Framing Female Leadership on Stage and Screen in Yorubaland: Efunsetan Aniwura Revisited

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Adeboye, O.
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Gender & History
This paper revisits the representation of Efunsetan Aniwura in Isola’s historical play and two successor films, both titled Efunsetan Aniwura, a 1981 version directed by Bankole Bello and a 2005 version directed by Tunde Kelani. The goal is not to evaluate whether representations of Efunsetan Aniwura on stage and screen are accurate, but rather to interrogate the political and cultural ideologies that frame and modify the representations of female leadership over time. What factors in 1960s Yoruba politics and culture informed playwright Isola’s historical portrayal of an 1860s female leader? How does the portrayal of Efunsetan change in the subsequent films from 1981 and 2005, and what do these changes reveal about how female leadership and power is perceived in Yoruba culture? I argue that the prevailing gender ideologies and politics differently informing the play and films over time are consistent in one regard: they function to villainise Efunsetan and erode viewer sympathy for her
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Efunsetan Aniwura , Political and cultural ideologies , Female leadership , Politics , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects
Adeboye, O. "Framing Female Leadership on Stage and Screen in Yorubaland: Efunsetan Aniwura Revisited", Gender & History, Vol. 30, No.3, (October 2018). 666 -681