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Does it take a “village to raise a child” in a globalizing world?
by Cyprian Josson

Every child has a dream to become something but at one point in the life of that child, the dream and fresh ideas can be influenced by different factors. In a fast-growing world where many children and teenagers have become addicted to the new information technologies: the internet, iPhone and social Media, African parents living …

Does it take a “village to raise a child” in a globalizing world?
by Cyprian Josson
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Nollywood Movies on YouTube can compete with Nollywood films on video on demand platforms

I watch Nollywood movies on Netflix and YouTube. I discovered recently that many Nollywood movies on Youtube can compete with the selected African films on Netflix. The movies on YouTube are free with a large number of viewers and their storylines are based on love, cheating, deceit and domestic violence. On the technical aspects, the …

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Cultural Interpenetration: Nigerian Films Screened in Paris Part 7

Phone Swap by Kunle Afolayan Kunle Afolyan, a Nigerian filmmaker acknowledged when I interviewed him in Paris that his “objective has been to maintain the African culture and mainly to use his films to document and present who we are.” According to him, “Nigeria is such a complex country where you have more than 200 …

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The cultural penetration of Nigerian films in France Part 4

Another approach is to watch free Nigerian films on the Internet dubbed in French language and others subtitled in English. On a local poll I conducted among people around me, and they were asked why they watch Nigerian films. One of them Leoplold from Cameroun says that “In Nollywood, I see family problems, the relationship …

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The cultural penetration of Nigerian films in France Part 3

The reception of films shown by Nollywood TV in France to bridge what François Thiellet described as “language barrier” did not meet the expectation of the viewers because the “cultural dialogue” should have matched with the context and intonation of African voices they were trying to portray on the screen. These Nigerian films dubbed with …

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The cultural penetration of Nigerian films in France Part 2

Alongside with other initiatives, excerpts of interviews that follow here focus on the penetration of Nollywood films in France after seven years of the “Nigerian Cultural week” in Paris; but it is helpful to highlight some of the significant claims that have been made in the reception of films in Nigerian languages in France. In …

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The reception of films in Nigerian languages in France

There is a widely shared study that the penetration of Nigerian films, known as Nollywood, in France started gradually with the distribution of Nigerian DVDs in places like Chateau Rouge (African market in Paris), followed by the advent of the new information technologies like the Internet which gave people access to watch any type of …

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