Nigeria as a country has the most competitive work force in Africa, over time gender discrimination have been tackled with the emergence of capable talented women in the society and also in Nollywood, creating landmark achievements in their various fields of specialization.
The Nollywood industry is not left out as so many woman in Nigeria most especially in this scope have contributed to
the growth of the industry in general. Over the years, women have evolved from not just being actors in front and behind the camera but also key role players in movie production and distribution in Nigeria, West Africa and in Africa as a whole. Movie production in Nigeria has achieved greater heights due to some ground breaking roles done by certain women in Nigeria, not forgetting movie producers such as Emem Isong who is the brain behind some Nollywood blockbusters like ‘I will take my chances’, ’Knocking on heaven’s door’, ‘Games women play’ and a lot of others. Interestingly, female actors have also gone ahead to produce and direct movies perhaps still act in these movies, this has helped also to shape the quality and standards of movies produced in the Nollywood industry due to their relentless hard work.
Funke Akindele, also known as ‘Jenifer’ is a household name in so many Nigerian homes due to some of her brilliant works and her recent TV series ‘Jenifer’s Dairy’ which is one of the most watched TV program in Nigeria. Also in line are stars like Rita Dominic, Omoni Oboli, Stephanie Okereke, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Uche Jombo, Remi Adetiba, Ebube Nwagbo and a lot of others have revolutionized the Nigerian movie industry. The works of these women has helped to serve as encouragement to young ladies out there to push themselves out beyond their comfort zones and achieve greater things for themselves.
The Nollywood industry is no longer seen as a male society but women have taken the same responsibilities as their male counterparts to create great African content that is been consumed across the globe today, the movie industry has helped to put the African woman on the map of great achievements.