The Nigerian movie industry is making wave in neighbouring African countries By Yinka Ojo

Although constantly criticised at home for depth, the Nigeria movie industry, Nollywood, continues to make wave in other African countries.

In an interview with Daily Times on Tuesday, John Mark from Uganda said “Nollywood is very fantastic! Ugandans are addicted to it, 24 hours”.

Mark who was one of the nine finalist at the INDIAFRICA Business Venture competition said Ugandans will always feel at home with Nigerians because the film industry
enhance transfer of cultural values across borders. “Although this is my first time in Nigeria but I have been interacting with Nigeria before now. Nollywood has allowed for a bridge of cultural gap between our countries” he said.

Another participant at the event, Moses Matri, a Kenyan in a chat with Daily Times said ” Nollywood is really fantastic! Kenyans watch Nollywood round the clock. We have a 24-hour station dedicated to Nollywood movies”.

“Though I rarely have time for TV but anytime I do I’ll always see this movie about one man that is bewitched and suffering and I’ll say I must see what becomes of this man… then I’m glued” Matri said amidst laughter.

Earlier in the year, another Kenyan, Karuri Nyaga, winner of the CNN Africa Journalist of the year award has noted that “Nigerian films and music is a big thing in Kenya”

Karuri said “Nigerian artistes are big names in Kenya, most of their songs are played in every club in Nairobi and Mombasa”

Quantum Vibes thrill Indians

Also at the cross-cultural innovation forum was the musical band Quantum Vibes, the first runner-up Star Quest 2012 edition. The band of six thrilled the Indian- African crowd with live performance of their songs Shine Shine Bobo and Kojo Daada. And a special performance of Adele’s “Don’t you remember”.
Another upcoming artiste Real Zeal also added spice to the event with the performance of his single ‘celebrate’.

Yinka Ojo

Yinka has taught at various levels of education. He has published a textbook on effective teaching practice and several academic papers in reputable journals. He is currently an education consultant. He loves writing, poetry, music and is presently working on a musical album billed to be released into the market soon. 

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