ISSN: 17549221
First published in 2009
3 issues per volume
Volume 4 Issue 1
Cover Date: July 2012
Hustlers, home-wreckers and homoeroticism: Nollywood's Beautiful Faces
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Authors:  Lindsey Green-Simms 
DOI: 10.1386/jac.4.1.59_1

Nigerian video-film,homosexuality,prostitution,campus cults,female sexual transgression,African popular culture

This article examines the ways that Nollywood films are involved in the moral policing of the postcolonial subject both by challenging the state's moral failings and by enacting its ideological violence. I argue that although it is necessary to acknowledge how Nigerian video-films reflect the struggles, anxieties and instability of ordinary Nigerians, it is also crucial to examine the ways that they deflect various concerns about everyday life on to certain bodies. Through a close reading of Kabat Esosa Egbon's film Beautiful Faces (2004), a film about female campus cults, I demonstrate that while the film grapples with issues of violence and corruption on university campuses, it does so by channeling fears about students' educational opportunities into anxiety about women's sexual transgressions. In this way, I suggest that Beautiful Faces is typical of many Nollywood films that simultaneously challenge corrupt and wizened government institutions while also reproducing their normative and violent hetero-patriarchal position.
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