Over the past several months, movie lovers have witnessed an influx of Nollywood movies into Netflix. Some Nigerian movie producers have also been contracted to produce more Nigerian movie series and soap operas on the platform. Netflix recently created a new profile called ‘Netflix Naija’, to further underscore its commitment to airing Nollywood movies.
Out of the many Nollywood movies now available on Netflix, here are the top ten that you must watch, in no particular order:
The Bling Lagosians:
This is presently one of the most talked-about Nollywod movies on Netflix. Based on a true-life story, the movie models the lifestyles of some of the wealthiest families in Lagos. It tells about a certain family, the Holloways, who is one of the city’s most affluent and influential households. However, a series of bad investment leaves the family on the brink of total bankruptcy, and to maintain their lavish lifestyle, they incur a lot of debt.
The movie features top Nollywood actors like Gbenga Titiloye, Sharon Ooja, Elvina Ibru, and a host of others. It began airing on Netflix precisely on the 11th of October 2019.
Love is War:
This movie is an epic story of love, romance, suspense, and action. It features a married couple, who have had a relatively nice and peaceful marriage, suddenly coming up one day with an idea to do a self-evaluation of their marriage. They set out to test the strength of their bond, but of all the ways available to them to get this done, they decided to compete against each other for the position of the State Governor. Hilarious, right?
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in Nigeria which was quickly curtailed by the bravery and quick action of front line healthcare professionals left an indelible mark on the lives of Nigerians. The movie, 93 Days, was based on that experience. It tells the story of exactly how the disease penetrated the country’s borders and how it was managed. It opens up with a certain traveller who arrived in the country with symptoms of the disease and how heroic healthcare workers pulled mighty strings to detain him after he was diagnosed and wanted to flee. In the end, the effort of the medical personnel helped to save lives and to quell the spread of the infection.
Up North is a story that many young Nigerians are familiar with: a young university graduate leaves the comfort of their home, goes for the compulsory National Youth Service Corps, falls in love, and finds a soul mate in the course of service. In this case, a pampered son who had to complete his NYSC before he could be eligible to inherit his father’s wealth was posted to far away Bauchi state in Northern Nigeria to serve. However, during his service year, he fell in love, forged new friendships, and began an exciting journey of self-discovery.
Moms At War:
This is an epic story of rivalry and contention between two mothers who would go to extreme lengths to ensure that their kids to excel at school. Two kids of different mothers happen to be attending the same school. All went well until the school authorities pitched both children against each other in a competition. To ensure that their child comes out on top, both mothers resort to performing different kinds of acts and getting involved in shady practices. The movie cast includes a star-studded lineup of Funke Akindele-Bello, Yul Edochie, Omoni Oboli, Chioma Akpotha, Sharon Ooja, Abayomi Alvin, and Michael Dede.
Produced by Genevieve Nnaji, Lionheart is the first-ever Nollywood movie to be aired on Netflix. It tells the story of a brave young career woman, tasked with the responsibility of managing her sick father’s vast business enterprise. Soon after taking the reins, she finds herself struggling to cope with the rigours of managing a multinational as a lady amid fierce competition in the industry.
A multi-billionaire business tycoon suddenly dies and his family members, staff, friends, and concubines all begin to scramble for a share of his enormous fortune. However, when his will is being read, his lawyer reels out a series of specific instructions that he left, regarding the distribution of his wealth. Not many people are happy about it and thereby resolve to get their share by all means. This thriller features a host of accomplished Nollywood stars slike Funke Akindele, Linda Ejiofor, Zainab Balogun, Dakore Egbuson, Falz The Bad Guy, Lepacious Bose, and Shaffi Bello, among others.
A popular celebrity in the country is embroiled in the battle to keep her marriage afloat and to save her professional career. To top it all, she has been a victim of domestic abuse from her partner, but the fear of public opinion cripples her from taking strong steps to save herself and her marriage. Elsewhere, another celebrity just got married to the love of her life. A dream come true suddenly begins to lose its savour as her in-laws start to put pressure on her to get pregnant, while she begins to question the essence of marriage. This movie features the likes of Tonto Dikeh, Osita Iheme, Susan Peters, Felix Omokhodion, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Odunlade Adekola, and a host of others.
Lost in London:
Based on a true-life story, this movie depicts the struggles of some Nigerian students who got stranded in London after they were selected to participate in an exchange program. It shares the true experiences of students who jet out to foreign countries to pursue higher education with high hopes and expectations, only to get disappointed by the realities of life.
You will get to see a lot of inspiration from crime-based Hollywood movies like 24, Fast and Furious, and the likes. The movie dives into the lives and practices of some of the most notorious crime syndicates in the country. Featuring Jim Iyke, Dakore Akande, and Adesua Etomi, this movie comes with a good dose of suspense, so be sure to have your heart in your mouth as you watch this.