• Nollywood

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    December 29th, 2010adminAfrica, Uncategorized

    "Nollywood," now at the Yossi Milo Gallery in NYC

    I did not take this photo and I have not been to the exhibition. But I came across series of photos from Nollywood — Nigeria’s film industry, which is also the second largest film industry in the world after Bollywood (yes, my beloved Hollywood is #3) in terms of annual film production.

    The photos are striking. In some, actors are dressed as brutal soldiers. Others look as if they are ready for a wedding or religious ceremony. In one photo, an actor stands over a slain animal.

    Nigeria is a very interesting country — about 50% Christian, 50% Muslim — and the official state language is English, which is taught in school. It has the largest population of all African nations and the third largest economy in Africa (after Egypt and South Africa). In fact, data suggests that 1 in every 4 Africans is Nigerian — an exceptional statistic.

    More Nollywood photos can be found on the New Yorker website — highly recommended.

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