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Ifà Dynamics in Nollywood

Posted by lamacs On February - 27 - 2012

Compositions of memory in the Yoruùbà cosmological strata

Nomusa Makhubu
Nomusa Makhubu is currently working towards a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University (South Africa). She has exhibited in South Africa, France, Germany, Swaziland and Reunion Island after receiving the ABSA l’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award in 2006 as well as the Rhodes Amnesty International Woman of the Year Award (Art).

In critique of Mbiti’s (1990) proposition regarding occurrence and non-time (or the non-existence of a distant future in African cultures), this paper will use Kelani’s films to examine the appropriation of cyclical concepts of time as well as the transmission of historical/theological memory and ephemeral preternatural occurrence. In the performance of Ifà in Nollywood there are temporal paradoxes that not only question the notion of time in metanarratives that may precede the present, but also the modes of constructing memory from tangible reality and the abstract.

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