Adanma Vivian Obiora (PhD), Anthony Ogbonna Uche (PhD)


Film is an important mode of catching reality and illusion in the contemporary world; it also serves as a reflection of society, which helps us to better understand our lives, the lives of those around us, and how our society operates. Violent attacks on the other hand indicate a state of fear, foreboding, and uneasiness owing to several factors. In Nigeria, the state of violent attacks is increasingly alarming. Currently, it appears that stories of missing persons, kidnapping, killing by unknown gunmen, ritual killing, and human organ harvesting are in the daily news. Film as a medium of communication can make real and justify certain ideas and beliefs through its portrayals, and, in so doing, structure the awareness of the social world we live in. Nollywood, the popular Nigerian film industry is not left out on the role of mirroring the Nigerian society and educating its audience on ways to make the Nigerian society better. This work hinges on social representation theory and adopts textual analysis in examining two Nollywood films: National Crisis and The Last Kidnap. Findings reveal that the two films portrayed violent attacks as dangerous and perpetrated in various forms based on gender prowess. The films’ producers reflected the causes and consequences of violent attacks in the themes which include religious dichotomy, porous borders, nonchalant government, poverty, and unemployment. The researchers recommend that Nigerian film producers should progress in using better logical storylines in their works.


Insecurity, Nollywood, Representations, Film, Portrayal.

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