Nollywood
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160 Pages

21.6 x 18.5 cm

26 b/w. 1 line.

Imprint: James Currey

Nollywood

The Video Phenomenon in Nigeria

Edited by Pierre Barrot

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The Nigerian film industry, or Nollywood as it has come to be known, is one of the most prolific producers of film fiction in the world and has influenced and stimulated the African film industry beyond the borders of Nigeria itself.

With over 1,200 video films produced each year, Nigeria has become one of the most prolific producers of film fiction in the world. The majority of the films are of poor quality, made on very low budgets and in a very short time,but their production has a big impact on people in Nigeria and the industry's influence is extending across the continent.
This book examines how the experiences and lives of Nigerians are narrated through the storyboards ofthe video producers, who copy with confidence and energy the recipes and formulas of popular films.
As a home-grown industry that emerged spontaneously and without outside support, its vitality is a counter to 'Afro-pessimism' and demonstrates the possibility of reviving the African film industry and developing a cinema-going public to support it.

PIERRE BARROT works in the Dept for Cultural Co-operation and Action at the French Embassy in Algiers, and was formerly the Regional Audio-Visual Attach at the French Embassy in Lagos. Contributors include TUNDE KELANI, OLIVIER BARLET, TUNDE OLADUNJOYE, FREDERIC NOY, DON PEDRO OBASEKI, IBBO DADDY ABDOULAYE, FRANCK BAKU FUITA, GODEFROID BWITI LUMISA & OGOVA ONDEGO

Revised & updated from an earlier French edition published by Harmattan; Published in association with the French Embassy of Abuja; North America: Indiana University Press;Nigeria: HEBN
Preface - Pierre Barrot
PART I VIDEO: THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE
'Video is the AIDS of the film industry' - Pierre Barrot
'The Italians of Africa' - Pierre Barrot
Stress warriors - Pierre Barrot
Selling like hot cake: box office & statistics - Pierre Barrot
Audacity, scandal & censorship - Pierre Barrot
Informal sector or video 'industry'? - Pierre Barrot
Jumping on the bandwagon - Tunde Oladunjoye
Nigerian video as the 'child of television' - Don Pedro Obaseki
Hausa video & Sharia law - Frederic Noy
Spielberg & I: the digital revolution - Tunde Kelani
PART II NOLLYWOOD & ITS CONQUEST OF AFRICA
Niger & Nollywood: the new romantics - Ibbo Daddy Abdoulaye
Kinshasa & Nollywood: chasing the devil - Franck Baka Fuita s/c Godefroid Bwiti Lumi and Godefroid Bwiti Lumisa
Kenya & Nollywood: a state of dependence - Ogova Ondego
Is the Nigerian model fit for export? - Olivier Barlet
Epilogue - Pierre Barrot
Films Cited - Further Reading - Further Viewing - 14 Film Profiles - Pierre Barrot
"Provides an informative introduction for the non-expert and merits a place in any serious collection on contemporary African film and video studies." AFRICAN RESEARCH & DOCUMENTATION

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9781847015044

July 2008

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Title Details

160 Pages

2.16 x 1.85 cm

26 b/w. 1 line.

Imprint: James Currey