Harvard University’s Berkman Center takes on “The New Nollywood,” and frankly, I think they do a rather good job in giving a comprehensive overview of Nollywood and what the future looks like for the industry.
I generally get quite cautious when oyinbo (white) people start doing case studies on Africans or Africa related industries for obvious reasons. However, in this case, they were solicited by Nigerians/Africans themselves and I think this group came back with well researched and a strong foundational understanding of Nollywood. Watch below.
In less than two decades Nollywood (Nigeria’s booming movie industry) has grown to an estimated value of $250 million, employing over a million people and producing over 1000 films each year. Nollywood’s movies have an audience of millions in Nigeria, throughout Africa and around the world — from Bombay to Brooklyn.
But the industry faces big challenges from limited financing opportunities to rampant piracy. Today, in an effort to overcome these challenges, leading filmmakers in Nigeria consider themselves part of a growing movement they call “New Nollywood,”
Aimee Corrigan — Co-Director of Nollywood Workshops, a hub for filmmakers in Lagos, Nigeria — and Colin M. Maclay — the Managing Director of the Berkman Center — discuss increased access to new technology and equipment, training, new sources of financing, and alternative distribution that are helping to make Nollywood the envy of filmmakers around the world.
Aimee Corrigan and Colin Maclay
Aimee Corrigan references Franco Sacchi’s This is Nollywood. Check out the documentary filmmaker discuss the documentary below as well.