Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Academic and Professional Importance of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series

There are more foreigners reading the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series than Nigerians and 90% of these foreigners are white people from academic institutions and practitioners in the film industry.

There are dozens of books and other publications on the Nigerian film industry which I have listed in my "Nollywood Associations Without Libraries: What A Shame" published on Modern Ghana and other news channels.

The most expensive book on Nollywood is "Nollywood" by Pieter Hugo, (2009). The price is between US$152 and US$325!
It is more than twice the hardcover price of the second edition of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series which goes for US$70. Hugo's photo book depicted Nollywood as Gothic horror and D. Ogunyemi called him "culture vulture" in his review published on December 23, 2009 by Amazon. Of course, I agree with Ogunyemi. The New York Times celebrated Hugo's "Gothic horror" of Nollywood, because that is what the Western media want to label the phenomenon as bizarre and primitive cinema from Nigeria.  And that misrepresentation of Nollywood was a gross misinformation about the Nigerian film industry. Other books and documentary films have corrected such ambiguous and erroneous impressions of Nollywood and the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series is an important publication on the facts of the Nigerian film industry, including Kannywood of the predominantly Muslims' movies produced in Kano and other states in northern Nigeria. NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series has documented the development of Nigerian cinema from the very first film, "Palaver" made in1926 by Geoffrey Barkas  (27 August, 1896 - 3 September, 1979 ), an English filmmaker who was also a military officer of the British Empire during the two world wars.  The first Nigerian actors on the silver screen of the cinema from Toro in the present Bauchi State of northern Nigeria and Orlando Martins, the first Nigerian Hollywood star have been documented in the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series with the latest developments in Nigerian film productions, distributions and exhibitions for individuals, private and public libraries.

Scholars and their students have the important information they need for reference materials during research in their studies on the Nigerian film industry; practitioners have a book series on movies, filmmakers, actors, film distributors, cinemas, film schools, film festivals and other reports that will increase their knowledge and expertise in the film industry.   And having NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series in digital version of the Amazon Kindle is now part of the knowledge base for film studies and the entertainment industry.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.

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