Nollywood is the Nigerian movie industry that chunks out more than 200 movies every month (averaging more than 6 movies every day). The industry has been ranked 3rd across the globe only after the United States Hollywood and Indian Bollywood. In the midst of all these movie releases, there are a few Nigerian movies that have left foot prints in the sands of time. Some of these hard to forget movies are reminiscent of how and when Nollywood started. They have remained well-recognized through the ages and are have formed the pivot of the largest movie industry in Africa. Below are the 10 best Nigerian movies of all times:
10. Domitila (1996) produced by Zeb Ejiro, starring Anne Njemanze. Domitilla is a landmark film in the Nigerian home movie industry. It started the trends of the now-established trend of movies about ‘single girls’ and their (mis)adventures in big cities. Ann Njemanze, became an instant movie star after acting the leading role. The main story line was of how young girls get into in the quest to survive. Sometimes, they’re fuelled by greed, some other times by need, peer pressure and in the end the become morally derailed.
9. Blood Money (a 1997 Nigerian movie) Chico Ejiro movie that starred the likes of Zack Orji, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Francis Agu and Sam Dede. Directed and Written by Chico Ejiro. In the movie, a man lost his Bank job, and was drawn into the world of rituals where the only way for him was by taking the life of an another.
8. Glamour Girls (a 1994 Nigerian movie) produced by Kenneth Nnebue featuring Liz Benson, Eucharia Anunobi and Dolly Unachukwu.
7. Scores to Settle (a 1998 Nollywood movie) Produced by Sunny Collins and directed by Chico Ejiro. Along with Rich Azu, Liz Benson, Teco Benson, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Patrick Doyle featured in this film. In the movie, Sade, rejected by her in-laws, hits the streets with her two sons after the death of her husband. This was the beginning of a long journey marred by insecurity, death and poverty.
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6. Igodo: A movie directed by Andy Amenechi, starring Pete Edochie, Norbert Young, Sam Dede, Charles Okafor,Obi Madubogwu, Chidi Mokeme, Prince James Uche, Ignis Ekwe, Joe Layode and produced by Ojiofor Ezeanyaeche
5. Aki na Ukwa (a 2003 nollywood movie) directed by Amayo Uzo Phillips starring Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Amaechi Muonagor and Oby Kechere.
4. Osuofia in London (a 2003 Nigerian movie) written and directed by Kingsley Ogoro and stars other acts including Nkem Owoh, Francis Odega and Cynthia Okereke. Osuofia in London is a Nigerian comedy film written and directed by Kingsley Ogoro and starring Nkem Owoh; African Movie Academy Award winner . The film was among the highest selling Nollywood films
3. Nneka The Pretty Serpent: Years after its release in 1992, “Nneka the Pretty Serpent” remains a reference point for Nollywood in the past. The home video helped launch the careers of the likes of Ndidi Obi, Eucharia Anunobi, Ngozi Ezeonu and Rita Nzelu amongst many others. Released during the VHS era, the emergence of this movie saw a shift from foreign movies to Home Videos. Directed by Zeb Ejiro and produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor. Ngozi Ezeonu, Rita Nzelu and others.
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2. Most Wanted (1996) Produced by Dozie Eriobu and directed by Tunji Bamishigbin. Featuring Regina Askia, Ibinabo Fiberisima and Ayo Adesanya along with Liz Benson, Antar Laniyan and Genevieve Nnaji. In the movie, a group of unemployed ladies decide to disguised as men and rob and the police was having a hard time tracking them down as they were on the lookout for male robbers. When one of the girl’s falls in love with the investigating police officer, story changed. The policeman later finds out that his lover is a member of the ‘Most Wanted’ criminal gang.
1. Living in Bondage
This movie is one of the oldest to be acted but the popularity it commanded after it’s release opened up Nollywood to the world. In the movie, Andy Okeke (Kenneth Okonkwo) killed his wife and used her for rituals to become wealthy and most certainly, this came with repercussions leading to his becoming mad.