Video: Nollywood is Stepping Up Its Game; 5 Nigerian Movies You Must See

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The Encounter, a Nigerian short film.

As you may already know, Nigeria has the third largest movie industry behind Hollywood and Bollywood.

Figures attribute the rapid rise of the Nollywood industry to a large number of productions at low cost, with some figures saying that the industry produces 50 features on a weekly basis.

In the first week of the new year, Netflix announced it was broadening its international audience, so that we can now consume Nollywood movies galore through the platform, in Nigeria.

Here is a list of 5 must see movies to Netflix and Chill with in your leisure time:

  1. The Fifty Movie, which we reviewed upon its release, gives us hope that Nollywood is stepping up its game. The film gives you a “Sex in the City” feel highlighting the strength of women at the height of their careers.  As things stand, the cast and crew of Fifty are on a roll. If the hype (Yes, Fifty is Nigeria’s Star Wars) is any indication, then the film is likely to have the highest box office figures of Nollywood at the end of its cinema run, according to Pelu Awofeso, travel and art journalist for Nigeria.

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2. The Nigerian film 76 is a fiction based on the real life events of the 1970’s in Naija. The story in the film is told from two points of view: that of a young pregnant woman, and that of her husband, a soldier accused of being involved in the 1976 military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed, yes the airport in Lagos is named after him. The film has even been approved by the Nigerian military.

3. This is a movie with elements of an historical account that needs to be told. October 1 is a fictional retelling of the prelude to the October 1 independence of the nation. A removal from the usual romantic Nollywood film, this dark psychological thriller is set in Colonial Nigeria, a police officer from the northern region is posted to a remote town of Akote in western Nigeria to investigate the frequent female murder cases in the community, and have the mystery solved before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1.

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4. Rumored to be the highest grossing film in Nollywood history, Robert Peters’ comedy 30 Days in Atlanta follows two cousins on their journey to America. After winning a local raffle, the two cousins struggle to adapt to their new culture as they quickly learn that life is very different from what they are used to in Nigeria. The film was shot on location in both Nigeria and Atlanta. It is a return the the traditional rom-com sequence but is worthy of a Netflix night.

5. The Encounter is a film that serves as a solid backdrop to the current Biafran succession conflict. Although the plotline could use some work as well as cast direction. The movie set in 1967, in southeast Nigeria, examines the relationship between ex-Nigerian military officer Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and his close friend, Emmanuel Ifeajuna. The latter was eventually executed on Ojukwu’s orders for betraying the Biafran cause. What you will delight in is the still shots and cinematography. This film is available on Youtube.