2018 was an interesting year for Nollywood; the first and second quarter of the year saw the release of several disappointing movies. However, towards the end of the year, starting with Kemi Adetiba’s epic King of Boys, we saw some films we were all proud of.
But it was in December that Nollywood truly came to life; there was the star-studded Chief Daddy, the superbly-directed Knock Out Blessing, the socially conscious Power of 1, Genevieve’s feel-good Lionheart, and the visually pleasing faith-based drama, God Calling.
Just like 2018, Nollywood has started slowly this year, we haven’t seen a Knockout Blessing or a big-budget comedy like Chief Daddy but there is hope that the industry will come through as the year progresses. So we are bringing you the list of the most anticipated Nigerian movies of 2019.
10 Most Anticipated Nigerian Movies of 2019
1. The Lost Okoroshi
The Lost Okoroshi is Abba T. Makama’s sophomore feature and it has big shoes to fill. Makama’s debut, Green White Green, was incredibly good and it received rave reviews from several local and international publications.
If C. J. Obasi’s tweet above is anything to go by, then we cannot wait.
Directed by: Abba T. Makama.
Starring: Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi, Ife Ennada, Demi Bawo, Ozzy Agu, Chiwetalu Agu, and Judith Audu.
You know any movie produced by Mo Abudu is going to be a big one, and when the director is the acclaimed Kenneth Gyang, it is definitely a most anticipated. How is Abudu’s commercialism going to merge with the artistic Gyang on a movie about human trafficking?
Directed by: Kenneth Gyang.
Starring: Omoni Oboli, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Beverly Osu, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Sharon Ooja, Omawunmi, Segun Arinze, Lala Akindoju, David Jones David, and Daniel Effiong.
The guys at Anthill Studios, known for their post-production work for movies such as Chief Daddy and The Wedding Party 2¸are releasing an animated movie this December and we couldn’t be more excited. Why is Frogeck in our list of anticipated Nigerian movies of 2019? Because it is Nollywood’s first animation feature to open in cinemas!
Directed by: Nurdin Momodu.
Opening on: December 2019.
Frogeck is the story of a friendly green alien with a powerful gift who lands accidentally in an orphanage home in Ibadan. While trying to get home, he teams up with the kids to save their orphanage from a ruthless villain.
4. The Foreigners God
Easily the most anticipated Nigerian movie coming out this year thanks to its mega star-studded cast, ambition, and costume design. The Foreigner God produced, directed, and costume designed by Ifan Ifeanyi Michael is a period piece set in Enugu during the colonial era.
Directed by: Ifan Ifeanyi Michael.
Starring: Pete Edochie, Henry Brinton, Ini Dima-Okojie, Onyeka Onwenu, Annie Macaulay-Idibia, Frank Donga, Toke Makinwa, Sharon Ooja, Sam Dede, Toyin Abraham, Teddy A, and BamBam.
At the peak of colonial-era Nigeria, English documentary photographer, Pepper Claude, following a tale of the supernatural, journeys into the heart of Igbo land in search of a story. All goes well until his bodyguard mysteriously disappears and he falls in love with one of the culprits, Nnenna, an accused witch living under subhuman conditions in a witch camp in the heart of the jungle.
There is plenty of reasons to anticipate Mokalik; it marks the return of Kunle Afoloyan to the big screen and it is Simi’s Nollywood debut.
Directed by: Kunle Afolayan.
Starring: Femi Adebayo, Wale Akorede, Fathia Williams, Simi, Lateef Oladimeji, Dayo Akinpelu, and Ayo Ogunshina.
‘Mokalik’ follows the career of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, from the middle-class suburbs who spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop in order to view life from the other side of the tracks… When his father arrives to take him home; Jaiye has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school or take on his apprenticeship full time.
Joba is a faith-based movie written and directed by Biodun Stephen. If you are familiar with her movies on irokotv you know superb storytelling is expected and Joba being the first movie she has both directed and written that will be showing in cinemas, we can’t wait for it.
Directed by: Biodun Stephen.
Starring: Blossom Chukwujekwu, Enado Odigie, Christine Osifuye, and Ronke Ojo.
Opening on: April 5, 2019.
The faith of a childless Christian husband is tried, especially when all fingers point to him as the cause of their childlessness. He must protect his wife who is on a suicide mission whilst managing to keep the faith.
7. 4th Republic
In this political thriller, Ishaya Bako is asking: “this election year, what kinda democracy do you want?”
Directed by: Ishaya Bako.
Starring: Kate Henshaw, Manuel Bimbo, Yakubu Mohammed, Sani Muaza, Linda Ejiofor, and Enyinna Nwigwe.
Opening on: April 2019.
Following a violent and heavily marred governorship election, aspirant Mabel King and her idealistic campaign manager, Ike try to discover what went wrong and seek justice through an election petition tribunal.
Their quest soon becomes a race to find and convince two young witnesses with evidence of violence at the elections to testify in court; before the opposing candidate finds them first.
Rantnik makes our list of most anticipated Nollywood movies coming out this year because of its daringness; it is an action flick with a lot of VFX. That’s not a Nollywood thing.
Directed by: Dimeji Ajibola.
Starring: Bolanle Ninalowo, Zikky Alloy, Osas Ighadaro, Meg Otanwa, Tope Tedela, Adunni Ade, and Karibi Fubara.
9. Code Wilo
What’s an election year without more than one political thriller? Just like Ishaya Bako’s 4th Republic above, Code Wilo is focused on the problems that come with a female running for office. However, election vibes are not the only reasons we are hyped over it, the movie features Nollywood legends: Alex Usifo and Eucharia Anunobi.
Directed by: Mike-Steve Adeleye.
Starring: Gabriel Afolayan, Kalu Ikeagwu, Zack Orji, Alex Usifo, Eucharia Anunobi, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Gbenga Titilope, Yaw, and Daniel Etim Effiong
10. Coming from Insanity
Coming From Insanity explores the story of Kossi the Bear, a boy genius who later became a notorious currency counterfeiter.
Directed by: Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo.
Starring: Gabriel Afolayan, Bolanle Ninalowo, Dakore Akande, Sani Danja, Wale Ojo, Sharon Ooja, Damilola Adegbite, Odunlade Adekola, Tina Mba, and Sambasa Nzeribe
Opening on: April 5, 2019.
In the mid-nineties, a 12-year-old boy (KOSSI) with genius-level intelligence, is one of many children trafficked through the Nigerian borders from Togo. He ends up with the MARTINS, an upper-middle class family of 4 in Lagos. At their home, he will work overtime for his meals and shelter as a houseboy. Fast forward to present day, Kossi is still a houseboy with the Martins. He dreams of a better life, but with barely any education, he knows his future is compromised. He relies on his natural abilities and talent to carve out a way for himself, soon discovering the art of counterfeit money printing and floating the most flawless counterfeit dollars this side of the world. Now out on his own, he employs the services of a few friends and grows the operation substantially, landing him on the radar of a young determined agent at the EFCC who will stop at nothing to bring him to justice.
That’s our list of the most anticipated Nigerian movies of 2019, which are you eager to see?