Prior to any discussion on how the Africans were poorly represented and verbally incorporated in older films, it is imperative to understand why the reasoning why this occurs. Kevin Dunn (1996) explains in his paper that the images of Africans in popular films during the 1930s “[…] consciously or not, the filmmakers were acting as cultural colonists by reinforcing and legitimatizing Western political practices in Africa. These images ...
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...coincide with the Hausas people within the country (History.com Staff, 2009). The film shows various struggle shared by all cast members; the adultery that Olanna and her husband, Odenigbo, both deal with, the love Kainene gains for Richard, a white English writer. Although the movie emphasizes the large personal conflict each of these characters have, the political conflict of the Nigerian Civil War is also taking place and it has a great impact on the lives of the twins. This film is especially important because it shows the contrast in class within the Nigerian community, a clear indication of development; no longer are Africans seen as poor and inferior. Olabanji Akinola (2013) explains that this is a great development because “[t]hrough films, the stereotypes that Nigerians are often victims of can be shattered and new images presented through Nollywood” (24).
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