Author: J.J. Bityong

Funke Akindele’s most iconic roles over the years An award-winning Nigerian film editor once tweeted, “Nollywood is a woman”, and I dare add that “Nollywood is a middle-aged woman.” This is due to the obvious fact that a huge part of its films is centered around female characters. Also, a sizeable number of executives, producers, and directors are women. They set and break box office records, constantly pushing boundaries in the industry. Funke Akindele, “Box Office Queen”, the biggest independent producer, is one leading figure. Aside from being a key film executive in Nollywood, the thespian with a career spanning…

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Most times, skit makers in Nollywood films are there to reenact their social media personae for comic relief. However, these comical representations often fail to be satisfying. Even worse, these movies, with prominent skit makers or influencers, lose depth and authenticity in the process. Despite the mentioned issues, there are skit makers who have played roles that are in contrast to how we already know them. Skit makers like Josh2funny and Mr. Macaroni have been able to do that. Their commendable performances were possible with the efforts of directors and casting directors who saw beyond their social media personalities and did…

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Let me begin with a personal story. I grew up in the Northern part of Nigeria, Kaduna to be precise. Although I am not Hausa, one of the languages of my childhood, as you might assume, is Hausa. Not only was the language spoken by people of Hausa descent, but it was also carefully spoken with ease by non-Hausa people and settlers in my immediate community. The Hausa language immersion aside, another important aspect of my childhood was watching Nollywood films. Although I was mostly forced to watch these films (such as Osuofia in London, Aki na Ukwa, Egg of…

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