World's Culture: Nigerian Tribes Essay

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Case synopsis
In order to analyze world’s culturres, the study will focus on five features of culture. These are the rituals, artifacts, beliefs, values, norms and language. The question here will, how do the Nollywood movies represent the culture within these five features? The study will also try to find out whether religious overtones, namely Christianity versus traditional African religion featured in Nigerian videofilms reflect contemporary Nigerian culture. Lastly, the study will unfold the ways in which the post-colonial, colonial, and pre-colonial eras reflect and resonate in Nigerian movies (Jenkins & Green, 2012).
Nigerian tribes
There are many tribes in Nigeria. Of these many tribes, Igbo, Yoruba, and Hausa constitute the major tribes. Each tribe in Nigeria is characterized by its own culture and knowledge. In terms video films production, all the three tribes are involved, but in different degrees. Of these tribes, Igbo tribe dominates the industry. Because of this, the dominant culture portrayed in these movies is Igbo. This does not mean that the culture does not auger well with other African cultures. In fact, Igbo culture bears several similarities with all ethnic cultures and traditions, not only in Nigeria but also across Africa as a whole. This explains the reason behind the Nigerian explosion. It is argued that any black African have the capacity of understanding, interpreting and enjoying Nigerian movies due to the similarities existing between black African cultures and Nigerian culture. As far as culture is concerned, many things are common among Black Africans. This is because most of the regulation of individual’s life comes from the influence of an extended family (Onuzulike, 2007).
In terms of language, it is important to note that it is the paramount cultural identity. This is because it accords meaning to any given ethnic group. It does this by tying the past with the present through its customs, history, music, and literary forms. Language makes an ethnic group to be distinct (Saul & Austen 2010).
Language in Nigerian movies
Pestilence is one of the famous Nigerian movies. In this movie, the importance of “idioms,” one of the elements of language is well entrenched. For example, while explaining to his community to wait patiently for Ajumbe, the chief priest to come back after consulting the oracle, Ikenga, who features as a vibrant orator, uses many idiomatic expressions. This is common in the Igbo culture in Nigeria. When Ikenga tells the people to wait for Ajumbe, Edozie, an elder, is unhappy. He utters, “how long will we wait? He claims that gods had deserted them before rising to leave. As he leaves, Edochie who tells him that the community is finished when an elder leaves reprimands him. Ajumbe comes back and makes an affirmation, which characterizes idiomatic pattern of speech evident in Igbo culture. Generally, the use of proverbs and idioms in Nigerian culture is on daily basis (Onuzulike,...

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