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NollywoodThe Creation of Nigerian Film Genres$
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Jonathan Haynes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226387819

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226388007.001.0001

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Nnebue’s Glamour Girls: Scandalous Women

Nnebue’s Glamour Girls: Scandalous Women

(p.59) Chapter 3 Nnebue’s Glamour Girls: Scandalous Women

Jonathan Haynes

University of Chicago Press

Glamour Girls (1994) was the first Nollywood film in English—a shift that allowed Nollywood to become the national and international giant it quickly became. Kenneth Nnebue, establishing himself as a filmmaker in his own right as well as the most powerful marketer in the young industry, continued some of the themes of Living in Bondage, notably relations between the sexes and the unprincipled scramble for wealth in Lagos, but now in a more secular context. His inventive formal strategies permit surveying of an extensive social space. “Glamour girls” (or “senior girls”) are professional women living outside of patriarchal control—scandalous figures in the Nigerian social imagination, associated with prostitution and danger. The sequel, Glamour Girls 2: The Italian Connection, features the international trafficking of sex workers, extending the themes to the exorbitant, the unnatural, and the supernatural.

Keywords:   Kenneth Nnebue, gender relations, professional women, sex trafficking, English language, Igbo language, video, aesthetics

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