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Black African Cinema

Summary of Book by Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike
Published by University of California Press (Berkley, United States)

In the publication Black African Cinema, Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike writes an essay titled “Ghana: Contrasts in Ideology and Practice”. Ukadike contends that in the years following independence, Ghanaian films displayed a marked tendency toward social realism and sometimes political, though usually innocuous questioning of contemporary events, geared towards fulfilling entertainment functions, albeit the aesthetic limitations.Ukadike apprehends the development of independent cinema in Ghana taking cognizance of the divisions created by the socio-political tumult of the post-independence era. He intimates that in the decades following independence, cultural autonomy in Ghana was threatened by political and economic stability which appeared as a setback to Ghana’s prosperity, as well as the pan-African spirit. Ukadike equally contends that the success of feature film production in Ghana has pretty much been a matter of survival of the fittest, even before the 1980s and 1990s economic predicament. It is equally his opinion that film production activities in Ghana are defined more by funding sources than the observance of nationalistic tendencies