Just as we look forward to some very creative, interesting, and great movies this year in the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) we cannot but take a quick shot at some of the outstanding movies that not only thrilled the Nigerian audience in 2016 but also made debuts in some movie festivals outside the shores of the country and it’s almost certain these great works are destined to be nominated for the many awards in the new year 2017. In no order, here are the 10 Nollywood movies adjudged by many to be the best in terms of production, story, quality, cast and setting.
76 (Director: Izu Ojukwu)
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.
A Nigerian historical fiction drama film produced by Adonaijah Owiriwa and Izu Ojukwu and directed by Izu Ojukwu. It stars Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic and Ibinabo Fiberesima.
Brother Jekwu- In the movie, Mike Ezuruonye is ‘Brother Jekwu’, a village champion with ‘earthquake English’.
The comical role took the Nollywood actor to Kenya, as Brother Jekwu leaves his familiar village in Nigeria and is transported to Kenya to work for a no-nonsense female boss (former Miss Kenya Juliet Ochieng) who poisons traitors at the dinner table.
The Wedding Party (Director: Kemi Adetiba)
A movie produced by Mo Abudu and directed by Kemi Adetiba is a story of Love, laughs, family, intrigue, and a big old wedding. Art gallery owner Dunni (Adesua Etomi) is the cherished daughter of Bamidele Coker (Atunyota Akpobome, popularly known as Ali Baba) and his wife, Tinuade (Sola Sobowale). When Dunni and her fiancé Dozie (Banky Wellington) decide to marry, the Cokers decide to throw the wedding of the century.
Success in Nigeria’s oil industry has given them new wealth, so why not splash out for their only daughter? Besides, their reputation is at stake. While Dozie’s parents, Felix Onwuka (Richard Mofe-Damijo) and Obianuju Onwuka (Ireti Doyle), believe their son is marrying beneath him, for the sake of tradition they’re willing to leave the big day to the bride’s parents.
Gidi Blues (Director: Femi Odugbemi)
Produced and directed by Femi Odugbemi, the movie is a story of Akin, an indulged playboy from an affluent family who accidentally meets an interesting beauty in an unpredictable place.
Nkem is a beautiful, confident but unusual young lady who devotes herself to her work as a community volunteer in the belly of the city’s worst slum.
Their encounter drags Akin into a whirlwind experience that unravels his world.
Ojukokoro (Greed) (Director: Dare Olaitan)
The movie tells the tale of a money-strapped manager of a money laundering petrol station who decides to rob the petrol station that employs him but along the line finds out that there are many kinds of criminal and that a good reason isn’t always a right one. The movie was directed by Dare Olaitan and produced by Olufemi D. Ogunsanwo.
Green White Green (Abba T. Makama)
This movie was among the 8 selected Nollywood films that screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016. A group of young bohemian artists hang out and search for direction in their lives in the stagnant months leading up to the beginning of their university studies, in this richly textured and frequently funny look at Lagos’ new generation.
Oloibiri (Director: Curtis Graham)
An action thriller, “Oloibiri” mirrors fear, dread, international exploitation, governmental responsibility, and unseen benefits of desperate hope. Oloibiri was produced by a Canada-based media company Rightangle Productions Limited. The shooting of the movie began in Hamilton, Canada and ended in Oloibiri village in Bayelsa state. To ensure local content participation, a sizeable number of the cast was reserved for the indigenes of Bayelsa State.
93 Days (Director: Steve Gukas)
The movie directed by Steve Gukas is a historic gripping documentation of the deadly disease starting from the day Ebola virus came into Nigeria to the day the country was declared Ebola-free. The movie is a story of sacrifice and patriotism. A must watch for every Nigerian. It is a movie we will be sharing for generations to come.
The Arbitration (Director: Niyi Akinmolayan)
“The Arbitration” tells the story of Gbenga (O.C Ukeje) and his employee Dara (Adesua Etomi) who had an affair. After the affair ended and Dara left the company, she sued Gbenga and accused him of rape. An arbitration panel was constituted to find out the truth. The Arbitration is a movie that requires the viewer’s utmost attention as it uses the flashback technique to take viewers through the various accounts – get distracted, and get confused.
By and Large, “The Arbitration” is a brilliantly scripted movie which is engaging and funny at times.
The CEO (Director: Kunle Afolayan)
-Kunle Afolayan set a record with his new movie as the first filmmaker in Nigeria to have his movie “The CEO” premiered 30,000 feet into the air on a journey to Paris on the 1st June 2016.
Set mainly on a beautiful beach resort on the outskirts of Lagos in Nigeria, “The CEO” is a mystery-thriller surrounding five top executives from across Africa who are dispatched on a 1-week leadership retreat by a multinational telecommunications firm, to determine which one to appoint as the firm’s new CEO. Things go awry when one-by-one the executives are eliminated in sudden death circumstances and the finger falls on the last two remaining executives as prime suspects.