Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Ayakoroma, Barclays Foubiri. Trends in Nollywood: A Study of Selected Genres

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Ayakoroma, Barclays Foubiri. Trends in Nollywood: A Study of Selected Genres

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Ayakoroma, Barclays Foubiri. Trends in Nollywood: A Study of Selected Genres. Ibadan, Nigeria: Kraft Books Limited, 2014, pp.384, ISBN: 9789789182015.

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This book is part film history and part film theory and criticism. The history part traces the origin of the Nigerian cinema up to the present era of video productions. The work examines in detail, the contextual issues which have helped to define emergent trends within the industry. And specifically, the book look at the rise and fall of the cinema industry and the advent of television drama in Nigeria, especially the soap opera format, which fertilized the ground for professional film practice; it provides a critical study of the concept of genre and its application in the development of the contemporary Nigerian film industry over the years, followed by identifying and analyzing some basic trends, which have had determinate effect on the emergent film industry, it attempts a detailed study of the epic and historical genre in Nollywood which starts from a preliminary study of the nature of history and its use in the reconstruction of a people's past; and it also entails examining the use of oral tradition; it provides a critical look at the security system in Nigeria and how ad hoc preventive measures have been put in place by people as a matter of necessity; it utilizes a critical analysis of the political genre in Nigerian films in a review of the concept of politics and the peculiar nature of the political process in the Nigerian experience; and it looks at the overall development of Nollywood, the contemporary Nigerian film industry to note that the production context of any film culture determines the emergence of genres or film movements. …

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