6. Blood Sisters
Starring Nollywood’s arguably two most popular stars, Omotola Jalade and Genevieve Nnaji, Blood Sisters tells the tale of two sisters, raised only by their mother, who turn on each other thanks to jealousy.
A failure to overcome their sibling rivalry leads one of them down a troubling path. A classic Nollywood tale if ever there was one.
7. Mr. & Mrs.
Written and Produced by Chinwe Egwuagu, Mr. & Mrs. takes us through the lives of two couples who on the surface appear to be complete opposites.
The Abbahs exist in a loveless marriage, with Joseph unwilling to appreciate the many sacrifices Susan makes. Demonstrating what a marriage should be like, Linda and Charles are inseparable.
However, as is the hallmark of Nollywood, things soon deviate drastically from first impressions, and the couples are forced to reassess their relationships.
8. October 1
Director Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 takes us back to 1960s Nigeria, a crucial time in the West African state’s history as it transitioned from colonial rule to an independent state.
A northern police officer is tasked with traveling to a small village in the western region to solve a series of female murders. As independence day looms, officials grow increasingly worried that the horrific crimes will mar the new independent state.
9. 30 Days in Atlanta
Rumored to be the highest grossing film in Nollywood history, Robert Peters’ comedy 30 Days in Atlanta follows Ramsey Nouh and AY on their journey to America.
After winning a local raffle, the two cousins struggle to adapt to their new culture as they quickly learn that life is very different from what they are used to in Nigeria.
10. The Encounter
A short film directed by Tolu Ajayi, The Encounter examines the relationship between ex-Nigerian military officer Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and his close friend, Emmanuel Ifeajuna. The former declared an independent republic of Biafra in southeast Nigeria in 1967, sparking a three-year civil war in which more than one million people died, many due to hunger. The latter was eventually executed on Ojukwu’s orders for betraying the Biafran cause. A recent surge in pro-Biafran sentiment, which has seen thousands of Nigerians demonstrating and demanding independence from Nigeria, makes this film—available on YouTube—particularly timely