Nollywood Dreams


Writers: Jocelyn Bioh


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Time & Place
Lagos, Nigeria. Early 1990s.
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Diverse Cast, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters


Now the second-highest producing film industry in the world (behind Bollywood and in front of Hollywood), Nigeria’s film industry, known as Nollywood, exploded into the industry in the early 1990s. Nollywood Dreams follows the story of Ayamma, a young woman who works with her sister at their parent’s travel agency. Ayamma dreams of being a star, and it seems like her chance has come when a famous filmmaker named Gbenga Ezie (who proves to be not as successful as he claims) comes back to Nigeria after spending time in the United States. Gbenga holds an open call for undiscovered actresses to be the lead in his new film, The Comfort Zone, and Ayamma jumps at the opportunity to audition. Meanwhile, another actress named Fayola Ogunleye, is trying to make a comeback after losing the notoriety she had as a young actress back in the day. Ayamma proves to be Fayola’s biggest rival, and tensions flare when it seems like Gbenga is going to choose Ayamma, who has great chemistry with the lead of the film, Wale Owusu, also known as the sexiest man in Nigeria. Blackmail, a pothole accident, and a possible curse on Fayola eventually lead to Ayamma getting a chance to shine, and it seems like her career (and love life) are only going to get better from here.

Lead Characters

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