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2014 (Vol. 6, Issue: 1)
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African Traditional Religion and the African Cinema: The Case of Nollywood

Akua Agyeiwaa Manieson
Corresponding Author:  Akua Agyeiwaa Manieson 

Key words:  African traditional religion, Christianity, Islam, Nollywood, , ,
Vol. 6 , (1): 1-5
Submitted Accepted Published
May 01, 2013 June 08, 2013 January 25, 2014
Abstract:

This study aims at a discussion of the portrayal of African Traditional Religion in some selected Nollywood films. It is herein argued that Nollywood is deliberately bent on denigrating the African traditional religion. Three main religious groups are represented in Nigeria. These are Muslims forming about 50.4%, followed by Christians 48.2% while followers of other religions especially African Traditional religion, comprises 1.4% 1. This statistic has earned for Nigeria an accolade: a multi-religious country (McKenzie, 1976). In effect, serious discourse on the impact of religion in Nigeria name Islam and Christianity as the two dominant and competing religions. The tension between Muslims and Christians has a long history. African Traditional Religion is almost always relegated to the background because it has no direct stake in religious disturbances in Nigeria (Olupona, 1992). Yet, movies on the fierce encounter between Islam and Christianity are almost non-existent. Rather, most of these religious films launch a fierce attack on African Traditional Religion.
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Akua Agyeiwaa Manieson, 2014. African Traditional Religion and the African Cinema: The Case of Nollywood.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 6(1): 1-5.
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