I stumbled upon Nollywood by accident.
This is my story.
One day I went to the market with a Ghanaian friend and we passed a Ghanaian shop that sold DVD’s and other random Ghanaian merchandise. My friend was visiting Ghana for the first time and got talking to the guy behind the counter. Whilst their conversation progressed I began meandering around the shop… well I say meandering but in reality the shop wasn’t quite big enough to meander as such… Nevertheless I am sure you catch my drift.
So I start looking at the films on the shelves in the shop and my eye gets stuck on a guy on the cover of one of the films. I didn’t know who it was then but I know it now. That guy was Van Vicker and the film was Mummy’s Daughter. So my first film was a Ghanaian one and bought on the account of Van Vicker looking hot on the cover. So Van was the first one I fell in love with before Desmond, Nonso, Jim, The two Mike’s and RMD.
I went home and watched the film and I was hoooked! It was like WHAT? How come I’ve been missing this all these years? It was like being a kid again… you know when you got excited (or maybe still do!) at seeing some black people on the TV. It was like that…. Like The Cosby show all over again!
So Mummy’s Daughter I thought was great then as the end of the DVD rolls up what do I see?
“WATCH OUT FOR PART 2”
OMG! I was so pissed off! Pissed is not even the word! Right at the cliffhanger the film finished!!! What was gonna happen between Anita and Princess now? I paid £7 ($13) for that one part now I would have to go back and pay the same for the other part. As annoyed as I was about the money and my film finishing mid flow I went back to the shop to go get part 2.
“You sold me this film yesterday and when I got to the end it said there was a part two. You didn’t tell me there was a part 2?”
“Oh yeah there is but we don’t have it in stock.”
You know I didn’t watch Mummy’s Daughter until about 6 months afterwards. I went to the same shop on a number of occasions and the guy just never had it. I ended up getting it on VCD from a Nigerian vendor. That was my first foray into African film and after spending £7 on just one part on DVD I quickly realised after perusing the Nigerian Movie stalls that I could get two parts for less than £7. That was how I learnt the lesson about always asking how many parts a film comes in? After all if you don’t ask you will never know. The vendor is quick to get rid of their merchandise. If they have incomplete films they WILL try and get rid of them no matter what.
From the one Ghanaian film experience I quickly threw myself into Nollywood. My first purchase was Girl’s Cot. I watched Parts 1,2 and 3 one evening after work… Whooooo! was I tired the next day after spending half the night watching it, unable to go to bed without finishing! Then next came Fishers of Men… Oh my in my first few months I got some really good films. The vendors were good to me recommending the ones that they knew would truly make me their life long customer, and it worked. I bought films every week without fail and sometimes up to ten at a time.
After they had got me well and truly hooked with the merchandise came the dodgy films they lobbed at me. The ones that they knew a newby like me would watch under their recommendation because I knew no better. Oh my! Truly awful films like Mass Destruction, Night in the Phillipines, True Romance and Million Dollar Sisters. I learnt the hard way and it only made me stronger. I discovered http://www.naijarules.com and following threads like the “worst Nollywood Film” thread gave me the heads up on what to and what not to get. Of course I still make mistakes now and then, but that can only be expected! After I am only human!
I keep getting asked about where people can buy Nollywood films. I AM NOT A SELLER neither can I send you any. If you do not have any shops selling Nollywood movies near you then check: http://www.ebay.com. There is always something on there and you get the film delivered to your door.
I have been a Nollywood Addict for about a year now. This page is dedicated to Nollywood Film Reviews and all the people that make Nollywood happen:
Kanayo .O. Kanayo
Richard Mofe Damijo
Keppy Bassey Ekpenyong
John Okafor (Mr Ibu)
Kate Henshaw Nuttall
Sam Loco Efe
JT Tom West
StephNora Okere Falana
Uche Ama Abriel
Sam Uche Anyamele
Jennifer Awazie (nee Olisa)
Abby Plaatjes (of Big Brothers Africa)
Jackie Appiah (Ghanaian Actress)
King Joe Okechukwu
Jim Lawson Maduike
Nathaniel Ruskin Mark Georgewill
Sunday Omobolanle (Papa Aluwe)
Nana Ama McBrown (Ghanaian Actress)
Nadia Buari (Ghanaian Actress)
Sophia Tchidi Chikere
Oby Kechere (Ms Koi-koi)
Van Vicker (Ghanaian Actor)
Majid Michel (Ghanaian Actor)
Ecow Smith- Asante (Ghanaian Actor)
Juliet Ibrahim (Ghanaian Actress)
Yvonne Nelson (Ghanaian Actress)