An Exploratory Overview of African Media Representation of Homosexuality: Lessons from Nollywood

By Samuel K. Tesunbi.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Sex and sexuality, or the derivatives thereof, are treated as taboo discussion subjects in some
societies. So, how do proponents in contemporary Africa broach such subjects, while balancing the
prerequisites and/or co-requisites of modernity? How do sex and sexuality intersect self expression
and independence in an African context? How do the media broker a dialog about homosexuality in
the African community? What do the stories and images about the subject signify? This query trail
informs the basis of the paper. Using the agenda-setting as a theoretical anchor, the paper analyzes
four Nollywood movies, in addition to critiquing selected print media coverage, to posit that 1) homosexuality
has been, and remains, part of the African community, though in varying clandestine degrees, and 2) the Nigerian
media have been stealthily amassing the constitutive power to initiate, introduce, and sustain
discussions, or set the agenda of public discourse, on homosexuality.

Keywords: African Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Sexual Discrimination, Homosexuality, Gay, Lesbian,, Bisexual, Transgender, LGBT

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.249-260. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 635.327KB).

Dr. Samuel K. Tesunbi

Associate Professor of Communications and Multimedia Design, School of Information Technology and Communications, The American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa, Nigeria

Dr. Samuel K. Tesunbi is Associate Professor and founding Program Coordinator of Communications and Multimedia, the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Nigeria. Dr. Tesunbi received his BS (1983, Advertising) and MS (1988, Journalism) from West Virginia University Perley I. Reed School of Journalism, and Ph.D. (1994, Communications) from Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications. His research interests focus on how [transnational] corporations manage the intersection of culture and advertising.

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