Nollywood is the generic name for Nigeria’s film industry. It was dubbed from the popular ‘Hollywood’, which is the name for America’s movie industry. Nollywood has gained global recognition in recent times. Unlike before, when Nigerian movies were very predictable and dull of inspiration, the quality of Nollywood movies, these days, is not so far away from Hollywood movies and movies from the top movie industries all over the globe. In fact, some Nollywood movies fare better than some movies of other countries, even the United States of America. This is because of the influx of innovation and creativity by directors and producers into the industry. The goal has been to ensure that the quality of Nigerian movies matches up – and if possible, exceeds – the global standards of creativity and innovation.
Since the turn of the decade, we have witnessed the production of mind-blowing Nollywood movies, and the trend looks set to continue and even increase. In fact, within the past two years, the movies that have been produced have lived up to the standard of quality of global movie industries. Nigerians can now watch our movies and be satisfied with the content and its delivery. No longer are Nigerian movies all about black magic, money rituals and voodoos.
These are the top Nollywood movies of the year so far:
This could easily pass for the best Nollyood movie of the year 2018 so far. The movie is a romantic comedy, based on the rich culture of the Benin people of Edo state, Nigeria. The movie features the ‘return of Jenifa’ star, Funke Akindele, as well as other artistes like Dakore Akande, Joseph Benjamin, Tina Mba, Patrick Doyle, Damilola Adegbite, and Marc Rhys. The story is about a beautiful young lady, Isoken, who is unmarried and in her mid-thirties. At the wedding ceremony of one of her siblings, her mother tries to matchmake her with a nice Edo man, named Osaze. Things went pretty smoothly – or so it seemed – until Isoken came across Kevin, a white guy who she really liked.
This movie is a must-watch for everyone. It is a perfect blend of romance, comedy and suspense.
2. Gold Statue
This is arguably one of the most interesting and star-studded movies of 2018. It features top movie and entertainment stars like Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD), Segun Arinze, Sola Sobowale, Nobert Young, Femi Durojaiye, Ali Baba and Tina Mba. If this cast is not enough to get you excited and looking forward to the movie, get set: other casts in the movie include: Kenny Blaq, Wolli Arole, Gabriel Afolayan, Kunle Remi, Kunle Fawole, Rycardo Agbo,, Judith AUdu, Bisola Ayeola, and a lot of others. The star-studded cast alone is enough to make you want to watch this, and the story line too is certainly not disappointing. The movie was produced by Tade Ogidan.
3. Memoirs of Four
This movie is about four close friends who set out in search of fulfilment in life. It features Nollywood’s hottest actress at the moment, Adesua Wellington (formerly Adesua Etomi), as well as three other rising stars as the main characters of the movie. Major issues explored in this movie include; Feminity, Marriage, and Career, particularly as they relate to women.
This is about a young lady with amazing martial arts skills, willing to outdo and outshine all opponents. The main character of the movie is Nollywood superstar Adesua Wellington. Other top stars in this movie include: Falz the BAhd Guy, Ebele Okaro, and Onyeka Onwenu. The movie is a must-watch for you and yours.
This is another romance/love themed movie that has taken Nollywood by storm. It is the story of two young folks who happen to love each other so much. However, tragedy strikes at some point, and the male lover suffers a horrific accident. His partner, in the course of trying to fix things up to help him out of his condition, meets and falls in love with another fellow. Soon, sparks started flying, and they two got involved with each other. They had sex, and she got pregnant…just in time for her lover to recover from his illness! Drama, suspense, love and tragedy underscore this movie. It is definitely a must-watch.
From the stables of Iju OJukwu comes another blockbuster drama, Amina. The story is based on the real-life heroics of a woman called ‘Amina’, who was the legendary leader of the Zarians and a fierce warrior. This movie is really one of the best this year has seen, and you will do yourself some good in unwinding to take a look.
7. Lion Heart
The movie, Lion Heart marked the entry of ace actress Genevieve Nnaji into the world of movie directors. She has made her name as an actress, but has now begun to explore her competency in directing and producing. Not only that, the movie also features an amazing collection of veteran stars in a comtemporary theme that makes it a perfect blend of new and the old. Stars featured in the movie include Pete Edochie, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Yakubu Mohammed, Steve Oboh, Jemima Osunde, Nkem Owoh a.k.a ‘Osuofia’, and a host of others. The main storyline of the movie is an Igbo family that runs a transport business. It highlights a few issues pertaining to family business operations, its peculiar challenges and advantages, and dalso offers insight into how igbo culture operates. It was written by C.J Fiery Obasi, while the screenplay was by Emil Garba and Ishaya Bako.
8. The Lost Café
This is the story of a young girl who lets inquisitiveness and ambition take her to a foreign land in search of her dreams. She is further aided by shocking revelations of dark secrets ongoing in her home and family lineage.
9. King of Boys
This is certainly one of the movies of the year. Produced by award-winning producer, Kemi Adetiba, the movie features Adesua Wellington (formerly Adesua Etomi) and Sola Sobowale a.k.a ‘Toyin Tomato’ together again on set. Other stars that graced the move include Sanni Mu’azu, Paul Sambo, Toni Tones, Akin Lewis, Omoni Oboli, and a lot of others.