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Nollywood 10 Biggest Movies Of All Time

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The Nigerian movie industry has been around for over 50 decades telling the Nigerian story, correcting ills of the society, and celebrating the beauty of our culture. Several prolific filmmakers took it upon themselves to tell the Nigerian story a few years ago and now have birthed a multi-million naira industry that keeps growing and isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Nollywood 10 Biggest Movies Of All TimeFrom the era’s of national theatre to the VCD’S, Cinemas, and now Netflix the Nigerian story has been projected across the world and we have a number of movies that have stood out as the biggest moves of all time for their storyline, actors, grossing at the cinemas and several other factors.
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1. Osofia In London
The 2003 Comedy classic movie starring the legendary Nkem Owoh is one movie that held viewers spellbound across the country and in the international scene. The movie held a huge international appeal that several parts of the movie featuring the lead actor in a few countries were made. It tells the story of an unsuccessful hunter who hits fortune after the painful passing of his brother who left him with a huge fortune/ Osofia in movie navigates the cultural differences after he arrived London and also deals with his late brother’s wife Samantha who has her eyes set on the huge fortune. The cast list includes Nkem Owoh, Francis Odega, Victoria Summers, Mara Ashton, etc.
2. Diamond Ring
Diamond Ring is a 1998 Nollywood thriller film directed by Tade Ogidan. It stars veteran actor Richard Mofe Damijo, comedian Teju Babyface, Sola Sobowale, and late Bukky Ajayi. It tells the story of Chidi the son of Chief and Mrs. Ijeoma Dike who steals a diamond ring from Mrs. Gladys’ corpse as a part of his acts for a cult group he belongs to. The spirit of Mrs. Gladys in turn haunts Chidi and his friends. The members of the cult begin to die successively. Chidi is struck by a peculiar sickness that could not be treated by orthodox medicine. The journey to find his healing leads him in the return of the diamond ring to Mrs. Gladys’ corpse. This movie is regarded as one of the scariest movies in the history of Nollywood that held viewers spellbound.
3. Karishika
It is Nigeria’s first attempt at a Horror movie and it succeeded in scaring several viewers becoming a stamped part of their memory. A girl “Karishika” has been sent by Lucifer to the world to come and kill, destroy, and tempt people in order to increase the population in hell. The movie stars, Bob Manuel Udokwo, Becky Okorie, Sandra Achums, Obi Mmadubugo, Amaechi Muonagor, Sunny Mc-Don, Adaora Ukoh, Ifeanyi Ikpoenyi, Andy Chukwu, Steve Eboh

4. Suicide Mission
“Suicide Mission” is a story that revolved around Austin, his wife Winne, and his ‘side chick’ Monique. In the movie, Monique bottled her lover Austin, just so she could have control over him, and take over as his wife. The movie showed the extent people go for love and the chaos that may erupt from it all. The classic 1998 movie was produced by Sunny Collins and directed by Fred Amata, the movie features Richard Mofe- Damijo, Regina Askia, Ameze Imarhiagbe, Obot Etuk, Patrick Doyle, Peter Bunor Jr. among others.

5. October 1st
October 1 is a 2014 Nigerian dark psychological thriller film written by Tunde Babalola, produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan. It stars Sadiq Daba, Kayode Olaiya, David Bailie, Kehinde Bankole, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Nick Rhys, Kunle Afolayan, Femi Adebayo amongst other prolific actors. It tells the story he story of Danladi Waziri (Sadiq Daba), a police officer from Northern Nigeria who is posted to a remote town of Akote in Western Nigeria to investigate the frequent female murder cases in the community, and have the mystery solved before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day. The killer left the X mark on all females murdered and the mystery needed to be solved. The move according to the director cost a whooping sum of ₦330 million (US$2 million) which was a break away from the regular Nollywood budget as a heavy amount was spent on costuming and set.
6. King of Boys I
King of Boys is a 2018 Nigerian crime political thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Kemi Adetiba. It tells the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist feared by most. She has great underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear. It made a whopping sum of ₦ 245 million when it was released in the cinema. It stars Sola Sobowale, Adesua Etomi, Remilekun Reminisce, Illbliss etc.
7. Living in Bondage Original
The 1992 movie was directed by Chris Rapu. The first Living in Bondage produced by Kenneth Nnebue, was shot in Igbo and subtitled in English, It is regarded as the beginning of Nollywood. The main character Andy Okeke played by Keneth Okonkwo who was saddened by his current financial status and desire for wealth led him to a cult that demanded a ritual sacrifice of a loved one for riches. The movie was highly successful and is believed to have launched the career of the veteran actor Bob Manuel, Kanayo O. Kanayo. In 2019 an Epic remake of the movie titled “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free” and was still a highly successful Nollywood movie.

8. Domitila
The 1996 Nollywood classic, Domitilla, directed by prolific movie director Zeb Ejiro tells the story of a young Domitilla Junior, who gets into adventurous romantic escapades for survival. She and her gang of prostitute friends are unfortunately caught up in the mysterious death of a politician and must do everything possible to prove their innocence. The title of the movie became a word in local parlance used to describe Prostitutes. It is basically a story of what young girls get into in the quest to survive.
Domitilla featured A-list actors such as Anne Njemanze, Sandra Achums, Kate Henshaw, Adah Ameh and the late Enebeli Elebuwa. In recent reports, a sequel is on the way for this movie.
9. Glamour Girls
The 1994 Nollywood blockbuster written and produced by Nigerian filmmaker Kenneth Nnebue, told the story of a village girl played by the late Jennifer Okere who was convinced by her friend (played by Gloria Anozie) to come get a job in Lagos so as to live a better life. The theme of the movie was mainly greed, women’s greed for material things. The focus of the movie was on sex, money, power, and fame. It featured Nollywood legends like Eucharia Anunobi, Zack Orji, Liz Benson, Dolly Unachukwu, Gloria Alozie, Ernest Obi, Ngozi Ezeonu, Gloria Anozie, Pat Attah, and Sandra Achums.
10. Scars Of A Woman
This movie stars two Nollywood queens Kate Henshaw and Nse Ikpe Etim focusing on the dangers of female genital mutilation and its impacts on society. this movie teaches about the ills of Female circumcision. The movie also addresses how women are viewed in Traditional African society. The movie earned several awards in the international scene and huge applause for the actors.

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