Portrayal of Women in Contemporary Nollywood Films: Isoken and King of Boys in Focus


  • Emwinromwankhoe Osakpolor University of Benin




Portrayal, women, Nollywood, Nollywood films, Isoken, King of Boys


This study investigates the portrayal of women in contemporary Nollywood films, using Isoken (2017) and King of Boys (2018) as case studies. The objective was to highlight the various ways in which women in the films are portrayed to viewers and ascertain whether contemporary Nollywood movies are an improvement on the issues of gender stereotypes and sexism which are hitherto prevalent in the industry. Anchored on the cultivation theory, the study adopted the qualitative content analysis method. Findings showed that women in the studied films are negatively portrayed in various ways and that these portrayals are, at best, parallel to the stereotypical ways in which women were portrayed in previous Nollywood movies. Taking cognizance of the fact that both films are directed by women, the researcher recommends that Nollywood female directors should look beyond the lenses of financial gains and set a pace with regards to changing the narrative and portraying Nigerian women in a positive light.


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How to Cite

Osakpolor, E. (2021). Portrayal of Women in Contemporary Nollywood Films: Isoken and King of Boys in Focus. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 117–145. https://doi.org/10.5195/cinej.2021.299