Socio-Cultural Archetypes: Interrogating African Virginity Discourse in Tunde Kelani’s Films.




Virginity, Culture, Westernisation, Film, Sexuality


In African culture generally, virginity is associated with innocence from sexuality; it is ascribed the position of the pride of every woman and for the Yorubas’, one who has not “spoiled” herself. Public and empirical discourses on the influences of westernisation on cultural values like virginity in Nigeria-Africa have been significantly negative as a paradigm shift from the indigenous concept of communal honour and personal/ public morality and modesty to representations of westernisation and modernisation. This study examines four films by Tunde Kelani (Narrow Path, Magun, Campus Queen, and Arugba) to explain the unevolved socio-cultural importance attached to virginity before and after the embrace of westernization.

Author Biography

Adeyoola Mercy Ojemola, Bowen University Iwo, Osun state, Nigeria

Doctoral student of cultural and media studies. Also an assistant lecturer at Bowen University Iwo,Osun State, Nigeria


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How to Cite

Ojemola, A. M. (2023). Socio-Cultural Archetypes: Interrogating African Virginity Discourse in Tunde Kelani’s Films. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 11(1), 1–29.