The year 2015 was filled with more than enough entertainment for lovers of “GOOD” African movies, yeap! “good”, because some African movies are actually wack. But, so far, it’s been exciting, because some badass African movies hit the cinemas in 2015, from romantic dramas to comedies, thrillers, horror movies, I am not a big fan of horror movies though, but for those who are, it’s been superb. The production quality has been up there, awesome cinematography, directing and everything else that could make movies interesting for us. To make this a little more exciting, we have put up a catalogue of 12 African movies you must see before your next relationship comes to an end.
Grey Dawn by Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Grey Dawn is an exciting production that follows a government minister who has to choose between using his position to help his father in law stay out of jail for tax evasion or allow the law to take its course with him. If Harry as a government minister had made his decision in favor of his family, by stopping his father in law from getting into jail, the circumstances that followed wouldn’t have happened. A better relationship with is his wife, Jessica may have stopped her from having an affair, not to mention being caught in the act…OMG! And their daughter wouldn’t have been so had to go through so much hurt.
Imba Means Sing
This is a character-driven heartfelt story of resilience and the impact of education. Most times, movies like this make you feel sad, but, this one comes with a lot of excitement at a partcular point in time. The film follows Angel, Moses and Nina from the slums of Kampala, Uganda through a world tour with the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir. Watching these kids sing and pursue what they want with so much belief in themselves would inspire anybody who agrees that it’s a difficult world out there , but life is actually what you make out of it. African kids are talented, smart and truly ambitious.
Beast Of No Nation – Netflix Movie based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala –
We hardly get see African movies that are quite scary, but yet hilarious, “Beast Of No Nation” is that movie. It’s a drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier trained by a fierce warlord (Idris Elba) fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.The emotional power here is totally undeniable, I had to say “awww” like a hundred times, though, I saw it completely to satisfy my curiosity and I wasn’t disappointed.
Oloibiri by Curtis Graham
This is an action trailer based on the town of Oloibiri, where crude oil was first discovered in Nigeria. Crude oil has always been a source of wealth which has led to greed and chaos. Two decades after the last drop of crude oil was drilled from Oloibiri, two of it’s sons, Timipre (Olu Jacobs) and Gunpowder (R.M.D), are disenchanted with the exploitation of their resources by the oil companies. Gunpowder engaged in a struggle protest to the poor living conditions in his community despite their oil wealth; accusing Timipre’s generation of doing nothing whilst their land was exploited and plundered. You need to see this movie, if you haven’t.
Road To Yesterday by Ishayo Bako
This is about a couple who are in dire need of a solution to their marital issues on a road trip to a reletive’s funeral. It is a very unpredictable movie, that keeps you glued to your screens, Ishayo Bako and Genevieve Nnaji did a good job on that one. African work is being appreciated everywhere an anywhere, the storyline, good production and directing, A-list acts with realistic role-play. The whole road trip idea is what I would call “thinking out of the box”, ingenious is the right word.
The Visit by Funke Fayoyin
Every scene of this movie keeps you itching for more. This is a very interesting storyline about two couples who are neighbors with very different and opposite lifestyle. Plus, it is the only four-man cast movie in Nollywood so far. The first couple seemed perfect and flawless, they were so organized, that I found them boring, they even had a timetable for meals. The other couple were crazy and carefree, always had empty bottles on the floor, having sex outside their apartment and waking up with underwears around their necks. One couple decided to pay the other a visit and it turned out that both of them were guilty of hiding things from each other and were living lies. I stayed glued to the screen.
Silver Rain by Juliet Asante
This is an inspirational movie about an ambitious market girl Ajao, who decided to date Bruce who happened to be totally out of her league, and this led to a serious class-war, as his mother was ready to make Ajao’s life a living hell. Why do some mother’s have to be so mean? It is a very familiar story, but very entertaining.
Fifty by Mo Abudu
Fifty tells a story of four Nigerian women who took an inventory of their personal lives, they live and work in the upper-middle-class neighborhood of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, and also had to juggle between work and family. It was directed by Biyi Bamidele and it was totally off the hook, the storyline was on point, every scene got me excited, and I think Wale Ojo is a class act. The movie also has special guest appearances from music stars King Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti, Nneka, Tiwa Savage and Waje.
Gbomo Gbomo Express by Walter Taylaur
A typical movie about kidnap should get you scared, but this one is such a comic relief. I couldn’t stop laughing, why would I be thinking of my Jimmy Choos when I have been kidnapped. It is a gritty, dark comedy feature film about money, love and deception centered on the kidnap and ransom of a record label executive, during a night of celebration with a socialite, but it happened that the petty thieves got the wrong end of the stick. You need to see this one.
Falling by Niyi Akinmolayan
It is a highly emotional and thought-provoking drama which touches on the subject of love, marriage, commitment, and devotion. Muna rejects euthanasia for her husband, who is in a protracted coma and also turns down pressures from her folks to desert Imoh in this trying moment. As much as she didn’t want to leave him, someone else came along, she began to have a rethink and then was thinking of pulling the plug on her half-dead boo.
Don’t Cry For Me by Susan Peters-
Alero is an unfashionable young lady married to Temisan, an unfaithful and manipulative man, who moves in with Alero’s closest friend, Ese without his wife’s knowledge. Alero is hired to assist Fred, who became blind after an accident; but his nasty and insensitive girlfriend, Candy, gets involved with Alero’s job, causing conflicts. Hilarious and remarkable things start to happen between Alero and Fred.
Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo)
It tells the story of how Adigun copes with dealing with the multitude of odd characters he comes across. From Delia the queen prostitute, to Kakanfo the unseen vigilante, the notorious assassins ‘three wise men’, to the Godfather, Baba Mistura and many more interesting characters that ply their trade in Lagos at night. I wonder if these things actually happen to taxi drivers.