Chuck Norris impersonators on the shores of Lake Malawi

Boys everywhere know American action films, even in villages where there’s a single VCR that runs via a generator-charged car battery. I was once asked by kids in Cameroon whether Rambo could beat Chuck Norris in a fight. I said I wasn’t sure. Then one of them said, “Could YOU beat Chuck Norris in a fight?” I said, “What do you think?” They talked it over. Then said, “Yeah, we think you could beat him!”

Monsters of Nigerian Film

A Nigerian movie poster on the door of a video shop in Zanzibar.