BY SCREENAFRICA/ESE DIBEBI
Nollywood, a new documentary which premiered on Al Jazeera English on Tuesday, July 28 2015, is an inside look at Nigeria’s prolific film industry, which makes more films than Hollywood – 50 a week. Only India’s Bollywood makes more.
Among others, Nollywood interviews leading directors James Omokwe, Kunle Afolayan, Mildred Okwo, Obi Emelonye, Stanlee Ohikhuare, Tunde Kelani, and Udoka Oyeka, as well as acclaimed actors Bimbo Manuel, Genevieve Nnaji, Joke Silva, Kiki Omeili, Mercy Johnson, Olu Jacobs and Ramsey Nouah.
Traditionally Nollywood films were made for as little as $10 000, then released on DVD and sold cheaply on the streets, reaching audiences of millions. Since Living in Bondage kick-started the sector in 1992, Nollywood has developed into a $5.1 billion dollar industry, with roughly two billion viewers around the world.