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A curated list of the best Nollywood movies that are streaming on Netflix app in 2020.
Netflix has been in existence for long, and even though it is arguably the best network to stream movies and TV shows, it has passed through some challenges in the past. Netflix is said to have been founded in August 1997 and was purely a movie rental service. Users will order for a movie on their website and will get the DVD delivered to them in their post. Netflix has now grown to be one of the world's leading entertainment platform on the internet. Today, Netflix has over 151 million paid subscribers in over 190 countries around the world.
On February 25, 2020, there was an announcement that confirmed the arrival of Netflix to Nigeria with some Netflix original series in works. The information came with a tweet from an official account titled Netflix Naija, which was created for the streaming giant network in Nigeria. The tweet contains a photo featuring notable filmmakers in the Nollywood movie industries like Mo Abudu, Richard Mofe Damijo, Banky W, Adesua Etomi Wellington, Omoni Oboli, Ramsey Nouah, Kunle Afolayan, and Kemi Adetiba amongst others.
The tweet stated, "N is for Naija. N is for Nollywood. N is the 14th alphabet. 14 is also how many great talents you're looking at. N is for Netflix. But most importantly...hello, Nigeria!"
Since then, a lot of Nigerian movies have been acquired by the network after Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart movie in 2018, which was the first Nollywood movie to be accepted by Netflix.
Netflix didn’t find it so hard to create a home in Nigeria as a lot welcomed the platform with open hands. Many now have the apps on their digital devices which they use to stream their favourite movies and TV shows.
With this article, I'm going to be highlighting the top 30 movies that you shouldn't miss on Netflix.
Starring the likes of Timini Egbuson, Toyin Abraham, Shaffy Bello, Yemi Solade, Emem Ufot, and Broda Shaggi amongst others, Elevator Baby is a 2019 Nollywood Drama film directed by Akay Mason and produced by Niyi Akinmolayan of the Anthill Studios.
The movie tells the story about Dare (played by Timini Egbuson), a rich spoilt young man who somehow gets stuck with a less-privileged pregnant woman who later goes into labour. The movie was released first in movie theatres in Nigeria on Friday, October 11, 2019, and has since then received two recognition at the just concluded African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2020. It released on Netflix on June 19, 2020.
Being the directorial debut for Nigerian veteran actress Funke Akindele, Your Excellency is a comedy movie that centred around a political figure and businessman, Chief Olalekan Ajadi (played by Akin Lewis), who is contesting for a presidential post.
The movie also stars Funke Akindele, Alex Ekubo, Shaffy Bello, Osas Ighodaro, Eku Edewor, Toni Tones, Deyemi Okanlawon, Folarin Falana (Falz), and Beverly Osu amongst others. It released in cinemas on December 13, 2019, after which it premiered on Netflix on July 10, 2020.
Living in Bondage: Breaking Free also known as Living in Bondage 2 is a Nigerian supernatural movie directed by Ramsey Nouah and is a sequel to the Nollywood classic Living in Bondage film from 1992. The film stars the likes of Kanayo O. Kanayo, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kenneth Okonkwo, Muna Abii, and Swanky JKA amongst others.
The movie received 11 nominations at the AMVCA 2020 and won seven awards which include Best Overall Movie, Best Director, Best Movie West Africa, and more. It was initially released in movie theatres on November 8, 2019, and got its Netflix premiere in May 2020.
Nimbe film is a 2019 Nollywood movie directed by Tope Alake that centres around drug abuse. The film stars the likes of Chimezie Imo, Toyin Abraham, Odunlade Adekola, Rachel Okonkwo, and Doyin Abiola amongst other actors.
The movie was released in Nigerian cinemas on March 29, 2019, and has since then been one of the most successful Nigerian films released in 2019. The movie was also nominated or the 2019 UK Nollywood Film Festival Award. It made its Netflix debut on July 24, 2020.
What would you do first if you find $800 million? Well, that is what the Sugar Rush film centres around, three sisters who found $800 million and got into a series of problems by deciding to pick up the cash. Sugar Rush is a 2019 movie written by Jadesola Osiberu and Bunmi Ajakaiye and directed by Kayode Kasum. It stars the likes of Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Bisola Aiyeola, Bimbo Ademoye, Toke Makinwa, Banky W, Omoni Oboli, William Uchemba, Tobi Bakre, Jide Kosoko, and Mawuli Gavor amongst others
The movie release was on the Christmas day in 2019, and it is the fourth highest-grossing Nigerian film of all time. It later released on Netflix on July 3, 2020.
Are you looking for a Nigerian romantic comedy movie? Then you need to see Kasanova. Starring the likes of Wale Ojo, Ireti Doyle, Abayomi Alvin, and Ruby Akubueze, Kasanova film was directed by Oluseyi Asurf, produced by Eddy Young, and has Faith Ojo as its executive producer.
The movie tells the love story of a young man and a young woman, and their parents, as the single father of the young man falls in love with the mother of the young woman. The film initially had a release in cinemas on September 13, 2019. It later made its Netflix debut on June 26, 2020.
After a successful blockbuster in 2018, Ayo Makun and his gang don't seem to have finished their business as they come up with yet another mission. Following the events from the 'Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons' in 2018. The story narrates how the Merry Men will handle a mistake from their past even after they have decided to live a crime-free life.
The movie recalled the likes of Ramsey Nouah, Ayo Makun, Williams Uchemba, Ireti Doyle, Folarin Falana (Falz), Jim Iyke, Damilola Adegbite, and others. It also introduced Ufuoma McDermott for an important role.
The movie had its theatrical release on December 20, 2019, and made its Netflix premiere on June 5, 2020.
Starring the likes of Ramsey Nouah, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Toyin Abraham, Nancy Isime, Ayo Makun and others, The Millions movie is said to be one of the most expensive films to be made in Nigeria with a budget of ₦62 million. The film tells the story of how to friends plan a heist to move a stack of 42 million dollars kept by a politician in an apartment.
The movie had its initial release in Nigerian cinemas on August 30, 2019. It later made a premiere on Netflix on July 17, 2020.
Written by Elizabeth Emoh and directed by Okechukwu Oku, Black Rose film is a Nigerian drama that tells the story of Rose, a young woman who grew up with good virtue. However, she had her character in question when she falls in love with a man named Desmond.
The movie stars the likes of Blossom Chukwujekwu, J.K.A Swanky, Echelon Mbadiwe, and Betty Bellor amongst others.
The movie was released in theatres on August 30, 2019, and made its Netflix debut on August 21, 2020.
The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a Nigerian 2017 romantic comedy film directed by Ishaya Bako and a product of the Ebonylife production company. It premiered first at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8, 2017, after which it had a release in Nigerian movie theatres on February 10, 2018.
The story is about a disillusioned London chef who visits Nigeria only to struggle with her matchmaking mother and restoring the family’s rundown hotel. However, she becomes heartbroken when she discovers that the man she loves is buying it.
The ninety minutes Nollywood film stars the likes of Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Jide Kosoko, Rachel Oniga, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Toni Tones, Ini Dima Okojie, Joke Silva, and some other top actors. However, the movie made its Netflix debut on June 22, 2020.
Hire a Woman is yet another Nollywood rom-com movie currently available to watch on Netflix. The film was produced and directed by Chinneylove Eze and Ifeanyi Ikpoenyi. It starred the likes of Uzor Arukwe, Nancy Isime, Bellinda Effah, Alexx Ekubo, Ifu Enadda, Mike Godson, and Big Brother Naija’s Erica Nlewedim amongst others.
The movie is a spinoff from the Hire a Man movie released in 2017 and made a box office success grossing ₦20.8 million worldwide. It was released and became the highest Nigerian grossing movie in March 2019. The film later made a worthy release on Netflix on June 24, 2020.
Omoni Oboli did an outstanding job directing this comedy-drama movie written by the writer of The Wedding Party 2, Chinaza Onuzo. It stars Oboli herself, Richard Mofe Damijo, Toke Makinwa, Bimbo Manuel, Shaffy Bello, Femi Branch, and Yemi Blaq amongst others.
The movie is as a result of a collaboration between Omoni Oboli’s Dioni Visions and Inkblot Productions companies, which is their second film after Moms at War in 2018. The movie is about a couple who run against each other for a governorship post.
The movie initially had a release in Nigerian movie theatres on September 27, 2019. However, it made its debut on Netflix on April 29, 2020.
Directed and written by Abba Makama, The Lost Okoroshi is a Nollywood adventurous drama that tells the story following a security guard who wakes up to find himself transformed into a purple, mute spirit.
The film stars the likes of Judith Audu, Seun Ajayi, Tope Tedela, Ifu Ennada, and Demi Banwo amongst others. It initially had a September 6, 2019 release in Nigerian cinemas and later got its Netflix debut on September 4, 2020.
If you haven’t seen the first part of King of Boys yet, then Netflix is your best bet at seeing one of the best Nigerian movies ever made. King of Boys is a Nigerian thriller movie co-produced and directed by the brilliant Kemi Adetiba following her directorial success with The Wedding Party film in 2017. The movie reunites Nollywood veteran, Sola Sobowale, and actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington from The Wedding Party movie. It also stars the likes of Nigerian rappers Reminisce and Illbliss as they both played essential roles in the film. Other casts include Toni Tones, Jide Kosoko, Osas Ighodaro, Akin Lewis, Demola Adedoyin, Sani Muazu, and Sharon Ooja amongst others.
The film released on October 26, 2018, and since then has been the talking point in the Nollywood movie industry. It made its Netflix debut a year after its cinematic release.
Written and directed by Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo, Coming from Insanity is a Nigerian, comedy-drama that follows the story of a young houseboy, Kossi, who grows up to find a way in the art of making counterfeit money. However, all didn’t play out for the young has he gets himself on the EFCC radar.
The movie stars the likes of Gabriel Afolayan, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Damilola Adegbite, Wale Ojo, Odunlade Adekola, Bolanle Ninalowo, and Tina Mba amongst others.
The movie first released in Nigerian theatres on June 14, 2019, and later made its Netflix debut on September 11, 2020.
The Bling Lagosians is a Nollywood drama film written by Anthony Kehinde Joseph and directed and also produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters. The movie stars the likes of Elvina Ibru, Sharon Ooja, Osas Ighodaro, Toyin Abraham, Helen Paul, Alexx Ekubo, Bisola Aiyeola, Monalisa Chinda, Samuel Perry (Broda Shaggi), Ayoola Ayolola, and Jide Kosoko amongst others.
The film was released on June 28, 2019, and tells the story of a wealthy Lagos family and their mother Mopelola (played by Elvina Ibru). She is preparing for her 51st birthday despite some individual feuds and fights between the family members. It made its Netflix debut on October 11, 2019.
Directed and co-written by Ishaya Bako, 4th Republic is a Nigerian political drama movie that star the likes of Kate Henshaw, Sani Muazu, Bimbo Manuel, Enyinna Nwigwe, Ihuoma Linda Ejiofor, and Yakubu Mohammed amongst others.
The movie tells the story of Mabel King (played by Kate Henshaw), a female politician who is running for a governorship post as she experiences the aftermath of a violent and fraudulent election that caused the death of her campaign manager, Sikiru (Jide Attah).
The movie was released in Nigerian cinemas on April 12, 2019, after which it screened in seven universities in Nigeria in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Enough is Enough (EiE Nigeria) in a bid to curb electoral violence. The film made its Netflix debut on June 13, 2020.
Based on the story of a young woman who abandons her childhood innocence to venture into crime for survival, The Set Up is a Nigerian crime drama film directed by Niyi Akinmolayan and written by Chinaza Onuzo. The movie stars the likes of Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Kehinde Bankole, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Jim Iyke, Tina Mba, Joke Silva, Ayoola Ayolola, and Uzor Arukwe amongst others.
The movie was released on August 9, 2019, in Nigerian movie theatres and later made its Netflix debut on April 22, 2020.
Directed and written by Bodurin Sasore, God Calling is a 2018 Nigerian drama movie that tells a story about a young woman who is traumatized after losing her daughter to a fire accident that leads her to want to commit suicide but was saved by the intervention of God.
The movie stars the likes of Zainab Balogun, Eku Edewor, Richard Mofe Damijo, Shaffy Bello, Tina Mba, Nkem Owoh, and Onyeka Onwenu amongst others. It had its theatrical release on December 21, 2020.
Written and directed by Nollywood veteran filmmaker, Tade Ogidan, Gold Statue is a 2019 adventurous comedy-drama that stars the likes of Gabriel Afolayan, Kunle Remi, Sola Sobowale, Richard Mofe Damijo, Kevin Ikedugba, and Segun Arinze amongst others.
The award-winning film tells the story of two young men, Wale and Chike (played by Gabriel Afolayan and Kunle Remi), who are in search of the 'Gold Statue,' which they believed to be a deity inherited by their generation.
The movie was released in Nigerian cinemas on May 17, 2019, and is available on Amazon Prime Video.
Sylvia is a Nollywood thriller movie directed by Daniel Orhiari and written by Vanessa Kanu. The film stars the likes of Chris Attoh, Zainab Balogun, Ini Dima-Okojie, Udoka Onyeka and Ijeoma Grace Agu amongst others.
The film tells the story about Sylvia (Zainab Balogun) who was left by her lover, Richard (Chris Attoh), for another lady named Gbemi (Ini Dima-Okojie). However, complications for Richard arise when Sylvia decides to destroy his life.
The movie premiered on September 21, 2018, in Nigerian cinemas after which it made its Netflix debut on July 15, 2020.
Written by Tunde Babalola, and produced and directed by Nigerian veteran filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, October 1 is a dark psychological thriller Nollywood film that narrates the story of Danladi Waziri. Waziri is a Northern Nigeria police officer who is assigned to solve the murder case involving a female individual before the national flag is raised on October 1.
The film stars the likes of Sadiq Daba, Kehinde Bankole, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kunle Afolayan, Femi Adebayo, Bimbo Manuel, Ibrahim Chatta, and David Bailie amongst others.
The movie was released on October 1, 2014, in Nigerian Cinemas and is currently available on Netflix.
Based on real-life events of the Ebola virus outbreak in Nigeria in 2014, 93 Days is a 2016 drama thriller film that narrates the story of how the Lagos state health workers successful contained the virus.
The movie introduced Hollywood actor Danny Glover who acted alongside Nollywood actors like Bimbo Akintola, Bimbo Manuel, Charles Okafor, Seun Ajayi, and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama amongst others.
The 2 hour Nollywood drama made its release in Nigerian cinemas on April 24, 2016, after which it made its Netflix debut in 2020.
What will you do if you somehow switch bodies with your partner? Well, Ramsey Nouah and Omoni Oboli went through that phase on-screen in My Wife & I film. My Wife and I is a 2017 one hundred minutes Nollywood comedy movie written by Chinaza Onuzo and directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye. Apart from Omoni and Ramsey, the film also stars popular actors like Adeolu Adefarasin, Ngozi Nwosu, Rachel Oniga, and Jemima Osunde.
The movie was released in Nigeria cinemas on August 25, 2017, and is currently available on Netflix.
Nigerian music artistes Vector and Seyi Shay played lead roles in this movie. Lara and the Beat is a Nigerian drama directed by Tosin Coker and centres around the story of the Giwa sisters who are forced to draft their path to success after they were caught in the centre of some financial scandal with their parents' media empire.
The movie also stars the likes of Somkele Iyamah, Chioma Chukwuka, Uche Jombo, Sharon Ooja, Shaffy Bello, Saheed Balogun, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Bimbo Manuel, Wale Ojo, Deyemi Okanlawon, and DJ Xclusive amongst others.
The film premiered on July 8, 2018, in Nigerian movie theatres and September 14, 2020, on Netflix.
After some movies earlier in the franchise, Femi Adebayo decides to continue the Jelili movie franchise by releasing a new film titled ‘Survival of Jelili’. The comedy film directed by Desmond Elliot, tells the story of how Jelili (Femi Adebayo) in a quest to attain social relevance, takes on different jobs. The adventure will bring laughter to the audience of the movie as a good list of top funny Nollywood actors are cast for the film. The actors include Femi himself, Toyin Abraham, Rachael Okonkwo, Desmond Elliot, Yemi Shodimu, Woli Arole and some other actors.
The comic story initially had released in Nigerian cinemas on December 6, 2019, after which it got its Netflix premiere on July 8, 2020.
Directed by Kunle Afolayan, Diamonds in the Sky is a Nollywood drama that describes the story of three families as they navigate uncertainty and struggle when cancer affects their lives and presents emotional challenges that test their bonds.
The movie stars the likes of Toyin Abraham, Ali Nuhu, Femi Adebayo, Yvonne Jegede, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Adebayo Salami, and Omowunmi Dada amongst others. It made its debut in cinemas on September 14, 2018, and later August 7, 2020, on Netflix.
In 2016, Bovi Ugboma wrote and produced this magic. It’s Her Day is a comedy-drama directed by Aniedi Anwah starring the likes of Bovi, Shaffy Bello, Adunni Ade, Ini Dima-Okojie, Toni Tones, and Amanda Mike-Ebeye amongst others.
The movie follows the story of a couple who are about to get married. However, the groom has to go through the struggles of trying to meet up with the class of the bride's family. Victor, the groom, played by Bovi, wants a simple wedding but Nicole, the bride, played by Ini Dima-Okojie, wants a blog-worthy wedding.
The film was released on October 9, 2016, and distributed by Silverbird Distribution Company, is currently a value of over ₦55 million on the box office with ₦12 million made in the opening weekend. The movie later made a Netflix debut on July 29, 2020.
Women don’t take things lightly when they feel threatened by their mates, Omoni Oboli and Funke Akindele had to display some women (moms) characters in the 2018 comedy-drama film. Moms at War is a movie that tells the story of two mothers who compete with themselves to win a prosperous future for their children.
Alongside Akindele and Oboli, the movie also stars the likes of Michelle Dede, Yul Edochie, Adebukola Oladipupo, and Alvin Abayomi amongst others.
The film initially had released in Nigerian cinemas on August 17, 2018, after which it made its Netflix debut on October 18, 2019.
Mokalik is a 2019 comedy-drama movie produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan. The film tells the story of a young boy Ponmile (played by newcomer, Toni Afolayan), who is from a middle-class family but had to spend a day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop. Upon the arrival of his father, who is prepared to take him home, he is asked if he wants to return to school or face the apprenticeship fully.
The movie also stars the likes of Femi Adebayo, Wale Akorede, Charles Okocha, Halimat Adegbola, Tobi Bakre, and also introduces the Nigerian singer Simi for her debut acting role. The movie had its theatrical release on May 31, 2019, after which Netflix acquired it in July 2019 for a release on September 1, 2019.