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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).

Mo Abudu, Founder & CEO, EbonyLife TV. Credit: CNN

Mo Abudu: The Nigerian media mogul building a global empire (Video)

How do you get from a talk show sofa to boardroom chair? If you ask Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu, it’s being motivated by an eagerness to dispel ignorance – more specifically about Africa.

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.

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.

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.

IrokoX

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.

The Wedding Party (Movie)

Check out the 8 Nollywood movies taking this year's Toronto International Film Festival by storm (Photos & Videos)

“Lagos is entirely unique,” said Cameron Bailey the programme curator in a statement. “The city of Fela Kuti’s music has also given birth to one of the world’s most vibrant film industries.

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg is having a blast in Nigeria

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg is having a blast in Nigeria

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is currently visiting Lagos, Nigeria for his first trip to Sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

Kunle Afolayan at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos for the premiere of his new film, The CEO. Photograph: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images

Premiere on a plane: How Nollywood is aiming mile-high

The world’s most prolific film industry may be beset by problems, but director Kunle Afolayan is hoping to help it take off.

Netflix competitor ShowMax launches in 36 African countries

Netflix competitor ShowMax launches in 36 African countries

ShowMax, the video streaming service from emerging markets media giant Naspers, is launching its offering in 36 African markets.

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.

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.

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.

Mo Abudu, who abandoned a high-flying career in the corporate world to run a television studio. Photograph: SundayAlamba/AP

The Lagos power list: 21 people in 21 million

Lagos, a megacity home to an estimated 21 million people, is Nigeria’s cultural and political powerhouse.

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.

Sub-Saharan Africa's most and least resilient economies

Sub-Saharan Africa's most and least resilient economies (Infographics): Anna Rosenberg, Head, Sub-Saharan Africa Research, Frontier Strategy Group

While SSA was predicted to grow above 5% year-over-year in 2015 at the beginning of the year, actual GDP growth is more likely to come in at around 3–4% year-over-year.

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.

EbonyLife TV's Fifty

Hooray for Nollywood: 10 Must-See Films From Nigeria

Behind its better known competitors in the U.S. and India, Nigeria has the world’s third-largest movie industry.

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?’”

Aita Ighodaro, Director, Idaro

Dynamic Nigerian diaspora chases glittering ambitions

In her debut novel Sin Tropez, Aita Ighodaro drew on her experience as a fashion model to explore the complex consequences that await three young women lured aboard a playboy’s super yacht by the intoxicating promise of easy money and wild excess.

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.

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.

Lagos, Nigeria

Meet Some Of The Lagos Luminaries Shaping Nigeria's Tech Scene

President Barack Obama may be the most famous citizen of the United States traveling around Africa this week, but he’s not the only one.

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.

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.

Amy Jadesimi, MD, LADOL (Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base)

The Changing Face Of Business In Nigeria: Amy Jadesimi, MD, LADOL (Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base)

Ask most people what they think of Nigeria and the answer will likely include references to oil, population and corruption.

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.

Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

A new way forward for Nigeria: Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

A couple of years ago, many investors were optimistic about Nigeria and the stock market was booming, buoyed by strong economic growth and government reforms to improve the country.