A new Nigerian movie, Jagun Jagun, adds to the growing number of recent films of major cultural prestige eulogising heritage in war, bravery, and royalty.
The digital era contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry.
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Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, recently signed the copyright law. Its provisions will be beneficial only if it is well implemented.
Odunlade Adekola stars in Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman.
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Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, is a film of a play by author and activist Wole Soyinka. It premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Filmmaker Biyi Bandele (left) directing the TV series Shuga in 2015. He was also a theatre maker and novelist.
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From Blood Sisters to Half of a Yellow Sun, he was loved for his TV series and films as well as his novel Burma Boy.
The new thriller Blood Sisters puts women at the centre.
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Blood Sisters is untypical of Nollywood’s normal fair in a number of ways. It chooses thrill over romance and challenges taboos.
Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
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As ill health besets the Nigerian film and theatre legend, a tribute is in order. In his career he has always placed his country and industry first.
Nigerian actors Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic and Chidi Mokeme attend attend a movie premiere in Canada.
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Nigerian filmmakers are looking at the past and remaking old Nollywood classics for a new generation.
Director Kunle Afolayan and actress Genevieve Nnaji discuss the international rise of Nollywood at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
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As the Nigerian film industry advances its methods, is it in danger of alienating its poorer audiences?
Detail from a poster for the romantic comedy Happiness is a Four-Letter Word.
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The rise of the black romantic comedy in South Africa dovetailed perfectly with the advent of streaming services - creating a box office phenomenon.
Nigerian director Kunle Afolayan speaks with passengers aboard a flight during the premiere of his film, The CEO.
In Lagos, cinema audiences don’t go to the movies for the film alone. There’s more.
Director Kunle Afolayan, actress/singer Genevieve Nnaji and moderator Wendy Mitchell discuss the international rise of Nollywood at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Viewing Nigerian movies is seen as a trip down memory lane, a virtual journey back home and group therapy for Africans in the diaspora.
Back row (From L-R): Banky W, Ted Sarandos (Netflix Chief Content Officer), Kate Henshaw, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Felipe Tewes (Netflix Italian & African Originals Director), Omoni Oboli, Ben Amadasun (Netflix Africa Licensing Director) and Akin Omotoso
Front Row (L-R) Mo Abudu, Adesua Etomi, Dorothy Ghettuba (Netflix African Originals lead) , Kunle Afolayan, Kemi Adetiba and Ramsey Noah.
For Nollywood to fully compete at the global level, it should adopt a smart, proactive approach.
The entrance to Fespaco’s main venue, Cinema Burkina.
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Fespaco, Africa’s premier film festival, celebrated its 50th anniversary in Burkina Faso. For African cinema to survive, it must adapt to today’s audiences and forms of distraction.
French president Emmanuel Macron with Nollywood artists during a live show in Lagos, Nigeria.
One of the most potent promoters of Nigeria’s cultural soft power is arguably Nollywood.
Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji in her film, ‘Lionheart’.
Big investors seem to be mainly interested in Nollywood’s already established popularity with African audiences.
Nigeria’s Nollywood ranks second to India’s Bollywood in terms of films produced each year.
The world’s third-largest movie industry in Nigeria is in danger of collapse. It is not to do with patrons staying away from the films. It is caused by a menace right in the heart of the industry.
A cameraman films a scene for the Nollywood movie October 1, a police thriller directed by Kunle Afolayan, at a rural location in Ilaramokin village, southwest Nigeria.
From stories about cult and witchcraft to heartbreak and sorrow, Nigeria’s Nollywood has developed into Africa’s giant in filmmaking.
All dressed up, somewhere to go. A FAFA fashion show in Nairobi.
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