Most Anticipated Nollywood movies of 2018

It is a new year we are here to talk about the Nollywood movies of 2018 we cannot wait to see.

2017 was an interesting year for the Nigerian Film Industry. There were breakout stars, social media comedians getting lead roles – Frank Donga in Hakkunde – and minor roles – Wofai Fada in Catch.Er and The Wedding Party.

The year also gave us lovable characters – Jobe in Picture Perfect, and loads of comedies.

2017 also witnessed a form of maturity in Nollywood, with refreshing movies such as Walt Banger’s Catch.Er, A Hotel Called Memory and Ojukokoro, which is termed by many as the best film of the year.

We also witnessed the record-breaking Wedding Party 2 (read my review), which is on its way to becoming Nollywood’s highest grossing movie of all time.

So, what about 2018? What are the must-see Nollywood movies of 2018?

Editor Note: Check out our list for most anticipated Nigerian movies of 2019.

My Six Most Anticipated Nollywood movies of 2018.

1. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

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Photo: Mo Abudu’s IG

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a rom-com starring Zainab Balogun, Jide Kosoko, and Kenneth Okolie. Produced and directed by Mo Abudu and Ishaya Bako (Road to Yesterday) respectively.  It premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the only Nigerian movie selected.

Mo Abudu has become a force to reckon with in Nollywood. Every film she has produced – Fifty, The Wedding Party 1 and 2 –  is among the top ten highest grossing Nigerian movies ever. So, as expected, many of us are interested to see what she has in store for us with TRHH.

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel starts showing in cinemas nationwide from 10 February 2018.

2. Getting Over Him

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Photo: Uduak Isong’s IG

Getting Over Him is a Romantic-Comedy written and produced by Uduak Isong. It is a story about getting over a cheating lover.

Mimi finds out her boyfriend has been two-timing and she may have been the side chic. Heartbroken she finds solace in a blog that takes her on a step-by-step guide to finding love again.

Cast includes Majid Micahel, Matilda Obaseki, Deyemi Okanlawon, Olive Emodi and Bimbo Ademoye.

Getting Over Him is directed by Desmond Elliot and will be cinemas nationwide from January 26, 2018.

3. Amina

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Photo: Themovieamina IG

Amina is my most anticipated Nollywood movie of 2018. It is epic, bloody and contains well-choreographed action scenes you see in epic movies like 300 and Troy. Well, not as great as those but this is a Nigerian film.

It is directed by Izu Ojukwu, known for the “76.” Amina tells the story of the legendary Queen Amina of Zaria.

Cast includes Lucy Ameh, Ali Nuhu, Yakubu Mohammed and Clarion Chukwura. No official date but you can watch the trailer below.

4. Kada River

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Photo: Toka McBaror’s IG

A historical film by Toka Mcbaror, who has an eye for movies set in the nineties. His 2017 movie, Lotanna, was one of the best Nollywood movies I saw last year and I saw a lot. From the costume, score to cinematography, attention was given to every little detail.

Kada River, like Lotanna, stars Chris Okagbue and follows the love story of Jerome and Nadia amidst the 2000 Kaduna crisis.

Kada River stars Joke Silva, Keppy Ekpenyong-Bassey, and Rachel Oniga. It will be in cinemas nationwide from February 21, 2018.

5. Death Island

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Photo: Toka McBaror’s IG

War is coming! Something different is coming. Toka Mcbrabor is directing this one too. He is one of the few directors pushing the boundaries in Nollywood.

Death Island Movie represents a story that creates a perception of corruption in the nation’s security.

Death Island stars Segun Arinze, Sambasa Nzeribe, Femi Adebayo and T-Boss. There is no official release date for Death Island yet, but we are hoping it is sometime this year. Have a glimpse of the movie in the teaser below.

6. Lion Heart

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Photo: Lionheartthemovie IG

Why are we looking forward to Lion Heart? It is Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut and it features a cast richer than the star-studded cast of The Wedding Party.

Lion Heart, Nnaji’s first movie since 2015’s Road to Yesterday and was shot in Enugu. It stars Pete Edochie, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Nkem Owoh, Kalu Ikeagwu, Onyeka Onwenu, Chika Okpala (Chief Zebrudaya), Ngozi Ezeonu and Yakubu Mohammed.

Lion Heart also features music stars Peter Okoye and Phyno. It is a story of an Igbo family running a profitable transportation business.

No release date, no trailer, no official photos but the Lion Heart is coming and we are waiting for it.

Are you as excited as I am? Tell me, in the comment section, the Nollywood movies of 2018 you are most eager to see.

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Daniel Okechukwu
Daniel is a Nollywood blogger; he discusses the latest happenings in the Nigerian Film Industry. His writings on Nollywood have appeared on Okayafrica, Africa is a Country, Konbini, and Culture Custodian.

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