A Survey of Audience Reception of Atọ́ka, A Yorubá Photoplay Magazine


Atokạ́ is a Yorubá photodrama magazine produced in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria from 1967-1991. Published by West African Book Publishers (WABP) and printed by their sister company, Academy Press, Atoka ̣́ was a bi-monthly magazine which, while it lasted, hit the stands fortnightly. Extensive works have been done on Yorubá drama by several scholars. While some looked at specific theater companies, some studied the selected plays of particular companies, and some others examined the production of certain organizations at a particular phase. Despite these myriad of works, some other production media, particularly the stage, celluloid film, and home video film, have gained the attention of researchers extensively but photoplay in particular, and radio, television, and the phonograph-disc have not been so lucky. Apart from some works (Ogundeji 1981, Aro ́ ́hunmolas ̣́ ẹ ̣ 1982, Adeoye 1984, ́ Bolạ́ ́ji ́ 1985, Adéléke 1995, and Akangbé 2014) that referred to and passed comments on Yorubá photoplay, no one has carried out a seminal study on the history, production, and content of Atoka ̣́ photoplay magazine. None of the aforementioned endeavors focused on the audience reception of Atokạ́ photoplay magazine. By implication, there are very scanty works on the photoplay genre and virtually none on audience reception of Yorubá photoplay magazine. It is this yawning gap that this study intends to fill by studying the peculiarities of the readers of Atokạ́ photoplay magazine. This paper is divided into nine parts, namely: Abstract, Introduction, Overview of Yorubá 140 Clement Adéníyì Àkàngbé photoplay magazine, Reception theory, Methodology, Data analysis, Discussion of findings, Conclusion, and Recommendations.

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