Nollywood stakes its claim in Hollywood
Poet Kweisi Gharreau arrives at The Nollywood Foundations' 4th Annual VIP Celebrity Banquet at Hotel Palomar on June 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
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Actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim was joined by Hollywood Celebrities for the “4th Annual Nollywood Convention’s VIP Banquet”. African actors Caroine Chikezie, Amanda Annan, Raz Adoti joined Hakeem to support this red carpet event for one of the biggest film industries in the world.
Attendees enjoyed Nigerian delicacies, a crowd stopping perfomance by soul singer “Sammie Jay”, Nollywood Films which were followed by Nigerian music. Also enjoying the evening were Alice Amter (The Big Bang Theory), Treva Etienne (Terminator Salvation), Ed Gale (Howard The Duck) and Julio Hanson (Angels and Demonds).
The banquet was a culmination of a 3-day Nollywood Convention at the Palomar Hotel in Westwood to raise awareness of the Nollywood industry to Hollywood. The Nollywood Foundation’s president, Professor Sylvester Ogbechie, shared that the Nigerian film industry has grown rapidly to become one of the largest film producing industries in the world.
The Nollywood Foundation aims to bring Nigerian films and culture to an international audience, to serve as a forum for new ideas and content, and to encourage Nigerian cultural development projects in film and new media. The convention brings together Nollywood filmmakers, academics, and media industry specialists to discuss how to add value to existing Nollywood media and extend its capability for use as a global resource for educational content on Nigerian and African film.