PODCAST | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 5): Nigeria

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In this limited series hosted by Crushing On's Caryn Welby-Solomon, we explore TV from around the world.

In episode five, we head to the African continent and explore the exciting world of Nigerian TV series. Known as Nollywood, the Nigerian TV and film industry is a filmmaking giant in the African continent.

Streaming services have introduced new audiences to the world of Nigerian television series. In May 2022, Netflix's first Nigerian TV Original, Blood Sisters, premiered globally. In the week of its release, it made the global Top 10 list.

In an interview with Variety, EbonyLife Studios CEO Mo Abudu Abudu said: "The themes are universal — you're dealing with domestic abuse, dysfunctional families — but it's actually something we've taken ownership of, using our culture and our traditions to tell the story in a way that makes it more authentic."

In June, Prime Video announced its first Nigerian original series LOL: Last One Laughing Naija, an unscripted series where a group of comedians compete to be the "last one laughing".

In September, MultiChoice also announced its first Nigerian limited drama series Ditche.

Joined by media scholar Dr Chikezie Uzuegbunam we discuss the rapid growth of the industry and what we can expect in the future.

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE:

LISTEN | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 1): South Korea

LISTEN | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 2): Turkey

LISTEN | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 3): Latin America

LISTEN | Bingeing Without Borders (Episode 4): India

New episodes of Bingeing Without Borders will be out every Saturday.

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