The Nigerian movie industry Nollywood has blossomed tremendously in recent years. We’ve seen movies being made with larger budgets, gravitating away from what is now known as “old Nollywood” to better screenplays and acting, telling the original Nigerian story.
With the streaming heavyweights Netflix recently availing itself to these movies, it means better exposure for the Nigerian make-belief industry.
This piece will highlight some of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix right now.
Living In Bondage: Breaking Free
Living in Bondage, Nigeria’s highest-grossing film of 2019 was premiered on Netflix on May 16. The movie is a sequel to the 1992 thriller by Chris Obi Rapu. It follows the story of a young business tycoon who’s sucked into the dark world of the occultic after a sudden rise to power. This directional debut from Ramsey Noah is definitely a must-see.
The Set Up
This is a crime/ drama picture from Niyi Akinmolayan that stars act like Joke Silva, Dakore Egbuson, Adesua Etomi, and others. It tells the story of a young con artist hired by a down on the time businessman to help snag the hand of a rich heiress in marriage. As the plot unfolds, she discovers there’s more to the scheme than meets the eye.
King of boys
If you’re yet to see Kemi Adetiba’s critically acclaimed King Of Boys, then you’re in for a delight. The underworld is slippery and treacherous but no one rules it better than Eniola “Oba” Salami played by the inimitable Shola Shobowale. The story is that of violence, power, and insatiable ambition.
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Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons
This a tale of Abuja big boys, of opulence and affluence. Four rich men live wanton lives of seducing women and having reckless s*x until they grow a conscience and decide to take down a businessman who plans to flatten a village to build an ultra-modern shopping mall. Merry Men is a healthy mix of comedy, intrigue, and also, suspense.
A young man born with a silver spoon goes on the one-year mandatory youth service in Northern Nigeria. There, he collides with adventure, mishap, love, friendship, and gradually begins to find himself. Directed by Tope Oshin, the cast includes Bankole “Banky W” Wellington, Adesua Etomi, Kanayo O Lanayo, Hilda Dokubo, and others. Together, they bring to life this beautiful picture extolling Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.
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