At a time when the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on businesses around the world, the film industry in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north is going from strength to strength. The region's movie machine -- dubbed Kannywood after its largest city Kano -- has become the dominant source of entertainment for West Africa's 80 million Hausa speakers. And Northflix, Kannywood's fledgling online streaming platform, has seen its client base soar since authorities imposed lockdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic in March.
With 6,000 cinemas closed, 200 film shoots stopped in March, more than €150 million already lost and more than half of the population signed up to a streaming service, film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the effect of the coronavirus on the French film industry. They also talk about the revival of the drive-in in these social distancing times and the release of Terrence Mallick's "A Hidden Life" on VOD.
Will the arts ever be the same again? The magic of digital technology has kept us connected to movies, music and TV shows during confinement, while distribution giants like Amazon have kept up supplies of books and CDs. But scrapped are the big summer music and theatre festivals. Can artists, producers and distributors hold out? Will Covid-19 finish off already struggling neighbourhood movie theatres? François Picard's panel reacts to the French president's promise of support for the industry and reflects on how confinement alters creativity.
The African entertainment scene is getting more global recognition from movies, art and music. Ghana is latching on to its year of return initiative to drive growth for the economy. Ruddy Kwakye, Founder and CEO of The Rave Group joins CNBC Africa to discuss what the future holds for Ghana's entertainment industry.
'The Lost Okoroshi' follows Raymond, a security guard whose main preoccupations are checking out women and figuring out how to escape the bustle of Lagos in favour of the more relaxed countryside. The drama was written, directed, and produced by Abba Makama.
Big Brother duo, Teddy A and Bambam got married earlier in the week as Davido pays tribute to late mum and many more on the latest episode of Guardian Life’s weekly recap designed to keep you informed and updated about the biggest entertainment news stories this week. Catch up with your host Cheezus next week for a whole new array of stories!