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Culture: Soaraway success on a shoestring

Photo©©GLENNA GORDON/THE NEW YORK TIMES-REDUX-REAIt's the kind of success story you only see in films: a nascent industry founded in the 1980s has blossomed into a sophisticated multi-million-dollar empire employing more than a million people and contributing around 5% to Nigeria's economy. Now larger than Hollywood, Nollywood is second only to India's gigantic Bollywood film industry, in terms of the volume of films made per annum.

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Media: Nollywood's French kiss

iROKO is re-encoding its library of Nollywood films to minimise data costs for watching via the app. Photo©PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFPRomance has blossomed between Nigeria's iROKO and France's Canal+, who have signed a multi-million-euro deal to distribute Nollywood hits in French via an app.

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Nollywood: A house divided and standing

Image©Espanol/OnlygraficFor more than 20 years Nigerian film has been limited to the 'Nollywood' brand, but now a growing number of filmmakers are shaking off the tag.

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Nigeria votes: Nollywood's President

At an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Silverbird entertainment empire, in November 2010, President Jonathan caught the audience unawares with his announcement of a $200 million fund for Nigerian "entertainers".

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Universal but specific - Andrew Dosunmu - Filmmaker

Andrew Dosunmu - Filmmaker. Photo©Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times-Redux-ReaThe director talks to The Africa Report about the importance of images and silence in telling his stories.

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Nigeria economy overtakes South Africa to become Africa's number 1

Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa's largest economy after a rebasing calculation nearly doubled its gross domestic product, data from the statistics office showed on Sunday.

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FESPACO fatigue hits African cinema

Photo©Georges Gobet/AFPThe fire seems to have gone out of Burkina Faso's biennial film festival as directors desert it for Europe and South Africa.

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2012, A good year for African films

2012 proved to be a good year for African cinema, despite fears of reduced funding opportunities and the usual problems with distribution.

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Film: A feast for the eyes and mind

A scene from Half of the yellow sun/Photo©All Rights ReservedThe rise of iROKOtv, which brought Nollywood to an online audience, will surely continue throughout 2013.

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Black November: Niger Delta film spills powerful story

A new film, funded by a Nigerian oil baron and directed by Nollywood's Jeta Amata, has turned US politicians' attention to the Niger Delta.

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