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 20 Nigerian Movies on Netflix
Lionheart is Genevieve’s directorial debut. The movies generated international buzz for being the first Nigerian movie acquired by Netflix for global distribution.
It is a feel-good movie that has been welcomed by the Nigerian audience. It received mostly positive reviews from critics, especially for Yinka Edward’s brilliant cinematography.
“When her father falls ill, Adaeze steps up to run the family business – alongside her uncle – and prove herself in a male-dominated world.”
Cast: Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeke Onwenu, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kalu Ikeagwu, Jemima Osunde, Phyno, and Peter “P-square” Okoye.
Director: Genevieve Nnaji
Abba Makama’s critically acclaimed directorial debut, Green White Green, was rejected by Nigerian cinemas because they thought it was not fit for the Nigerian audience.
Makama, who claims not to be hard done by the decision, said he “made a film that is accessible to anyone in the world.” Irrespective of their nationality.
“Green White Green is a tale about the shenanigans of three teenagers, from the three major Nigerian tribes, during their interminably long wait for admission to the university.”
Cast: Ifeanyi Dike, Jammal Ibrahim, and Samuel Robinson.
Director: Abba Makama
Road to Yesterday is a romantic drama that marked the return to acting by star actress Genevieve Nnaji. The movie also marks Ms. Nnaji transition to film production.
Road to Yesterday follows the story of an estranged couple, Izu and Victoria, trying to fix their marriage while en route a relative’s funeral.
Cast: Genevieve Nnaji, Oris Erhuero, Majid Michael, Chioma Omeruah, and Ebele Okaro-Onyiuke.
Director: Ishaya Bello
The Wedding Party is one of the few Nigerian movies to have both commercial successes – it sits second on the list of highest grossing Nigerian movies – and critical acclaim.
It is also one of the two Nigerian movies on Netflix among the top ten highest grossing Nollywood movies.
The film, which premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), was mostly loved by critics.
Writing for Pulse Nigeria, Chidumga Izuzu called it a “comedy movie that sets out to entertain.”
As their big day arrives, a couple’s lavish wedding plans turn into a nightmare of exes, fighting parents, and uninvited guests.
Cast: Adesua Etomi, Banky Wellington, Ireti Doyle, Ali Baba, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola SObowale, Zainab Balogun, Enyinna Nwigwe, Beverly Naya, and Daniella Down.
Director: Kemi Adetiba
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.
Cast: Ireti Doyle, Omoni Oboli, Dakore Akande, Wale Ojo, and Nse Ikpe-Etim.
Director: Biyi Bandele.
Long before they collaborated on big-budget, box office record-breaking comedies, Niyi Akinmolayan, and Inkblot Production released some interesting movies.
The Arbitration is one of them. The film explores sexual harassment in workplaces.
It is a nod to the #MeToo movement and while it fell short in execution, it was praised for its effort in pushing a different kinda story to our screens.
The arbitration panel is formed after a company’s CEO in Nigeria is sued for wrongful dismissal and rape by an employee with whom he had an affair.
Cast: O. C. Ukeje, Adesua Etomi, Ireti Doyle, and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama.
Director: Niyi Akinmolayan.
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Chief Daddy (2018)
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.
Director: Niyi Akinmolayan.