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Nigeria on-screen: 'Nollywood' films' popularity rising among emigres


STEVEN GRAY, (Washington Post) - Simba International Records just can't keep enough Nigerian movies in stock these days. Teenagers swarm into the Langley Park shop in baggy jeans and T-shirts for the latest comedies. Middle-aged women usually want the romances.

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African Songs UK revives the good ol' times


SEGUN FAJEMISIN, London, UK (Nigeriaworld) - African Songs UK, the new recording label operating from Deptford in South East London, is an offshoot of the renowned African Songs/TYC Records of old which made tremendous musical impact under the late Chief Bolarinwa Abioro.

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Step Aside, Los Angeles and Bombay, for Nigeria's Nollywood


NORIMITSU ONISHI, Lagos (New York Times) - As the sun rises over West Africa's new moviemaking capital, the Surulere district of Lagos, the cast and crew of "Blackmailed" form a four-car convoy to leave for their first day of shooting.


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