Nollywood Filmmaker Sings To His 'African Queen'

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Nigeria's film industry is now the second largest in the world. Jeta Amata has been part of Nollywood since its beginning. He shares the music that moves him for Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series.


And now one more word. You just heard Nigeria's finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala point out that one of that country's most successful industries is its movie business. Nollywood, as it's called, churns out more than 1,000 films a year. And with more than a million people, it is reported to be the country's second-largest employer. That's thanks to filmmakers like Jeta Amata. He's been a major player since the industry's humble beginnings 20 years ago. For our regular feature called In Your Ear where we ask guests to tell us about the songs they've been listening to, we can hear the music he shared with us.

JETA AMATA: My name is Jeta Amata, a filmmaker, and what's playing in my ear is "Love Is All Around," by Wet Wet Wet.


AMATA: It's such a poetic song and goes back to my daughter. When I listen to it, I feel it in my fingers. I feel it in my toes, and I just love her so much.


AMATA: "Allegro: Clarinet Concerto," by Mozart, and nothing relaxes me more than to just listen to it. It inspires me.


AMATA: "African Queen," by 2Face.


AMATA: Each time I look at my daughter, I see an African queen, and I just love to sing it to her. Oh, you should see the smile on her face right now. She's smiling.


MARTIN: That's Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata telling us what's playing in his ear. To hear our previous conversation with him, just head to, click on the programs tab and then go to TELL ME MORE. And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin, and you've been listening to TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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