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#1 Feb 18, 2013
I started watching Nollywood movies after my sister and mom told me about them. I gotta tell ya's if y'all never seen these movies, don't expect much. The production quality is usually second rate and the dialogue sucks. But what REALLY gets me is how ALL the Nollywood stars are light skinned. The thing is, there's A LOT of dark skinned actors in the movie, but NONE of them are the star. The star always has to be a light, bright man or woman. The other thing, is the dark skinned actors play all the bad guy roles. They usually the evil mastermind of a drug ring or the father who molests his daughter or...the dark skinned characters always violent and vulgar and nasty.

At first I was excited about seeing movies with an all-black cast and with a black perspective...but, in reality, they have a lotta the same racist caricatures of black people as american movies used to have back in the 1930's and 1940's. They even had one Nollywood movie with an actor who had applied darker make up...and you could clearly see it was some kind of charcoal make up. and they had that actor talking in way that her speech pattern sounded retarded...and that was their idea of comedy.

Then to add it it, you can see that a lot of these actors, both the men and the women, BLEACH...their skin has that weird hue that you see with people who bleach their skin to look lighter.

I can't believe some of the film directors, and some of them are dark skinnned, actually feel proud and satisifed like they done good work when they see these movies.

All I can say is, Nolllywood is some crazy sh8t. These mfkers got toe be the biggest sellouts in the world. I knew africans had some inferiority complex and colonial mentality, but i never realized just how fked up they are... Nollywood reflects african colonial mentality. you would be better off watching a white movie, because, believe it or not, they portray blacks in a less negative light. Something has got to change so blacks to get out of this slave and colonial mindset that we seem trapped in.

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#2 Feb 18, 2013
Desmond Sandiford wrote:
I started watching Nollywood movies after my sister and mom told me about them. I gotta tell ya's if y'all never seen these movies, don't expect much. The production quality is usually second rate and the dialogue sucks. But what REALLY gets me is how ALL the Nollywood stars are light skinned. The thing is, there's A LOT of dark skinned actors in the movie, but NONE of them are the star. The star always has to be a light, bright man or woman. The other thing, is the dark skinned actors play all the bad guy roles. They usually the evil mastermind of a drug ring or the father who molests his daughter or...the dark skinned characters always violent and vulgar and nasty.
At first I was excited about seeing movies with an all-black cast and with a black perspective...but, in reality, they have a lotta the same racist caricatures of black people as american movies used to have back in the 1930's and 1940's. They even had one Nollywood movie with an actor who had applied darker make up...and you could clearly see it was some kind of charcoal make up. and they had that actor talking in way that her speech pattern sounded retarded...and that was their idea of comedy.
Then to add it it, you can see that a lot of these actors, both the men and the women, BLEACH...their skin has that weird hue that you see with people who bleach their skin to look lighter.
I can't believe some of the film directors, and some of them are dark skinnned, actually feel proud and satisifed like they done good work when they see these movies.
All I can say is, Nolllywood is some crazy sh8t. These mfkers got toe be the biggest sellouts in the world. I knew africans had some inferiority complex and colonial mentality, but i never realized just how fked up they are... Nollywood reflects african colonial mentality. you would be better off watching a white movie, because, believe it or not, they portray blacks in a less negative light. Something has got to change so blacks to get out of this slave and colonial mindset that we seem trapped in.
They are crap for the most part. I like the one about traditional African life. They need to work on audio and dialogue as you said. Nigeria try to make their movies as American as possible. Could be the reason they use them light skinned actors. Influence from AA?
hobale

Twin Falls, ID

#3 Feb 18, 2013
Desmond Sandiford wrote:
I started watching Nollywood movies after my sister and mom told me about them. I gotta tell ya's if y'all never seen these movies, don't expect much. The production quality is usually second rate and the dialogue sucks. But what REALLY gets me is how ALL the Nollywood stars are light skinned. The thing is, there's A LOT of dark skinned actors in the movie, but NONE of them are the star. The star always has to be a light, bright man or woman. The other thing, is the dark skinned actors play all the bad guy roles. They usually the evil mastermind of a drug ring or the father who molests his daughter or...the dark skinned characters always violent and vulgar and nasty.
At first I was excited about seeing movies with an all-black cast and with a black perspective...but, in reality, they have a lotta the same racist caricatures of black people as american movies used to have back in the 1930's and 1940's. They even had one Nollywood movie with an actor who had applied darker make up...and you could clearly see it was some kind of charcoal make up. and they had that actor talking in way that her speech pattern sounded retarded...and that was their idea of comedy.
Then to add it it, you can see that a lot of these actors, both the men and the women, BLEACH...their skin has that weird hue that you see with people who bleach their skin to look lighter.
I can't believe some of the film directors, and some of them are dark skinnned, actually feel proud and satisifed like they done good work when they see these movies.
All I can say is, Nolllywood is some crazy sh8t. These mfkers got toe be the biggest sellouts in the world. I knew africans had some inferiority complex and colonial mentality, but i never realized just how fked up they are... Nollywood reflects african colonial mentality. you would be better off watching a white movie, because, believe it or not, they portray blacks in a less negative light. Something has got to change so blacks to get out of this slave and colonial mindset that we seem trapped in.
your right, i started watching it in africa and its pretty much were I stopped watching it, although I am muslim, i was so disgusted to who they portrayed indigenous religions, they portrayed them as backward and devilish and need to be saved by the light of Christianity, but the fact remains without this religions africa wouldn't be africa wouldn't have amazing art history as we do now, from dances to maskes to sculptures it was inspired by the african religions. they should give some respect
Human Sapien

Volta Redonda, Brazil

#4 Feb 18, 2013
Dumb black KKKhristians are mental slaves worldwide.

“Head Bish”

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#5 Feb 18, 2013
Desmond Sandiford wrote:
I started watching Nollywood movies after my sister and mom told me about them. I gotta tell ya's if y'all never seen these movies, don't expect much. The production quality is usually second rate and the dialogue sucks. But what REALLY gets me is how ALL the Nollywood stars are light skinned. The thing is, there's A LOT of dark skinned actors in the movie, but NONE of them are the star. The star always has to be a light, bright man or woman. The other thing, is the dark skinned actors play all the bad guy roles. They usually the evil mastermind of a drug ring or the father who molests his daughter or...the dark skinned characters always violent and vulgar and nasty.
At first I was excited about seeing movies with an all-black cast and with a black perspective...but, in reality, they have a lotta the same racist caricatures of black people as american movies used to have back in the 1930's and 1940's. They even had one Nollywood movie with an actor who had applied darker make up...and you could clearly see it was some kind of charcoal make up. and they had that actor talking in way that her speech pattern sounded retarded...and that was their idea of comedy.
Then to add it it, you can see that a lot of these actors, both the men and the women, BLEACH...their skin has that weird hue that you see with people who bleach their skin to look lighter.
I can't believe some of the film directors, and some of them are dark skinnned, actually feel proud and satisifed like they done good work when they see these movies.
All I can say is, Nolllywood is some crazy sh8t. These mfkers got toe be the biggest sellouts in the world. I knew africans had some inferiority complex and colonial mentality, but i never realized just how fked up they are... Nollywood reflects african colonial mentality. you would be better off watching a white movie, because, believe it or not, they portray blacks in a less negative light. Something has got to change so blacks to get out of this slave and colonial mindset that we seem trapped in.
Being that I'm of Nigerian descent and grew up on Nigerian films, I agree with you on the most part. Whereas Nigerian films in the 90s where really good, today's Nigerian films are bull. The plots are messy/not well structured, the scripts resemble that of a generic, late 90s soap opera (Sunset Beach comes to mind), the actors are always trying to put on an accent (British and American preferably) other than their own so whereas they may be good actors, they across as very sheeeet. The women do bleach their skin - and the films always do seem so Westernized and very much unlike what they should be or what feels right but I disagree as far as the complexion of the actors are concerned. Idk how many Nollywood films you've watched, but a wide range of light to dark women and men are showcased. Mercy Johnson is a very popular Nollywood actress, as is Genevieve and they are chocolate women. There are so many but I'm not good with names.

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#6 Feb 18, 2013
Nollywood doesn't reflect African colonial mentality, it reflects NIGERIAN COLONIAL MENTALITY, huge difference. Gabonese, Congolese, Senegalese, Malian and other African movies are not the same as Nigerian movies. So, don't put all Africans in the same bag when the movies you saw where all Nigerians

“Leading the Revolution”

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#7 Feb 18, 2013
I watch a lot of African movies in fact my favorite actor is Nkem Owoh (Osoufia), but you do have a point, they are trying to be more European and less African. Maybe they are trying to expand their viewing audience. I prefer the older movies like Mr. Ibu or Tom and Jerry or Wonderful Man or End of Poverty. I love African movies, I just don't like the direction it's headed. I almost forget I love Mama G, Patience Ozokwor, she plays a wicked woman in almost all her movies, like the movie Ukwa. There's some great ones out there check the Beyonce movies, like Beyonce and Rihanna, Beyonce Returns.

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#8 Feb 18, 2013
dkanela wrote:
I watch a lot of African movies in fact my favorite actor is Nkem Owoh (Osoufia), but you do have a point, they are trying to be more European and less African. Maybe they are trying to expand their viewing audience. I prefer the older movies like Mr. Ibu or Tom and Jerry or Wonderful Man or End of Poverty. I love African movies, I just don't like the direction it's headed. I almost forget I love Mama G, Patience Ozokwor, she plays a wicked woman in almost all her movies, like the movie Ukwa. There's some great ones out there check the Beyonce movies, like Beyonce and Rihanna, Beyonce Returns.
correction: you watch a lot of NIGERIAN movies. besides Nigeria, did you ever watched Gabonese movies? Senegalese movies? Malian movies? Cameroonian movies? if not then you only watched NIGERIAN movies, and that's what you should write instead. when people say they watch Asian movies I always ask which Asian country, same with European movies.

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#9 Feb 18, 2013
canuck26 wrote:
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correction: you watch a lot of NIGERIAN movies. besides Nigeria, did you ever watched Gabonese movies? Senegalese movies? Malian movies? Cameroonian movies? if not then you only watched NIGERIAN movies, and that's what you should write instead. when people say they watch Asian movies I always ask which Asian country, same with European movies.
To be honest, Blacks outside of Africa are mostly only familiar with Nigerian films. Ain't nobody checking for the others. I do like Ghanian films though.

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#10 Feb 18, 2013
YourGodIsAPimp wrote:
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To be honest, Blacks outside of Africa are mostly only familiar with Nigerian films. Ain't nobody checking for the others. I do like Ghanian films though.
and THAT'S the reason why they should ALWAYS say that they watch NIGERIAN movies and leave it at that. and don't come with that bs about all africans have a colonial mentality just based on some NIGERIAN movies

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#11 Feb 18, 2013
You're correct I watch Nigerian, Ghanaian, Liberian, Ugandan and South African movies.

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#12 Feb 18, 2013
canuck26 wrote:
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and THAT'S the reason why they should ALWAYS say that they watch NIGERIAN movies and leave it at that. and don't come with that bs about all africans have a colonial mentality just based on some NIGERIAN movies
Most Africans, regardless of their nationality, tend to have a severe colonial mentality though. Congo being an example. Both Islam and Christianity has messed up African minds more than it has other Blacks. We have Africans killing children or people accused of witchcraft, performing female mutilation and other Black on Black violence for which these religions and the ideologies stemmed and exaggerated/misinterpreted from them, are at fault. To say that it is just Nigerians who solely suffer from this mind set is false.

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#13 Feb 18, 2013
Desmond Sandiford wrote:
I started watching Nollywood movies after my sister and mom told me about them. I gotta tell ya's if y'all never seen these movies, don't expect much. The production quality is usually second rate and the dialogue sucks. But what REALLY gets me is how ALL the Nollywood stars are light skinned. The thing is, there's A LOT of dark skinned actors in the movie, but NONE of them are the star. The star always has to be a light, bright man or woman. The other thing, is the dark skinned actors play all the bad guy roles. They usually the evil mastermind of a drug ring or the father who molests his daughter or...the dark skinned characters always violent and vulgar and nasty.
At first I was excited about seeing movies with an all-black cast and with a black perspective...but, in reality, they have a lotta the same racist caricatures of black people as american movies used to have back in the 1930's and 1940's. They even had one Nollywood movie with an actor who had applied darker make up...and you could clearly see it was some kind of charcoal make up. and they had that actor talking in way that her speech pattern sounded retarded...and that was their idea of comedy.
Then to add it it, you can see that a lot of these actors, both the men and the women, BLEACH...their skin has that weird hue that you see with people who bleach their skin to look lighter.
I can't believe some of the film directors, and some of them are dark skinnned, actually feel proud and satisifed like they done good work when they see these movies.
All I can say is, Nolllywood is some crazy sh8t. These mfkers got toe be the biggest sellouts in the world. I knew africans had some inferiority complex and colonial mentality, but i never realized just how fked up they are... Nollywood reflects african colonial mentality. you would be better off watching a white movie, because, believe it or not, they portray blacks in a less negative light. Something has got to change so blacks to get out of this slave and colonial mindset that we seem trapped in.
When it comes to production quality, you do have a point but Nollywood quality has been improving and it depends if it is a high or low budget Nollywood movie

Now the rest of what you said, I don't agree with, majority of the top actors and actresses in Nollywood are dark skinned, and are portrayed mostly in a good light. The only top light skinned actors and actresses is Mike ezuronye(he is naturally light not bleach or mixed), Tonto Dike(naturally light not bleach or mixed) and Ramsey Noauh(mixed) and Van Vicker(mixed ghanian), the rest are dark skinned and brown skinnend like Genevieve nnaji, Jim Ike, Stephanie Okereke, Ini Edo, Dakore Egboson, Omotola Jalade, Joseph Benjamin, Funke Akindele, and I can go on and on. I have seen Nollywood since the 90's when it started and how it has progressed to beating Hollywood in Africa: http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/article4499...

I have seen traditonal Yoruba and etc Nollywood movies that never show the dark skinned people in a negative light and are the main actor and actresses:
http://www.youtube.com/movie...
http://www.youtube.com/movie...

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

and I have seen new age movies from Nollywood:
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

and the highest paid and most celebrated Nollywood actress in Nigerian is dark skinned: http://www.youtube.com/watch...

I'd rather watch Nollywood then Hollywood movies that have made Africa look like a war, disease, corruption, and war continent, or rather watch africans make movies then AA's who portray a african prince who picks a light skinned women over a beautiful dark skinned women at his door steps(ex. coming to America)

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#14 Feb 18, 2013
hobale wrote:
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your right, i started watching it in africa and its pretty much were I stopped watching it, although I am muslim, i was so disgusted to who they portrayed indigenous religions, they portrayed them as backward and devilish and need to be saved by the light of Christianity, but the fact remains without this religions africa wouldn't be africa wouldn't have amazing art history as we do now, from dances to maskes to sculptures it was inspired by the african religions. they should give some respect
Nope, there are some Nollywood movies that portray indeginous religions as good, sorry disagree. The only difference many of them are not in English
http://www.youtube.com/movie...
http://www.youtube.com/movie...

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#15 Feb 18, 2013
Desmond Sandiford wrote:
All I can say is, Nolllywood is some crazy sh8t. These mfkers got toe be the biggest sellouts in the world. I knew africans had some inferiority complex and colonial mentality, but i never realized just how fked up they are... Nollywood reflects african colonial mentality. you would be better off watching a white movie, because, believe it or not, they portray blacks in a less negative light. Something has got to change so blacks to get out of this slave and colonial mindset that we seem trapped in.
They don't represent any colonial mentality and you are the last person to make that assessment, it is funny you post this in a AA forum but won't post it in a nigerian forum, and sorry to say this but whites have portrayed blacks in a more negative light, I am not buying your argument. If it wasn't for Nollywood people will still believe we still live in the jungle, and are Tarzan. I think the AA community should concentrate more on why dark skinned or brown skinned black women are not glorified in the AA or hollywood media but are glorified and shown as the epitome in Nollywood movies.

Also be more specific which industry you are talking about because you may be confusing it with Ghollywood movies(ghanian movies):
http://www.ghanacelebrities.com/2010/04/20/is...

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#16 Feb 18, 2013
canuck26 wrote:
Nollywood doesn't reflect African colonial mentality, it reflects NIGERIAN COLONIAL MENTALITY, huge difference. Gabonese, Congolese, Senegalese, Malian and other African movies are not the same as Nigerian movies. So, don't put all Africans in the same bag when the movies you saw where all Nigerians
Lol what do Congolese people make movies about.
wila

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#17 Feb 18, 2013
For people who dont know, the OP is a AA man who hates his women and is married to a asian woman, lol

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#18 Feb 18, 2013
YourGodIsAPimp wrote:
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Being that I'm of Nigerian descent and grew up on Nigerian films, I agree with you on the most part. Whereas Nigerian films in the 90s where really good, today's Nigerian films are bull. The plots are messy/not well structured, the scripts resemble that of a generic, late 90s soap opera (Sunset Beach comes to mind), the actors are always trying to put on an accent (British and American preferably) other than their own
lol, I am Nigerian, born in America, my mom is yoruba and dad is igbo, which ones are you talking about English New age Nollywood movies?, traditional English Nollywood movies?, Yoruba Nollywood Movies, Hausa Nollywood Movies.

The only Nollywood movies most of you guys watch are some of the new age Nollywood English movies that already shows it is westernized before watching it, lol. Many Nigerians make fun of those movies and don't take them seriously.

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#19 Feb 18, 2013
sassyntrashy wrote:
<quoted text>Lol what do Congolese people make movies about.
La vie est belle(Life is beautiful) is a movie about an aspiring singer who leaves his village to start a new life as a singer in the capital city. on his way to his dream, he meets some interesting people, falls in love with this girl that he can't really get at first, and he gets a job at this guy's house who's a very rich man but who's cheating on his wife.

Viva Riva is a movie about a guy who comes back to Congo after living in Angola for a long time. he wants to make a name for himself and show the people on the streets that getting to your dreams isn't impossible. this movie contains lots of scenes of violence and sex

Rebelle is a movie about a little girl that was forced to become a child soldier, but she found the strength to get away from the rebels that got her in the first place.

other congolese movies(small budget movies) are mostly about everyday stuff and they're mostly in Lingala(congolese language) and some in French
these movies are not known here cause they're not in english

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#20 Feb 18, 2013
Ch-inyere wrote:
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lol, I am Nigerian, born in America, my mom is yoruba and dad is igbo, which ones are you talking about English New age Nollywood movies?, traditional English Nollywood movies?, Yoruba Nollywood Movies, Hausa Nollywood Movies.
The only Nollywood movies most of you guys watch are some of the new age Nollywood English movies that already shows it is westernized before watching it, lol. Many Nigerians make fun of those movies and don't take them seriously.
I'm talking about your Nollywood films of TODAY. The ones with the mostly Igbo cast - even though I've stumbled upon many Naij films where the cast are a mix of Igbo and Yoruba.
As far as Nigerians making fun of such films, I agree. My dad prefers the traditional films - the kind with the pre-colonial settings and he likes the ones with the 'village' settings - preferably the comedies with Nkem Owoh. He hates the Westernized Naij films.
I'm Igbo too, btw :)

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