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The Nigerian movie industry “Nollywood” that has evolved from film to video form, also known as videofilm, is a cultural phenomenon. Nollywood is the third highest grossing movie maker behind Hollywood in the United States and Bollywood in India. Since its emergence at the turn of the twenty-first century, the Nigerian movie industry has had profound name recognition among Africans, the Diaspora and the world. The movie Living in Bondage produced by Ken Nnabue in 1992 set the pace for the emergence of Nollywood.

Nollywood produces over 500 movie titles per year, with revenues estimated at $250 million annually. The average production budget is about $15,000 - $25,000 and it takes about 10 days to shoot. Nollywood emerged from several factors: the high cost of celluloid, the low cost of video technology and entrepreneurship. Nollywood movies are mostly digitally produced. Common video genres include love, romance, horror, comedy, drama, urban legend, mythic parable, juju/witchcraft, Christian morality, action, and historical epic. Nollywood has been generally beneficial in terms of promoting African culture, dignity, and social justice in Africa and for Africans who live abroad.

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