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Nigerian video-films on history: Love in Vendetta and the 1987 Kano riots

Ugochukwu, Francoise (2009). Nigerian video-films on history: Love in Vendetta and the 1987 Kano riots. In: African Film: Looking Back and Looking Forward, 26-30 Jan 2009 , Ife (Nigeria).

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Abstract

This paper considers a Nigerian video-film from 1996, Love in vendetta, featuring Zack Orji and inspired by the 1987 Kano riots, one of the many incidences of violent outbreaks which opposed Christians to Muslims in the 1980s and resulted in thousands of deaths, injuries and arrests. This Nigerian adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet presents two lovers: an Igbo man and a Hausa girl, who plan their marriage in the midst of strong family opposition on both sides. They eventually discover that their parents' attitude is the result of deep scars left by the 1987 Kano riots and bloodshed. Love eventually prevails, sending a message of hope to the whole country and heralding a time when ethnical and religious differences would be part of the Federation's rich cultural heritage.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Francoise Ugochukwu
Keywords: Nigerian history; Nollywood; conflict; Igbo; Hausa
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 25351
Depositing User: Françoise Ugochukwu
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 09:32
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2014 21:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/25351
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