Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
NollywoodThe Creation of Nigerian Film Genres$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jonathan Haynes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226387819

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226388007.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 27 May 2020

Crime, Vigilante, and Village Films: Violence and Insecurity

Crime, Vigilante, and Village Films: Violence and Insecurity

(p.165) Chapter 7 Crime, Vigilante, and Village Films: Violence and Insecurity

Jonathan Haynes

University of Chicago Press

The breakdown of law and order in Nigeria created general terror. A series of scandals linked violence, political power, and occult forces: rumors of money rituals practiced by the elite caused rioting; a vigilante group, the Bakassi Boys, armed themselves with spiritual weapons; many politicians were exposed as clients of a corpse-littered shrine. Nollywood reacted to these scandals, renewing its key symbolic complex, the money ritual, and creating the new subgenre of vigilante films. Villages are the preeminent imagined community for these dramas, seen as the crucial arena for struggles over governance and for spiritual conflicts among traditional, Christian, and predatory occult forces. The village genre localizes these struggles in a dense social fabric. Other kinds of crime film arose at the same time, around 2000; they show various foreign influences, but Nollywood’s crime genre is distinct, family melodrama and spiritual interventions largely displacing detective work.

Keywords:   Nigerian politics, village, violence, crime films, vigilantes, press, popular justice, occult, shrines, Igbo, rumor

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.