‘Nollywood’

Nollywood is the national film industry from Nigeria, which is beginning to rise out of just Nigeria and spread its wings.

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Nollywood is quite an unfamiliar term for Australians, although majority would quickly be able to work out that Nollywood is some sort of film industry, due to the section of the name involving ‘ollywood’. This is due to the extremely famous USA film industry, which is named Hollywood, after the are of the USA which it is situated in. Hollywood is the main area for which movies that come to Australian shores originated from. This causing the vast majority of Australians to only watch movies from the USA, with the exception of the odd film from elsewhere. All of the most famous actors within Australia, are actors which originate from the USA, although a number do originate from Europe.

Nollywood is an extremely unique cinema experience, in which the budget for the film is quite low and is almost non-existent. The film quality is quite low, and the acting is simply not what we come to expect of movies, as we have become used to the high budget USA movies, which are quite a stark contrast to the Nollywood style of film making. Nollywood’s distinctive style is extended to the outlook they have on other nations, in which they have almost no care at all as to whether others outside of Nollywood enjoy their films.  Jane Bryce states “the industry cares for any attention from the outside. In fact, one of the characteristics that marks Nollywood as an autonomous local cinematic expression is that it looks inward and not outward” (Onookome Okome, 2007).

Globalisation and it’s benefits

Globalisation is the forces of each nation throughout the world, joining together to create one major supply chain. This is apparent in almost every aspect of today’s world. Politics, sport, music and finances are all a major part of what we call globalisation.

Technological advances have helped fast forward globalisation, by revolutionising the trade market. By an update in technology, trade is able to be undertaken in a quicker amount of time, through online payments, instead of payment via cash, as well as the use of aeroplanes instead of boats, to get the product/good from country to country.

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The increase of globalisation, means that the amount which fellow countries depend on one another for trade, military and political purposes have increased dramatically. Globalisation is explained by O’Shaughnessy, as” is characterised by a worldwide increase in interdependence, interactivity, interconnectedness, and the virtually instantaneous exchange of information.” (O’Shaughnessy, 2012).

Due to Globalisation, a major swift in each nation’s culture has begun to happen. This happens through music, sport and as well as food. Some major examples of this trend is the increase in different types of cuisine which is available on demand throughout the world. A city anywhere in the world has all different cultures foods to taste, such as Asian, American or even European. An increase in coverage of all the major sporting world cups, such as Rugby Union, cricket etc. This is able to allow for people who may not be able to afford to visit other countries and watch the sport live, to be still able to view the fixtures regardless.

Globalisation is an undeniable benefit for the world, which is only going to increase over time.

International students, and their barriers.

Due to the continuing modernisation of the world, it is much more common for students to look outside of the box, and want to travel and study abroad.

Along with all the excitement of visiting a brand new country, comes the stress and fear. International students face a number of barriers in regards to studying abroad, which can make their experience somewhat chaotic. The barriers which international students face are often involved with the differences between the countries on a sociological level, such as language differences, and cultural clashes Things that are normal in the local country aren’t normal in the international students home country, e.g. Australia has a major tendency to party and consume much more alcohol compared to Asian nations. These two barriers are able to affect the assimilation between the two different cultures, as the international students are well out of their comfort zones, and therefor find it difficult to converse with local students.

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This also is able to affect the way which the local students look upon the international students, and affects the chances of which they have of becoming friends, “most international students want closer interaction with local students, and are prepared to take risks to achieve this. … most local students are not interested” (Marginson 2012: 1).

The barriers which International students face is quite easily fixed. This is able to be done through the recruitment of international students being much more selective, where the students are assessed much more discriminative in regards to their ability to speak the local Universities language, and characteristics of the student which will increase the students ability to assimilate.