A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE LITERARY QUALITY OF NIGERIAN VIDEO FILMS: BILLIONAIRES CLUB: WORLD APART, AND CORPORATE MAID AS SAMPLE STUDIES

AUTHOR: UDEMBA SAMUEL CHUKS 

DEPARTMENT: ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

This study sought to evaluate the literature component of the Nigerian video films. To achieve this, three films were selected namely: Billionaires Club, World Apart and Corporate Maid. The selection of the video films was based on literary quality, spread, and popularity, within a tenyear period. The films were watched by the researcher and evaluated against established literary critical tenets, enunciated by different scholars through the ages. The researcher observed an apparent de-emphasis and neglect of the literary aspects of most Nigerian films. Producers and directors seem more concerned with the cinematic, resulting in shallow characterization, disjointed plot structures, flat language and a resort to moral clichés as thematic input. However, there are instances in which these elements approximate to those usually found in serious literatures; otherwise most films seem to be mere photographic representations of reality rather than introspective reflections on reality. The researcher also observed an apparent disconnection between the academia and the popular film culture. The producers and directors seem to have no need for research and a critical base of reference. The establishment of scholarly journals on the literary aspects of the video films will go a long way in the establishment of a literature driven popular film culture.

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