Publisher: Intellect Books

Nollywood Online: Between The Individual Consumption and Communal Reception of Nigerian Films Among African Diaspora

Afra Dekie, Philippe Meers, Roel Vande Winkel, Sofie Van Bauwel, Kevin Smets
KEYWORDS: Nollywood,African diaspora,online films,video-on-demand,audience research,African popular culture


Various video-on-demand (VOD) platforms streaming Nigerian films have popped up on the Internet since 2011. These VOD platforms facilitate the consumption of Nigerian films among African diaspora. Despite an increasing academic interest for Nollywood audiences, these new modes of viewing Nigerian films online have yet to be explored. In this article, we will therefore give attention to the consumption and reception of Nigerian films on the Internet among African diaspora of Nigerian, Ghanaian and Cameroonian origin in the cities of Antwerp and Ghent, Belgium. In this study, we adopted a media ethnographic approach, including fieldwork and semi-structured in-depth interviews. Although scholars have suggested that the Internet fragments and individualizes film viewing, the results of this study show that indeed online Nigerian films are most often watched individually by the respondents, yet the reception of the films remains a social practice of shared meaning-making.

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