Nollywood is gradually taking a new face with the recent use of Kunle Afolayan’s popular film, ‘Figurine (Araromire)’ has as a case study in a book, which will be unveiled later in the month in Lagos.
The flick, which has won some awards, was reviewed in a scholarly book titled ‘Auteuring Nollywood: Critical Perspectives on The Figurine’. A ceremony would hold on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos to unveil the new book.
The occasion will have Nollywood heavyweights in attendance, while academics, top government functionaries, captains of industry and members of the diplomatic corps will also grace it.
Former Minister of National Planning, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi will chair the ceremony that is designed to be one of Nollywood’s greatest moments outside movie location.
The book, a collection of scholarly essays, is the first of its kind devoted to the work of a single Nigerian film director. It interrogates 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.
The book is edited by Dr. Adeshina Afolayan of the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, while the Foreword was written by Prof. Jonathan Haynes of the Long Island University.
In the statement released by the organizers, Kunle was quoted to have said, “We have always said we should tell our stories. But I believe it goes beyond mere rhetorics and images on the screen. Releasing one’s movie to scholarly interrogation like this is one of the next levels for our film industry to climb and I’m excited that this is already happening through my film.”