While Genevieve Nnaji’s love letter to Enugu, Lionheart, is the first Netflix Nigerian original; it is not the first Nollywood movie to appear on the streaming platform. There have been several Nigerian movies on Netflix long before the Lionheart deal.
Netflix is an option for Nollywood filmmakers to make more profit off their art.
It is also home for movies rejected by the Nigerian cinemas as in the case of Abba Makama’s Green White Green. Making it one of the best platforms for fans at home and in the diaspora to enjoy Nigerian movies.
So, if you are looking to Netflix and chill, below is a list of all the Nigerian movies on Netflix.
NB: Click on the title to go to the movie’s page on Netflix.
The Visit is a unique 4-cast movie which was praised for its excellent screenplay – credited to the brilliant Biodun Stephen – and strong performances.
All four actors were outstanding in their roles.
The film focuses on the life of two couples with different lifestyles – the uptight, conservative Chidi and Eugenia and the loudmouthed, hard-partying Lanre and Ajiri – living in the same apartment block and how they handle conflict when their lifestyles collide.
Cast: Blossom Chukwuejekwu, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Femi Jacobs, and Bayray McNwizu.
Fifty is the first movie from Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Films. The movie focuses on the lives of four women – Tola, Kate, Elizabeth, and Maria – approaching fifty and with unique problems.
Tola is a popular reality TV star with a complicated marriage; Maria has a secret affair with a married man; Elizabeth, a successful obstetrician with a taste for men half her age, has a disastrous relationship with her daughter; Kate’s battles with a life-threatening ailment has turned her to a devout Christian.
Want a piece of action, crime, and romance in one movie? Then Netflix and chill with The Department. The movie is one of several collaborations between screenplay writers Chinaza Onuzo and Uduak Isong.
The film tells a story of a secret department in a business conglomerate, as its gang members blackmail top executives into selling their companies to the leader of the conglomerate. The department wants one of their former members for a job but she is now married. Her husband disapproves but she accepts anyway. Now, he must sabotage the department to save his marriage.
Cast: Majid Michael, Osas Ighodaro, Desmond Elliot, Oc Ukeje, and Jide Kosoko.
A Soldier Story drew out an award-winning performance from Daniel K. Daniel, who played Bossman, a savage war criminal who has a special love and smell for rats (snitch).
Nollywood is not a conducive environment for war dramas and of all the Nigerian movies on Netflix A Soldier Story is the only one that explores the genre. The story packs a lot of promise but falls short in execution. However, it is still an enjoyable ride.
After a battle between peacekeepers and rebels, one injured soldier is found comatose but alive by a scavenger who slowly nurses him back to health.
Cast: Linda Ejiofor, Tope Tedela, Daniel K. Daniel, and Adesua Etomi.
Invasion 1897 is an ambitious, historical drama by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen. The film tells the story of the events that led to the forcing out of the powerful Oba Ovonramwen of the old Benin Kingdom by the British colonial forces.
Aiming to seize control of coveted rubber trees, British colonial forces move into West Africa’s Benin Empire to depose its powerful ruler.
Cast: Mike Omoregbee, Paul Obazele, Rudolph Walker, Annika Alofti, Charles Venn, and Segun Arinze.
Mothers have a strong bond with their sons; that bond is even stronger when it is the only son and this can make some mothers intrusive. Mummy Dearest explores such relationship and how it disrupts the son’s life.
When a colleague’s mother dies, a man who has been avoiding his own intrusive mother travels home for a visit that changes their relationship forever.
Cast: Daniel K. Daniel, Liz Benson, and Wendy Elenwo.
Chief Daddy is the biggest Nollywood movie released in 2018.
Its story revolve around he death of billionaire industrialist, Chief Beecroft who dies unexpectedly while having lunch.
Billionaire industrialist, Chief Beecroft, who dies unexpectedly while having lunch, leads an unexpected family reunion as they are forced to unite and organize a fitting farewell for Chief Daddy. His wife, sister, children, household staff and assorted mistresses all jostle to position themselves for their share of the funeral budget – just in case they are not included in the will. Once the will is read, Chief Daddy will have the last laugh from beyond the grave.
Cast: Falz, Funke Akindele, Ini Edo, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor, Rachel Oniga, Joke Sylvia, Linda Ejiofor, Bisola Aiyeola, Zainab Balogun, and Dakore Akande.