Illorin - Professor AbdulRsheed Na’ Allah, Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, says he has inaugurated a committee for the establishment of the centre for Nollywood studies in the University.
Na’ Allah disclosed this on Monday, in his opening address at the Conference on African Cinema, with the theme; “African Cinema and the Supernatural”, organised by the University.
He said that when operational, the centre would be charged with the responsibility of highlighting the role and effect of Nollywood films in the society.
Na’ Allah said that the conference was part of the University’s aim of building bridges between scholars and those who promote culture outside the university.
The vice-chancellor said that the essence of the conference was to redefine the progress made by the nation in terms of arts and culture for the benefit of all.
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“In 2010, the theme of the KWASU Conference on African Cinema was “Nollywood: A Natural Cinema”, this year, it is “Nollywood and the Supernatural’’.
He said the themes of both conferences showed the commitment of the institution to the promotion of culture through cinema.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Onookome Okome, Lecturer, University of Alberta, Canada, said that the conference was aimed at exploring how Nollywood could depict the supernatural and its capacity in resolving problems.
He said that the centre being planned would be a focal point where the meaning and relevance of Nollywood would be studied.
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