The Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood, has produced a total of 280 movies in the first quarter of the year 2023, according to Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, the Executive Director/CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB). The NFVCB received and censored these films from various locations across the country. However, this is an 18% decrease from the 340 movies produced in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Lagos censorship centre of the board had the highest number of films produced during the period under review, with 106 films. Abuja followed with 99 films, Onitsha had 32, Kano had 15, while Abeokuta and Benin had 3 and 1 films, respectively. Jos recorded 14 films, Port Harcourt had 8, and Ibadan and Kaduna had only 1 film each.

Report shows an 18% decrease in movies produced from Q4, 2022

The report, which is for onward submission to the relevant Federal Government agency for the compilation of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter (Q1, 2023), highlights the importance of the film industry in creating direct and indirect jobs in Nigeria.

As a Federal Government agency, the NFVCB is committed to providing an enabling environment for filmmakers, and therefore, urges them to cooperate with the board by submitting their films for classification. It is the duty of the Board to classify all films and videos, whether imported or produced locally, and to register all films and videos outlet across the country.