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The Wedding Party: Nollywood’s highest-grossing movie to date

From Hollywood To Nollywood: Nigeria's Walk Of Fame

Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, has embraced the challenges of creating a film industry – Nollywood – that is markedly authentic, undeniably bold, and unapologetically true to its roots.

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.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

How iROKOtv's Founder built a Nollywood empire to rival Netflix

Seven years ago, when Jason Njoku moved back in with his mother into their public housing apartment in Deptford, southeast London, he felt like a failure.

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.

Nigerian pop star, D'banj has been one of the continent's biggest names over the years (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

The sound of young urban Africa is set to take over the world's pop charts

London has long been one of the world’s most influential pop culture centers, particularly with fashion and music.

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.

Orange is the New Black. Credit: qz.com

Netflix is coming to South Africa next month, and it's got an ace up its sleeve

Netflix is set to go live in South Africa next month, according to various local reports—almost exactly a year after the online video service first hinted at debuting on the continent.

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.

Jason Njoku. Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

iROKOtv - The Netflix of Africa: Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group

Behind a high-security gate on a side road off the frenetic Apapa Oworonshoki Expressway, in the Anthony Village district of mainland Lagos, stands a nondescript three-story concrete building.

Will Smith in the trailer for the movie "Concussion". The actor plays real-life Nigerian doctor Bennet Omalu. Omalu discovered that the hard hits received by American National Football League (NFL) players could cause serious brain damage.

The generic "African" accent: Why does every African movie character have the same accent?

Hollywood has an Africa problem. The latest manifestation of this is the trailer of Will Smith’s new film, Concussion, in which Smith plays the real-life Nigerian pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu.

Ijé - The Journey

Nollywood is a mighty economic machine (Infographic)

Nollywood films have gone global. Movie streaming giant Netflix has dedicated an entire section to Nigeria‘s mega film industry, so rather than having to buy a DVD, viewers around the world can now get their fix of Nigerian drama straight to their computer screens.

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.

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' gig is bigger to South Africans than Charlize Theron ever was

On Monday morning, when it was confirmed that Trevor Noah would be the next host of the Daily show, something shifted in the psyche of the South African entertainment scene.

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?

Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder & MD, Mara Group

It's time to change the Africa narrative: Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder & MD, Mara Group

I recently watched the BBC documentary, “Rwanda: The Untold Story” which first aired on October 1st, 2014. For those of us who have lived through the 1994 genocide, the documentary is quite puzzling.

The Mercedes Maybach is one of the auto brands popular amongst Nigeria's top one percent

In Lagos, Nigeria, the 1% takes stock

Guests sashayed through the tent doors into a scene of surreal opulence. At the far end of the tent, engulfed by servants, courtiers, national politicians and guards with wires in their ears, the celebrant perched beside his wife on a throne covered with white faux fur, his every move broadcast on flat-screens arrayed around the tent walls.

Business men in a cigar club in Lagos, Nigeria

Africa's First City: Lagos, Nigeria

When he was 15 years old, David Adeoti worked in an Internet café in blue-collar Satellite Town, where it was almost possible to see the gleaming towers of Lagos Island less than ten miles to the east.

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

Spartacus - A Starz Original Drama

iROKOtv brings Hollywood blockbusters Spartacus and Magic City to its platform

iROKOtv.com today announced that it has licensed two of the top award-winning Hollywood drama TV series — Spartacus and Magic City — from Starz Digital Media.

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”.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Nollywood: The new business of African film

With Nigeria leading the way, 2014 could prove a banner year for the African film industry.