n African Renaissance - Language & identity n video-films and diasporic communitie

Volume 13, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Today, the Nigerian diaspora in Britain is probably the largest in Europe. Research carried out between January and March 2011 shows that diasporic Nigerians spend part of their recreational time viewing Nigerian video films, massively preferred to foreign films. Those films seem to have empowered them to reclaim their culture and history and present it to others. This paper, based on two sets of questionnaires and interviews dated 2009 and 2011, seeks to evaluate the impact of Nigerian video-films among resettled communities in the UK and reasons behind the success of these films among Nigerians, focusing on Igbo and Yoruba speakers. It investigates the potential importance of language in viewers' motivations and practices, the role played by the cultural message of the language in identity-reinforcement within the Nigerian community, and the impact of these video-films on the revival of language and cultural practices among diasporic communities.

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