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Nollywood & Vine: The Most Hilarious #NigerianMoviesBeLike Moments On Social Media

A round-up of the funniest #NigerianMoviesBeLike moments on Vine


From their over-the-top performances to their obsession with all things scandal, Nollywood movies are truly in a league of their own. The distinctive genre constitutes $3 billion of Nigeria's prolific film industry and, most importantly, an estimated 1.4% of the country’s GDP, due in large part to releasing about 50 movies weekly. Not bad for films typically made with less than $50,000, right?

Depends on whom you ask. A quick search of "Nollywood" on Vine, Twitter and other social media platforms will bring up hilarious tweets and videos accompanied by #NollywoodmoviesBeLike, #NigerianMoviesBeLike and #ThingsNollywoodTaughtMe, a series of hashtags geared towards roasting the genre's propensity for quantity over quality.

Often paired with hilarious movie clips and user-filmed parodies, these hashtags poke fun at predictable plot devices that have been exhausted to the point of becoming ridiculous clichés, like the poisoning of a foe and the hackneyed musical cues. They also make sure to mock the genre's tendency for taking low-budget to an entirely new level.

Nonetheless, throughout the mockery, there seems to be an undercurrent of unspoken affection for Nollywood and all of its idiosyncrasies.

Back in 2011, a member of Nairaland Forum took to the popular message board to ask others to share their reasons for watching Nollywood. "I have to admit that the movies are poor production...But I love watching them because quite simply they are fun to laugh at for all the silly mistakes and terrible dialogue, and despite often been [sic] 3 hrs long I find myself in a good mood at the end," wrote the user.

"I give Nollywood credit where it's due," wrote another user. "To be a home-grown industry in a country where almost nothing works (security/constant electricity) and still be able to pull it off is amazing."

Four years and several hundred hashtags later, Nollywood movies are still entertaining a generation of digital nomads who are laughing with, but mostly at, the genre's undeniable campiness.

Check out some of the funniest #NollywoodMoviesBeLike and #NigerianMoviesBeLike Vines below and share your own reasons for loving/hating Nollywood movies!

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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