The Deputy Vice Chancellor Lira University, Assoc. Prof. Okaka Opio Dokotum was privileged to meet with Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka at the National Universities Commission in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday 11th February, 2020, where he delivered a Keynote Address, and gave him a copy of his book, HOLLYWOOD AND AFRICA.
This book shall be launched on Thursday 13th February, 2020 at Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Auditorium in Abuja, Nigeria.
“This is an important book that defines the master trope of Africa as the Dark Continent, that reveals its colonial work in past fiction and film, and that shows this myths to be alive and well in contemporary films about Africa. Even as it uncovers continuing Dark Continent motifs, the book also reveals how these films engage contemporary celebrity, military, economic, and political cultures in the development of a neocolonial aesthetic.”-Robert T. Self, English Professor Emeritus, Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Northern Illinois University
“Overall, this work is a fine attempt at decolonizing African film knowledge along the line of “Hollywood Africa film productions’’. It successfully destabilizes the otherwise hegemonic discourse that undermines the place of Africa and Africans and has re-inscribed the continent and its people in the dignity they deserve, while at the same time blazing the trail in similar studies. It is, for that matter, path-breaking and will attain an iconic place in film criticism because, it has done for African film studies what African historians and literary critics did in the 1950s and 60s in the decolonization of knowledge about African historical and literary scholarship.”-Dr Senayon Olaoluwa, Senior Research Fellow, Coordinator Diaspora and Transnational Studies Programme, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.