Looking at Ourselves in our Mirror: Agency, Counter-Discourse, and the Nigerian Video Film

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Abstract:

The trouble is all the worse given that many Africans spend the greater part of their time looking at themselves in the mirror of the very people who imposed their condition on us in practically all areas of life on the pretext of a universalism that answered their own purposes. - Ambroise Kom (2000a par 3.)

Keywords: African identity; Nigerian cinema; Nigerian film criticism; colonialism; cultural imperialism; decolonialization of the mind; neocolonialism; postcolonialism; self-narration; textualism versus materialism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/fiin.5.4.20

Affiliations: Dr. Chukwuma Okoye holds a permanent position at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he teaches the arts of the arts of the Theatre. He has just completed a two-year stint as the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bayreuth. His research concerns are in the area of dramaturgy, costume and dance. He has written extensively on the performance arts of Igbo masquerade arts in eastern Nigeria.

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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