International Research Journal of Musicology and Drama

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Nudity in Nigerian home movies and the social life of actresses: a study on Tonto Dikeh and Mercy Johnson

1Doris Nwosu, *2Chima Onwukwe and 3Uzoma C. Okugo (Ph.D)

1,3Department of Mass Communication, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria

2Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria

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Received January 7, 2013; Accepted January 24, 2013 


The study was on Aba inhabitants’ perception of the nude displays of two veteran actresses: Tonto Dikeh and Mercy Johnson in Nigerian home movies. Using the survey research design, cluster sampling method and a sample size of 339 and questionnaire as instrument of data collection, findings showed that respondents said they see the two actresses appear nude and majority of sample were unable to distinguish “on –the stage character of actresses from the off-the –stage character”. This, the study reveals accounts for the poor perception of the respondents about the personalities of the two actresses. Again, the Nigerian cultural prohibition of nudity especially of a woman was found to influence respondent’s poor perception of the nude display of the actresses and the public condemnation. The study recommends among other things that movie directors and producers should take cognizance of the cultural stance on any issue in creating story lines, plots, casting and most especially costumes of any art work.

Keywords: Nudity, Social Life, Actors/Actresses, Media and Culture, Nigerian Home Movies.


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