The Film Blog: It’s just a fantastic time to be a Nigerian actor, we tell you

Think about it really.

Look at all the New Nollywood projects that have come out this year: Arbitration, Okafor’s Law, It’s Her Day, Green White Green, Isoken, Surulere, for some.

Look at all the big budget films we have had this year:

The Wedding Party and 93 Days, for two – more budgets within them than some 5 years of Nollywood films in the past two decades, we tell you.

Then there is all the Internet TV investment:

Rumour Has It, Skinny Girl in Transit, Gidi Up, This Is It, On The Real.

Look at the film festivals:

The Toronto International Film Festival, the BFI, and 93 Days at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Then there are all the films Africa Magic and EbonyLife TV are commissioning like drug-adled hippies left, right and centre. Short films, feature films, series, breakers even.

Then iROKO TV is everywhere experimenting with everything about film content – through Rok Studios and through its terrestrial time belts across Galaxy TV and their three channels on StarTimes and SKY. On the side of it you have Afrinolly building and experimenting.

Then you have the individuals who are building massively across the realm – Funke Akindele and the Jenifa gift that keeps on giving, AY who has seized upon drama like a man with a life raft and Blessing Egbe doing her usual sorcery that leads to hit products like Lekki Wives.

Different levels of investment, different levels of budgets, different types of projects, different funnels for viewership, different models for publicity, everything investing, experimenting, sampling, trying, and all together, vehicles that help actors shine, grow, explode?

Man.

What a time to be alive.

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