The first of what real estate developers call “international-standard” malls to open in Lagos was The Palms, which was completed in 2005 in the neighborhood of Lekki. The Palms was low-slung and white, smallish compared to most American shopping centers, with an anemic selection of the eponymous palms placed in planters around the parking lot. Security guards checked trunks before letting cars into the lot and purses before letting shoppers through the sliding doors. The mall’s anchor tenants were the South African supermarket chain Shoprite and the South African superstore Game. The Palms also had a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream shop and a branch of the woman’s clothing chain Mango. The electricity was steady here, the climate controlled. The tiled floors shone. Outside was the informal economy: hawkers selling gasoline from jerry cans, windshield wiper blades, shrimp crackers, and newspapers to people...
Access Nollywood: A new wave of Nigerian cinema sets out to entertain a rising middle class
EMILY WITT is a writer in New York City. She is the author of “Future Sex” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016) and “Nollywood: The Making of a Film Empire” (Columbia University, 2017). She has written for n+1, The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, the London Review of Books, and many other places.
Emily Witt; Access Nollywood: A new wave of Nigerian cinema sets out to entertain a rising middle class. World Policy Journal 1 December 2017; 34 (4): 93–99. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-4373310
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