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Nollywood in diaspora: a cultural tool

Ugochukwu, Francoise (2011). Nollywood in diaspora: a cultural tool. In: Reading and producing Nollywood: an international symposium, 23-25 March 2011, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Abstract

This paper, focusing on Europe and based on two sets of questionnaire and interviews dated 2009 and 2011, confirms the growing importance of the Nigerian Diaspora in those countries and the strategic position of the UK in the current building of a European network, as evidenced by the creation of ‘Nigerians in Diaspora Europe’ (NIDOE) and other groups. It examines the individual and corporate consumption of Nigerian video films by diasporic communities, considers its social, linguistic and economic impact among both first generation migrants and British youth of Nigerian descent, and reasons behind the success of Nollywood among resettled Nigerians. It highlights the premium given to the cultural aspect of these films by viewers, and its link to individual and collective memory and moral values, while showing a gradual shift in interest from the older generation to that of British-born youth. Given viewers’ insistence on the educational value of these films, considered by the majority as a fair reflection of the current Nigerian scene, the paper posits that producers should pay more attention to the content of their films and to their possible impact on other Diaspora-linked factors such as the attitude of Nigerians towards their home country and its wellbeing.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author
Extra Information: Powerpoint presentation
Keywords: Nigeria; Nollywood; Film; diaspora; culture
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: 32095
Depositing User: Françoise Ugochukwu
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2012 14:04
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2014 17:05
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/32095
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