n Journal of Gender, Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA) - Nigerian widows on screen s on a changing landscape

Volume 3, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 2050-4276
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4284


The welfare of African widows has generated a significant amount of research within the past twenty years, mainly from Nigerian scholars having an insider's knowledge of these practices, with female scholars often taking the lead. Recent years have seen scholars' concerns spill over to the public arena, with a growing number of voices challenging long-established traditions associated with widowhood. This article briefly surveys the development of studies on this issue, focusing on Igboland, a linguistic and cultural area in south eastern Nigeria. It shows how these concerns have found their way into Nollywood films, considers the evolution of story lines and explores their links with societal trends, analyzing sixteen films produced between 1998 and 2013.

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