is that texts, including film texts, are animated by a particular sociology and anthropology which gives them concrete existence and meaning. The book argues that Nollywood, the Nigerian video film text, is deeply rooted in the sub-soil of its social and cultural milieux. Nollywood is therefore, engaged in the relentless negotiation and re-negotiation of the everyday lives of the people against the backdrop of their cultural traditions, social contradictions and the politics of their ethnic/national identity, longing and belonging. The essays weave an intricate and delicate argument about the critical role of Nollywood to the idea of nationhood and the logic of its narration with implications for language, politics and culture in Africa. The book is a valuable addition to the critical discourse on the important place of film and cinema studies in national engineering processes.

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About the Editors

Françoise Ugochukwu

Françoise UGOCHUKWU, a Senior Research Fellow, IFRA, Ibadan, and a retired Professor from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently affiliated to the Open University (UK) and an external collaborator to the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)-LLACAN, with special interest in Nigerian (Igbo), Nollywood and Intercultural Studies. She is the author of the first Igbo-French dictionary, of several books including one on Nollywood (2013) and two on the Biafran war, and more than 155 book chapters and articles in journals worldwide. Her qualifications, professional career path and area of expertise have placed her at the crossroads between language studies, literature, anthropology, cinema and translation, as evidenced by her publications, PhD supervisions and external examinerships. Her pioneering work in the field and her longstanding contribution to the strengthening of cultural and educational ties between France and Nigeria awarded her the French national distinction of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques in 1994. 

James Tar Tsaaior

James Tar TSAAIOR is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mass Media and Writing in the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic (formerly Pan-African) University, Lagos, Nigeria where he teaches creative writing, media/cultural studies and postcolonial writing. He is also the Director, Academic Planning of the University and editor, Journal of Cultural and Media Studies. In 2010 - 2011, he was a visiting Leverhulme Trust and Isaac Newton Research Fellow, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a participant in the International Faculty Programme, University of Navarre's IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. He was also a visiting scholar, Centre for African American Studies, Princeton University, USA in 2014. His recent publications include: African Literature and the Politics of Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), and Politics of the Postcolonial Text: Africa and Its Diasporas (LimCom Europa, 2010). In addition he has published over fifty chapters in books and articles in local and international peer-reviewed journals.