The Making of a Film Empire
How did Nigeria create the second largest movie industry in the world?
"[Emily Witt is] one of America's foremost prose stylists under the age of forty." —Christian Lorentzen, New York Magazine
Nollywood began in Nigeria in the 1990s and has grown into one of the most recognized cultural industries of the world, producing more movies every year than Hollywood and almost as many as Bollywood. Emily Witt travels to Nigeria to offer a vivid, rollicking tour of Nollywood today, from the back alleys of the marketplaces of Lagos to the glamour of a red-carpet premiere, from startups trying to digitize what has been largely an economy based on piracy to the shooting of a historic epic in the northern city of Jos.
Amid electricity cuts, fuel scarcity, and countless other obstacles, Nigerians are pursuing the very real possibility that Nollywood dramas could become a global brand, as recognizable as the Bollywood musical, the Hong Kong kung fu flick, or the Hollywood blockbuster.