ISBN 9789780698287
Pages 480
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2014
Publisher University Press, Nigeria, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Auteuring Nollywood

Critical Perspectives on The Figurine

edited by Adeshina Afolayan

Beginning from an auteur standpoint, this book interrogates extant cinematic re-presentation of African and Nigerian postcolonial realities in Nollywood. It makes a case, using Kunle Afolayan's The Figurine, for a critical space-clearing gesture around the notion of a neo-Nollywood, which transcends the formulaic cinematic re-presentation of African and Nigerian realities to embrace a visionary and philosophic rearticualtion of the role of film-making, and of Nollywood, in the Nigerian imagination. The Idea of neo-Nollywood, and a visionary director, therefore stands at the core of a cinematic production process that challenges, disturbs and stimulates perceptions of current and future African identities.

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"With this volume a considerable volume of Nigerian scholars and Nollywood specialists have come together. The result is probably as unique in African cinema studies as the film itself… It presages a new, positive development in Global South cinema studies where the great interest of the public in popular cinemas will have spawned an important body of scholarship."

Kenneth Harrow, Michigan State University, Author of Postcolonial African Cinema

"This book is seminal in its inauguration of a new chapter in the study of Nigeria’s phenomenal contribution to global film culture… it makes a strong case for a more in-depth artistic and critical approach to the study of Nollywood that triangulates around orality, Third Cinema. and auteur theoretical perspective."

Nduka Otiono, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa

About the Editor

Adeshina Afolayan

Adeshina AFOLAYAN teaches Philosophy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His areas of interest include the philosophy of politics, African philosophy and the philosophy of modernity. Some of his publications have appeared in Journal of Social Philosophy, Social and Political Thought, Philosophia, Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies, Human Affairs, and so on. He is presently researching into the possibility of an African modernity mediated by the Yoruba concept of Olaju (enlightenment).