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The Nigerian Film Industry

About Nollywood: The evolvement of an industry I loved, still love, and will continue to love.

For those who may not be familiar, Nollywood is the colloquial name for the Nigerian Film Industry. It is the second largest film industry in the world, behind only Bollywood, in terms of film output.

Nollywood has evolved significantly over the years, the second-largest film industry globally, producing over 2,000 movies annually in various languages such as English, Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa and generating billions of dollars in revenue. So, what has changed about my beloved Nollywood? How has it evolved? To start with, the quality of production has improved tremendously. In the 90s and early 2000s, the production value of Nollywood movies was low, with poor lighting, poor cinematography, and sound quality.

However, today, Nollywood movies are produced with state-of-the-art equipment handled by experts who have spent time honing their crafts. The use of drones, special effects, and CGI technology in Nollywood films has also contributed to improved production quality.

Also, the storytelling in Nollywood films has evolved. In the early days, Nollywood movies focused on romantic storylines and traditional African beliefs, often depicting witchcraft and the supernatural. Now, Nollywood movies tackle a wide range of themes, including political issues, social commentary, and crime. Also, many filmmakers have begun to explore new genres like horror, sci-fi, and action, which were once considered outside the realm of Nollywood.

Another significant development in Nollywood is the emergence of new talents and creative minds in the industry has also contributed to the growth of Nollywood. There has been a rise in the number of young, talented actors, producers, and directors bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to the industry. This has led to more diversity in Nollywood films, with filmmakers
exploring new genres and themes. 

Nollywood continues to evolve and grow. Filmmakers are finding new creative ways to tell their stories and engage with their audience. The demand for Nollywood films has increased locally and internationally. Nollywood films resonate with African audiences because they tell African stories and showcase African culture, which has led to a growing demand for Nollywood movies in the African diaspora.

In recent years, Nollywood movies have been featured at international film festivals gaining recognition and accolades worldwide. Some filmmakers have turned to online streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video which has given more visibility and reach. The talent and creativity in Nollywood are undeniable, and we can expect more groundbreaking films and talented actors to emerge from the Nigerian film industry in the years to come as the industry continues to thrive.