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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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Tunde Kelani, the Auteur

Tunde Kelani, the Auteur

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(p.113) Chapter 5 Tunde Kelani, the Auteur
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Nollywood
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Jonathan Haynes

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226388007.003.0005

Tunde Kelani is Nigeria’s leading film director and the one most naturally approached through auteur criticism. He works independently and his films embody a consistent vision. Kelani gained experience in all of Nollywood’s precursors: the Yoruba traveling theater tradition, Nigerian television, and Nigerian celluloid cinema. He stands apart from Nollywood and from the Yoruba-language film industry but is an inspiration to both. His fierce commitment to preserving Yoruba culture as a living force in the present, his moral commitment, and his progressive, ecumenical vision of Nigeria make him a central figure in contemporary Nigerian culture. His pioneering video film Ti Oluwa Nile was a collaboration with Yoruba traveling theater artists; most subsequent films are based on literary works or collaborations with writers, using actors that evoke a variety of Nigerian cultural sectors. His cinema is a total art form incorporating music, dance, and other African arts.

Keywords:   Tunde Kelani, Yoruba, Yoruba traveling theater, auteur criticism, Nigerian cinema, literature, African arts, morality, music

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