Welcome To Nollywood
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids|November/December 2019
Welcome To Nollywood
Lagos is home to Nollywood, one of the world’s largest film industries. More than 2,500 movies are made in Nollywood each year. The industry adds about $10 billion a year to the country’s economy. According to the International Monetary Fund, as many as one million Nigerians work in the movie industry.
Christine Graf
A boy is seen through a camera monitor as he acts in a scene during the making of Ake, a film based on the childhood memoirs of Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka.

Nigeria has very few cinemas so most Nollywood movies are never shown in movie theaters. Instead, they are released directly to DVD. Most theaters closed because of the country’s economic collapse in the 1980s. High crime rates and violence made it unsafe to go to the theater. In the 2000s, a few cinemas began reopening. In 2016, there were just 25 cinemas throughout all of Nigeria. Most theaters are in Lagos or the country’s other large cities.


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November/December 2019