Theyear2016 can be rated as one of the most competitive in the movie industry. Gone are the days when we watch regular poorly produced movies for a while and then, a Kunle Afolayan or Lancelot Immasuen comes along with a blockbuster. After that we go for months again watching the regular movies. This year, like Olamide will say, it was back to back hit after hit. Anytime you walk into any cinema, you will be seeing two or three big budget Nollywood movie to choose from.
The list below are the films we believe are the strongest this year and are most likely to dominate awards next year.
Wives On Strike
After release, ‘Wives on Strike’ garnered N51 million in just 17 days and was seen by over 50,000 people. Asides the heavy publicity that preceded the release, what made the move big was the content itself.
Wives on Strike is a hilarious comedy about a group of market women who decided to take matters into their own hands against their husbands in a bid to stir them into standing up for a young girl whom they wanted to protect from the wishes of her own father. The women, who hilariously interpret their roles, set a series of events in motion to give the movie many moments of laughter without missing a beat on the reason for everyone to know why they are on strike.
Wives On Strike is produced and directed by leading Nollywood figure, Omoni Oboli who, in time past, had garnered commendations for her two earlier movies, Being Mrs Elliot and The First Lady, as executive producer. The two movies made Best Box Office movies of 2014 and 2015 respectively with excellent showing at the cinemas.
Though critics say the movie, Stalker, is a copied script from Hollywood’s ‘The Perfect Guy’ and ‘Obsessed’, the movie turned out to be a good one. There was indeed a lot of similarities with the films in question, but viewers did not really mind because it was well made and it indeed got a lot of people watching it at the cinemas.
Produced by the famous Caroline Danjuma and Moses Inwang, it is the story of a man first in love and his elaborate attempts to woo his beloved. Though his attempts are later defined as coincidental, it is actually stalking. Kaylah Lawal (Nse Ikpe Etim) shares similar feelings. In love with a man who seems to her the perfect gentleman, she spares no thought for Micheal (Jim Iyke) who saves her life in the toughest of circumstances and comes back with professions of love.
Numerous incidences finally led the stalker to be the stalked. The movie is highly rated and might get Jim Iyke a nomination next award season.
Perhaps the most anticipated movie this year, CEO lived up to expectation when it comes to sales and viewership. Despite critics saying the hype was more than the film, they all accept that the movie is one Afolayan’s best work and a guide to others trying to make high grade movies.
It is about a company’s bid to find a replacement for one of the CEOs. Instead of a peaceful retreat, hopefuls ended up turning dead one after the other.
The film is filled with a lot of suspense which makes it very unique. You would hardly see a Nollywood movie create as much suspense without spoiling the plot.
CEO did not end being the highest selling for the year, but is in the top 10.
A Trip To Jamaica
Sequel to ‘30 Days in Atlanta’, AY returns with the movie ‘A Trip to Jamaica’. Directed by Robert Oyime Peters and set to be a mix of Hollywood and Nollywood stars, the movie unlike the first flick is more on adventures of Akpos.
Shot in Nigeria, America and Jamaica, the film focuses on Akpos and his fiancée Bola, who travels across the Atlantic to visit family. The comedy stars Funke Akindele, Nse Ikpe Etim, Patoranking, Cynthia Morgan Ras Kimono, Chris Attoh as well as Hollywood star Eric Roberts.
It is currently touted as the highest selling movie this year.
From the producers of the movie ‘Broken’ and ‘Director, Bright Wonder Obasi, is the movie, ‘Remarkable’. The story mirrors the life of a couple head over heels in love with each other and how they cope with the obstacles that surround their relationship.
The movie stars 2016 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award winners Daniel K Daniel, Tope Tedela, Titi Joseph, Apel Orduen, Nita Byack, Osas Iyamu and Matilda Lambert. It has not really been doing good in the cinema due to lack of proper promotions, but it gets good review for the production quality and the great works of the actors.
Directed by Steve Gukas (A Place in the stars) and stars Bimbo Akintola, Gideon Okeke, Bimbo Manuel, Tina Mba and Danny Glover, 93 Days tells the story of the 93-day period from when Sawyer comes in contact with the men and women from Nigeria, WHO and MSF who do battle with this deadly disease. At its core, 93 Days is a compelling human story of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival.
93 Days was released on the 16th of September.
Probably going to be the most celebrated at the awards next year, 76 is the most technically correct movie of 2016. Well researched and patiently shot, 76 is a movie other film makers should learn the process of production from.
Directed by Izu Ojukwu, ‘76? is a movie set during the era of military assassinations in Nigeria. The focal point is on the life of an officer who is wrongly indicted by the military and gets entangled in a romantic relationship with a beautiful O-level student from the Southeastern part of Nigeria.
It stars Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberisima, Chidi Mokeme and Daniel K. Daniel and was filmed in Ibadan. The movie also depicts the experiences of being an officer’s wife at a time in Nigeria when there was a lot of unrest.
The Wedding Party
EbonyLife Films got a bad rap from their first production, ‘Fifty’. They are criticised for making a mediocre movie and heavily promoted it for people to go and see at the cinema. In the end, they got Nigerians to throng the cinemas, and the film ended up being one of the most sold last year, to the disappointment of viewers.
But with their latest offering, The Wedding Party, EbonyLife films proved they are indeed good film makers. Written by playwright Tosin Otudeko, ‘The Wedding Party’ is a riveting tale of the complexity of love. It is the story of Dunni Coker, a 24 year old art gallery owner and IT entrepreneur Dozie. The couple takes a vow of chastity and is looking forward to a ground-breaking first night together as a married couple.
ATM tells the story of a young greedy man (Alexx Ekubo) who in order to make his life better gets entangled in a love scam with social media comedian and Nigerian culture enthusiast Oyinbo Princess (Claire Edun). He and his girlfriend played by Yvonne Jegede come up with a plan for him to marry a British woman and use that opportunity to create a new life for them abroad.
However, the unfortunate and unexpected happen as the bride (Claire Edun) decides she would rather live in Nigeria.
The movie, which is described as a romantic comedy, features top Nollywood stars such as Yvonne Jegede, Francis Odega among others.
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