Ihuoma Mambo Atanga's True Story of Nollywood


Ihuoma Mambo Atanga is a young up and coming filmmaker of Nigerian/Cameroonian descent, and a member of the New York Women in Film & Television. She is also the producer of True Story Nollywood, a film documenting the opinions about the authenticity of the African narrative in Nollywood films (a fast growing African film industry thought to be losing itself to Western culture).

The film highlights various subjects of discourse surrounding the topic, among prominent Nollywood filmmakers and people based in her current city of residence, New York City including renowned Nollywood director Tunde Kelani.

True Story Nollywood examines the educated opinions, gossip, lies and truths behind the evolution and authenticity of Nollywood stories from the perspective of industry connoisseurs, Michael Nwaesi, Oliver Mbamara, and Tunde Kelani.


Also, there is commentary from a host of Nollywood film enthusiasts because the juiciest discussions about the rapidly changing Nigerian film industry (Nollywood), ranging from cultural-authenticity, her/histories, language and of course sex, can be heard in Harlem's African Hair braiding salons, Brooklyn's African film shops, etc.

Though the best of these riveting conversations usually never see the light of day, TSN changes that by bringing them front and center. Check out the trailer, and cover art below.


True Story Nollywood: The Trailer from Chichi Mambo on Vimeo.


About True Story Nollywood:

A MediAfritiQ Production, True Story Nollywood, is an enthralling, honest, enlightening, comic, and educational documentary. The viewer is sure to go through an array of mixed emotions as varying opinions are categorically spewed for the audience to critically ingest. The industry practitioners interviewed bring conversations about the change in the Nollywood film industry to light. Our cast include Prominent Nollywood New York filmmakers like Oliver Mbamara, filmmaker and vendor Michael Nwaesei, and one of Nigeria's finest directors of all time Tunde Kelani. They are unafraid to state their sentiments on the good, the bad and the ugly changes in the Nollywood film industry, whilst bringing to light the contributions of the industry not only for the face of Nigeria, and West Africa, but the face of Africa to the world. The TSN production team is an all female group consisting of co-producer Tarisai Gombe and cinematographer Olubusola Ajayi, amongst our other phenomenal crew members. This fifteen-minute documentary serves as a teaser and introduction to a much larger project due to be announced in the fall of 2013.

The film will be screened on Tuesday February 26 at Anthology Film Archives - 32 Second Avenue (NYC) at 7pm