Nollywood on the Move: 1991-2014
Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 7-9PM

Speakers: Dr Françoise Ugochukwu, Lecturer, The Open University; Phoenix Fry, Lecturer, University of the Arts London / Nollywood Now. Chair: Nadia Denton, author, Black British Filmmakers’ guide to success

The Nigerian video film industry widely referred to as Nollywood is now in its early 20’s. Inspired by the spectacle of everyday lives, the genre has come to be globally recognised for its prolific output and dramatic narratives. With an annual production of around 1000 films, Nigeria’s film industry brings in an estimated $250m a year, and the total value of the industry ($3.5bn) is estimated to go up significantly when Nigeria rebases its economy.

This discussion will look at themes that arise in Nollywood films such as culture, the effect of religions and the influence of globalisation. Offering new insights into recent trends, we will highlight the didactic character of these productions, their links with Nigerian literature, contemporary politics and its moral stance.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 4th February, 7pm

Place: Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS),
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

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