Author: OIkeade

The question came up, “why ten?”. I took time to ponder, “it could be 25, we should even be listing 50. It’s a celebration of movies for Christ’s sake”. But the industry is not there yet for quite a bulky list, and we are patient. For now, here are the 10 best Nollywood movies of 2021, from December 2020’s record-breaking Omo Ghetto: The Saga to Kayode Kasum’s November 2021 Soole by first-time producer Adunni Ade. What makes our list? Related: Best Nollywood Directors in 2021 The 10 Best Nollywood Movies of 2021 10. One Lagos Night (Ekene Som Mekwunye) One…

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A film director has a style, and after multiple projects, a pattern is detectable, even when working across different genres and eras. Their influence, depending on the kind of project, can be seen and felt across all departments. Thus, a film’s success or failure can duly be ascribed to their efforts. 3 out of our 5 Best Nollywood directors. Our 2021 list comprises new faces, an indie collective, a veteran, and one that is mostly known in the mainstream fold. Not going by the level of output (quantity), but by the cohesion and success of elements felt in their respective…

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Welcome to our ranking of the best performers in the Nollywood movies we watched this year. We reviewed quite a number of Nollywood movies, and one argument that has repeated itself throughout the year is what makes a good performance in a movie. Sola Sobowale as Eniola Salami in KOB, Toyin Aimakhu in Prophetess, a supporting role such as Ijeoma Grace Agu’s Rose in Swallow, or Funke Akindele playing two characters in Nollywood’s box-office record-holder Omo Ghetto: The Saga. What should be regarded as impressive performance (way above abundant mediocrity), we hope our list makes a bit clearer. We don’t…

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The African Movie Academy Awards 2021, hosted by actress-comedian Chigul, took place on Sunday night. Representing Nigeria were Eyimofe, Omo Ghetto: The Saga, La Femme Anjola, Ayinla, Shadow Parties, and Oba Bi Olorun in various feature categories. The biggest Nigerian winner of the night was Eyimofe, with five wins out of six, losing out to Somalia’s The Gravedigger’s Wife in the biggest category of the night— the award for Best Film, which was won by Milkmaid (a Nigerian production) in the previous year. Another Nigerian winner on the glamorous Lagos night was Lady Buckit & the Motley Mopster, an animated…

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Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds in a movie give you exactly Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds in a movie, just as you know them. A bit confusing, I know. A movie with the trio, such as Red Notice, is just a movie with actual star and fantasized superhero power. And taking a look at Netflix’s most popular English films should tell you why this film—reportedly Netflix’s most expensive (at $160-200 million)—exists in the first place. It is a list that has Extraction, 6 Underground, Spenser Confidential, Army of the Dead, The Old Guard and Murder Mystery,…

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Written by Okediran AdeyemiTwitter : OkediranAdeyem1Instagram: Yemi_Write It is quite disheartening and pathetic to see, that the most anticipated television show in Nigeria, Gulder Ultimate Search, is not getting as much favourable reaction as a lot of the fans had thought it would. The survival reality show, Gulder Ultimate Search, which dominated the Nigerian airwaves in the early 2000s, has not been making much buzz despite its triumphant return after seven years off-air. The show that became the most-watched reality TV series in Nigeria before it ended in 2016 has not found its way to many people’s hearts since the beginning of the new season with the “The Age of Craftsmanship”…

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Dear reader, Hey, you. Yes, you, not the Netflix You. Strange things that have been lifting my mood in recent days are the old Nollywood costumes that are making rounds on Twitter. They’ve been making me chuckle, not only because they bring back funny memories, but because they look original and familiar at the same time. As a way to look forward to future Nollywood titles, we kicked off a new series on Instagram titled “Everything You Need to Know”. In this series, uploaded on Mondays, we tell you everything you need to know (that we could find) about a…

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The Prince of Egypt kicks off as a meticulously animated tale of helpless slaves pitted against their masters. While the enslaved only have the heavens to cry unto—whips lash, hands toil, sweat drips, and Egyptian monuments rise. This captivating prologue is aided by what would be the first of many enthralling songs, “Deliver Us”, composed by Hans Zimmer and performed by Ofra Haza and Eden Riegel. With the nailed prologue, opening song, and a disclaimer title card that warns viewers who might be expecting a faithful page-to-screen adaptation, the tone is set for viewers to enjoy a celestial religious event,…

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In my review of David Chappelle’s 2019 special, Sticks and Stones, I called the highly controversial-yet-successful standup comic a fool. And in his latest special for Netflix, he’s here to defend himself, taking over from his devoted followers who have to do most of the defending on social media after every special, due to the star’s inactivity on social media. With an inactive Twitter and Instagram account, he is always aware of the ‘draggings’ that take place on the platforms, oftentimes, lasting days after a new special. While most of the ‘discussion’ have been against his LGBTQ jokes, notably, the…

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