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.

AC­TRESS Genevieve Nnaji makes her di­rec­to­rial de­but in Lionheart.

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