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Kunle Afolayan & The Rise Of New Nigerian Cinema


If the past year has proven anything, it’s that Nigeria’s music industry has arrived on the world stage. Wizkid features on and co-produced the song of the summer. Davido packed out New York City’s historic Lincoln Center. Tiwa Savage recently joined the ranks of Janelle Monae’s kickass Fem The Future brunch.

Could film be the next big Nigerian export? This month’s Toronto International Film Festival seems to suggest so.

Lagos is the focus of TIFF’s City to City spotlight, an annual program which showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city around the world. “Bigger budgets, greater artistic ambition – the new cinema of Lagos is bold, exciting, and ready to take its place on the international stage,” the festival’s Artistic Director and City to City curator, Cameron Bailey, said of the decision to bring Nollywood’s “new wave” to TIFF.

An unprecedented eight Nigerian films are premiering this month in Toronto. And as Okayafrica’s Antoinette Isama pointed out, TIFF this year is like one big Nigerian family reunion. Take David Oyelowo for instance. The Queen of Katwe and A United Kingdom star beamed with pride as he addressed a crowd of Nigerians last week in Toronto: “This is the first time, in so long, I’ve been in a room with people who can say my name properly. So I stand before you today as DAVID OYETOKUNBO OYELOWO,” the actor proclaimed.

Read the full article on Okay Africa.

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