Deep in the heart of Nigeria sits a hidden treasure, you will be surprised to know that cinema culture has been around for decades. 

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Actor Filmmaker Peter Armand Boyo discovers old Cinema circa 1948

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The archive itself comprises over one million still images and 300 hours of film footage, dating from circa 1940 to the 1970. Its images provide a range of works from universal, MGM and other big studios.

Actor Filmmaker Peter Armand Boyo discovers old Cinema circa 1947 -Archival film stock

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Actor Filmmaker Peter Armand Boyo discovers old Cinema circa 1947

Colonial filmmakers had produced and exhibited non-theatrically films for local audiences within Nigeria since the 1920s, through mobile cinema vans, a series of films, which sought to instruct local audiences in better sanitation and health care primarily for rural Nigerian audiences.

Actor Filmmaker Peter Armand Boyo discovers old Cinema circa 1948 – 35mm celluloid film projector

Wayside Cinemas was founded in 1948 and Premiere Cinemas was founded in 1958 both of which are located in Nigeria, West Africa . Cinema culture in Nigeria which took a dive in the 1980s thru 2010 has made a resurgence in recent times.

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