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Acknowledgments Research for this project has been supported by grants from Michigan State University, FLAS, Fulbright IIE, the West Africa Research Association , and the University of St. Thomas. The professors I worked closelywithatMichiganState,includingDavidRobinson,JyotsnaSingh, and David Wiley, deserve special thanks for their help and encouragement . The support of the African Studies Center at MSU, and especially of John Metzler, was instrumental to obtaining the funding necessary to complete a significant portion of the research on which this project is built. I am grateful to Tama Hamilton-Wray, my boss at the African Media Center, who was a bright light during my time at MSU. Keyan Tomaselli, whom I had the pleasure of getting to know when he was briefly at MSU, has helped me along in various ways over the years. I owe my deepest debt of gratitude to my advisor and dear friend Ken Harrow. His guidance and support have been my fortune. As a mentor, activist, and scholar, his is an example I hope to follow. Since 1998, Socrate Safo has been a close friend and colleague. His gumption and creativity drew me to the industry of which he is a founding member, and he has been an unwavering source of support and encouragement. I thank him for sharing his knowledge and expertise with me these many years. This work would not have been possible without the help of friends and colleagues in the Ghanaian film and video industries. For their generosity and patience, warm thanks to George Arcton-Tetty, Mark Colemen , Veronica Quarshie, and Bob Smith, Jnr. I am also grateful for the cooperation of Mustapha Adams, William Akuffo, Ashangbor AkweteyKanyi , Mohammed Al Hassan, King Ampaw, Fred Amugi, Emmanuel Apea, Nat Banini, Alex Boateng, George Bosompim, Nii Saka Brown, Munir Captan, Nanabanyin Dadson, Pascaline C. Edwards, Shirley xii / Acknowledgments Frimpong-Manso, Steve Hackman, Martin Hama, Rev. Dr. Chris Hesse, H.M., Idikoko, Ramesh Jai, Alfred Kumi-Atiemo, Albert Kuvodu, Albert Mensah, Vera Mensah, Mr. Mettle, Saul Mettle, Abdul Salam Munumi, Haijia Muzongo, Samuel Nai, Samuel Nyamekye, Samuel Odoi-Mensah, Helen Omaboe, Kofi Owusu, Albert Owusu-Ansah, Regina Pornortey, Brew Riverson, William Sefa, George Williams, and Moro Yaro. I remain indebted to Godwin Kotey, a talented friend who left the world too soon. Many thanks to my hard-working research assistants: in Ghana, Adu Vera and Joseph Koranteng; in Nigeria, Oluchi Dikeocha; and in St. Paul, Nana Yiadom. Time spent in Ghana has been enriched by Lydia Amon-Kotey, Francis Gbormittah, Elijah Mensah, and Sam Nyeha. During the Fulbright year, I was privileged to have JoAnn Brimmer as a friend and intellectual interlocutor. I thank Ato Quayson, who was generous enough to read several chapters of the manuscript while it was very much in process. I also thank Carmen McCain, who offered helpful comments on the introduction . I am indebted to the many colleagues and friends whose provocative responses to papers I have given at various conferences, in particular at the African Literature Association and African Studies Association conferences, have helped me reconsider and sharpen my ideas. I want to thank Lindiwe Dovey and Teju Olaniyan for their expressions of support. Thanks are due to Jean-Marie Teno for the rough cut of Sacred Places and talking with me on several occasions. Thanks, too, to fellow video movie researchers Moradewun Adejunmobi, Africanus Aveh, Jonathan Haynes, Ono Okome, and John McCall. I look forward to all that is yet to come! Jon Haynes deserves a special expression of gratitude for publishing my first article on Nollywood and, since then, supporting my work in countless ways. I thank him especially for his incisive and generous comments on this manuscript. I also wish to express my gratitude to the anonymous reader whose discerning and detailed comments made this a better book and to Gillian Berchowitz at Ohio University Press for her patience and assistance. Laura Dagustino deserves huge thanks for helping with childcare and more during several very long and difficult years. If not for her, I would not have been able to complete research for this book. I am also grateful to my parents for the assistance they provided in St. Paul during a summer I spent in Ghana. I have benefitted in countless ways from Padmaja Challakere’s brilliant mind and caring heart. Finally, to my beloved Bartek, unending appreciation. ...