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Falling for NollyWood

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Let me start by saying, I am not a fan of NollyWood, and don’t like it much. Okay scratch that! That was me until I discovered the new NollyWood!

The old NollyWood, seemed unable to help itself; every script incomplete without a fetish twist. And the pointless need for sequels and continuations. Folks, that put me off NollyWood for the longest time.

Then came along the new NollyWood, but I still had a problem with it, as I sometimes find that the scenes d-r-a-g on and on, and on, and on, and on, and.. okay, you get the drift. This at times, makes you feel like you are watching a movie in slow motion.

It was Skinny Girl In Transit, that kicked off my love interest with NollyWood. I liked the whole cast, in particular Chioma Okoli, Abimbola Craig, Sharon Ooja and their on-screen mother Ngozi Nwosu.

Next, it was The Men’s Club which really got me; perhaps the suaveness of the men, or quite simply the script which I find quite intriguing. Again, I like most of the cast, but now and again, you can’t help but wonder if an actor or actress got the part solely because they might be related to the movie director, whilst hoping for their sake that they have a real day job. Let me leave the negatives for a minute and give a shout out to Ayoola Ayolola whose on-screen character my husband lives vicariously through; to Baaj Adebule whose dimples and hats light up the screen, and again to Sharon Ooja who once again portrays her character so well. Thanks Sharon for putting on a good attitude the other day at breakfast, when my family bumped into you – shame I wasn’t there. Thanks for the pictures – my family are #ForeverFans!

There has been a whole lot in between; the real movies, and not web series. The Wedding Party got lots of rave reviews, but somehow didn’t do it for me. I feel the same way about Lion Heart, though I must applaud Genevieve Nnaji’s contribution for raising standards in the industry, and being a part of the movement that has made NollyWood a force to be reckoned with. Indeed it was a shame the movie didn’t meet the strict criteria as a foreign movie to bag that Oscar nomination, but tomorrow is another day.

But my real love affair is with UP NORTH. The recommendation to watch this movie came from my sister, who is not an atypical NollyWood viewer. Halfway through viewing, I still didn’t get why she recommended this title, as at times I felt the script was dragging… I don’t remember the exact moment it all changed; might have been when Halima’s dad gave consent for her to compete, and the team won the competition. I just remember crying as I watched the state-wide celebrations, and I never believed the day would come, when those sort of emotions would be evoked in me whilst watching NollyWood. I appreciated the natural beauty of Nigeria depicted in the movie, and immediately started planning a family vacation to Bauchi. I raise a toast to BankyW & the cast and of this production.

A second pick would be 93 days. To the staff of First Consultant Hospital Obalende, I commend you. To Bankole Cardoso whose everyday reality changed forever, may the heavens keep you. Most of all, let us not forget Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh a true heroine of our time, who paid the ultimate price, whilst trying to save a nation. Indeed, she is the epitome of a patriot!

I heard Coming from Insanity is a must watch!. Across the bridge (Africa to Africa), An African City is also quite good.

To the veterans of NollyWood, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Pete Edochie, Olu Jacobs, Kanoyo O Kanayo, Segun Arize, Ramsey Nouah, Joke Silva, Liz Benson, Kate Henshaw, Sola Sobowale, Clarion Chukwura … to name but a few, to the new faces in NollyWood, and all you who soldier on in the quest to better NollyWood, I applaud you!

To the viewers of NollyWood, and the non-converts, let us support our own, let us watch more NollyWood on major platforms like Netflix, that the laws of economics (demand and supply) may kick-in, and by so doing, the industry can continue to improve, get the recognition it deserves, as well as the funding it so desperately requires.

Now, go enjoy the best nollywood movies on Netflix.

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14 Comments

My sentiments exactly! This is so good! Some really good mentions there and hats off to all those in the industry making it so much more enjoyable! Yup! I’m a fan of new Nollywood and for some of us who are swirling (i.e dating outside our race), it’s lovely to be able to share beautiful storylines and culture from Nigeria with your partner ! Amazing!

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Great article! Nollywood has definitely upgraded. Some great movies and series out there. King of Boys is definitely a must see.

One of my most favorite movies is actually 93 Days. I am not singling it out as just my favorite Nollywood movie – I mean movie period. It is a hearfelt telling of a true life story and I would put it up against any other movie out there.

I have watched a number of other Nollywood movies – some mentioned here – and I applaud the effort and delivery and most of all the progress.

Thanks for the article. I don’t like Nollywood movies and won’t willing watch them. Simply because you sit through a movie and realise there is still part 8 before the story concludes.

Nice one BLP
Interestingly I didn’t like the second half of Up North.
You have to see wedding party 2.
Loved it
Also movies by Kunle Afolayan( well most of them)

Yep, I’ve also found that some of the recent Nollywood films are on a different level… going up in the world… I recommend Potato Potato and Isoken. Thanks for sharing.

…I guess it is a start of good things to come in the future. I will need to subscribe to Netflix to watch some of these Nollywood movies mentioned in your ‘article’ above. Kudos!

I try to watch only recommended Nollywood movies like you did above because, for reasons i cant explain, once i start to watch and it is not a good one, i cant stop and keep asking myself why am i watching this movie?
So keep recommending and I lovee what you are doing about us

We need to blow our own trumpet if we dont who will

Very interesting post. Yes you are right Nollywood has improved and should be supported. I read positive reviews of Up North and plan to watch it soon. Yes we should support our own especially when it is commendable. I’ve watched some Hollywood movies that had great reviews and ratings but in my opinion terrible story line. If we don’t tell our stories ourselves no one will do it for us.

My latest love is Potato Potahyto with OC Ukeje🤣🤣
Love most of the Ones you have down here and would definitely be trying some recommended ones.

Really cool post! We will keep hailing our own

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