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Foluke Ogunleye (ed.)

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Africa Through the eye of the Video Camera has emanated from the African Video Film Arts Festival, which held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in October 2007. The twenty-three articles in this book have been selected thematically. The articles ask us to re-examine our usual assumptions about artistic excellence and culture. They also deal with foundational issues about the video film industry such as African identity as basis for the video film, evolving an apposite nomenclature for the industry and developmental issues affecting the Video film. Legal and economic environments of the video film formed the basis of some of the articles. They made relevant suggestions about reviewing current laws and making new ones to create a better environment for the sustenance of the video genre. Country reports are presented about Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya,Uganda and Senegal. These reports have concentrated on the inner workings of the local video film industries in each of the countries and audience response to the films.

Images of women, as portrayed through the films have received informed engagement by feminist scholars, while functionalist ethos resounds in some of the papers. This book, emanating from the auspicious meeting of video artists and film scholars has definitely provided a forum for postulations and theorizing that will move the art forward on the continent. 

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Contents

 

Introduction

Foluke Ogunleye                                                                    1     

                                                                                          

In Whose Image?

Akinwumi Isola                                                                       8

 

Context and Nature of Contemporary

Nigerian (Nollywood) Film Industry

Duro Oni                                                                                18

 

The Legal Environment of the Nigerian Video Film

 Olalere Oladitan                                                                   29

 

Marketing and Distribution of Video Films in Nigeria

 Biodun Ibitola                                                                       51

 

Ugandan Viewership of Nigerian Movies

 Dominica Dipio                                                                     57

 

Kenyan Videos: A Director’s Experience

Wanjiru Kinyanjui                                                                 82

 

The Making of Yoruba Video Films:

An Actor’s Experience

 Gabriel A. Oyewo                                                                91

 

How Video Changed Exhibition in Ghana

Christine Giraud                                                                  105

 

The Ghana Local Film Industry

Samuel Atsu Akpo                                                               120

 

Video Film in Senegal

Adams Sie                                                                            122

 

Women through the Eye of the Camera: The Aesthetic

Challenge of Nigerian Films

Mabel I. E. Evwierhoma                                                     125

 

The Image of the Woman in Yoruba Video Films:

An Evaluation

Bunmi Olujinmi                                                                   133

 

Representation of Women in Selected Zimbabwean

Films and Videos

Tendai Chari                                                                       143

 

Re-Inventing the African Family through Popular

Video Film: The Nollywood Paradigm

Taiwo Adeyemi                                                                   164

 

Romance with Ancient Cultures: Re-Enacting

Archival Repertoires in Post-Colonial African Films

Agatha Ukata                                                                      174

 

The African Video Film and Images of Africa

 John A. Afolabi                                                                 187

 

Koseegbe: A Sociological Metaphor

Displayed in an African Film

Murtada B. Ahmad                                                           199

 

Yoruba Texts on the Screen

 Olufadekemi Adagbada                                                   208

 

Nollywood and Literary/Performance Studies

in Nigerian Universities: 

A Case for School-to-Street Connection

Gbemisola Adeoti                                                           225

 

Theatre Arts Programme and the Video Film Industry

 S.J. Bankola Ola-Koyi                                                  244

 

Dance, Choreography and Nollywood

Segun O. Oyewo                                                             253

 

Africa Through the Eye of the Camea:

Pornography or Choreography

Yeside Dosumu-Lawal                                                    263

 

Beyond Entertainment: Christian Video

Films and Evangelism in Nigeria

Victoria O. Adeniyi                                                       270

 

Filmic Unity in Nigerian Home Video:

Mainframe’s Saworo Ide as a Model

Adedolapo Adewale                                                     282

 

Appendix

 

The African Video Film Arts Festival: Comments

Drake Stutesman                                                         294

 

Piracy in the Nigerian Video Film Industry -

Interviews

Sunday Oginni                                                             298

 

African Video Films:  Telling the African Story

Communiqué of the African Video Film

Arts Festival 2007                                                        286

 

Index

 

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2008

ISBN: 978-0-7978-0024-3

               978 - 0 - 7978 - 0025 - 0

NUMBER OF PAGES: 305

PRESENTATION: AVAILABLE IN HARDBACK AND PAPERBACK

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