The first feature film made in Nigeria was called Palaver.
The film, produced by Geoffrey Barkas was released in 1926 and it was also the first film ever to feature local Nigerians as actors although it was panned as heavily racist.
Nollywood is one of the largest film industries in the world.
In terms of output, Nollywood is the second-largest film industry in the world, behind Bollywood.
Who Coined the Term, “Nollywood?”
The tern Nollywood was coined by a New York Times journalist, Norimitsu Onishi while talking about the filmmaking activity happening in Lagos, Nigeria.
1992’s Living in Bondage Ushered In A New Era of Nigerian Filmmaking.
Living in Bondage was the first direct-to-video film to be shot and distributed in Nigeria and it was a commercial success.
Still on LIB, The Film’s Budget Looks Quite Small Today.
The 1992 classic was shot for just N150,000 which of course was a lot of money
The Wedding Party (2016) is currently Nollywood’s Highest-Grossing Film.
The film, directed by Kemi Adetiba made about N453 million.
Directors, Niyi Akinmolayan and Kemi Adetiba dominate the top 5 highest-grossing films in Nollywood.
Kemi Adetiba sits on the first spot with The Wedding Party (N453 million) and the 5th spot with King of Boys (N244 million) while Niyi Akinmolayan takes the 2nd spot with The Wedding Party 2 (N433 million) and the 3rd spot with Chief Daddy (N387 million).