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ABDULLAHI, Denja

Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick: Reviewing Government’s Interventions in the Nollywood Industry

Denja ABDULLAHI

Director

National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC)

PMB 252, Garki-Abuja

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Abstract

What have been the roles of government and its related institutions in the development of the Nigerian film industry and Nollywood that later emerged in the 1990s? Nollywood has received a lot of flaks from the government and from many fronts on its operations, output and the portrayal of the Nigerian culture in its films. The negative perception of the industry made the government to embark on some interventionist measures, ranging from regulatory activities to capacity building, provision of funds and grants and even direct involvement in the filmmaking process. The paper will attempt a review of some of these official governmental measures, pegging it on the experience garnered in the course of the National Council for Arts and Culture’s collaboration with Nollywood on a 3-film project, which took place between 2010 and 2014.

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