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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).

Bastian Gotter, Co-Founder, iROKO Partners

iROKOtv Co-Founder Bastian Gotter leaves the company to invest in African startups

Bastian Gotter is the Co-Founder of iROKO, the VC-backed African entertainment and tech company that has single-handedly changed the face of Nollywood content distribution.

The race to fix Nigeria's payments problem just received a big boost

The race to fix Nigeria's payments problem just received a big boost

Making online transactions is a process taken for granted as one of the natural offshoots of deeper internet penetration.

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

When the pan-African VOD platform Buni.tv launched in 2012, the Nairobi-based company was one of the first to recognize the untapped potential of the online market on the continent.

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.

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.

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iROKO launches IrokoX online portal to showcase Africa's creative talent

Africa’s artists have a new online stage to showcase their talent. Nigeria based digital entertainment startup Iroko has launched IrokoX, a multi-platform Pan-African network for filmmakers, musicians, and other creative aspirants to produce, distribute, and monetize short-form content.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Disruptive technology is all about timing: Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

I’ve lived back in Nigeria for six years now, fully entrenched in the ways, means and cultural idiosyncrasies of doing business in Africa’s largest economy. Or so I thought …

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

iROKOtv: From 'Netflix of Nigeria' to 'Nollywood' producer

When 36-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur Jason Njoku talks about em­bracing failure, he is speaking from experience.

Opeyemi Awoyemi, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Olalekan Olude, Founders of jobs site Jobberman. Credit: Jobberman/theguardian.com

Here are Africa's top 10 tech pioneers

Africa’s digital transformation would be nothing without the tens of thousands of people who have invested, and continue to invest, energy into propelling it forward.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Five hardest lessons from a Nigerian startup perspective: Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Below are some musings of an entrepreneur who tends to err on the side of negativity. However, I’m an eternal optimist, really, when it comes to doing business in Nigeria.

Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria's original startup city is making a big play for Africa's young tech entrepreneurs

When most people think of Nigeria having an ecosystem of innovation and technology they instinctively think of Lagos, and understandably so.

Nollywood money is big money (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)

Nigeria's 'Netflix of Africa' iROKOtv made a 3,000% return for investors

As Nigeria’s tech space has matured over the last few years, it has drawn the attention—and money—of curious investors.

iROKOtv is the world's largest online distributor of African content and Africa's largest internet TV operator.

Nollywood's French kiss

Romance has blossomed between Nigeria’s iROKO and France’s Canal+, who have signed a multi-million-euro deal to distribute Nollywood hits in French via an app.

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.

Mark Essien, Founder & CEO, Hotels.ng

Meet Mark Essien, Founder & CEO of Nigeria's Hotels.ng (Video)

Hotels.ng‘s CEO Mark Essien founded the Nigeria-based online hotel booking company in 2013, after completing Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering in Germany.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Making money in Nollywood: Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv (Audio)

Nigeria‘s film and television industry, affectionately known as “Nollywood“, is booming. Now foreign investors are getting interested in funding locally-made content.

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.

Nigerian businesses target 100% mobile-first market

Nigerian businesses target '100% mobile-first market' (Infographics)

In Nigeria, success for both tech start-ups and more conventional businesses such as banks and fast food restaurants means adapting to the age of what entrepreneurs have dubbed the “100 per cent mobile-first market”.

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.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Jason Njoku sees huge potential for iROKOtv in Sub-Saharan Africa (Video)

With over 5,000 movie titles available, iROKOtv is the world’s leading provider of Nigerian movies, also referred to as Nollywood, online.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Jason Njoku: Bringing Nollywood to the masses

“I’ve been to Nigerian parties and one of the first things they ask you is: ‘Who do you work for? And ‘what level are you at?’”

Media companies finally understand: The future of African TV is mobile. Credit: qz.com

Media companies finally understand: The future of African TV is mobile

For a while now, media companies in Africa have been betting that the continent’s growing consumer class will pay for their premium pay-TV services.

Justine Powell, Senior Vice President, iROKO Global, iROKO Partners

iROKO launches global content distribution and licensing division iROKO Global, appoints Justine Powell as SVP

Having conquered the African VOD market and grown into the world’s largest online distributor of African content, iROKO has launched a global content distribution and licensing division, iROKO Global.

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.

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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.

Nigeria's Lagos Carnival (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria's tourism opportunity can be unlocked by local online booking platforms

In economic terms Nigeria is best known as Africa’s largest economy and its number one oil producer, but unlike many other African countries, travel and tourism comes far down the list of GDP contributors.

M-PESA - Mobile money in East Africa (Reuters/Noor Khamis)

In South Africa and Nigeria, banks want to be phone companies. In Kenya, the phone company is already the bank

There has been so much discussion about the impact of the mobile phone on the financial industry in African countries but this tweet by former bank boss Michael Jordaan, who is now a venture capitalist, best sums things up: “Telcos becoming banks (MPesa) and banks becoming Telcos (FNB Connect). Africa is leading bank/telco convergence.”

Adibeli Nduka-Agwu, VP, Marketing & Content Operations, iROKO Partners. Credit: mccloys.org

Sexism, diapers and making it work in Lagos: Adibeli Nduka-Agwu, VP, iROKO Holdings

It was my first week in Lagos, squeezing in a workout at the hotel gym, when a pudgy business man I had met earlier entered and started staring.

Nollywood cinema just became more accessible - iROKOtv inks deal with Netflix

Nollywood cinema just became more accessible - iROKOtv inks deal with Netflix

Netflix subscribers may have noticed the recent addition of Nollywood movies to the Netflix library.

Tayo Oviosu, CEO, Paga

21 Nigerian tech CEOs at the top of their game

Here are 21 of the country’s tech entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game and are making serious waves in the tech space.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

My biggest fear is that Nollywood becomes less popular: Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

If you watch a lot of Nigerian movies or follow the Nigerian startup scene, chances are Jason Njoku needs no introduction.

British-Nigerian actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 'Half of a Yellow Sun’, the Nigerian film industry's biggest production to date

The rise and rise of the $5B industry called Nollywood

Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry is booming, but lack of funding and rampant piracy holds it back. A stronger effort to improve quality, enforce intellectual property laws and clampdown on piracy should help to generate substantial revenues that really whet the appetite of investors.

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.

Jason Njoku, Founder and CEO, iROKO Partners

Failing all the way to success: Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKO Partners (Video)

Jason Njoku is the Founder and CEO of iROKO Partners. iROKO Partners is the largest distributor of Nigerian entertainment (movies and music) online.

iROKOtv could become a billion dollar company by 2020: Jason Njoku, CEO, iROKOtv

iROKOtv could become a billion dollar company by 2020: Jason Njoku, CEO, iROKOtv

On 1/12/11 we launched one of the first VOD platforms for Africa with Nollywood content at its core.

iROKOtv

Why startups, not media giants, lead online video in Africa

Global data use through the consumption of video is set to increase by around 55 percent per year until the end of 2019, according to research by Ericsson, while in Africa video is the fastest-growing internet activity.

Jason Njoku, Founder, iROKO Partners

The impact of over-the-top (OTT) internet-based content delivery in Africa: Jason Njoku, Founder, iROKO Partners (Video)

The over-the-top (OTT), internet-based content delivery invasion is occurring on four distinct battlegrounds. Telecommunications operators, which have a variety of strategic weapons in their arsenal, stand the best chance of gaining a foothold in the market.

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.