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THE NIGERIAN AND THE PERSONALITY QUESTION





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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       i
Certification     -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       ii
Dedication       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       iii
Acknowledgement    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       iv
Table of Contents     -       -       -       -       -       -       -       -       vi

CHAPTER ONE
1.0      Background of Study
1.1      Statement of Problem
1.2      Scope of Study
1.3      Significance of Study
1.4      Justification of Study
1.5      Research Methodology
1.6      Definition of Terms

CHAPTER TWO
2.0      Literature Review
2.1      Review of Related Literature

CHAPTER THREE
3.1   Brief History of the Nigerian Actor
3.2   Biography of 1st Actor – Basorge Tariah
3.3   Biography 2nd Actor – Dr. Innocent Ohiri
3.4   The Personality Question

CHAPTER FOUR
4.1   Analysis of the Personality Question
4.2   Associated Problems
4.3   Solution to the Problem

CHAPTER FIVE
5.1   Conclusion
5.2   Recommendation
5.3   Work Cited












CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.0      BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The society often confuses the personality of the character the actor is playing with his true character, thereby evaluating him or she based on what they see on stage or screen.
The role of the actor is quite different from his person in real life. What the actor does is to pass a message across to the society, as Njamah rightly observes:
It has not really changed much. It has only made me to be artistic, people have this mentality that actresses are promiscuous, but they forget that they are only trying to pass a message across the people (2002, 23)
In the same vein Eucharia Anuobi in defense of her personality and that of her fellow actors and actresses says that the role an actor plays in a movie does not reveal who he or she is in actual life. An angel can play a devil in a film and vice vasa (2002, 3).
        Furthermore, the Nigerian society ranks the actor nowhere near people in other profession, forgetting that each profession has its role to play in the service of mankind. Because of the contribution of the actor towards human and national development, these is need to educate the people on the real nature of actors and acting and by so doing correct the misconceptions about actors and their professions. It is hoped that this study which examines the personality of the actors will meet the above need.
        On the Nigerian actors and the society, some of them are written by scholars. A greater number of them, however, are written by journalist who has little or no idea of the actors.
        This study is therefore, significant because it attempt an in-depth study of the personality of the Nigerian actors as seen by the society and the actor himself. It will therefore enlighten the society on the true personality of the actor. This work will hopefully contribute to the dispute between the actor and the society on the formers personality.
        It will serves as an encouragement for young aspiring actors who wish to take up the profession as a career. It will also enlighten parents on the personality status of the actor and serves as consolation to the actors, that at least somebody somewhere has their interest at heart. Finally, it is hoped that this paper will serves as a reference material for further research in this area.
1.1      STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
The acting profession has been grossly misunderstood and the personality of the actor misrepresented. Actors are looked at as irresponsible people and the acting profession seen as a less liable and dignified one. These call for a good probe into the personality of the actor and the moral liability of his profession. This study therefore attempts to educate the public on the virtues of the profession and the true personality of those in it.
1.2      SCOPE OF STUDY
This work examines the personality of the actor in relation to the roles he/she plays in productions. It explains the mistaken notions about the actor and his professions and tries to correct the notions. The work also appraises the challenges of the acting profession and the problems confronting actors and making them behave the way they do. It also recommends solutions to the problem.
1.3      SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY
This study is carried to inform and educate the people. On acting on an art, this research work will also make the people understand that acting in an art (imitation) and not real. So a role played by an actor on science or stage in quite different from that persons real life.
1.4      JUSTIFICATION OF STUDY
The justification of study is to X-ray (look into) the “Nigerian actor and the personality question. This is to the reactions of Nigerian actors and how the society finds themselves to accept them. It is also to correct the misconception people have about acting and artist. Rather in there to mirror the society and show the ills of the society.
1.5      RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Due to the nature of this research, data collection and analysis are based on two sources. These are primary and secondary sources. Interviews were conducted on the topic and some actors were watched or studied closely over a good period of time. Books, journals and articles on the actor and his personality and role were consulted. The researcher’s personal experience as an actor-trainee was also very useful.
1.6      DEFINITIONS OF TERMS
ACTING: This is an act of presenting an action, presenting it to be real.
STAGE: In regards to the work, stage is a life production of a play on set.
SCREEN FILM: This is production of a play has being recorded. It is not a life performance.




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