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Changing Nigerian cultures: two films against witchcraft and an impossible dialogue

Ugochukwu, Françoise (2017). Changing Nigerian cultures: two films against witchcraft and an impossible dialogue. In: Tsaaior, James and Ugochukwu, Françoise eds. Nigerian Film Culture and the Idea of the Nation: Nollywood and National Narration. London: Adonis & Abbey, pp. 73–92.

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Abstract

The prominent place of witchcraft in Nollywood films produced in the 1990s is widely acknowledged, and has prompted a number of comments from critics. While filmmakers’ opinion is divided on the subject, these films obviously echo familiar situations. The dissemination of Nigerian films outside Africa and their entering new geographical and cultural areas, and the didactic nature of Nollywood, have led to a clash between Nigerian and the British cultures in the bid to fight the widespread practice of witchcraft and its attendant casualties, which now affect both worlds. This paper reflects on the difficulty of intercultural communication on the subject as illustrated by the recent controversy sparked by a British NGO’s discovery of Nollywood in 2008. The film born of this culture-shock presents a novel way of dealing with screen-mediated witchcraft and its impact.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2017 Adonis
ISBN: 1-909112-74-7, 978-1-909112-74-2
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Keywords: Nigeria; Nollywood; witchcraft; intercultural; NGO; UK
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 53683
Depositing User: Françoise Ugochukwu
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 16:12
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 17:13
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53683
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