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Top filmmaker, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, is back from Yale


Mahmood Ali-Balogun

Mahmood Ali-Balogun

Notable Nollywood filmmaker, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, returned from Yale University last Thursday after delivering a keynote speech at an event organised by the Yale African Students Association.

The producer and director of the big budget film, Tango With Me, had hinted before his departure to Yale last week that he would be guest of the association and would be speaking on the Nollywood phenomenon at the Africa Week event packaged by the association.

The Africa week event, which closed at the weekend, is an annual tradition at Yale University designed to celebrate the African continent, its people, history, achievements, diverse culture and growing prominence in the world today.

During the Week, the association launched the largest campus-wide initiatives to promote discussions on current African issues, create awareness of Africa and provide a platform for dialogue and debate that integrates both the African students and students of Yale.

‘Made in Africa’ was the theme of this year’s week and Ali-Balogun was invited to speak about Nollywood as the world’s second largest film industry in direct comparison to America’s Hollywood.

“My keynote speech highlighted the major differences between the two industries and how the vast differences in the two countries’ culture affect their respective film industries and why Nollywood was able to surpass Hollywood as the second largest film industry in the world,” Ali-Balogun said in a brief telephone interview on his arrival.

CelebrityExtra gathered that there was a special screening of Tango With Me.

Meanwhile, Ali-Balogun has hinted that he would soon hit location to commence the production of his new dance themed film.

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