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What Nollywood Films Are Known For?

Indian movies are known for their music, supported by colorful sets and costumes, flamboyant cinematography, and melodramatic romantic stories. Asian movies are known for their action, supported by martial arts and wire-fu stunts. Hollywood movies are known for their big budgets, supported by everything lots of money can buy.

But what positive things are Nollywood films known for?

My opinion: the down-to-earth nature of their plots, the dynamic (shaky) camera work, the dry-looking locations and costumes: these factors give Nigerian movies a documentary feel. They feel like real life stories. Maybe that's what's unique about Nollywood movies? Maybe they are good at making us feel they could happen in real life? I know that's why my friend likes to watch Super Story; she believes the stories are based on real life stories.

What do you think? What's unique about Nigerian movies? In what respects are they superior to foreign ones?

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I would rather get myself busy with Tom and Jerry cartoon shows rather than watching Nollywood movies.You'll see an actor or actress pausing while acting.Watch their eye movement and you'll definetly know that their are been corrected by the directors.Nollywood is just a failure as of now,but lets hope that things will change maybe a decade from now.But is change possible in a corrupt organization?

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Nollywood is full of sh.it!

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Seun

what apology are you dreaming about?

have you ever seen Amechi Muonagor apologize to any body in a film?

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Kanto, you've not apologized for your inappropriate and unfair attack against me. You should.

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LMAO. . .well no wonder Nollywood is in the state it is. With people like Kanto at the helms, how can we expect anything mildly intelligent? The Guy can't carry a discourse without resorting to insults and nonsensical rants. It would be so funny, if it wasn't so sad. You know what, I take that back. . .it is funny and sad.

ROTFLMAOPIMP!!!!

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There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Kanto is from the Industry. He seems to have one of their main characteristics pat down - The juxtaposing of godliness and ungodliness.

They have people killing each other like chickens throughout the movie and right after say To God be the Glory. It’s also why Mr. Kanto here can insult everyone from here to kingdom come and then end his hate-filled post with Jesus is Lord.

LMAO. . .Hi.la.rious

Tribal Jealousy?

ROTFLMAO. . .Puh-lease! Get over yourself.

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Mr Kanto

Enough of this nonsense!!

1) if you feel in anywaythat you do not want to listen to what we have to say on this trend, please do not open ur net page on this topic

But while we are here, we expect to maintain teh right to hold individual opinions no matter how much these opinions contradict to others

2) i can see that it is people like you who go round nollywooders and give them wrong advice so they wallow in mediocrity all the time without knowing it

END of discussion, i rest my case. i do not intend to spend the rest of my life arguing with you!!

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at the end of you talk you agreed with me

Nigeria has REMAINED in a failed state so how can you say NOLLYWOOD has not FAILED?

go easy on the words Deaf and Dumb

sounds like a pot calling a kettle black to me

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@Emad:

Another deaf, dumb and blind clown perhaps?

Did i ever say nollywood was perfect?

Is there anything perfect in this world?

As far as i know, even hollywood is not perfect.

Go back and read what i wrote you deaf enemy of progress.

I made it very clear that rather than condenming nollywood

the way some blind tribalists have done here, the emphasis should

be on constructive criticism, and encouragement.

But i know your motives are deeper than seeing any reason.

Little wonder your Nigeria has remained a failed state.

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If you read my post, it's obvious I am on the side of Nollywood. I even asked for positive comments only.

You're attacking my solely because I have a Yoruba name. Isn't "Omotola Jolade" also a Yoruba name?

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@ Seun, Sisikill, Dee02 and all the other enemies of progress, look at yourselves in the mirror, what you see is the reason why your  Nigeria can never progress.

Nollywood is a relatively new industry that is still struggling to improve. Instead of encouraging it and giving constructive suggestions, all you see on display here is negative outright condenmations by people who have never produced or initiated anything in their lives because of senseless  tribalism.

The originator of this thread Seun, is an ignorant fellow blinded by tribalism. He introduced a similar thread on the same nollywood topic in 2006 where he declared his hatred for nollywood and called for people's comments.

Can Seun and his ignorant supporters tell us if the Yoruba  movie industry have ever produced anything better than nollywood?

Ogunde movies which were of very poor qualities were filled with babalawo's, juju and they were never popular beyond  Yoruba enclaves.

What then is the rationale for all the silly folks here to disparage nollywood that has broken barriers and gone international if not silly tribalism?

Those who want to condenm the effort of others should show us better examples from their own areas.

Nigeria  is a country where nothing works. No roads, no light, no water etc. If a group can take an innitiative such as nollywood in a dysfunctional country like Nigeria,  they should be praised rather than disparaged as some lazy creatures who having nothing better to show from their own areas are doing here.

If White  people were disparaging and condenming their own people who were taking innitiatives, they wouldnt have been where they are today.

This is exactly the reason why i support Nigeria's break-up so that every ethnic group can mind their own business.

Thankgod, your miserable, frustrated little lives means nothing. Nollywood is going places, and will continue to go places. It has already been declared the 3rd largest movie industry in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood.

Jesus is Lord!

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@Sisikilli the clown:

can you show us one thing you have ever produced in your life?

By the way how good was your archaic Ogunde movies?

Why not start with producing your own sisikiliwood lets see how much better you can do?

All you know how to do is criticise without coming up with any innitiative.

Yeye jealous fowl.

With empty  fish brains  like yourself, little wonder your useless country Nigeria has continued to fail inspite of massive human and material resources. 

Dey there dey frustrate while express is leaving you. While you are here whinning like the useless unknown entity you are, the film stars are smiling to the banks with all the fame and recognition. You are not even qualified to be their house girl.

Go take a bath my dear and don't forget to wash your stinky pit.

Frustrated Lowlife!

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Now, now. . .that's not very nice. I was thinking more in the lines of drawn and quartered.

It's the only way to ensure they suffer as much as the poor sods who had to sit through Rihanna vs Beyonce

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ROTFLMAOPIMP!!!!

Jeebus H. Christ. . .I can't go on! Finishing will be a suicide mission. . .will go down in the books as the first person to die from laughing in 2008.

Not a bad accomplishment no doubt. . .but I'm still young.

LMAO!!

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Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Oh my. . . Hahahahaha . . .freaking. . . hahahahaha. . . goodness!

Yeparipa! I hope I don't die of laughter oh. Wipes tears

Dee02,

You charlatan you. . .can't take you nowhere!

Have you heard the warning they gave you, ehn?

You better heed it or you will suffer the wrath of the great creative effort people. . .stars. . no, no great creative artiste (pronounced arrr-tIst-e).

Whew! Now, I'm gonna go try to read past. . .past. . . great. . .great creative effort. . .Ay yi yi!

Oy Vey!

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We are waiting for dee02wood to see how far he can go in producing his own wonderful movies.

Useless nonentity.

I wonder why you and other fools like yourself are still watching nollywood?

If you dont like nollywood dont watch it. I bet you the industry will not miss lowlifes like yourself.

Go take a bath, stinky pigs.

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@dee02:

And all the charlatans criticising the great creative effort of nollywood

shame on all of you big time. Why cant any of you produce your own movies lets see how much better they will be?

Useless idiots who have never achieved anything in their lives criticising those who are making the effort.

This is why your useless country cannever make any progress. Instead of appreciating the effort by nollywood and giving them encouragement, all you could offer was negatives. What a shame.

I also suspect a lot of tribal jealousy here. Because nollywood is an Igbo initiative, some Nigerians are dying of envy. But the Igbo is not stopping any of you from creating your own Yorubawood or Hausawood.

Afterall the Yoruba'a started the film industry through Ogunde which unfortunately could not go very far. If the Igbo have entered the industry and taken it to an international audience, why the jealousy?

Other Africans marvel at Nigerian films, but Nigerians rather than appreciate the effort are blinded by jealousy.

Ghana films are of such bad quality that they are learning and copying from nollywood, yet you would never hear Ghanaians disparaging their films.

There is no African country, not even South Africa that produces movies as good as the one's from nollywood . Nollywood movies are popular all over Africa.

Nollywood is presently the best by African standards, and we should be proud of it, even while we hope the quality improves. It is a learning process.

Idiots like Dee02 blinded by jealousy who can neither create nor initiate anything can go and die. The market for Nollywood has gone beyond Nigeria and spread to the whole of Africa and the world. In London, America, Canada etc people rent and watch nollywood movies. I was in Toronto Canada recently in a Jamaican hair dressing saloon and Jamaicans lined up to borrow nollywood movies. That is how far the movies have gone.

The industry will continue to prosper, and the actors will continue to get richer.

None of you noise making lowlife's here can ever come near any of the actors in fame and recognition. While you are wallowing in frustration the actors have joined the who is who in Nigeria. And many of them have won awards abroad. Peter Edochie was recently given an MON by the Obasanjo administration.

Go get a life, unprogresive, and jealous bastards.

The tribal jealousy on display here, by lazy fools is the reason many of us feel Nigeria cannot make any progress untill it breaks.

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to me they are known for prediction, once you start the movie u need not to continue, anyway they are trying

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I used to think the storylines were too simplistic - but, I've actually seen some of the most ridiculous things happen in real life. Anyway this is what we have for now, and it can only get better !

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@ sly

wat do u expect,

their fuckup pass one i.e fuckups and when their fuckups too much

wat is the plural of fuckups?

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RUMOUR HAS IT THAT A NEW NOLLYWOOD MOVIE IS COMING OUT: SEE DETAILS BELOW

New Nollywood movie Title: Yar'Adua is Sick

Starring:M Aonndaoka, Yar Adua, OBJ, Doctors from Germany, T Yar'Adua, MIKE OKIRO, INI EDO, AKI, PAWPAW and Nkem Owoh

Director: Some incompetent thug

Producer and Marketer: IYKE ELECTRONICS, ALABA MARKET

Reviews

Excruciatingly painful to watch,silly soundtrack, very poor sound quality silly directing, lack of direction,camera-phone recording, more like a puppet show but inconclusive like a typical nollywood movie, incompetent casts, full of lofty promises, a lot of skin grafts, poor english, lack of common sense, incoherent storyline and too much hospital visits

Conclusively, it is absolute nonsense, another classic pile of trollop from the stables of NOLLYJARGON!

Nollywood addicts, grab a copy now

Happy/sad viewing

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Hmm actually I dont see Nigerian movies but I belive some are quite good, thats wen you talk about the directing, shooting, editing n all that, as for now the industry is growing.

The basic thing that kills the industry is that, anybody can come up with a storyline whether it makes sense or not, they will go into shooting the movie, I almost shed tear oneday when I saw a Nigerian movie directed and written by Paul Obazele, and the worst part was that the movie even got a part two, the part one was so meaningless.

If I were to be the president of the movie industry, not any kind of movie can be produce n sell to the public.

Well we are still growing shey

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EMAD keep up the good work

we need to invite nollywood directors to this forum oh!

cos their fuckupsesness needs to be treated

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nollywood is known for mediocrity and there's nothing superior to foreign industries

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Most Nollywood movies are for a suitable word, "intelligence retardants"

They have made many of our people, especially the girls, dumber than they originally were

Can you immagine some chicks inquiring about something called a life time relocation visa, a concept she got from some dumb naija film!

I must admit though that more yoruba home videos have better thought out plots and make more sense than english ones

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@ seun

you sef how can you forget. Naija films are known for JUJU

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This thread made me crack my ribs. Well nollywood is the 3rd largest producer of movies in times of size. The movies r intrestin despite hurriedly done. Most of what reach in Kenya is pirated and of poor quality am not sure of the CDs sold in nigeria. But the greatest thing is Naija is sittin on a big potential. I ope it will realize that b4 other African countries invest in this industry!

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Can we just stop saying this rubbish "THEY ARE TRYING"

This is starting to become a peculiar way of Nigerians saying that something is doing well but then to point out the accomplishments made as a result of the "THEY ARE TRYING" slang, they lapse into a load of incoherence!

What has nollywood achieved that is tangible or what are dey known for that has made them move a decent level in comparison to other movie industries around the world?

Nothing like "they are trying", that is unacceptable i am sorry!

They get better or they pack it in!

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let us apprciate what we have, at least for once, i think they are trying.

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The nollywood movies may not be up to international standards

but they ARE up to African standards and they are not as bad as

you people are trying to make them out to be, otherwise the industry

would have collapsed a long time ago due to lack of customage.

I actually would watch a movie like 'Girls Cot' several times, it is a

nollywood movie and the plot is perfect and well acted - abiiii give the

devil some due now!

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our Nollywood

who art in nigeria

plagiarist be thy name

thy kingdom come filled with parts

thy will has been achieved (aggravating sickness,causing psycological problem due to thy so called horror movies,imputin depression to thy audience)

as it is in thy home

give us this day a well directed movie (we wouldn't mind one directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imaesuen)

and forgive us pirates and paparazzi our trespasses

as we forgive thee who trespass against us

and lead us not into ill health and mind (due to thy uneducated movies)

but deliver us from thy foolish names of movies and annoying soundtrack. NAIRALANDERS IF U'RE FEELING ME SAY AMEN TO THAT!!!

WAT IS IT!

im pissed out

to think that nollywood are bent on causing irritation to their viewers.

WAT IS IT!

the annoying part is dat, they have wat it takes to make a good film

but no!

they are out to make money

they prefere quantity not quality

imagine they even make me spell prefer as prefere

pissed out men!

seun! seun!! seuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuen!!!

drop matter ohhhh!

there is notin positive!

xcept dat geneviv is sliming down to fashion.

@ sisikill, hilli, deeo2, kobojunkie

i dey feel una ohh!

anyway sha lancelot oduwa and emma esong(hope i spelt that well), are trying a little with their directing.

nairalanders be patient, i will soon get to the top and make/direct good movies 4 y'all.

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Example: a movie that teaches a woman to "obey her husband" even when he beats her everyday.

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@ Seun

If the former definition holds true may I categorically then state that the morality of the 'primitive' minds remains the keystone of international corporate ethics or simply put, 'Primitive' morality ain't so irrelevant to 'civilized' times.  Disagree?  Please shoot me your phone # and I will be happy to discuss at lenght.

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I think it's the best ones that are tragedies - because they're trying to serve as morality tales.

Unfortunately, the typee of morality they promote is too primitive to be useful to educated people.

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Most Nigerian movies are tragedies, people are always dying (even when their death has no relevance to the story). Are these movies meant to be entertaining or what?, are we trying to tell the world that in nigeria, we derive pleasure in seeing people die? it is only in nigeria movies that every important character in the cast dies and the producers happily release such a movie into the market.

i wouldnt blame the producers for the poor production, its because of the terrible situation of piracy in the country and they have to save their money else, they wouldnt break even,, but i blame them for accepting poor stories. i wonder if i'm the only one that hates these stories. people always die, people are always crying. all important characters in a movies die and the film ends, isnt that disgusting. this is common wit most movies. (especially the ones shown on african magic)

Movies are meant to be for entertainment and educational purposes,, but nollywood stories tend to concentrate on education,, they always remind us of the harsh realities of the nigerian society,, I hate nollywood movies simply because, "they are all real life tragedies"

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Funnily the movies suck but the music videos and music is not that bad. I like Susana, Knpw me when am poor, agreement by Nkem Owoh and he made another song where he doesn't sing but acts it out. It was funny as heck.

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i believe it is high time we should encourage our nigerian movie makers.some of them have improved seriousely.so encouraging them is the best thing to do.

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Nollywood, I hail thee

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shouting praise the Lord in Nigeria is just like saying "Igbo kwenu"

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ROFL

yes oh,they'll kill children,run over senior citizens and molest women then they end with to God be the glory

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Like someone already said,the most annoying thing about nollywood movies is the part 2 part 3 nonsense.

I hate it!

Followed by those silly loud sound effects and graphics.

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[quote="dee02"]silly love stories

Lack of a coherent storyline

Un-necessary prolonging of a short story i.e. part 1, part 2, part 3

Imcompetent producers, actors and actresses

Indecent dressing

Poor endings to movies

Bad sound quality

Poor english and editing

Plagiarism

Usage of camcorder and camera phone to shoot movies

Consistent usage of the same set of cast and crew without checking suitability,

High turnover of crap movies

Excessive market influx of poor quality movies

Lack of common sense

{ok i need to go to bed!}[/quote]

THIS. Also, apparently the concept of "director" doesn't seem to actually exist in Nollywood. And scenes that should last 15 seconds at most end up lasting 15 minutes. Gah.

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~Hmm most of the ones i have watched have Very Good Morals to the story so i'd say at best there's always something to learn from some of them!!

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CONTINUED

1) Nollywood is the place where actors and actresses- Smoke sheet of papers instead of cigarretes

2) Nollywood is where it is forbidden to have the prequel and sequel to a movie given the same title

3) Nollywood is an avenue to showcase "OBIOMA" products

4) Nollywood is where every dic/k, tom and harry as well as retards are allowed to act

5) Nollywood is famous for silly soundtracks and deafening sound quality

6) Nollywood is known for productions by ELECTRONICS TRADING COMPANIES (Mostly situated in Alaba, Ebinpejo lane, Idumota and Iweka Road)

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