The current favourites of movie goers
Nollywood has for long been one of the world’s largest movie producer, but its movies were at best home videos, and not really worth going to see in theatres or cinemas.
However, with a breed of bright young actors, actresses, producers, directors, script writers, etc upping their game in the last few years and churning out top-quality flicks wholly or partly produced in Nigeria, the story is different.
Movie goers can now cough up good money to go to cinemas to see locally-produced movies, and be truly wowed.
The stage has been set, Nollywood practitioners now battle to out-do each other with every production. ENCOMIUM Weekly looks at the trending movies in cinemas in no particular order.
Road to Yesterday
Not surprisingly, Road to Yesterday is one of the trending Nollywood flicks currently in cinemas.
Set and shot in various parts of Lagos, Nigeria, the movie is an epic love story, about a couple desperate to mend its marriage on a road trip to a relative’s funeral.
However, as memories and secrets from the past are revealed, they realise more was at stake than their relationship.
Road to Yesterday, directed by Ishaya Bako, stars multi award-winning actress, Genevieve Nnaji and introduces Nigerian-British actor, Oris Erhuerho. Also featured were, Majid Michel, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and veteran Ebele Okaro.
Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo)
Taxi Driver (Oko Ashawo) follows the story of Adigun (played by Femi Jacobs), a naive village mechanic, who visited Lagos for the first time. His decision comes following the sudden death of his father, a man he never truly knew, yet a man very popular in his village as the iconic Lagos taxi driver, Oko Ashewo.
However, Adigun’s coming to Lagos is on the invitation of Taiwo, his father’s fellow taxi driver played by popular Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola.
The movie tells the story of how Adigun copes with the multitude of odd characters he comes across. From Delia the queen prostitute, to Kakanfo (played by Hafiz Oyetoro) the unseen vigilante, the notorious assassins, three wise men, to the Godfather, Baba Mistura and many more interesting characters that ply their trade in Lagos at night.
It’s a thrilling story of murder, betrayal, crime and love, relaxed with some comic relief.
Out Of Luck
Drama flick, Out of Luck revolves around a young lottery operator (played by Tope Tedela) and his girl friend (played by Linda Ejiofor) as their lives are turned upside down when a local gangster (portrayed by Femi Branch) insists he pays out on a lottery he did not win. Their attempt to pay the gangster takes them on a thrill ride from the slums on the Island to a mansion in Ikoyi, Lagos.
It also parades stars like Jide Kosoko, Wole Ojo, Adesua Etomi, Chigul, Kunle Remi , among others.
The movie is directed by Niyi Akinmulayan and produced by Zuma Onuekwusi and Chinaza Onuzo (who also wrote it).
LAPD African Cops
The lives of African American cops in Los Angeles are the focus of a new movie, LAPD African Cops. It follows the tale of two West African men (Officer Naija and Officer Ghana) who join the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and try to instill African values and culture, respect and morals as they go about their policing duties on Americans.
The African cops are seen comically enforcing decent dressing on young Americans who sag and wear skimpy clothes in ways synonymous to correcting young people in Africa.
The film, from the stable of The Atuma Brothers International Company, was written and directed by Hollywood-based Nigerian, Pascal Atuma.
LAPD African Cops also stars African-American movie stars, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Luenell Campbell, Dorien Wilson, Brian Hooks, Mari Morrow, Jaszmin Lewis, Trina Mcgee, Tonya Lee Williams, Caryn Ward-Ross and Bless Brown Vera.
Last 3 Digits
The movie stars Nonso Diobi, Padita Agu (who also co-produced it), Dr Sid, Bimbo Manuel, Yemi Blaq, Bishop Imeh Umoh, MI Abaga, Rachael Oniga, Madam Kofo, Moyo Lawal, Dabota Lawson, and Bobby Obodo.
The Moses Inwang-directed flick has since its production gathered a lot of awards and nominations both locally and internationally including Best International Film at The People’s Film Festival, New York, Best screenplay at the Golden Icons Academy Awards in Texas (USA), Best Actor Nomination at AMVCA.
- MICHAEL NWOKIKE