Explore Nollywood, the world’s second largest film industry

Nigeria, home of Nollywood, is turning out cheap flicks at an alarming rate. Nigerian nobel laureate Wole Soyinka called the industry an “unprepossessing monstrosity” and “thrill of the grotesque”, but for many, perhaps a little younger than him, it is a source of pride.

Nigerian cinema has experienced at least two golden ages, but the era we  associate with “Nollywood” began in 1992 with the release of the straight-to-video film Living in Bondage. Simple digital cameras have today given low-budget productions a boost, but the industry is struggling to improve the quality of their products.

Poster for Demonic Wife (2016)

There are many Nollywood features available online, including this one: Demonic Wife (2016).

France 24’s recently produced a documentary about the Nigerian movie industry. So did Al Jazeera World and SBS Dateline.

BBC has a 3-part radio show about Nollywood: part 1, part 2 & part 3.

Afropop offers a streaming radio documentary on soundcloud (several parts 50 min in total)

FilmOn.com has its own live streaming Nollywood channel.