It is pleasant to look to the past and take the chance to enjoy some of the offerings of that time or use the opportunity to catch up on experiences we might have missed along the way. To help with that purpose, here are 6 Nollywood films from 2018 that are currently available to stream on Netflix.
Lara and The Beat
Directed by Tosin Coker and starring Seyi Shay, Vector, Wale Ojo, Sharon Ooja, Shaffy Bello and Uche Jombo, Lara and the Beat is a coming-of-age film about two sisters who, following the deaths of their parents, find themselves in the midst of their media empire’s financial crisis. In order to save their family’s legacy, the sisters are ripped from their affluent adolescence and forced to forge their own path using their musical abilities and business savvy.
The Ghost and The Tout
After seeing a masquerade she shouldn’t see, a young lady starts seeing a ghost, and her life becomes a series of dramas that only she can see and comprehend. The narrative of the film centres on Isila (Toyin Abraham), a young lady from the ghetto. She meets a ghost named Mike (Sambasa Nzeribe), who needs her help communicating with the people he left behind. She gets entangled in solving a murder mystery at the ghost’s behest, and her life takes an unexpected turn. The funny action continues in a sequel, The Ghost and The Tout Too.
Directed by Tope Oshin (Here Love Lies), Up North delves into love, friendship, and family politics as they intersect when the rebellious young son of an affluent family is forced away to National Service in Northern Nigeria.
Bassey Etuokong (Banky W) is a thirty-year-old affluent kid living off the family riches. Much to his father’s chagrin, Bassey has no plans to join the family company or settle down in the strategic marriage that has been planned for him. As punishment, he is sent to Bauchi state to participate in the mandatory NYSC program. Bassey arrives in the North kicking and screaming, but he quickly settles in and is determined to make the most of the situation. Outside the camp, Bassey is sent to teach at a secondary school in Kafin Madaki, a rural hamlet, where his liberal views collide with the society’s more regimented conservatism. And he also falls in love along the way.
Four wealthy men, played by Ramsey Nouah, Ayo Makun, Jim Iyke, and Folarin “Falz” Falana, known as the merry men, seduce prominent ladies, get contracts from the political elite, steal from the wealthy, donate to the poor, and enjoy sex with the town’s sexiest women. When they oppose an infamous and corrupt politician who wants to destroy a community to create a shopping mall, they confront their most difficult struggle yet. The four guys devise a plan to halt the destruction and rescue the village’s underprivileged. The merry men returned in Merry Men Two in 2019 and will be back again in another installment to be released later this year.
Chief Daddy is a comedy-drama film directed by Niyi Akinmolayan and written by Bode Asiyanbi. It boasts a large star cast of popular Nollywood actors, such as Funke Akindele Bello, Kate Henshaw, Nkem Owoh, Joke Silva, Patience Ozokwor, Richard Mofe Damijo and Racheal Oniga. Chief Daddy tells the story of Chief Beecroft, a millionaire businessman who acts as a benefactor to a big extended family of relatives, home employees, and mistresses. He dies unexpectedly, and his will sparks drama among his extended family, all of whom are scrambling for a piece of the pie.
King of Boys
Arguably the biggest nollywood film of 2018, King of Boys is a riveting crime thriller directed by Kemi Adetiba and starring Sola Sobowale, Reminisce, Illbliss, Demola Adedoyin and Adesua Etomi. Alhaja Eniola Salami is a businesswoman and philanthropist with a tumultuous history and a potential political future. As her political aspirations cause her to outgrow the criminal ties that have made her so wealthy, she is pushed into a power battle that threatens all she values. After escaping from the clutches of her foes, Eniola comes back in a sequel series King of Boys: The Return of The King.
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