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Mark Zuckerberg visits Afrinolly studio and meets some of Nigeria’s top stars

Mark Zuckerberg visits a Nollywood studio and meets some of Nigeria’s top star

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Afrinolly, a studio which is using cutting edge technology to help make Nollywood films.

Whilst there he met some of Nigeria’s top stars including comedian Basket Mouth, Kunle Afolayan, Rita Dominic and Yemi Alade.

Nigeria is home to the second largest film industry in the world, known as Nollywood, which produces more than 100 movies a month.

Zuckerberg is in Nigeria this week to see first-hand how entrepreneurs in the country are creating the next wave of mobile innovation and to learn how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Mark was given a tour of Afrinolly by Chike Maduegbuna, who runs the production studio.

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Maduegbunaa gave Zuckerberg an overview of how films are made and distributed in Nigeria, with Afrinolly’s mobile app being one of the most popular ways that Nigerians watch African music videos, films, comedy and trailers.

Maduegbunaa demonstrated how Nollywood film studios are already using cutting-edge 360-degree cameras and virtual reality to create new experiences. He also gave the Facebook CEO a guided tour of the studios where the films are made and introduced him to some of the talent in front and behind the camera.

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Chike Maduegbuna, owner of Afrinolly said:

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“Nollywood is struggling to grapple with the level of organization and resources required to provide Studio-based Production Infrastructures/Services. Similarly, Piracy and inadequate Cinemas have limited the Movie Distribution channels available to Nollywood.

We see two opportunities for Nollywood: first, is to embrace technology and establish viable Mobile-phone Distribution of Movies to complement the expanding Cinema chains. Second is to reconcile content production and its business model to accommodate technological changes in available audience-screens. It used to be Cinema, TV and DVDs but we now have a huge Digital audience that use Mobile phones and Portable Devices to watch movies. Nollywood must adjust to the new audience by redefining content production to include Shortfilms, Comedy Skits and Music Videos. These are areas that Afrinolly is currently focusing on.”

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At the end of the tour Mark dropped in on a special content creators workshop which was being held with some of Nigeria’s biggest stars, designed to help them master Facebook Live and Instagram Stories.

Stars in attendance included Basket Mouth, Kunle Afolayan, Rita Dominic, Richard Mofe-Damijo, DJCuppy, Chidinma Ekile, Yemi Alade, Stephanie Linus, Adebola Williams and more.

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6 comments

Ifygold September 6, 2016 at 10:38 am

I missed it oh

JOMAC September 9, 2016 at 11:34 am

Sorry about that but dont miss heaven please

atom peter alias abagena September 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Naija na best cuntry nd i de happi day abi naija

JOMAC September 9, 2016 at 11:32 am

Grace is an experience many enjoy even without salvation but think about this, what will be your passion and desire after death. A lot of things has blindfolded the eyes of human about Life after death. All these things are good, but they wont be relevant after death. Have you given your life to Jesus and if you have, hope you had not colected it back. Remember, no lawyer to call upon on judgement day. The end is nearer than you might think. Jesus saves

Bg jnr September 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm

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s yahaya alkasim March 7, 2017 at 10:23 pm

Chris Cox is the most senior Facebook
executive to visit Nigeria since Mark Zuckerberg
visited Lagos in September 2016. He arrived in
Nigeria last night (26 February) and attended
New Afrika Shrine to see Femi Kuti, one of his
musical heroes. Femi’s hour long set was
streamed via Facebook live to the world and
Chris was honoured to be invited to play
keyboards for one song.

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