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NollywoodThe Creation of Nigerian Film Genres$
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Jonathan Haynes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226387819

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226388007.001.0001

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Postscript, 2013: Toward the Future

Postscript, 2013: Toward the Future

(p.301) Postscript, 2013: Toward the Future

Jonathan Haynes

University of Chicago Press

In the last decade Nigeria’s growth rate has been impressive and Lagos has emerged as an important business center. But Nigeria’s basic political, economic, and infrastructural problems (notably electricity supply) have not been solved. Nollywood also is in a moment of structural changes, uncertainty, and crisis, but several factors suggest a bright future. The Internet can now be policed, promising higher revenues from overseas; broadband is slowly arriving in Nigeria; cell phones are emerging as an important platform; and multiplex theaters proliferate. Potentially most important are plans to build many community theaters serving a vast popular audience. This would produce greater and more reliable profits while encouraging better productions suitable for theatrical screening. Government and corporations, which increasingly dominate the cultural landscape, are exploring linkages with Nollywood, but movie production remains detached from the capitalist formal sector.

Keywords:   Nigerian economy, Lagos, telecommunications, multiplex theaters, cinemas, capitalism, film industry, popular audience, African diaspora

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