Ife International Film Festival

 Lead Papers

1.      Film in Nigeria, Mr. Afolabi Adesanya, Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation, Jos.

2.      Cultural Pluralism and the Nigerian Film, Dr. Hyginus Ekwuazi, Dept. of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan.

3.      Ousmane Sembene and History on Film: A Look Back to the Future, Professor Samba Gadjigo, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.

4.      Sankofa, Nostalgia, Innovation: Envisioning a Motion Picture Industry in Ghana, Professor Africanus Aveh, Department of Performing Arts, University of Ghana.

5.      South African Film: Looking Back and Looking Forward, Professor John R. Botha, North West University, Republic of South Africa.

6.      Women in Moroccan Cinema: Between Tradition and Modernity, Professor Aziz Chahir, Department of Political Sciences, University of Hassan II Casablanca – Morocco.


Roundtable Session

Chair: Professor Mabel Evwierhoma

1.      Mr. Emeka Mba, DG, National Film and Video Censors Board

2.      Professor Adebayo Lamikanra, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife - The African Film as a Cultural Arbiter

3.      Professor Alade Fawole, Head, Dept. of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife - Political Consciousness and the African Film

4.      Mr. Busola Holloway, President, Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN)


Rapporteur/Discussant: Dr. M. Olatunji


A.     History of Film in Africa

Chair: Dr. Y. Salami


1.      A Historical Overview of Ugandan “Film Industry”, Dominica Dipio, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

2.      Senegalese and Francophone African Video Film: Emergence and Evolution, Gorgui Dieng, Department of English, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal.

3.      The Reasons for Nollywood Craze in French-Speaking Cameroon, Télesphore Mba Bizo, Journalist-Translator, Cameroon Radio Television, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

4.      A Historical Journey through Kenyan Films/Videos, Wanjiru Kinyanjui, Theatre Arts and Film Technology Dept., Kenyatta University, Kenya.

Rapporteur/Discussant: Dr. G. O Ajibade


B.     Historical Value of the African Film

Chair: Dr. Akin Alao


1.      Enter the Urhobo Home Video Film, Looking Back Looking Forward, Mabel Evwierhoma, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Abuja, Abuja.

2.      The Gods Must be Crazy and Surrealist Historiography, Olutayo C. Adesina, Department of History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

3.      African Cinema:  Whither the Future without the Past? Bonny Anyanwu, Department of Mass Communication, Delta State University, Abraka.

4.      Historical Value of the African Film: Basorun Gaa and the Promotion of Moral Values among the Yoruba, Ofuafor, M.O and Amusa, S.B, Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

5.      Retelling History and Changing Perceptions through Movies: A Study of Jeta Amata's 'Amazing Grace',   Onyekaba, Cornelius, Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos.

6.      History in Nigerian Video-films: Love in Vendetta and the 1987 Kano Riots, Francoise Ugochukwu, Open University & CNRS-LLACAN, UK.

7.      Recapturing a Nation’s Fading Memory through Video: An Analysis of Chimurenga Files Videos, Tendai Chari, University of Zimbabwe Department of Media Studies/University of Fort Hare, School of Social Sciences, Department of Communication, South Africa.

8.      Re-enacting African History in the Post-Colonial Era through the Home Video Tradition, Victoria O. Adeniyi, Department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Rapporteur/Discussant: Dr. A. T. Akande


C.     African Film Production, Distribution and Exhibition

Chair: Dr. J. A. Afolabi


1.      Challenges of Film Distributing System in Nigeria, Ola-Koyi, S. Joseph Bank, Department of Performing Arts, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.

2.      These Professionals are Too-Known: Counter-Hegemony in Ghanaian Video-Film Practice, Vitus Nanbigne, Woyome Foundation for Africa, Accra, Ghana.

3.      Establishing an Animation Industry in Ghana: Which Direction?, Samuel Quartey, Animation Africa, Accra, Ghana.

4.      Sustaining a Vibrant Home Video Industry in Nigeria: The Total Quality Management Approach, Charles U. Adora, Department of Theatre Arts, Kogi State University, Anyigba.

5.      Nollywood, Bollywood and Hollywood: The Impact of New Technologies on Film Production in Nigeria, Segun Odukomaiya, Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University, Ogun State.

6.      Cartoon Animation Production in Nigeria: Constraints and Prospects, Chiemela A. Ogbonna, Dept. of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

 Rapporteur/Discussant: Dr. O. M. A. Daramola


D.     Thematic Construct of the African Film

Chair: Dr. Femi Adedeji


1.      The Symbol of Rape in Contemporary Yoruba Epic Videos: A Rethink of Culture and Imperialism, Richard O. Ajah, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Uyo.

2.       Efik Folktale, Creativity and Performance in Mutanda, Uwemedimo Atakpo, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Uyo.

3.      Video Narrative and the Great Commission in Africa: An Example of Mount Zion Ministries International, Ellison Domkap, Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, University of Jos, Jos.

4.      Thematic Relevance at the Altar of Hybridism: The Quest for an  Indigenous Nigerian Filmic Idiom, Eshiet, I. James, Department of Theatre Arts, Igbinedion University, Okada.

5.      Thematic Construct of the African Film: A Case Study of Some Yoruba Video Films, Gabriel Adekola Oyewo, Department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

6.      Thematic Developments in Nigerian Video Films, Kwaghkondo Agber, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Abuja, Abuja.

7.      Trends in Nigeria Home Video, Bakare Babatunde Allen.


Rapporteur/Discussant: Dr. E.T. Babalola


E.     Aesthetics of the African Film

Chair: Dr. Wumi Raji


1.      Dance  Dynamics in the African Film, Suru Damisa, Performing Arts Department, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.

2.      African Screen and Visual Effects: Intended Message and Audience’s Interpretation, Michael Pauline.

3.      Reminiscences and Reflections: The Usage of Traditional Wicker Textile in 21st Century Pictures, Ogundeji Toyin, Department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

4.      Visual Language and the African Film, Ben O. Williams, University of Calabar.

5.      Terra Incognita: Masquerade Motifs in Nigeria Home Video, John S. Illah, University of Jos, Jos.

6.      Trends in Nigeria Home Video, Bakare Babatunde Allen. 

Rapporteur/Discussant: C. U. Uwasomba


F.      African Film, Politics and Ideology

Chair: Dr. C. Uji


1.      Unpacking the Hotel: A Study of the Cinematic Politics of ‘Hotel Rwanda’, Nyasha Mboti, English Department, University of Zimbabwe.

2.      Migrating Nollywood: Melting Borders in Tunde Kelani’s Abeni, Jendele Hungbo, Department of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

3.      Nollywood and the Production of Culture in Contemporary Nigeria, Onookome Okome, Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

4.      Imaging Nigerian Politics and Politicians in Yoruba Video Films, Bunmi Olujinmi, General Studies Department, The Polytechnic, Ibadan

5.      Film’s Role in the Evolving Global Culture, Gabe Otsemobor, Department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

6.      BURN, HOLLYWOOD, BURN!: The Impact of the Nigerian Film/DVD/Video Phenomenon on BLACK Cinema Appreciation on the Continent and the African Diaspora, Esiaba Irobi, School of Theatre, Ohio University, USA.

7.      Picture-Right Ownership and the Nigerian Video-Film, Julius-Adeoye R. Jays, Department of Theatre Arts, Redeemer’s University, Redemption City, Ogun State.


Rapporteur/Discussant: J. O. Faleye


G.    African Film Audience and the New Media

Chair: Dr. (Mrs.) J. O. Sheba


1.      "African Magic" on DStv: An Investigative Study of Popularity of Films among Viewers in Obafemi Awolowo University Staff Quarters, Oyewusi Lawunmi, Department of Educational Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.

2.      Perception of African Films among Nigerian Students, Akeem Ayofe Akinwale, Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan.

3.      The Nigerian Home Video Phenomenon on the Pages of Nigerian National Newspapers: An Insight, Ijeh Nkemdilim Patrick, Mass Communication Department, Delta State University, Abraka.

4.      Renaissance and Identity Question in African Films: Challenges in the New Media, J. Melchizedec Onobe, Dept. of Mass Communication,  Bingham University, Karu, Abuja.


Rapporteur: Dr. F. A. Fabunmi

H.    Behind and in Front of the Camera: Female Participation in African Film

Chair: Dr. G. R. Adeoti


1.      Women in the Production of Yoruba Video Films: Experiences and Realities,
Babatunde E. Oluwaremilekun, Literature in English Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

2.      Female Participation in Nigerian Movie: The Patriarchal Break Launcher and the Third Millennium Goal, Nonyelum Chibuzo Mba, Department of English & Literary Studies, University of Abuja, Abuja.

3.      The Image of the African Woman as Portrayed in Selected Home Videos, Violet Okokor,

4.      Wealthy But Humiliated: The Agonizing Cry of the Nigerian Woman in Selected Nollywood Films, Praise C. Daniel-Inim, Department of Theatre Arts, Igbinedion University, Okada.

5.      In the Present, Our Past is Present: Tradition, (Post)Modernity and Gender Politics in Nigerian Video Films, James Tar Tsaaior, Department of English, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

6.      Representing Women and their Interventions on the Political Scene in Nollywood: A Challenge to Film Producers in the 21st Century, Agatha Ukata, Discipline of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

7.      Female Participation in African Film, Dosumu-Lawal Yeside, Lagos State University, Lagos.


 Rapporteur/Discussant: Mrs. F. O. Hunsu


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