Monthly Archives: March 2011

Harnessing the Potentials of the Nigerian Film Industry Through Export, Workshop in Kano 22 March 2011


The Nigerian Export Promotion Council is organizing a workshop tagged “Harnessing the Potentials of the Nigerian Film Industry through Export” 
The programme is scheduled as follows:
Venue: Tahir guest palace
Date: 22 March, 2011
Time: 9:00am

Participation is free.

For more information contact Lawal Shehu Dalhat at lsd_dl @

 Lawal Shehu Dalhat, Chief Trade Promotion Officer
Nigerian Export Promotion Council
Blantyre Street, Abuja

Call for Papers: Nollywood in Africa, Africa in Nollywood, International Conference at Pan-African University, Lagos. Abstract Deadline: 30 June 2011

Nollywood in Africa, Africa in Nollywood
An International Conference

School of Media and Communication (SMC)
Pan African University, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Dates: July 21-24, 2011


Professor Emevwo Biakolo-Dean School of Media and Communication, PAU, VI, Nigeria & Professor Onookome Okome-University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

There has been a boom in the scholarship of Nollywood lately, so that it is now appropriate to speak of an intellectual niche that we may, for want of a better phrase, refer to as “Nollywood Studies.” As part of its template, this area of African Studies is concerned with the cultural product, the Nollywood film. There are also aspects dealing with production style, distribution, exhibition and financing, which the Nollywood industry inaugurated so quickly and spontaneously. Indeed, a body of mythologies has congealed around the way Nollywood makes its film. One documentary film after the other rehashes these mythologies ad infinitum. One remarkable feature of Nollywood as African’s “dream factory” is that it came into life and has lived its life without the express support of any Government or other institutional means. However, understanding the popularity that Nollywood enjoys across the African continent and its diasporas is a complex matter. Nollywood was able to achieve and sustain this popularity because it has managed to find new ways of migrating in and outside Africa without let or hindrance. Yet, its growth and unprecedented popularity as Africa’s “popular cinema” did not happen without peculiar challenges for the producers. In the early days, Nollywood was vilified in the as the art of idiots and some even vented to called it the “peddler’s art” in the same way that Hollywood was vilified in the 1890s. Even today, not everyone is happy about what it reads as local cultures. Many still regard it as “fake art.” Some still describe it as “infantile” in the ways it reads, makes and circulates culture. Inattentive to what the cultural brouhaha is all about, Nollywood producers have gone on to do what they know how to do best: produce more Nollywood films for their captive audiences across African and in the black diasporas.

This conference has two goals. First, it seeks to rephrase the significance of Nollywood as a popular vehicle for the production of culture and the provision of a systematic way of reading the Nollywood film (and industry) as popular art.

To answer these questions, the convener solicits abstracts that deal with: (1) the production and circulation of culture in Nollywood; (2) Nollywood in Africa and the African diasporas, (3) Nollywood’s Africa and the representations of Africa in Nollywood;(4) the audience of Nollywood; (5) women in/of Nollywood; (6) transgressive and un-cultural Nollywood; (7)sexualities and sexual preference in Nollywood film; (7) exhibition, financing and distribution in Nollywood; (8) the internet and Nollywood; (9) Nollywood and the development of national cinemas in Africa;(10) and Nollywood in the world.

Invited speakers include Professor Karin Barber (University of Birmingham, UK), Professor John Haynes (Brooklyn College, Long Island University, New York), Professor John McCall (University of Southern Illinois, US) and Prof. Dr. Till Forster (University of Basel, Switzerland).


Karin Barber

Jon Haynes

Manthia Diawara

Biodun Jeyifo

Abstracts and inquiries should be sent by email to Añuli Agina <>, Vivian Ojiyovwi-Adeoti <>, and Ijeoma Nwezeh <> no latter than June 30, 2011 and clearly marked, “Nollywood in Africa Conference” on the subject line of the email.

Call for Papers: Creativity and Cultural Expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora–University of Ibadan–Proposal Deadline: March 30, 2011

Call for Papers: Creativity and Cultural Expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora — Proposals Due March 30, 2011

The Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora — Dates: July 4-6, 2011

Venue: Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Convener: Ibadan Cultural Studies Group

We are inviting scholars to submit conference papers and full panel proposals for The Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa on “Creativity And Cultural Expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora”. Accounts of creativity and the imagination have emerged in numerous areas such as literature and the arts, psychology, mathematics and the sciences, business, popular psychology, the social sciences, engineering and technology. The discourse of creativity that surfaces within multiple fields reveals that the notion of the individual creator is not simply widespread, but omnipresent; indeed, it is a fundamental ideology of Western culture.

Challenging the individualist and depoliticized ideology of creativity, the conference calls for papers that present alternative accounts of the social and political dimensions of creativity as they relate to invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, desire, pedagogy and social change. The conference aims to reach a multidisciplinary academic audience; artists and grassroots activists; the political, journalistic, and information technology communities; and interested members of the general reading public. The conference promises to create a provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between scholars and dancers, actors and writers, songwriters and singers. The conference invites papers on all aspects of creativity, from the artistic to the scientific and the humanistic.

Scholars in all disciplines are invited to propose papers on various aspects, including but not limited to any of the following:

√Creativity Profile: what is novel and original among Africans and Black people generally?

* Value Added to Progress: development ideas, new thinking

* Globalized Modernity and its consequences on music, dance, performance, home-video culture, African Traditional Religion, indigenous African clothes and textile designs, indigenous African philosophies, wise sayings and general thought process.

* Music

* Dance

* Performance

* The creative process in Africa and the African Diaspora (e.g., how do the diviners work; how do masquerades perform?)

* Creative thought processes (what do texts in divination represent? how do we interpret works of literature? etc)

* Creativity and the Everyday

* Gender, Imagination, and Creative Space

* Ethical issues such as in technological innovations, stunning improvements in our knowledge of and mastery over the natural world and living organisms, concentration of power, wealth and resources in the first world; the concomitant impoverishment of the rest; global environmental destruction; and applications of new knowledge and technology that may be harmful or dangerous.

* Histories of creativity and inventions.

* The politics of creativity (e.g., creativity and resistance, anti-colonial genres, creativity and apartheid, creativity and democratic movements)

* Nollywood (production, text, marketing, impact, etc.)

* Technology, Information, Innovation (e.g., the ambivalent effects and challenges of proliferating technologies and information).

* “Beyond Art?” as expressed in the current range of artistic and cultural practices, especially in the wake of the drastic shifts in critical paradigms associated with women’s studies, multiculturalism, cultural studies, women’s art, popular culture, queer studies and Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s.

* The Expanding Body: e.g., the widespread experimentation and new theorizations with regard to the body and its relation to subjectivity.

* The pedagogy of creativity: strategies, agents and locations that have sought to transcend the hierarchies and limits of traditional pedagogy.

* Social Movements: developments in new social movements and their creative strategies for political organizing, protest, and autonomy; how activists and communities have been imagining and enacting their political aspirations and organizing.

Participants will be drawn from different parts of the world. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. The conference will provide time for scholars from various disciplines and geographical locations to interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback.

Submitted papers will be assigned to particular panels according to similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geographical location. Additionally, selected papers will be published in book form.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is March 30, 2011. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation.

Please submit all abstracts to:

Professor Ademola Dasylva <> or <>

A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of N5,000 or (USD 100/BP50 for participants from the US, Europe, and other African countries) must be paid immediately when an abstract is accepted. (Students: N3,000 or USD65/BP40).

It is expected that all participants will raise the funding to attend the conference.

For more information, please visit the conference website:

Ford Foundation Grants for Documentary Projects

Beginning in 2011, we are investing $10 million a year over five years in documentary projects that address urgent social issues and help us understand our past, explore our present and build our future. Our goal is to expand the community of emerging and established filmmakers who often lack funding to realize their visions and reach audiences.

What We Fund

JustFilms focuses on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world. Initiative funds will be distributed through three distinct paths:

  • Partnerships with major organizations such as theSundance Institute, the Independent Television Service and the Tribeca Film Institute
  • Collaboration with other Ford Foundation grant-making programs where the introduction of documentary film could help draw attention to an issue or advance a movement, and
  • An ongoing open-application process that will help JustFilms stay attuned to fresh ideas and stories wherever they may emerge. (Details to come.)

Approximately one-third of JustFilms support is dedicated to finding projects through our open-application process. If you would like to seek a grant for your documentary project, you may do so through our Grant Inquiry process by following the instructions below.

At the end of the online application process, you are given the option to attach a document to the form. For documentary film and media support we request that a letter be attached that includes a brief description of your project and creative approach, the primary purpose of the film, the current stage of the project and whether any other funds have been raised for the film.


For more information about the grant funding, click here. 

For more information about the “Just Films Initiative” of the Ford Foundation, click here.

Aspiring Filmmaker Series: Scriptwriting and Directing Masterclass, with Naresh Sharma, Bond Emeruwa, and Jose Varghese, 25 March 2011, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State

Aspiring Filmmaker Series: Scriptwriting and Directing Masterclass

BLUES & HILLS Consultancy and Africa Film Academy call for interested aspiring filmmakers to register for the Scriptwriting and Directing Masterclass Workshop, to be facilitated by Indian filmmaker and cinematographer, Naresh Sharma on 25 March, 2011 at Niger Delta Wetland Centre, Ekike, Yenogoa, in Bayelsa State. He will be joined by Nigerian filmmaker, Bond Emeruwa and Indian creative writing teacher, Jose Varghese.

Mr Sharma is the Director of Centre for Research in Art of Film & TV (CRAFT), Delhi. After graduating from Film and Television Institute of India, (FTII, Pune ) in December of 1993, he acquired on-floor expertise while working with ace cinematographers like Ashok Mehta and Vikas Shaivaraman.

His independent works include advert films, promos, corporate and documentaries. He has worked with Grey Worldwide, Triton advertising, Bharat Bala Prods, Shot in the dark, Mise-en-scene, Squirkle, Percept Advertising, Universal Music, T-Series, Channel [ v ] ,B4U and others. He shot the music video of “Nishani” for popular star, Jassi.  In 2001, he shot a Hindi feature length fiction directed by Senior FTII 1974 graduate batch on 35mm.  In 2005, he shot 2nd feature length fiction film on 35mm Cinemascope format “Sonam” about the Monapa community of Arunachal Pradesh. He is widely travelled and has facilitated workshops across the world.

 For registration and further enquiries, contact:

Event Listing:

Bayelsa Book & Craft Fair: 24-26 March, 2011 at Niger Delta Wetland Centre, Yenogoa. Exhibitors can contact

Onyeka Nwelue, author, The Abyssinian Boy (DADA Books, 2009)
Writer-in-Residence, Centre for Research in Art of Film & TV (CRAFT),

8th African Film and TV Programmes Market, BOB TV 2011 set to begin in Abuja on 15 March 2011

Bob TV

Nigerian filmmaker Amaka Igwe’s annual three day “Best of the Best” Film and TV Expo is set to begin tomorrow, March 15, 2011, at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja. 

To Read more about Bob TV, click here. To follow the organization and get updates on Facebook, click here. The Calender can be downloaded here. To Register, click here.


The Events of Bob-TV, include an exhibition (registration information here); a conference on “New Media, New Ideas, New Possibilities;” a Finance Forum; University Challenge (financed by DSTV), where student films will be screened, judged, and awarded; and professional workshops on makeup, acting, directing, films for internet, documentary programmes, intellectual property and others. 


The following films will be screened: Amnesty of Ossy Affason ProductionsApostle Kasali  written and directed by Amaka Igwe ; Bursting Out produced by Emem Isong and directed by Desmond Elliot; The Stolen Voice of Remy jes Productions directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (found only one source for this citation); African Queen; Abuja Top Ladies of Ossy Okeke Jr Productions; Odum na Akwa Eke of Remy jes Productions.


Resource People at BOB TV include Mrs. Bola Awosika Oyeleye, who will speak on “The Nuts and Bolts of Story Telling” and Speaking Well;” Dagogo Dimanas, who will lead a workshop on Makeup; Nollywood star actor and director Desmond Elliot, who will lead a workshop on acting; pioneering Nollywood director Chris Obi-Rabu, of Living in Bondage fame, who will lead a directing workshop; and on the “hotseat”  Ben Murray Bruce, Chairman of Silverbird Group; entertainment lawyer Ofere Ozako (when clicking on link, scroll down for bio), and others


According to their publicity material, the list of the  “Best of the Best” honours for 2011 has recently been released:

Acknowledging hardworking professionals who have contributed to the growth of the movie and television industry in Nigeria has always been an integral part of BOBTV. The recipients will be showcased and celebrated at the 8th African Film and TV Programmes Market, BOBTV 2011, scheduled to hold from the 15th to the 17th of March at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja. 

Ben Murray Bruce, Director of the Silverbird group, owners of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria franchise, Silverbird Television and Rhythm 93.7 radio stations, was chosen in recognition of his mammoth contribution to the entertainment industry in Nigeria. 

Ossy Affason’s immense contributions to Nigeria’s movie market can’t be understated. The renowned movie marketer and distributor of Nollywood movies has been chosen for his pioneering contribution to movie marketing in Nollywood. 

Entertainment lawyer Efere Ozakor, who took a different approach to entertainment law in Nigeria was chosen for his outstanding contribution to the provision of legal framework for the Nigerian broadcast and entertainment industry. 

Dagogo Diminas, make-up and special effects pioneer, with over two decades of experience has been chosen for his pioneering excellence in special effects in Nollywood. 

This year’s recipients join the prestigious “Best of the Best” honours list that includes Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, Chief Peter Igho, Ms. Liz Benson, Mr. Andy Amenechi, Sam Loco Efe, Chika Onu, Dr. Umar Farouk Jibril, Antar Olaniyan and Engr. Tony Ikoku. Mr. Lekan Ogunbamwo, Mr. Sam Dede, Bukky Ajayi, amongst others.