Africa is ripe to tell its own story using film

What you need to know:

  • The movie-making countries of Africa shaded out here include Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria and few others in West Africa.

  • Nigeria produces more than 100 films followed by South Africa, Egypt and Algeria with between 21 and 60 movies and the few West and Central African countries with 20 or less annually.

  • The Harvard Kennedy School in a 2008 study reported that Nigeria’s film industry’s estimated revenue was $540 million; employed over one million people and “illustrates how culture can help to diversify an economy highly dependent on oil”.

  • Deloite in a baseline study of South Africa’s film industry reported that film had contributed R3.5 billion to GDP; created over 25,175 full time jobs and encompassed over 2,500 direct service providers.

Are Africans taking seriously the business of film-making and with it the onus of telling their story themselves?

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