For about 10 years, I totally restrained myself from watching any Nigerian/Ghanaian movies. I was tired of the same mediocre story lines and poor direction by movie makers. I am very positive that I am not the only one who took this sabbatical from Nollywood movies.
However, over the last two years, a new crop of directors and scriptwriters have changed the Nollywood game entirely, making it one of the most vibrant movie industries in Africa.
Film-makers in Nigeria, although largely divided along regional, ethnic and religious lines, have managed to turn this local drama film industry into an international one.
In this post, I have listed five movies that have been released in the last two years, that changed my opinion about Nollywood.
- Lion Heart by Genevieve Nnaji
‘Lion Heart’ was Genevieve Nnaji’s directional debut which came out in 2018. The Nigerian drama film was produced by Chinny Onwugbenu and directed by Genevieve Nnaji. It stars Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, and Nkem Owoh. It was acquired by Netflix on 7 September 2018, making it the first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.
“Looking to prove her worth, a woman steps up to the challenge to work with her crude and eccentric brother when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu is forced to take a step back due to health issues.”
2. Up North
Up North is a 2018 Nigerian film produced by Anakle Films and Inkblot Productions, and directed by Tope Oshin. The film script was written by Naz Onuzo and Bunmi Ajakaiye while the original story was written by Editi Effiong. It was shot in Bauchi and a week in Lagos.
“Love, friendship and family politics collide when a young rebellious heir from a wealthy family is sent away to national service in northern Nigeria.”
3. The Wedding Party 1&2
The Wedding Party first came out in 2016. This romantic comedy drama film directed by Kemi Adetiba caught so much attention they had to shoot a sequel, The Wedding Party 2.
Part 1: As their big day arrives, a couple’s lavish wedding plans turn into a nightmare that includes exes, fighting parents and uninvited guests.
Part 2: When a couple’s date night ends in an accidental proposal, a series of chaotic family events seem too powerful to stop.
4. Chief Daddy
Chief Daddy was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, written by Bode Asiyanbi and produced by Mosunmola Abudu and Temidayo Abudu, and released in December 2018. It starred popular Nollywood actors and actresses Funke Akindele Bello, Kate Henshaw, Nkem Owoh, Joke Silva, Patience Ozokwor, Richard Mofe Damijo and Racheal Oniga.
“When a billionaire industrialist unexpectedly drops dead, his money-crazed family, friends, and staff scramble for their share of his fortune.”
5. King of Boys
King of Boys, political thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Kemi Adetiba. It is the second movie directed by Kemi Adetiba after The Wedding Party. The movie is focused on power tussle. It stars rappers Illbliss and Reminisce in their movie debut roles.[Others include Paul Sambo, Osas Ajibade, Toni Tones, Sani Muazu, Demola Adedoyin and Akin Lewis.
“A businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past is drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear.”