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NWAFOR, Ofobuike & Tracie Chima UTOH-EZEAJUGH

Between and Betwixt: The Emergence of a New Nollywood

Ofobuike NWAFOR

Department of Theatre Arts

Nnamdi Azikiwe University

PMB 5025, Awka, Nigeria

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Tracie Chima UTOH-EZEAJUGH, PhD

Professor of Theatre and Film Design

Department of Theatre and Film Studies

Nnamdi Azikiwe University

PMB 5025, Awka, Nigeria

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Mobile: +234-803-450-2382

                                               

Abstract

Arguably, the Nigerian film industry known popularly as Nollywood is the largest film producer in the world, turning out over forty (40) films per week on the average. Since the dawn of the industry (Nollywood), its activities have been under the firm grip of the Onitsha film marketers. In recent times, it is believed that the cabals (Onitsha marketers) are beginning to lose their grip, and this development can be attributed to the emergence of young, vibrant, intelligent, articulate and more focused movie producers in the country whose films are geared toward achieving the international best practice standard. Today, Nollywood may be said to be of two divides; the Onitsha marketers Nollywood and the emerging Nollywood international. This paper drills into the Nigeria film industry (Nollywood) to ascertain if the two divisions can yoke together side by side or if the emergent has the ability to overcome the dominant.       

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