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Performing Arts History & Criticism

Global Nollywood

The Transnational Dimensions of an African Video Film Industry

edited by Matthias Krings & Onookome Okome

contributions by Alessandro Jedlowski, Jyoti Mistry, Jordache A. Ellapen, Jonathan Haynes, Sophie Samyn, Claudia Hoffmann, Paul Ugor, Heike Becker, Katrien Pype, Giovanna Santanera, Jane Bryce, Babson Ajibade, Abdalla U. Adamu & Claudia Böhme

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
May 2013
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Global Nollywood considers this first truly African cinema beyond its Nigerian origins. In 15 lively essays, this volume traces the engagement of the Nigerian video film industry with the African continent and the rest of the world. Topics such as Nollywood as a theoretical construct, the development of a new, critical film language, and Nollywood's transformation outside of Nigeria reveal the broader implications of this film form as it travels and develops. Highlighting controversies surrounding commodification, globalization, and the development of the film industry on a wider scale, this volume gives sustained attention to Nollywood as a uniquely African cultural production.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Matthias Krings is Professor of Anthropology and African Popular Culture at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Onookome Okome is Professor of African Literature and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.

Editorial Reviews

[T]he cumulative effect of [these] studies is to provide invaluable information for those wishing to keep up with where African cinema is today.

Journal of African History

[T]he book is ground-breaking in its exploration of unchartered territories. . . . It proves that, in spite of appearing to be a niche market, Nollywood, which has reconfigured the canonized theory of African cinema and inspired other African countries, can no longer be excluded from the canon of African cinema in the field of film studies.

African Affairs

Kring's and Okome's edited volume represents a new and important stage in an ongoing conversation about Nollywood's transnational dimensions. . . This volume is highly recommended reading . . . .

African Arts

The book compiles a range of pieces of high-quality academic work, dealing with Nollywood's transnational production, its uptake in different places in the world, and the various needs it serves of its many different audience groups in Africa and the diaspora. It also unveils a fascinating variety of the ways in which Nollywood cinema is viewed and interpreted, culturally remediated in new contexts, and its stories reproduced with a twist to cater to religious and cultural sensitivities.

Research in African Literatures

Krings and Okome have successfully produced a volume that is simultaneously delightfully entertaining yet appropriately erudite. It is a welcome addition to the fields of film, media, African, and cultural studies. The volume is extremely accessible to both the general informed public and academic audiences and, as a research tool, can be quickly or conveniently accessed for specific information.Winter 2015

Cinema Journal

Global Nollywood represents the most up-to-date research on Nollywood as a transnational cultural practice and is a must-read for scholars and students of African screen media.

African Studies Review

This is a wonderful collection, bringing together a bounty of new information, descriptions and ideas. . . . Overall, the book brings together a set of highly original contributions that advance knowl- edge of Nigerian video production.


Highly recommended.


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