The Inclusion of the Visually Impaired In Film Experience

By Jacob Udayi Agba and James E. Olayi.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Using two Nollywood films as examples, this study critically assesses the level of inclusion of the visually impaired in Cinema experience. The study assumes that the experience of the visually impaired in all popular cinemas is the same.
The study then, answers two questions;
(1) What is Nollywood, factors underlying its growth, weakness, prospect and sentiments towards or against the visually impaired?
(2) Is it possible to improve the quality of Nollywood and other classes of films and their ability to reach visually impaired?
Using three hundred and sixty visually impaired Nigerians as sample representing the five million visually impaired persons resident in the six Geopolitical zone that make up the Nigerian nation, the study analyzed data by using two Nollywood films–“Confidence” and “The Wages of Sin” which were some of Nollywood’s most popular films of all times.

Keywords: Film Experience of the Visually Impaired, Nigeria, Film Experience, Computer Mediated Software, Nollywood

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.169-184. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 968.623KB).

Dr. Jacob Udayi Agba

Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication, Cross River University of Technology, Calabar, Nigeria

Dr. Jacob Udayi Agba is a forty-four year-old Nigerian from Obudu in Cross River State, Nigeria. Though Dr. Agba is visually impaired, he has struggled to overcome the barriers of visual impairment by studying to the highest degree (the Ph.D) of his chosen career, Media and Communication. Dr. Jacob U. Agba who is also a knight of the Catholic Church in the order of the Knight of Saint Mulumba has worked for more than fifteen years in different capacities as a broadcaster. In 2010 as part of the celebrations marking Nigeria’s fifty years as an independent nation, Jacob U. Agba was one of the fifty citizens of Cross River State recognized with an award for his contribution to the academia and development of his state. At the moment, he teaches Mass Communication in the Cross River University of Technology; the job he has been doing for the past eight years.

James E. Olayi

Assistant Lecturer, Special and Vocational Education, University of Calabar, Nigeria


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