Top 5 Nigerian Movies of 2016 (Updated)
Nigerian movies have improved over the years. They have become more exciting – probably because of the exposure they get and the involvement of more world-class professionals into the act. It’s very impressive to see Nigerians talk about Nigerian movies in great anticipation and actually purchasing cinema tickets to view them. While there is still a lot to be done, we are very much on the right track. Here are the top 5 Nigerian movies of 2016:
93 Days: 93 Days is based on a true story of the men and women who risked their lives to save us from the epidemic ebola virus outbreak in Lagos. It stars veteran actress, Bimbo Akintola as the late Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, who was very key in containing the ebola virus whilst sacrificing her life (the movie is dedicated to her) and Hollywood’s finest Danny Glover who acted as the chief doctor of the First Consultants Hospital where the virus was discovered. It’s produced by Steve Gukas and sure is a must-watch.
The Wedding Party: This is one movie in which the Nigerian movie industry did very well. Apart from the stellar cast, the general production was of high quality. The movie tells a funny story about two love birds about to have a wedding. The only issue is, they are from different ethnic tribes and the family members are at loggerheads on the best way to have the wedding. The Wedding Party stars a long list of accomplished Nigerian celebrities.
Recent Update: The Wedding Party has just become the highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time barely two weeks after its release.
The CEO: One of Nigeria’s best producers, Kunle Afolayan added to his collection of top notch movies with The CEO. The story revolves around top African executives who became involved in fierce rivalry for the vacant position of the CEO of their firm. It’s a movie full of suspense and intrigues and the video quality of the movie is world-class. It stars Wale Ojo and Grammy award winner Angelique Kidjo.
’76: What happens when you have a veteran-duo of Ramsey Nouah and Rita Dominic on a set? It promises to be a very good Nigerian movie. ’76 is an historical fiction-drama that portrays a well-scripted plot about a soldier who gets into a romantic affair with a lady just after the civil war and was implicated in the unsuccessful military coup and assassination of the then Head of State; General Murtala Mohammed. The movie was said to have taken 5 years to produce and was shot in Ibadan. The reenacting of the 1976 scene which included ambience, dressing and mannerisms were very spot-on. Video quality was great and it definitely is a great movie to watch. ’76 was produced by Adonaijah Owiriwa and Izu Ojukwu.
Trip to Jamaica: After enjoying the dividends for the highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time, Comedian Ayo Makun produced a sequel to 30 Days in Atlanta and called it ‘A Trip to Jamaica’. A movie which shows the numerous adventures of Akpos (A.Y) in Jamaica. However, Akpos was accompanied by Funke Akindele, another comedy actress popularly known as ‘Jenifa’. The movie also features musicians, Cynthia Morgan and Patoranking. ‘A trip to Jamaica’ is produced by Ayo Makun.