Nollywood: Production Of Film And Movies Drop Sharply In Q1 of 2021
The Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBC) has recently published Nollywood movies production data. The statistics report has revealed that only 416 Nigerian film and movies were produced in the first quarter of 2021. The number shows a drastic drop in production. According to the report, Nollywood movie productions were 903 in the last three months of 2020.
However, the first quarter of 2020 had also shown a slow start of 407 movies produced, meaning that if 2020 and 2021 first quarters were compared, they would reveal a growth rate of 2.21%.
When grouping the statistics by location, the Nigerian agency revealed that the city of Lagos in Nigeria had the highest movies produced in the first quarter of 2021. Out of the total 416 films produced, Lagos was responsible for 149 movies, followed by Onitsha in Anambra State with 140 movies. Benin and Bauchi cities of Nigeria were the two locations that made the lease content. The statistics report revealed that the two locations were only responsible for two films each.
Responding to the reported drop, a film promoter from the Kannywood industry explained that filmmakers only produce films for pay-tv channels, bringing about a limitation of production. The platforms allow a limited number of contents. The promoter also highlighted that filmmaking is not recreational; it’s a business. Therefore, no filmmaker will produce movies for the film not to make a profit.
The agency has said the statics report is based on information acquired from the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).