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McCain, Carmen (2013) 'Nollywood, Kannywood and a Decade of Hausa Film Censorship in Nigeria.' In: Biltereyst, Daniel and Vande Winkel, Roel, (eds.), Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship Around the World. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 223-240. (Global Cinema)

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Abstract

One of the most striking stories in recent global film history is the dramatic rise of the Nigerian “video film” industry, dubbed Nollywood, a prolific low-budget film industry based in Africa’s most populous country. Turning out over a thousand feature films a year, the Nigerian film industry relies mostly on digital video technology and “straight to video” releases, which are sold on DVD and video CD in the informal economy of the west African market.1 A former British colony, Nigeria, was cobbled together from around 400 different ethnicities and language groups, the largest of which are Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. After gaining independence in 1960, Nigeria suffered a civil war, from 1967 until 1970, and a series of military coups. Now a federation of 36 states, the country is in its third period of civilian rule, which began in 1999 with the handover of the military to a democratically elected government.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Nollywood, Kannywood, Nigerian film, censorship
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
D History General and Old World
ISBN: 9780230340800
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Biltereyst, Daniel and Vande Winkel, Roel, (eds.), Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship Around the World. London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 223-240, (2011). (Global Cinema). Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137061980_14
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2023 12:40
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/39972
Related URLs: https://link.sp ... 781137061980_14
Funders: Other, Other, Other

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