The Nigerian Film Industry, Nollywood, as it is fondly called, is one of the largest in the world with an estimated annual production of 2700 movies.
Ranked third just behind Hollywood and Bollywood, the industry appears to have been underrated for a while, following the mass production of low budget movies which are even underrated by its primary audience. However, in a fresh Twitter trend, Nigerians are hailing the efforts put into making a new military-themed movie – Eagle Wings
— RiseOnAmazon (@FemiJACOBS) July 1, 2020
Exploring the trailer, Nigerians are demanding that Nollywood not only invest in the movies they make but to also tell stories that actually matter. Many appreciated that the movie addressed the issue of insurgency which has become a nightmare in parts of the country, especially in Northern Nigeria.
— Káyọ̀dé Ògúndámisí (@ogundamisi) July 2, 2020
Best of the best….
— LFC (2019/2020 EPL CHAMPION) 🏆🎊 (@iamIbracavelli) July 2, 2020
An action movie from Nollywood. This is commendable.
I’m tired of the monotonous, bland and uninspiring movies imposed on us for decades pic.twitter.com/lstO5MqkYS
— Brainmetry (@Brainmetry) July 2, 2020
Awesome 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 stories are now making sense, CGI not there yet but improved a shitload, great future for Nollywood. https://t.co/B1L3Sz3U0c
— Ꮎλυwαδαʍιλɸλα (@DamiOginni) July 2, 2020
Other Twitter users who jumped on this trend also appreciated the Nigerian Air Force who had a hand in the project, stressing that there was an actual story to tell, unlike many highly rated movies which often turn out to be basic. Exploring the trailer, many noted that they anticipate the release of the movie.
Thumbs up to @Nollywood
— Prince. Shalom Noor (@princedosen) July 2, 2020
Old Nollywood movies were way sexier than these new ones
— BennyWilfred 🕊️ ⚪ acceptance era (@benny_wilfred) July 2, 2020
Nollywood keeps stepping up its game & I’ll always be here to applaud them. With more encouragement and investment, they can only get better. pic.twitter.com/C2YrhG0hQv
— Adebayo Okeowo (@AdebayOkeowo) July 2, 2020
Shut the fuck up ffs!…you're here talmbout 12 strong or lone survivor…Nollywood cant match up to Hollywood..that's a fact..but give them some fucking credit and stop hating…this trailer was nice compared to all other Nigerian films out there…dont compare us to Hollywood!
— Muyiwa (@iamthekingAdeks) July 2, 2020
For some however, while it is good to celebrate the movie, it is yet to match up with Hollywood standards, stressing that Nollywood has a long way to go before they arrive at that point. They were equally criticised for their opinion, noting that it is a progressive journey.
Nollywood really tried on this, at least this an improvement not like the regular Nollywood we use to watch. If they can improve from here I see Nollywood producing better action movies https://t.co/edSvIk1KVO
— CRUISE🚣KING (@DotunZen) July 2, 2020
One of d things d country needs, we need to change d narrative, we need to show what our gallant men experience in d front line. We need to gather national support for our troops through movies like this. We got to know so much of US Army's supposed superiority through movies.
— Adebayo Babalola (@adebayobabalola) July 1, 2020
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