IS NIGERIA THE HOME OF ‘AFRICA ENTERTAINMENT’??
AFRICAN GIANT , and once biggest economy in the whole of the sub-saharan africa is becoming more and more popular in the entertainment scene. also noted well is the country’s massive output to the industry. today’s question is, does naija really deserves the name ‘home of african entertainment’??
1. the movie industry
without much ado, the nigerian movie industry has beeen goin on a smooth sailing with some little cliffs and tamable storms, but going all good still.
with their emergence as the second biggest movies/theatrical industry in te whole world, nollywood is second only to bollywood in terms of amount of yearly videos shot and produced.
nollywood has also succeeded in giving birth to subs and indigenous film housing companies such as kannywood and
..they have also produced worldwide recognised and top notched actors/ actresses like mercy johnson, patience ozokwor,van vicker , comic stars like funke akindele, falz folarin (who also happens to be an A- list rapper/artise in the country)
nollywoood is also an international home name as it makes it’s way through various african countries and through out the wide world with a very stable marketing strategy and tactics, keeping many glued to their tv’s .
the nigeriians, apart from the home made corruption devastating the country and economy, thereby throwing shallow citizens into fraudulent activities, nigerians are well known and recognised by the whole world as a viable nation with talented individuals who are relentless in showing the world what they are capable of doing of despite the bad names being dented on them by some little amount of bad -egged citizens.
the term nollywood was made out by a new york times worker/journalist ‘norimitsu onishi’ back in 2002.
the first nigeian film was allegedely created by ggeorge barkas in colonian niger company, 1962. this simply shows the nigerian personalities had always have a penchant for making music, even before colonial civilization.
2.the nigerian music industry
unarguably way more successful than its industry twin, the music industry have succeeded in putting th nigerian flag on the top of the sound streams.. with over 10-15 of it’s citizen doing so good on the international level, nigeria is unarguably second to none in the african music industry.
from wizkid, to davido, from kizz daniel to burnaboy, from rema to joeboey; mayorkun to dremo, AQ to blaqbonez .just name em!! these dudes are doing so incredibly well and makinng their motherland proud and is citizens, prouder. with all this i dont think anyone with a sane mind will doubt the fact that nigeria is the home of african entertainment
nigerians solely occupy the top list of best musical artistes in africa, whatever genre it is. from hip hop, soul, rnb, afropop, afrofusion, etc. with neighbors like ghana being given sniffs of the table with ghanian born talented lyricist, sarkodie, rnb star eugene and the dude with the international features and perfect talent, kidi,
the way nigerian’s been selling their sounds rapidly, and it been accepted globally is a breath taking journey , watched with keen interests by neighbouring countries who do ty to copy but ends up looking like cones and being unreal.
lest it’d be forgotten, there are also indigenous artistes like boc, classi, fireboy, omah lay , who are rising, and guess what?? they’re moving o fast like some floods water over a year old dry brook.
but as always , theres alwys room for a little adjustments, no matter how perfect the going might be looking like. most artistes in nigeria right now, although so very very talented, are still underground due to bad management and floppy record deals + stingy and careless managers who signs artistes at whms . also , artistes are to be partly blamed as they tend to rush into signing any record deal at al, without checking out well, the terms and conditions which they signing intoor preferably have a well studied lawyer to do that as records are known to offer very tricky deals which the poor artiste might not get to understand, an by the time he does, its probably too late to turn back.
needless to say though most of this acts ends up getting tired , frustrated and fed up with the monkey working, baboon chopping deals and then you see them running in and out of courts, looking for a way out as had been the case of kiss daniel, who was forced to change his stage name to ‘kizz daniel’…
we must admit that kizz’s from a lucky breed as 8-10 artistes are said not to survive a name change, especially if the new name has no connection to the former, which is unlike the case of daniel.