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GORANI: Nigeria's multi-billion dollar film industry produces hundreds of low budget pictures a year. Now, the country is turning to Hollywood for some inspiration. And the latest big budget productions could shoot Nigeria's film industry to new heights.

Our Lagos bureau chief Jeff Koinange goes behind the scenes.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JEFF KOINANGE, CNN LAGOS BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): On location in Nollywood, Nigeria's equivalent of Tinsel Town. But this movie set hardly stands up to its wealthier and distant cousin. The props are cheap, the setup amateur, and the paychecks laughable. Most here will be lucky to take home a couple of hundreds of dollars for a one-week shoot. But it's good money in any currency on a continent where 60 percent of the population lives on less than a dollar a day.

And plenty of Nigerians want a piece of the action. At Winnie's Guest House across town, actors and would be actors gather at a popular spot frequented by directors and producers. Many here are walk-ons hoping to be discovered. The wait is long and frustrating. Four hours later, still no sign of the principles. But it seems everyone wants to join in the revival of Nigeria's film industry.

KINGSLEY OKORO, FILMMAKER, NIGERIA: The industry is trying to find its footing. It's in a stage where we finally found that we can do something right.

KOINANGE: Nigeria is finding an audience across Africa for its films. Industry analysts here boast that the movie industry is the third biggest in the world, after the U.S. and India.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not only is that true, it is one of the biggest exports out of Nigeria and it gives us the only image-boosting facility we have in Nigeria today.

KOINANGE: Some 200 movies are made here a month, dealing with everything from corruption to politics to infidelity. On average, they take just seven days to make and go straight to the home video market. The results are plain to see, quantity instead of quality. But few here seem to be complaining.

And it's not just the video market that's thriving. Twenty odd years ago, lawlessness kept the people of Lagos from going to the movies, that's also changing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With the development of Nollywood, we're beginning to see a resurgence of movie going culture, some sort of a renaissance for the movie industry.

KOINANGE: At Lagos' only movie theater, Nigerian movies are being screened along side newly released Hollywood blockbusters. But many here feel home grown films are holding their own.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've had two movies shown here already. "Across the Niger," is doing very, very well. People are coming here every minute, watching it

KOINANGE: "Across the Niger" is a civil war love story, where art imitates life and takes a page right out of Nigeria's military past. It's a film that took three years to make due to a lack of funds.

OKORO: I've done a movie. I've tried my best to do a movie. Well, it might not be the best in the world. Right? But it's raised the standard of Nigerian film a lot higher than where it was. The basic difference between Hollywood and Nollywood is basically financing.

KOINANGE (on camera): With the runaway success of foreign films here, Nigerian moviemakers are now wising up to the concept of big paydays from big budget movies. But making a movie here is one thing, financing it quite another. And the movie industry here still has a long way to go before it can convince the rest of the world that Nigeria is the moviemaking destination of choice.

(voice-over): Even so there is a buoyancy, a self-confidence in Nigerian movies that hasn't been there for a long time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pound for pound, if we get the kind of money that they have in Hollywood, we'd not only do magic, we'll do miracles.

KOINANGE: Jeff Koinange, CNN, Nollywood.

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Crazy T

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Sola said:
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I tried to fill in the names of the so called UNIDENTIFIED MALE'S


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not only is that true, it is one of the biggest exports out of Nigeria and it gives us the only image-boosting facility we have in Nigeria today.

The UNIDENTIFIED MALE here is Ben-Bruce Murray (former big boss of NTA and now the owner of Silver bird Cinema at Victoria Island

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With the development of Nollywood, we're beginning to see a resurgence of movie going culture, some sort of a renaissance for the movie industry.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've had two movies shown here already. "Across the Niger," is doing very, very well. People are coming here every minute, watching it

UNIDENTIFIED MALE is the Same Ben-Bruce


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pound for pound, if we get the kind of money that they have in Hollywood, we'd not only do magic, we'll do miracles.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE here is Segun Arinze (Actor and also the popular voice on at least two third of Nollywood film promos)

KOINANGE: Jeff Koinange, CNN, Nollywood.
 
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i Was Not Opportune To Watch That Programe,but A Friend Told Me About It.i Beleive What Hoolywood Can Do Nollywood Can Too.their Are Certain Directors In The Industry That I Trusted So Much And I Also Beleive In Their Works,izu Ojukwu Is One Of Those Great Guys,with Finance And Logistic He Can Make It.he Was In Sierra Leone On An Assingment Which Will Soon Be Out .please Commend Him.
 

khamileon

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Sola said:
courtesy, CNN:

GORANI: Nigeria's multi-billion dollar film industry produces hundreds of low budget pictures a year. Now, the country is turning to Hollywood for some inspiration. And the latest big budget productions could shoot Nigeria's film industry to new heights.

Our Lagos bureau chief Jeff Koinange goes behind the scenes.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JEFF KOINANGE, CNN LAGOS BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): On location in Nollywood, Nigeria's equivalent of Tinsel Town. But this movie set hardly stands up to its wealthier and distant cousin. The props are cheap, the setup amateur, and the paychecks laughable. Most here will be lucky to take home a couple of hundreds of dollars for a one-week shoot. But it's good money in any currency on a continent where 60 percent of the population lives on less than a dollar a day.

And plenty of Nigerians want a piece of the action. At Winnie's Guest House across town, actors and would be actors gather at a popular spot frequented by directors and producers. Many here are walk-ons hoping to be discovered. The wait is long and frustrating. Four hours later, still no sign of the principles. But it seems everyone wants to join in the revival of Nigeria's film industry.

KINGSLEY OKORO, FILMMAKER, NIGERIA: The industry is trying to find its footing. It's in a stage where we finally found that we can do something right.

KOINANGE: Nigeria is finding an audience across Africa for its films. Industry analysts here boast that the movie industry is the third biggest in the world, after the U.S. and India.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not only is that true, it is one of the biggest exports out of Nigeria and it gives us the only image-boosting facility we have in Nigeria today.

KOINANGE: Some 200 movies are made here a month, dealing with everything from corruption to politics to infidelity. On average, they take just seven days to make and go straight to the home video market. The results are plain to see, quantity instead of quality. But few here seem to be complaining.

And it's not just the video market that's thriving. Twenty odd years ago, lawlessness kept the people of Lagos from going to the movies, that's also changing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With the development of Nollywood, we're beginning to see a resurgence of movie going culture, some sort of a renaissance for the movie industry.

KOINANGE: At Lagos' only movie theater, Nigerian movies are being screened along side newly released Hollywood blockbusters. But many here feel home grown films are holding their own.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've had two movies shown here already. "Across the Niger," is doing very, very well. People are coming here every minute, watching it

KOINANGE: "Across the Niger" is a civil war love story, where art imitates life and takes a page right out of Nigeria's military past. It's a film that took three years to make due to a lack of funds.

OKORO: I've done a movie. I've tried my best to do a movie. Well, it might not be the best in the world. Right? But it's raised the standard of Nigerian film a lot higher than where it was. The basic difference between Hollywood and Nollywood is basically financing.

KOINANGE (on camera): With the runaway success of foreign films here, Nigerian moviemakers are now wising up to the concept of big paydays from big budget movies. But making a movie here is one thing, financing it quite another. And the movie industry here still has a long way to go before it can convince the rest of the world that Nigeria is the moviemaking destination of choice.

(voice-over): Even so there is a buoyancy, a self-confidence in Nigerian movies that hasn't been there for a long time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pound for pound, if we get the kind of money that they have in Hollywood, we'd not only do magic, we'll do miracles.

KOINANGE: Jeff Koinange, CNN, Nollywood.

Full Gist Here
THANK YOU SOLA, I TALK AM SAY MA EAR NO DEY LIE TO ME.......NA MULTI BILLION $$ INDUSTRY DEM TALK........ CAUSE SOME PEEPS HIA NO GREE BELIEVE SAY NA MULTI BILLION$$$......
 

Crazy T

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khamileon said:
THANK YOU SOLA, I TALK AM SAY MA EAR NO DEY LIE TO ME.......NA MULTI BILLION $$ INDUSTRY DEM TALK........ CAUSE SOME PEEPS HIA NO GREE BELIEVE SAY NA MULTI BILLION$$$......
You said some peeps here did not believe its Multi Billion Dollars industry? I guess they don’t really know mathematics or they are ignorant to the industry

Here under is an example of what an average Nigerian movie has grossed:
"World Apart 1 & 2" say this is our case study, the movie has sold about 1m copies, say the owner (a marketer) collects #200 (Naira) for a copy of the movie, multiply this by 1,000,000 = #200,000,000 divided by 136 (US Dollars) = $1,470,588 (US Dollars) now multiply this amount by 200 films a month and then by 12 months I think your calculator will cry cause your answer will be above $3.5billion US Dollars.

Why do you think that people says there is money in Entertainment? Also why are all these so-called Western journalists going to do researches on Nollywood?

So Khami tell those peeps that CNN can never say something positive about Africa (Especially Nigeria) if they are not 120% sure.
 

khamileon

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Crazy T said:
You said some peeps here did not believe its Multi Billion Dollars industry? I guess they don’t really know mathematics or they are ignorant to the industry

Here under is an example of what an average Nigerian movie has grossed:
"World Apart 1 & 2" is our case study this movie has sold about 1m copies, say the owner (a marketer) collects #200 (Naira) for a copy of the movie, multiply this by 1,000,000 = #200,000,000 divided by 136 (US Dollars) = $1,470,588 (US Dollars) now multiply this amount by 200 films a month and then by 12 months I think your calculator will cry cause your answer will be above $3.5billion US Dollars.

Why do you think that people says there is money in Entertainment? Also why are all these so-called Western journalists going to do researchs on Nollywood?

So Khami tell those peeps that CNN can never say something positive about Africa (Especially Nigeria) if they are not 120% sure.

I say IGNORANT is the word!.....so many fiful never still get the faintest idea of wetin dey go on deep inside, me i don explain tire....Zeb Ejiro DOMITILA sell more than 200,000copies...and dat na ages ago
No wonder all those oyinbos flenti for naija say dem wan do research......anyway i go dey watch dem properly with ma CATAPAULT....cause any atempt say dem wan take over....I go do to dem wetin David do Goliat...... We no need dem, I like as we dey grow at our own pace....if our generation no fit complete am, our shildrens go complete am!...... We be only 10yrs and Hollywood don reach or pass (100???? SOLA HELP!!!)

PS: Beti Nnam WORLD APART no be just average or ordinary movie o!!!.....and this wan wey u quote 1million copies so, no let dem Uncle Shege see am o!.....If not Government go just take over the whole thing...The reason why dem never take over be say dem no really sabi how big nollywood be yet......anyway i know say the marketer go deny am if dem ask am...so no shakin!
 

bigmomma

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Oga sola thanks for the link. Did anyone tape the show?

and Khami make you no dey worry yaself when ppl no dey belive say nollywood is a big driving force in naija. I mean my ppl think about it. if it was not grossing so much why are ppl literally letting go of jobs and their livelihood to jump on the home video band wagon?
 

vince

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khamileon said:
I say IGNORANT is the word!.....so many fiful never still get the faintest idea of wetin dey go on deep inside, me i don explain tire....Zeb Ejiro DOMITILA sell more than 200,000copies...and dat na ages ago
No wonder all those oyinbos flenti for naija say dem wan do research......anyway i go dey watch dem properly with ma CATAPAULT....cause any atempt say dem wan take over....I go do to dem wetin David do Goliat...... We no need dem, I like as we dey grow at our own pace....if our generation no fit complete am, our shildrens go complete am!...... We be only 10yrs and Hollywood don reach or pass (100???? SOLA HELP!!!)

PS: Beti Nnam WORLD APART no be just average or ordinary movie o!!!.....and this wan wey u quote 1million copies so, no let dem Uncle Shege see am o!.....If not Government go just take over the whole thing...The reason why dem never take over be say dem no really sabi how big nollywood be yet......anyway i know say the marketer go deny am if dem ask am...so no shakin!
If they are making so much money,how come they are having difficulties paying big stars' asking fees?
How come they can't make big budget movies at a more regular basis?
Make una keep decieving una sef,multi billion dollars ko,multi trillion dollars ni!Get real for heaven's sake,that industry is not worth more than a hundred million dollars,tops.
That quote up there was nothing but an error,the kind that crops up every now and then in journalism. rolli:
 

vince

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Crazy T said:
You said some peeps here did not believe its Multi Billion Dollars industry? I guess they don’t really know mathematics or they are ignorant to the industry

Here under is an example of what an average Nigerian movie has grossed:
"World Apart 1 & 2" say this is our case study, the movie has sold about 1m copies, say the owner (a marketer) collects #200 (Naira) for a copy of the movie, multiply this by 1,000,000 = #200,000,000 divided by 136 (US Dollars) = $1,470,588 (US Dollars) now multiply this amount by 200 films a month and then by 12 months I think your calculator will cry cause your answer will be above $3.5billion US Dollars.

Why do you think that people says there is money in Entertainment? Also why are all these so-called Western journalists going to do researches on Nollywood?

So Khami tell those peeps that CNN can never say something positive about Africa (Especially Nigeria) if they are not 120% sure.
And from which "reliable" source did you get all these figures from?Are we not talking about nollywood where there is no iota of transparency?
No serious minded person will take all those figures seriously,none.
The industry is just staggering along despite it's popularity and that's just about it.
 

mcallstar

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Murtala said:
i Was Not Opportune To Watch That Programe,but A Friend Told Me About It.i Beleive What Hoolywood Can Do Nollywood Can Too.their Are Certain Directors In The Industry That I Trusted So Much And I Also Beleive In Their Works,izu Ojukwu Is One Of Those Great Guys,with Finance And Logistic He Can Make It.he Was In Sierra Leone On An Assingment Which Will Soon Be Out .please Commend Him.
The industry is coming to an acceptable state. All they need do now is put more arms on deck so as to enable the efficency of the industry.
 

Henchey

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vince said:
And from which "reliable" source did you get all these figures from?Are we not talking about nollywood where there is no iota of transparency?
No serious minded person will take all those figures seriously,none.
The industry is just staggering along despite it's popularity and that's just about it.
Thank you o, Vince.
Crazy-T is just plucking figures from the sky.
Which Nigerian film has SOLD 1million copies?
In fact, I would be interested to know which Hollywood or Bollywood film has SOLD 1 million copies!!!!
So his calculations are fundamentally flawed.
If they were making that much money, just as you said, they would not be struggling to pay actors half decent fees like 1million naira per movie or more! Or even to find big enough budgets to finance their next film.

Granted, the marketers are not the most transparent people, but even then, i million is a HUGE output!!!
 

Sola

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Henchey said:
In fact, I would be interested to know which Hollywood or Bollywood film has SOLD 1 million copies!!!!
Is this a trick question? Because I am aware (as I'm sure you are) MANY Hollywood movies have sold multiple millions...
 

mcallstar

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vince said:
If they are making so much money,how come they are having difficulties paying big stars' asking fees?
How come they can't make big budget movies at a more regular basis?
Make una keep decieving una sef,multi billion dollars ko,multi trillion dollars ni!Get real for heaven's sake,that industry is not worth more than a hundred million dollars,tops.
That quote up there was nothing but an error,the kind that crops up every now and then in journalism. rolli:

GREED vince, simple greed at its peak. I want to agree with Khami. They are really making a lot in this industray of ours. this has nothing to do with deceitful amounts but it is for real.
The people involved are only greedy and unprofessional. hence, the industry is still crawling.
 

mcallstar

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Henchey said:
Thank you o, Vince.
Crazy-T is just plucking figures from the sky.
Which Nigerian film has SOLD 1million copies?
In fact, I would be interested to know which Hollywood or Bollywood film has SOLD 1 million copies!!!!
So his calculations are fundamentally flawed.
If they were making that much money, just as you said, they would not be struggling to pay actors half decent fees like 1million naira per movie or more! Or even to find big enough budgets to finance their next film.

Granted, the marketers are not the most transparent people, but even then, i million is a HUGE output!!!

To speak of Hollywood movies selling a mill copies is an understament. LODR sold over 1.2 million copies a month after release.

So I don't know if you were meaning Nollywood.
The only only reason why youdon't know about this was because the marketers and producers have not come out in the open or have not ben transparent. hence, they want you to believe that they are not making much out of the movies. They will even claim a movie sold just 20,000 copies whereas it is doing as much as 500,000 copies in the market at the moment. They are just been greed and cunning and also unprofessional like I said earlier. These researchers are not playing my friend.... they have really dug in deep to the root of the industry to have come out with this comments.... as you know... if a white man wants to do something he does it to the LETTER
 

Crazy T

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mcallstar said:
GREED vince, simple greed at its peak. I want to agree with Khami. They are really making a lot in this industray of ours. this has nothing to do with deceitful amounts but it is for real.
The people involved are only greedy and unprofessional. hence, the industry is still crawling.
Mcallstar I think you are either a moviemaker or an insider in the industry to be able to give this sensible answer.

And for Vince, you might know a lot concerning how to make a Hollywood film and what goes on there. But as far as Nollywood is concern, never doubt any thing you read from Sola, Khami and me (and now Mcallstar) cause we really know what we are talking about.

This question is for VINCE: How many copies do you think "Dapo Junior" sold (in 1999)? If you can answer this question correctly (or) 50% closer to the answer then I'll always believe you know what is really happening in Nollywood.
 

vince

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mcallstar said:
GREED vince, simple greed at its peak. I want to agree with Khami. They are really making a lot in this industray of ours. this has nothing to do with deceitful amounts but it is for real.
The people involved are only greedy and unprofessional. hence, the industry is still crawling.
Mac,there is a big difference between the "potential" worth of nollywood,and the "actual" worth.I think that you guys are mixing the two together.
Nollywood is potentially worth billions of dollars,but as it is right now,it is not worth more than a billion naira.
If nollywood wants to show and prove to the world that it truely worth billions of dollars,let it start paying it's stars accordingly and also start releasing big budget,highly professional movies,that can stand up to the quality of movies produced in hollywood and bollywood at a more regular basis.Let them start building cinema complexes all over the major cities of the nation.Let them mordernize,expand and open up their distribution networks.Then and only then would anyone believe the pipedream of multi-billion dollar worth.
 

vince

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Crazy T said:
Mcallstar I think you are either a moviemaker or an insider in the industry to be able to give this sensible answer.

And for Vince, you might know a lot concerning how to make a Hollywood film and what goes on there. But as far as Nollywood is concern, never doubt any thing you read from Sola, Khami and me (and now Mcallstar) cause we really know what we are talking about.

This question is for VINCE:How many copies do you think "Dapo Junior" sold (in 1999)? If you can answer this question correctly (or) 50% closer to the answer then I'll always believe you know what is really happening in Nollywood.
How do you expect me to answer that?Was there any official sales figure anywhere?Who are we to believe?You want to quote a figure out of the blue,go ahead.
 

vince

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Really,i think we should not get carried away just yet with all them fake figures.Nollywood needs cool and level headed people to keep it's feet on the ground because it is not even 2% of it's very potential yet.So make una forget that multi-billion dollar talk!That is strictly for the birds.
 

mcallstar

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vince said:
Mac,there is a big difference between the "potential" worth of nollywood,and the "actual" worth.I think that you guys are mixing the two together.
Nollywood is potentially worth billions of dollars,but as it is right now,it is not worth more than a billion naira.
If nollywood wants to show and prove to the world that it truely worth billions of dollars,let it start paying it's stars accordingly and also start releasing big budget,highly professional movies,that can stand up to the quality of movies produced in hollywood and bollywood at a more regular basis.Let them start building cinema complexes all over the major cities of the nation.Let them mordernize,expand and open up their distribution networks.Then and only then would anyone believe the pipedream of multi-billion dollar worth.

The only reason why you cannot see these thing yet is because the people at the helm of affairs are not yet true... they are affraid to speak out as to what will happen next... Will they still get as much as before... and you know the reasoning of a blackman or rather cunning people... when the collect some good amount of rentage froma building... they get satisfied and will never think of even maintenance talk little o building other houses they prefare to continue on that same hous just because all they think about is money and not improvement.
If they build cinemas... that sottage to them... What is the ned of increasing the quality of produce when this seems just profitable for them... I don't know if you get my drift... Greed mixed up with fear... has made this people to be silent and now the researchers are digging out what a lot of Nigerians do not know.
 
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