By Ekerete Udoh
Nollywood, the African most popular movie industry that has become an international hit, got by far its greatest endorsement yet, when the queen of day time talk show, Oprah Winfrey, celebrated the industry in her programme which aired on Monday, September 28, taggedÂ â€œMeet the Most Famous People in the Worldâ€ which had featured top stars in sports and entertainment all over the world.
Africaâ€™s place was represented by Nollywood and one of its biggest stars, the popular actress, Genevieve Nnaji was featured lavishly.
Nollywood, according to Oprah, is ranked the second largest in the world and grosses over $2 b annually.
The highlight of the show was when Oprah played a montage of movies featuring the popular actress Genevieve Nnaji whom she called â€œthe Julia Roberts of Africa.â€
We at The Diasporan Star are very proud of the mainstream recognition that Nollywood has finally gotten in the U.S.
â€œIf the number of calls we have received so far from people all over the entertainment world is an indication of what is to come, then I can make bold to predict that sooner than later, our Nollywood stars are going to strut their stuff at a larger world stage.
The mention of Nollywood on Oprah and the amount the industry grosses a year finally appeared to have jolted a lot of people to the earning potentials that exists in Nollywood.
â€˜We feel vindicated by what this publication has been doing for the past one and half years: celebrating our pop culture and pushing its frontiers across race, creed and boundaries.
We believe if Bollywood, which was also featured on the programme, gave the world last yearâ€™s hit movie â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€ which won numerous awards including the Oscars, that Nollywood, given the rich selections of talents could replicate the same, and we think the time is near.
â€œ We also commend the efforts of Frank Okeyere_the owner of West African Movies located on 1692 Webster Avenue, Bronx, New York, a regular client of this newspaper, for the role he played in putting together the logistics and other materials that the Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfreyâ€™s production arm had requested.
â€œWe feel very excited to have assisted Oprah Winfrey in showcasing Nollywood.
All the movies that were shown on Oprahâ€™s program were supplied by us. We feel it is a great day for Nollywood,â€ Frank had told me soon after the programme aired.â€