Nollywood is moving pretty fast these days. While Nigeria’s film and television industry were at some point divided into two sides: the low budget constantly being released Aba movies, and the slightly higher budgeted cinema movies, both sides seem to be churning out so much work these days, it’s actually hard to differentiate them now.
Every month introduces us to another romantic comedy trying desperately to recreate the wedding party’s success at the cinema, or another “intriguing” web series showing a myopic view of the Nigerian society, with actors whose only real talent happen to be their good looks. Regardless of all its flaws, Nollywood still remains a force to be reckoned with on the global scene, and at the Nigerian cinemas too, constantly outperforming international movies.
While we constantly pray for producers and writers to dig deep for more nuanced stories that show the dynamic and complex life Nigerians lead, we can’t deny that our prayers sometimes get answered. Kemi Adetiba showed us a mob underworld led by a strong woman, while the duo of Editi Effiong & Banky W, made us feel seen by finally showing the classic NYSC experience. With 2019 halfway gone, we are excited to see what Nollywood has to offer, and hopefully, they’ve been saving the best for last.
These are some of the movies that give us hope as we head towards the cinema in the coming months.
Nollywood is known for “quickies” when it comes to movie making, with several actors shooting as much as 5 movies a year due to the short production process. However, Muna is different and was shot a while ago meaning there’s been time for efficient post-production. The revenge thriller which stars Nollywood’s biggest star of the moment, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, as well as legend, Onyeka Onwenu, tells the story of innocence lost and the journey to retribution.
Adesua plays against type here and looks like an absolute badass. While there’s no release date yet, we can’t wait to see Ms. Etomi get her Colombiana on.
No year is complete without an EbonyLife movie at the cinema. Coming off the box office success of their last movie, Chief Daddy, Mo Abudu and Heidi Uys are taking a break from family comedies and their usual mix of old and new school actors, by tackling the world of underground prostitution and human trafficking. Oloture follows a journalist played by Sharon Ooja, (Finally, a role she can sink her teeth into) who goes undercover to investigate the horrifying world of human trafficking. Also starring Omoni Oboli, Segun Arinze and Omawunmi, we can’t wait to see this.
What happens when you throw a privileged brat and a pregnant woman who is about to go into labor in an elevator which gets stuck midway? Well the wedding party and fifty (the series) director, Niyi Akinmolayan attempts to find out in his latest movie, Elevator Baby.
Starring Timini Egbuson and Toyin Abraham as the unlikely pairing, even if you’ve watched Peter Norwalk’s How to Get Away with Murder, I doubt it’ll prepare you for this unconventional drama. While Timini’s acting has been questionable so far, we really hope he does this role justice. We can’t wait to see it.
Euthanasia is almost never discussed among Nigerians. I mean why would you bring up the medical term which is often used to describe mercy killings, where the plug has to be pulled on someone’s life? For a very religious country like Nigeria that believes in miracles more than it does its government, the topic is almost taboo.
Comatose which stars the incomparable Bimbo Akintola and Fabian Loyede as siblings on opposite sides of the Euthanasia debate especially when it comes to their hospitalized mum attempts to intelligently analyze both sides and the motivation behind their stance. This is one movie that we get giddy just thinking about.
The Set Up
While this film shares its name with the popular Netflix comedy starring Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs, it is far from your average boy meets girl story. Pairing Niyi Akinmolayan with his wedding party 2 star, Adesua Etomi, the set up is an action-packed thriller that pulls some of the biggest names in film.
From Joke Silva and Tina Mba to Dakore Egbuson-Akande and Jim Iyke, this is another project that doesn’t seem to be interested in navigating the over-saturated pool of Nigerian romantic comedies and this makes us super excited.