International Journal of Integrative Humanism Vol. 10 No. 2, December 2018.
ISSN: 2026 – 6286
This paper is titled, The Thematic and Narrative Significance of Femi Odugbemi’s Documentary Film Ibadan: Cradle of Nigerian Literati. It is motivated by the captivating historicity of the role of the ancient city of Ibadan to the development of Nigeria as recorded by the documentarian. The study is anchored on the theoretical framework of genre studies in film theory and criticism in addition to empirical field study. It employed the historical as well as the analytical methodologies and has revealed that the city of Ibadan blazed the trail in the founding of several establishments in Nigeria. It also reveals that it has made so many contributions to the development of human capital in Nigeria. The contribution of the documentary film Ibadan: Cradle of Nigerian Literati includes the authentication of history in addition to serving as a filmic tool for social documentation. It will also stimulate the recognition or otherwise of the documentary film by Femi Odugbemi.