22. (JIH) RETRIEVING THE NIGER DELTA CRISES FROM THE COURT OF NOLLYWOOD
Dede Samuel A., Ph. D
Department of Theatre Arts,
University of Port Harcourt.
Dienye, Emimeke Henry
Department of History and Diplomatic Studies,
Faculty of Humanities,
Ignatius Ajuru University of Education,
Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The crises rocking the Niger Delta region of the current Nigerian State had elicited a great debate that is underlined with an array of opinions, interpretations, viewpoints and logic. The emergence of Nollywood has affected and further exacerbated the debate with great consequences on the social, political and economic space of Nigeria. This paper, therefore, deems it fit to attempt a retrieval of the Niger Delta crises (struggle) from the court of Nollywood. Nollywood in an attempt to tell the story of the Niger Delta crises (struggle), had followed the general trend in the court of public opinion in the current state that situates the entire crises (struggle) as a mere struggle of some disgruntled citizens. The retrieval led the paper to several conclusions. The conclusions did inadvertently lead to the recommendations canvassed herein.
Keywords: Nollywood, Niger Delta, fragility, government and governance, ethnicity.