The Hearthstone: Language, Culture, and Politics in the Films of Tunde Kelani.

Olusegun Soetan


Nollywood, now rated as the second most significant film industry in the world, has been recognized in academic spheres for its substantial production of low-budget, narrative-driven, and serialized films. The tradition balances elements of cinema and television to emerge as the dominant producer of video-films in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, despite its fame and growth, further research into the specific content, context, and the artistic plurality of the films themselves has been comparatively less frequent. In this paper, I examine the films of Tunde Kelani, who is regarded as the most prolific filmmaker in Nigeria, to underscore recurrent themes that are germane to his filmmaking art. Apart from his penchant for making films with crisp pictures and quality audio sounds, I conclude that three elements: language, culture, and politics are essential to Kelani’s cinematic art in Nollywood. And that through his representation and portrayal of culture and tradition in his films, Kelani implies that the possible solution to institutionalized corruption in Nigeria is not likely to come from implementation of foreign ideas but through the adoption of indigenous cultural principles and sacred rites.




Nollywood, Sub-Saharan Africa, Culture, Politics, cinematic art.

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