Nowadays, Nollywood films are easy to find, whether you're at a market in Lagos or a convenience store in Baltimore.
The Nigerian-based film industry churns out thousands of movies a year. Usually, the films tell stories that everyday Nigerians can relate to, like the culture around what kind of phone you own, as told in Blackberry Babes, or the country's pervasive corruption, exemplified humorously through the adventures of a very young con artist in Baby Police.
But as Akintunde Akinleye shows on Reuters's "Photographers' Blog," there's a high-brow side to the industry that can get lost in a sea of low budget films. Akinleye spent parts of last year visiting the sets of new movies like October 1, set in the days leading up to Nigeria's independence, and Ake, an adaptation of Nigerian Nobel Laureate for literature Wole Soyinka's childhood memoir: