Nollywood is the Nigerian film industry based in Lagos. It is the second largest film industry in the world as far as production, with an estimated worth of $250,000,000. It has surpass Hollywood in terms of number of films produce. Only India's Bollywood produces more films. Nollywood started in the 80's.

Creating a movie

Nollywood produce 40-50 films a week, about 2,000 a year. Most films are finance not by banks but by individual's own resources, family members, aunts, uncles, personal savings, etc. Because of the technology, the cost of making movies has gone down. Quality digital cameras now cost less than $500. A film can be made for $10,000 in 7 days, in Nollywood. A lot of improvisation goes on. 

Issues of  quality, censurship, a glut of films are pointed. Improvement in production, visual quaility are problems. Some have charged that Nollywood is too sexual, and need to be censured.


Nigeria has no cinemas, but 57 million video recorders and DVD players, so most Nollywood films are made for the home market and distributed via vcd or compressed cd format. They are sold directly to stores and shops. They can be rented for pennies a piece. A Nollywood blockbuster might sell 200,000.

Prominent Actors


Stella Damasus Aboderin
Funke Akindele
Grace Amah
Chioma Chukwuka
Tonto Dike
Rita Dominic
Rita Jony Edochie
Ini Edo
Dakore Egbuson
Caroline Ekanem
Stephanie Okereke
Eucharia Annonobi
Patience Ozokwor
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Uche Iwuji
Uche Jombo
Mercy Johnson
Genevieve Nnaji
Benita Nzeribe
Kate Henshaw Nuttal
Stephanie Okereke
Oge Okoye
Joke Silva


Yul Edochie
Desmond Elliot
Mike Ezuruonye
Chinedu Ikedieze
Osita Iheme
Von Vicker

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