Global Nollywood

Global Nollywood

The Transnational Dimensions of an African Video Film Industry
Matthias Krings and Onookome Okome
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/27/2013
Format: Hardback 10 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-00923-4
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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.

Author Bio

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.


“Offers original material with respect to the transnational presence of Nollywood.”
 — Moradewun Adejunmobi, University of California, Davis

“Reveals in fascinating detail the wild popularity, controversies, and complaints provoked by this film form as it has come to shape the media landscape of Africa.”
 — Brian Larkin, Barnard College

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Nollywood and Its Diaspora: An Introduction \ Matthias Krings and Onookome Okome
Part 1. Mapping the Terrain
1. From Nollywood to Nollyworld: Processes of Transnationalization in the Nigerian Video Film Industry \ Alessandro Jedlowski
2. Nollywood's Transportability: The Politics and Economics of Video Films as Cultural Products \ Jyoti Mistry and Jordache A. Ellapen
Part 2. Transnational Nollywood
3. The Nollywood Diaspora: A Nigerian Video Genre \ Jonathan Haynes
4. Nollywood Made in Europe \ Sophie Samyn
5. Made in America: Urban Immigrant Spaces in Transnational Nollywood Films \ Claudia Hoffmann
6. Reversing the Filmic Gaze: Comedy and the Critique of the Postcolony in Osuofia in London \ Onookome Okome
7. Nollywood and Postcolonial Predicaments: Transnationalism, Gender, and the Commoditization of Desire in Glamour Girls \ Paul Ugor
Part 3. Nollywood and Its Audiences
8. Nollywood in Urban Southern Africa: Nigerian Video Films and Their Audiences in Cape Town and Windhoek \ Heike Becker
9. Religion, Migration, and Media Aesthetics: Notes on the Circulation and Reception of Nigerian Films in Kinshasa \ Katrien Pype
10. "African Movies" in Barbados: Proximate Experiences of Fear and Desire \ Jane Bryce
11. Consuming Nollywood in Turin, Italy \ Giovanna Santanera
12. Nigerian Videos and Their Imagined Western Audiences: The Limits of Nollywood's Transnationality \ Babson Ajibade
Part 4. Appropriations of Nollywood
13. Transgressing Boundaries: Reinterpretation of Nollywood Films in Muslim Northern Nigeria \ Abdalla Uba Adamu
14. Karishika with Kiswahili Flavor: A Nollywood Film Retold by a Tanzanian Video Narrator \ Matthias Krings
15. Bloody Bricolages: Traces of Nollywood in Tanzanian Video Films \ Claudia Böhme
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