Nollywood Movies: Nigerians In South Africa & In Nigeria

Do Nigerians in Nigeria and Nigerians in South Africa interpret Nollywood movies the same way?

In 2016, Prof Uchenna Onuzulike published a research study that was aimed at addressing the above question and more. The study compared Nigerians in South Africa and Nigerians in Nigeria to determine what these two groups like (favorite aspects) and dislike (disliked aspects) about Nollywood movies.

#ProudlyAfrican: Nigerians in South Africa and Nigeria prefer Nollywood movies about Nigerian and African cultures. 

The research results demonstrated that the Nigerians in South Africa and Nigerians in Nigeria liked the portrayal of Nigerian/African culture over other topics.

Nollywood movies in Nigeria

What do Nigerians in South Africa like about Nollywood movies?

Culture – 35.90%; Humour – 20.51%; Morals/ Life Lessons – 16.67%; Quality – 14.10%; The Supernatural – 5.13%; Depiction Of Real Life – 2.56%; No Likes – 5.13%; and Wealth – 0%

What do Nigerians in Nigeria like about  Nollywood movies?

Culture – 34.21%; Depiction Of Real Life – 23.68%; No Likes – 15.79%; Quality – 13.16%; Humour – 5.26%; Wealth – 5.26%; Morals/Life Lessons – 2.63%; and The Supernatural – 0%.

Nigerians in Nigeria tended to like reality while Nigerians in South Africa did not but expressed a greater preference for comedy.

#QualityExcites: Nigerians in South Africa do not like poorly produced Nollywood movies

The results also demonstrated that Nigerians in South Africa disliked the “repetition, poor quality and the supernatural” aspects of the movies. The researcher’s analysis demonstrated that the quality of Nollywood movies influence how viewers interpret the movies.

The research findings suggested that nostalgia caused Nigerians outside Nigeria to look for movies that enabled them “to escape into a Nigeria that never was”.

What do Nigerians in South Africa dislike about Nollywood movies?

Quality – 34.62%; No Dislike – 33.33%; The Supernatural – 23.08%; Romance – 5.13%; Repetition/ Predictability – 3.85%; and Piracy – 0%.

Nollywood movie makers need to focus on quality

What do Nigerians in Nigeria dislike about Nollywood movies?

Quality – 52.63%; Repetition/ Predictability – 18.42%; Piracy – 13.16%; The Supernatural – 7.89%; Romance – 5.26%; and No Dislikes – 2.63%.

The Nigerians in Nigeria disliked repetition in the movies, which could be considered part of quality issue.

The findings also indicate that the geographic location of Nigerians in South Africa and Nigerians in Nigeria contributed to how they interpreted Nollywood movies.

What the academics want to know:

  • Research approach: Qualitative
  • Sampling technique: Purposive sampling
  • Sample size: 116 participants; 38 Nigerian students from the University of Nigeria Nsukka; 78 Nigerians residing in Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa.
  • Sample characteristics: 18 to 45 years; 92 male and 24 female
  • Their occupations and education were a distinct mix
  • Analysis: The researcher used Reception analysis also known as audience reception.

The Researcher

Prof is Uchenna Onuzulike is an Assistant Professor at Bowie State University’s Department of Communications. He completed a PhD in Communication and Culture at Howard University in 2014, with a dissertation titled Ethnic and Transnational Identities in the Diaspora: A Phenomenological Study of Second-Generation Igbo-American Young Adults. 


Onuzulike, U. 2016. Audience Reactions to the Different Aspects of Nollywood Movies [Online]. Available on: CINEJ Cinema Journal. 5(2). 87-104.

Onuzulike, U. 2017. Curriculum Vitae [Online]. Available on: Academia

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Nigerians in South Africa and Nigerian Organisations

Nigerians who are new to South Africa should familiriase themselves with registered Non-profit Organisations for Nigerians in South Africa. In addition, here is a list of noteworthy organisations for Nigerians in South Africa.


1. Nigerian Embassy – Consulate General of Nigeria

About: The main objective of the Consulate General of Nigeria is to fulfill representational activities in the interest of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on matters pertaining to social, economic, political, cultural and various global issues including the promotion of trade and new opportunities for economic partnership between Nigeria and South Africa.

2. Nigerian High Commission – South Africa

About: The role of the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa is to organize, advance and safeguard the interests of Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria within South Africa with the ultimate aim of enhancing Nigeria’s security and socio-economic advancement.

Nigerians in South Africa


1. Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA)

About: NUSA is a registered non-profit organisation that is recognised by the Consulate General of Nigeria as the official body that represents all Nigerians in South Africa, regardless of their language, state of origin and ethnicity. The organisation is about “Unity in Diversity” and it represents the interests of Nigerians in South Africa. The Nigerian Union South Africa works closely with the Nigerian High Commission and the Consulate General of Nigeria to address injustices against Nigerians living in South Africa.

2. Nzuko Ndi-Igbo Community Care South Africa

About: This is a registered non-profit organisation that represents and supports Igbo people living in South Africa. This organisation is known for its loyalty towards providing for the socio-economic needs of its members.

3. National Association of Yoruba Descendants Southern Africa (NAYDSA), also known as Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Yorùbá

About: As the name denotes, this organisation represents the interests of Yoruba descendants in Southern Africa. The organisation is also aimed at promoting the unity of all Yoruba organizations. This organisation is notable for providing scholarships for Yoruba students within South Africa.

4. United Nigerian Wives in South Africa (UWISA)

About: UWISA is a registered non-profit organisation made up of women who are married to Nigerian citizens. The organisation well known for organizing highly publicized actions against xenophobia and related injustices.


1. Nigerian Student Association (Monash University SA)

About: NSA (MUSA) describes itself as an organisation “established to bring Nigerians studying in Monash South Africa together and it aims to ensure and maintain a positive image of Nigeria in South Africa.”

2. Nigerian Students Society (University of Pretoria)

About: The NSS (UP) is a body of Nigerian students studying at the University of Pretoria. The organisation is aimed at empowering and safeguarding the interests of Nigerian students at the University and beyond.

It is beautiful to see Nigerians all over South Africa coming together to portray and showcase a positive image of Nigeria and Nigerians in South Africa. We salute all these great organisations and rally behind each and every organisation that is destined to bring peace, love, and unity.

South African Food for Nigerians to Try

South African food is as colourful as its people, who speak 11 official languages and unofficial languages such as Tsotsitaal. Despite this, I’ve realised that most Nigerians in South Africa still prefer Nigerian food and that some Nigerians are yet to try South African food.

That is why I’ve decided to write this article about South African food for Nigerians in South African to try.

Remember the saying when in Rome, you do what the Romans do? I think it is very applicable in this case. Here is my recommended list of South African food that will give you a good taste of South Africa.

Vetkoek/ Magwinya

  • Pair with curried mince
  • Shop at Vuyo’s Restaurant in Soweto

South African Food - Vetkoek/ Magwinya

Tribe/ Mogodu

  • Pair with Samp, Dumpling Or Papa
  • Shop at Pata Pata Restaurant in Jeppestown or Vuyo’s Restaurant in Soweto

Dumpling/ Dombolo

  • Pair with your favourite stew
  • Shop at Vuyo’s Restaurant in Soweto

Chicken Feet/ Maotwana

  • Pair with Gravy and Pap
  • Shop at for chicken feet at Ayepyep Lifestyle

South African Food - Chicken Feet/ Maotwana


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James Hall Museum of Transport – Travel Johannesburg

James Hall Museum of Transport is a large and comprehensive museum of land transport, which was established in 1964 in Pioneer Park, Johannesburg.

There are several exhibition halls which display transport history, dating back more than a century. The museum makes for a great family trip and entry is free with no hidden costs.

Here are some of the things you will see at the James Hall Museum of Transport:

  • animal-drawn vehicles
  • bicycles and motorcycles
  • coaches, engines, and equipment
  • motor cars, steam-driven vehicles
  • trams and trolley buses

James Hall Transport Museum - More Classic Cars

James Hall Transport Museum – More Classic Cars

James Hall Transport Museum - Classic Car on display

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Fun read: Minibus taxis in Johannesburg, Gauteng

South African and Happily Married – to Another African

South African and happily married, that should be the goal. The way I see it, your spouse’s nationality is irrelevant. Unfortunately, that is not always the case in South Africa.

Whether marrying a fellow South African or a not, marrying for love is good for the heart (and bank account).

1. Nelson Mandela (South African) and Graca Machel (Mozambican)

Our number one celebrity/leader has to be none other than the honorable Nelson Mandela who married the inspirational Graca Machel of Mozambique. Graca Machel was the former first lady of Mozambique & South Africa, and she is the first and only woman ever to become the first lady of two different countries.

These lovebirds got married in the year 1998 and had a picture perfect marriage. Sadly, Nelson Mandela died in December 2013 leaving behind his beloved wife of 15 years.

“Mandela was a lonely man when I met him. We were both very lonely. We both wanted someone who’d understand… It just happened; I can’t explain it.” – Graca Machel

South African - Nelson mandela

2. Tina Eboka (South African) and Fred Eboka (Nigerian)

The Ebokas might not be well known in the tabloids but this power couple is well known among business experts and the high profile elite.

Tina and Fred Eboka both studied in the USA in the 1990’s and they now live in South Africa. Tina is an influential leader in the South African business world and Fred is a prominent Nigerian fashion designer who dresses elite South African politicians.

Some of the positions held by Tina Eboka include Exco Director at Standard Bank, Executive Director–Textile Technology Division at CSIR, Senior Manager at Woolworths. Fred and Tina Eboka have proven that it is possible to work hard and still build a successful family.

As a South African married to a Nigerian, I say “marry whoever you want to marry so you can be merry”.

Nigerian Organisations Registered in South Africa

Nigerian organisations in South Africa can be a source of community information and assistance for Nigerians who are new South Africa. However, it is (sometimes) important to ensure that the organisation is registered with the South African government. The great news is that there are numerous registered non-profit organisations (NPOs) for Nigerians in South Africa.

These NPOs are registered with the Department of Social Development in South Africa and established under the Non-profit Organisations Act 71 of 1997. The Department of Social Development explains that the main aim of the NPO Act is to “create an enabling environment for NPOs, setting and maintaining adequate standards of governance and accountability by providing a voluntary registration facility for non-profit organisations”.

What is an NPO or non-profit organisation?

The Department of Social Development defines a non-profit organisation as “a trust, company or other association of persons established for a public purpose and of which its income and property are not distributable to its members or office bearers except as reasonable compensation for services rendered. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community based organisations (CBOs) are collectively known as nonprofit organisations (NPOs). In some instance, NPOs are also referred to as Civil Society Organisations (CSO)”.

Nigerian organisations registered in South Africa

Here is a list of eight non-profit organisations for Nigerians across different provinces (excluding gauteng) in South Africa .

1. Nigerian Community Association East London Branch (Ohaneze Ndigbo)

Province: Eastern Cape
Registration Number: 067-115 NPO
Registration Date: 04/03/2009

2. Nigerian Welfare Association-Welkom

Province: Free State
Registration Number: 071-986 NPO
Registration Date: 01/10/2009

3. Nigerian Union Western Cape

Province: Western Cape
Registration Number: 074-993 NPO
Registration Date: 19/01/2010

4. Nigerian Community Association (SA)

Province: North West
Registration Number: 089-298 NPO
Registration Date: 01/04/2011

5. Yoruba Development Center

Province: North West
Registration Number: 117-200 NPO
Registration Date: 03/04/2013

6. Nigerian Association Western Cape

Province: Western Cape
Registration Number: 146-110 NPO
Registration Date: 05/12/2014

7. KZN Nigerian Community Forum

Province: Kwazulu Natal
Registration number: 161-374 NPO
Registration Date: 09/11/2015

8. Association of Nigerians living in Venda

Province: Limpopo
Registration Number: 173-349 NPO
Registration Date: 27/07/2016

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