Just another weblog

The Nollywood Phenomenon – Africa’s Popular cinema

The cinema of Nigeria is an underdeveloped but nascent film industry. Although Nigerian films have been produced since the 1960s, the rise of digital cinema has resulted in a growing video film industry. The Nigerian video feature film industry is often referred to as Nollywood. The term is of uncertain date and origin, but is derived from Hollywood in the same manner as Bollywood.  According to Hala Gorani and Jeff Koinange formerly of CNN, Nigeria has a US$250 million movie industry, churning out some 200 home videos every month to become the third-largest in the world after the United States and India. In just 16 years, however, Nollywood has grown from nothing into an industry that employs thousands of people.

Nollywood Babylon is a feature documentary about the explosive popularity of Nigeria’s movie industry.

The film drops viewers into the chaos of Lagos’ Idumota market. Here, among the bustling stalls, films are sold and unlikely stars are born.

Unfazed by low budgets, enterprising filmmakers create a brash, inventive and wildly popular form of B-Movie that has Nigerians Nollywood-obsessed. In these films, voodoo and magic infuse urban stories, reflecting the collision of traditional mysticism and modern culture that Nigerians experience every day.

Nollywood Babylon presents an electric vision of a modern African metropolis and a revealing look at the powerhouse that is Nigerian cinema. Co-directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, produced by AM Pictures and National Film Board of Canada in association with the Documentary Channel. Nollywood Babylon also participated in the Official Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009.  Continue reading


September 15, 2009 Posted by | 1 | , , | Leave a comment

The Figurine raises the bar of Nigerian filmmaking


September 4, 2009 05:33PMT

By Lerato Umah


The Figurine raises the bar of Nigerian filmmaking

 Yet to be screened by the press and still in the post production stage, The Figurine – produced by , adequately portrays the advances made in the Nigerian movie industry. The film has intricate plot that represents the true nature of the different facets of the lifestyles of Nigerians. In ancient Yoruba land, set in modern Osun State, a priest brings forth ‘Araromire’, the goddess of good luck and fortune who bestows wealth upon the people for seven years. After finding a figurine in an abandoned shrine whilst in National Youth Service Corps camp in the town of Araromire, two young friends go on from a life of hustling in Lagos to become successful businessmen facing seemingly normal issues to do with friendship, love, and family. Bizarre occurrences lead to the pointing of fingers at the ugly stranger in the house – the figurine they found seven years earlier. Starring Ramsey Nouah, Kunle Afolayan, Omoni Oboli and Funlola Aofiyebi, this N70 million production sells the ‘Lagos Life’ in an inviting manner.


September 5, 2009 Posted by | africa, african, world cinema, film festival, feature films | , , , , , | Leave a comment