This is the 2011 annual African Economic Forum, organized by Columbia University, the largest Africa-based event at the school. The 2011 forum featured keynote speakers and several panel discussions. The above video focused mainly on “The Emergence of African Film,” and featured four panelists.
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen a.k.a D’Guvnor is an exceptional movie director and weaves block-buster movies with a proverbial magic wand. Born in historic Benin City, Nigeria, he kick-started his career with the Nigerian Television Authority before directing his first movie at age 24. Since then, he has never looked back, churning out such gripping movies as Emotional Crack, Games Women Play, Private Sin (Winner, National Film & Video Censors Board’s Best Director award), Reloaded, Close Enemies (the first Nollywood movie shot in the USA), etc.
He spoke at length on piracy in Nollywood:
Dayo Ogunyemi, the CEO of 234 Media, a firm that makes principal investments in the media, entertainment and technology sectors in Africa. He is currently launching Cinemart, a pan-continental digital cinema platform targeted at the base of the pyramid consumers that make up 75% of Africa’s population.
Matthew Plouffe is Director of Production and Development at Focus Features. He has worked as a production executive on films including Sam Mendes’AWAY WE GO, Shane Acker’s animated feature 9, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, as well as Lone Scherfig’s upcoming film ONE DAY.
Mahen Bonetti is the founder and Executive Director of African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF), a non-profit arts organization founded in 1990. AFF showcases works of African filmmakers and develops ways to share the vision and culture of African film with American and international audiences.
Here is more on the history of Nollywood:
One member of the audience also talked about her view on Nollywood women wearing too many wigs: