Before Nollywood What WasBefore Nollywood What Was?
Before Nollywood came into existence in the 1990's was there anything that preceeded it?
Of course there was. Nigeria is a very rich cultural entity, which has for decades produced very beautiful and even world acclaimed theatre productions, which is where this movie industry takes root.
Herbert Ogunde and Ola Balogun amongst of few others all made movies that were shown in the few theatres that existed during the 1970's and 1980's. These films include "Jaiyesimi", "Aiye" and "Taxi-Driver", these were all done in Yoruba (the language of the South Western States), the movies done in English prior to Nollywood include "Bisi Daughter of The River" and Prof. Wole Soyinka's "Blues For A Prodigal" amongst a few others.
The problem of funding, expensive equipment and piracy amongst others made sure that these early efforts did not take root and develop into the great industry as we see it today.
It seems like Nollywood as it is today came into existence by accident, right? Well don't jump into conclusion yet...continue with the next topic: The "Home Videos" Leads The Way To Nollywood.
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