6 Nollywood hits worth watching
Anchored by strong female characters, the shows will satisfy a variety of appetites
SO MUCH choice, so little time. A dilemma faced by most, no doubt.
I have been devouring content from various parts of the world, especially Nigerian movies, on Netflix. Whether you prefer comedy, drama, action, suspense or something that homes in on social issues, the catalogue appeases every appetite. Many of the movies boast high production values and are underpinned by relatable storylines.
Six Nollywood movies worth setting aside some time for, and anchored by strong female characters:
LIONHEART: Lead actress Genevieve Nnaji made her directorial debut in this movie. The story centres on Adaeze Obiagu (Nnaji), who is the director of logistics and operations at Lionheart. The leading bus transport company was founded by her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie). On the cusp of a major government deal, Ernest suffers a health setback. He gets his younger brother, Godswill (Nkem Owoh), to fill in for him until he’s able to return to his post. The news doesn’t bode well for the company, though, as the bank calls in its loan. Adaeze, with the full support of her street-smart uncle, is forced to think out of the box to save the company, while a rival tries to poach the company with the help of a greedy member of staff. ALAKADA RELOADED: In the third instalment of the Alakada franchise, a young woman, embarrassed by her family’s financial woes, gets herself into trouble by creating a false impression of being rich. Helming the comedy is actress and film-maker, Toyin Abraham.
SKIN: The toxic legacy of colourism is visited in the docufilm, where Nollywood actress Beverly Naya explores black beauty and the practice of skin-bleaching in African culture. It is an insightful offering with heartbreaking accounts of the irreversible damage many are forced to live with.
ISOKEN: This rom-com will resonate with fans of Indian
Matchmaking. The story is about Isoken, played by Dakore Akande. Confident, beautiful and young, she seems to have a perfect life. However, her family disagrees. Her single status is a bone of contention.
10 DAYS IN SUN CITY: A dramedy about seeking out a better life. It follows the journey of a young couple en route to Sun City in the hope of taking home the Queen of Nigeria crown. Doing so would mean a welcome change in lifestyle. But with fame come pitfalls and this couple navigate their way through several learning curves. It stars the gorgeous Adesua Etomi as Bianca.
SUGAR RUSH: A fun action comedy with Adesua Etomi, Bisola Aiyeola and Bimbo Ademoye in the lead. The story follows the Sugar sisters, who stumble across $800 000 (R13 million) in the house of corrupt Chief Douglas. They relieve him of his ill-gotten gains. It isn’t long before they become a victim of theft, too and are hunted by the Nigerian mafia and corrupt officials.