JUST IN!: I Hate The Word Nollywood- Mo Abudu Says

Mo Abudu, also known as Mosunmola Abudu, is a philanthropist, media tycoon, and former human resources management consultant from Nigeria. She was dubbed “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” by Forbes and listed as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television” by The Hollywood Reporter.
The head of EbonyLife TV has produced well-known movies like Fifty, The Wedding Party, and Oloture, but she would prefer they not be called Nollywood movies since she doesn’t like the word’s past. This was mentioned by the media mogul in an interview with Idris Elba, an African-American Hollywood actor with whom she had formed a co-production collaboration, for Deadline.

In her words, “Do you know the history behind the word? A Canadian journalist came to Nigeria and decided that he was going to give us the name Nollywood, and that was it. It’s stuck since then.” I hate the word Nollywood. The term Nollywood itself is a bad genre of filmmaking.

We all know what Nollywood is supposed to represent — it’s the VHS films that were made back in the day. “So, to still be called Nollywood, for me, is a no. We need to use terms like African filmmakers or Nigerian filmmakers,” she said.

She said working with someone who is committed to bringing African filmmaking to a global audience and is familiar with African filmmakers is crucial. The 58-year-old actress stated that the kind of collabor

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