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Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres

Jonathan Haynes


Nigeria’s Nollywood is among the world’s largest film industries and is the most powerful expression of contemporary African culture. This book provides an overview of the industry and its history while focusing on Nollywood’s major themes and genres. Nollywood arose at the intersection of African popular culture and the decay of formal state institutions, including television broadcasting. Born at a moment of economic, political, social, spiritual, and moral crisis, its most characteristic themes address this situation from a popular perspective. Nollywood’s technological basis (piracy-prone ... More

Keywords: Nollywood, Nigeria, video, film genre, popular culture, criticism, Africa, African cinema, African media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226387819
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226388007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Haynes, author
Long Island University