What are you watching in isolation since the coronavirus has forced the world to go on lockdown? For film lovers isolating all over the world with Netflix and looking to discover something to watch, it’s time to get familiar with African movies. And there’s no better way to get introduced other than through Nollywood — or Nigeria’s film industry. Netflix’s Nollywood catalogue has a multitude of movies that bring the best out of the ever-thriving industry. From crazy comedies to romance, and jaw-dropping dramas, Netflix is a great source of Nigerian films. Here are 10 of the popular and best Nigerian films that you can stream on Netflix right now.
King of Boys (2018)
Starring the legendary Sola Sobowale, and Directed by Kemi Adetiba, King of Boys, is a captivating drama/political thriller about businesswoman and philanthropist treading in the muddy waters of Nigerian politics. The performances, most notably from Sola Sobowale, have rightly won plenty of plaudits. The film garnered much controversy in Nigeria, due to its interpretation of matters relating to corruption. Furthermore, the film showcased thought-provoking circumstances that challenge being on the right side of the law.
The Bling Lagosians (2019)
Lagosians – a native or inhabitant of Lagos, Nigeria. The Bling Lagosians is one of Nollywood’s best movies of 2019. A must-watch Nigerian drama film, if you are thinking of the lavish lifestyle of the wealthy Lagosians. It stars Elvina Ibru, Bunmi Aboderin, Aiyeola Bisola, Gbenga Titiloye, Sharon Ooja, Toyin Abraham, Alexx Ekubo, and Jide Kosoko. The film is a great watch full of laughs.
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons (2018)
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons is another mainstream Nigerian comedy film that lived up to expectations. With its addition to Netflix and global streaming, it has gone to become one of favourite Nigerian movies, even to non-Nigerians. If you’re after fun and entertainment, grab the popcorn and check it out on Netflix.
Up North (2018)
Perhaps one of Nigeria’s biggest hits, 2018’s Up North stars Kanayo O. Kanayo, Banky Wellington, and Hilda Dokubo. The film beautifully captures interesting aspects of Northern Nigeria with its captivating story. This African film on Netflix is just perfect for home-viewing.
The Wedding Party (2016)
Ever wanted an insight on Nigerian wedding? This Nollywood non-stop comedy spectacle sucked into classic and colorful Nigerian wedding. An African movie classic that dominated Nigerian box office until it was dethroned by The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai, a sequel to the original hit – now the top-grossing film ever released in Nigeria. For those who fancy a Nigerian wedding and its glamour, watching both films are perhaps the best place to start. To read our guide on Nigerian wedding blogs, click here.
Produced by Chinny Onwugbenu and directed by Genevieve Nnaji, Lionheart is Netflix’s first original film produced in Nigeria. This Nigerian drama film is a 95-minute ride of comedy and drama that showcases the Nigerian culture and values in the most beautiful ways. Watching a woman step up to the challenge has never been so exciting, especially in a male-dominated industry. Lionheart is an exceptional Nollywood cut, and undoubtably will go down in history as one of the best Nigerian movies ever.
Okafor’s Law (2016)
If a man has a mind-blowing sexual intercourse with a woman once, he’ll get a free pass to always have sex with her for life. But is there any truth to that? Watch the perfectly scripted and beautifully acted Okafor’s Law to learn one or two lessons.Your real life experiences with ex-flames will give the movie a competitive edge over routine raunchy movies.
The 2017’s Isoken is a Nollywood classic that stars Dakore Egbuson, Marc Rhys, Joseph Benjamin, Funke Akindele, Lydia Forson and Tina Mba. This Nigerian romantic comedy tells the story of Isoken – 34 and unmarried, in a culture heavily obsessed with marriage.
Chief Daddy (2018)
Receiving generally favourable reviews, it starred popular Nollywood actors and actresses Patience Ozokwor, Richard Mofe Damijo, Funke Akindele Bello, Nkem Owoh, Joke Silva, and Kate Henshaw. A thoroughly enjoyable African comedy film with lots of amusing and hugely funny scenes.
Potato Potahto (2017)
Can continue living together with your divorced spouse? Potato Potahto centres on a divorced couple who decide to continue living together, but will soon realize that the idea is only easier said than done. A beautiful fun-loving movie, is actually one of the best African films among non-Africans. The movie now available for streaming on Netflix.
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