The Poetics of Demythologisation in Kunle Afolayan’s The Figurine

  • Abiodun Olayiwola Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Pelumi Folajimi University of Wisconsin, Madison
Keywords: film, demythologisation, Figurine, Nigerian drama, Kunle Afolayan


The paper examines the concept of demythologisation as it is expressed in Kunle Afolayan’s film, The figurine (subtitled Araromire). The paper argues that, though some influences of supernatural forces appear potent in the early parts of the film (Araromire Village around 1908), natural coincidence and human action (human orchestration) are more convincingly projected in the latter part of the film (which is set in Lagos around 2001). Examining how Femi Osofisan’s drama demystifies and demythologises sacred matters, the paper argues that Afolayan adopts the same technique of demythologisation in his film, The figurine (Araromire) the same way Osofisan does in most of his plays. However, deriving its premises from certain revelations in the film, the study concludes that Kunle Afolayan’s attempt at demythologisation is a partial success, as certain occurrences in the film are difficult to completely detach from supernatural influence despite their denotation as coincidences.


Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2458-746X
print ISSN: 0855-1502