The story behind the Figurine (Araromire), a movie by Kunle Afolayan released five years ago has now been told in a book…well a scholarly book (though when we first heard we thought it was prose). Anyway it’s titled “Auteuring Nollywood: Critical Perspectives on THE FIGURINE”…it’s for the intellectuals or for those who love reading to acquire knowledge. Edited by Dr. Adeshina Afolayan of the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, the book’s Foreword was written by Prof. Jonathan Haynes of the Long Island University, USA. The unveiling ceremony comes up on Thursday July 31, 2014 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
Those meant to grace the ceremony include Nollywood stars( 90% of which we can bet wouldn’t read the book… only turn up to be in the spotlight while showing off their designer wears). At least it’s comforting to know that the academics, top government functionaries, captains of industry and members of the diplomatic corps will be present.
The book, a collection of scholarly essays, questions the thematic focus and cinematic style employed in The Figurine, while also using that singular work to engage the new trends in the new Nigerian cinema. Contributors to the 455-page book include Dr. Sola Osofisan, Dr. Dele Layiwola, Dr. Chukwuma Okoye, Jane Thorburn, Matthew H. Brown, Gideon Tanimonure, A.G.A Bello, Foluke Ogunleye and Prof. Hyginus Ekwuazi. An ‘Afterword’ on “Neo-Nollywood and its Other” by the prolific scholar, Dr. Onookome Okome.
Mr. Emeka Mba, the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission and Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, Director of Nollywood Study Centre, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos are the reviewers.
Hmm… congrats to Kunle Afolayan… after all… how many filmmakers have their films being subjected to scholarly discuss…what do you think?