In the past, I've expressed the unpopular opinion that Nollywood movies in 2009 (well... let's say 2008, as I have watched very few this year) are much, much better than they were 10 or 12 years ago. I realize that the 1990s are considered something of a "golden age" for Nollywood times... A different time, a more pristine era when beautiful movies were loving crafted by professionals before the game became "an all-comers affair." Lately, I've been re-watching (or in some cases watching for the first time) a lot of Nollywood movies from the 1990s, and I am sorry... I just do not see it. For all the talk of how the industry was run by "professionals" back then, the movies were much less professional than they are today. I'm not talking about the fact that the sound was often so bad that you could barely hear half of the dialogue--after all, we all know that they were working with very limited equipment--but I mean even things like the writing, directing, and especially the acting... I'd say that all of these things are MUCH better today. I suspect that the illusion that those movies were better is a result of the rose-colored nostalgia specs through which many of us view the past. Also, the fact that back then, we had been starved for indigenous movies for so long that we welcomed these movies hungrily, overlooking all their shortcomings, and the memory of how much we enjoyed them back then is magnified in our minds. Another thing is probably the fact that there were much fewer movies coming out back then, and with the current glut of movie product, the audence has become more sophisticated... but the industry's sophistication has not matured at the same rate as the audience's and we have lost patience with a lot of the shortcomings that we were forgiving of 10 year ago. All that being said, though... I think that we should give the industry its due: It's come a LONG way and is definitely way better than it used to be. Things ARE getting better... It's just that (as is often the case with our beloved country) the change is occurring slower than we'd like it to.