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The Thing Around Your Neck

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Thing Around Your Neck
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    Jun 2009, 240 pages
    Jun 2010, 240 pages

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Nigeria has long been renowned for its distinguished literary history, which features such world-famous authors as Chinua Achebe, Ben Okri, and Wole Soyinka. What many Westerners don't know, however, is that Nigeria also boasts a thriving movie-making industry, dubbed Nollywood in homage to both Hollywood and Bollywood (India’s film industry). Nollywood films, released directly to DVD, generate approximately $286 million per year for Nigeria’s economy; Nollywood distributors release around 2,400 per year to an eager audience that has essentially eschewed American films.

The traditional Nigerian film industry, unlike that of many other African countries, never really took off, with poverty and political uprisings preventing a commitment to celluloid. Many Nigerian theaters languish in a state of decline, further contributing to home viewing as a replacement for movie going. Making Nigerian movies costs a fraction of making their American counterparts: ...

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