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As the world celebrates 100 years of Bollywood, the spotlight turns on the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood. AlJazeera’s talk show host, Redi Tlhabi – on her show- South to North, unveils the layers of Nollywood. In this episode of South to North, Redi asks about the future of Nollywood, and what to expect from the new generation of movie makers.

She speaks with Franco Sacchi, a Zambian-born Italian filmmaker who made the award-winning documentary – “This is Nollywood.” Franco shares some insight on the workings of the industry from the point of view of someone who has done extensive research on the industry.

Redi also chats with Yewande Sadiku and Biyi Bandele, the executive producer and director respectively of the movie adaptation of Chimanada Ngozi Adichie‘s book, Half of a Yellow Sun.

So, what drives the Nollywood engine and what can other film industries learn from Nollywood? Is the industry evolving to meet international standards or is it just a pan-African thing?

Find out answers to these and more in the video here.

For more information, on the AlJazeera South to North, visit {HERE}


  1. Nollywood REinvented

    May 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Love what he said about the stories being the original most important thing in Nollywood. Truly, the only way we can go from here is up seeing as we did start from the absolute bottom.

    I don’t know if it’s just me but her question about HOYS being Nollywood seems to insinuate that being low-budget and tackily made is a prerequisite for Nollywood movies? As per if you make a good production movie then it just can’t be Nollywood? Hmm… ok o

  2. kenny

    May 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    @ Nollywood REinvented. I believe what she means by her insinuations is that the present Nollywood and its equivalent low budget production depicts the state of our society. American can portray a well civilized environment, highly intelligent police force and other things to make it look perfect but if we drive Nollywood into this same disbelief, then we are only trying to make the same mistakes we condemn every single day in our music videos of false statements made by Nigerian rappers and wannabe Americans. Nollywood will only experience excellent production up to par with the rest of the world when our political and economic system experiences excellent stability up to the rest of the world

  3. Partyrider

    May 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    BN Femi oke will be talking about boko haram on the stream tonight,please post the video afterwards.pls

  4. nich

    May 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    yemanda…..that day is almost here……………it is the same power that is driving uche jombo, the royal arts academy, frank rajah arese, jeta mata, jj bunny, obi emelonye , kunle afolayan to make only quality film.

    all the government needs to do is to import red one camera’s, alexa camera’s and rent it out to this producers. stepheny okereke and her team the new york film academy is already doing a great job in training every year.

    when it comes to low budget movies with quality, frank rajah arese is the king

    • Keek Dat

      May 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

      The government has bought these things via the Nigerian Film Corporation but they rent it at such a high n prices that only films like HOAYS can afford them. The equipment sits there and gets spoilt unless you are his friend. The head of the Nigerian film Corporation Afolabi Adesanya is incompetent and should be fired pronto.


    May 8, 2013 at 3:45 am

    @ nich… Please leave the government out of this . No more nationalization. It encourages nepotism, corruption and kills creativity. Nollywood got where it is because the government was not operating it. All the government needs to do is to set standards and regulations for the industry. They also need to create and implement laws that will deal with piracy.

  6. jackie

    May 12, 2013 at 4:00 am


  7. T. Thomas

    May 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    The Igbos are the most intelligent blacks in the world . I am not biased . I am not even closely related to them .

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