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Politics of Language in Kunle Afolayan's The Figurine (Araromire)

Ruth E. Epochi-Olise


Language is the most essential feature of any work of art, which is necessary for the communication of meaning. Language could come in different forms: oral, written, sign and material. Whatever form it takes, it helps in the continual promotion and reconstruction of sociocultural identity. Using Afolayan's The Figurine (Araromire) as a point of reference, this article examines the place and implications of multilingualism, and the socio-cultural impact on Nigerians, and Africans at large. It also examines how the various forms of language can aid the shaping of the cultural identity of the people towards the preservation of valued culture for the present and future generations. Lastly, the article suggests that Nigerian films and filmmakers/producers should be seen and employed as cultural ambassadors of Nigeria to the outside world.

Keywords: Language, Multilingualism, The Figurine, Cultural ambassadors, Filmmakers

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