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Nollywood star Linda Ejiofor. Credit: Ike Ude/qz.com

Nollywood is giving the world a taste of true African glamour

Last month the romantic comedy The Wedding Party became the first movie from Nigeria’s growing film industry to break 400 million naira ($1.3 million).

Kemi Adetiba

Nollywood's Must-Watch Director

It’s opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Kemi Adetiba is about to step onto the stage and into the spotlight.

Green White Green (Movie)

Nollywood: Nigeria stands out at the Toronto International Film Festival

Nigerian filmmakers, producers and actors are hoping a spotlight on Lagos at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will open Nollywood up to the world.

Chidi Mokeme (L) and Ramsey Nouah, in the Izu Ojukwu-directed movie '76

Nigeria's Nollywood showcases its massive potential at Toronto Film Festival (Video)

At times it feels like Nollywood has been around forever, such has been the Nigerian movie business’ impact on pan-African pop cultures and awareness around the world—and in Nigeria itself.

A scene from the Lagos set of “Walking Away”, a film from ROK Studios and Divine Touch Productions.

The Netflix of Africa Doesn't Need Hollywood to Win

Walter Taylaur, a gangly, gregarious Nigerian writer-director, needed a place to shoot his movie, Gbomo Gbomo Express, a low-budget “comedy-thriller.” In the movie, the head of a music label hits it off with a socialite while out on the town in Lagos.

iROKOtv hopes to chill Netflix Africa plans (Infographic)

When Netflix announced its launch in Africa earlier this year, many assumed the $30 billion streaming juggernaut would steamroller local competitors on its path to global domination.

Video editors work at the headquarters of iROKOtv in Lagos on March 27, 2014. iROKOtv announced $19 million worth of deals on Monday to triple its content production, which focuses on Nollywood films and TV series. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Nollywood's biggest streaming service isn't afraid of Netflix

Following its expansion into 130 new countries earlier in January, content-streaming service Netflix is now available in all 54 African nations.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Jason Njoku's iROKOtv raises $19M in series D financing

iROKOtv, an online entertainment platform that targets audiences in Sub-Saharan African countries, plans to strike more deals in Nigeria’s booming movie industry after securing $19 million in funding from French premium cable company Canal+ and Kinnevik, a returning investor.

Africa's biggest media company will fight Netflix for control of the global streaming market

Africa's biggest media company will fight Netflix for control of the global streaming market

When Naspers, the South African media conglomerate, launched its video-on-demand (VOD) service Showmax earlier this year, the assumption was this was an attempt at keeping out Netflix.

A cameraman films a scene for the Nollywood movie October 1, a police thriller directed by Kunle Afolayan, at a rural location in Ilaramokin village, southwest Nigeria. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

From Nollywood to New Nollywood: The runaway success of Nigeria's booming movie industry

The video-film industry of Nigeria has been described as one of the greatest explosions of popular culture that Africa has ever seen.

Director Kunle Afolayan on the set of his new movie, which will be distributed on Netflix. Photograph by Kunle Afolayan

Meet Nigeria's Nollywood, the world's second largest movie industry

Last year, data was released showing that Nollywood is a $3 billion industry. It is bigger than Hollywood by volume, and right behind India’s Bollywood.

It's probably the most important advice Nigerian movie superstar Ramsey Nouah ever received: "My friend said," Nouah recalls,"'you look like a great actor, why don't you act?

Ramsey Nouah: We built Nollywood out of nothing - Now we're shooting for the stars

It’s probably the most important advice Nigerian movie superstar Ramsey Nouah ever received: "My friend said," Nouah recalls,"’you look like a great actor, why don’t you act?

Welcome to Nollywood

Hurray for Nollywood

Nigerian cinema may be little known outside of Africa, but the country’s homegrown movie business, called Nollywood, produces about 1,000 films a year — a cinematic output that eclipses Hollywood’s and is second only to India’s Bollywood

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

iROKOtv launches $2.50 monthly subscription plan

Nigerian Nollywood streaming service iROKOtv.com is branching out to include Hollywood, Bollywood, Korean and Telenovela television series and movies as part of its offering.

Inside the iRoko offices in Lagos

iROKOtv, 'Nigeria's Netflix', takes Nollywood to a global audience

An episode of Shuga, a popular soap opera set in Kenya, is playing on a screen at the offices of iRoko TV – an online platform commonly dubbed the “Netflix of Africa”.