I recently noticed that there are two channels on Sky dedicated to 'Nollywood' films (films made in Nigeria!) How big is the Nigerian film industry, and what other *ollywood film industries are there?
#94259. Asked by crazycube. (Apr 03 08 2:09 AM)
The cinema of Nigeria is a developing industry that has become increasingly productive in recent years. 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 sometimes colloquially known as Nollywood. |
Currently, Nigerian films outsell Hollywood films in Nigeria and many other African countries. Some 300 producers churn out movies at an astonishing rate—somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 a year. The films go straight to DVD and VCD discs. Thirty new titles are delivered to Nigerian shops and market stalls every week, where an average film sells 50,000 copies.
There was no Nigerian film industry as recently as 1990, but Lagos-based Nollywood now produces some 2,400 features a year, putting the Afrocentric pic powerhouse in third place worldwide.
(The "other" *ollywood of note of course is Bollywood: the informal term popularly used for Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. It is one of the largest film producers in the world.)
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