Are you thinking of signing up to Netflix?
If so, you will be pleased to know that there are an increasing number of Nigerian movies on Netflix.
The good news is that we’ve done the hard work for you and put together a list of the 10 must-watch Nigerian films on Netflix. Check it out below…
At the top of our list of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix is Fifty. With the upper middle-class neighbourhoods of Ikoyi and Victoria Island in lagos as the backdrop, four successful Nigerian women, among them a TV star and obstetrician, have their lives plunged into chaos in one week.
This is one of the most highly acclaimed Nollywood films around today and is featured even on the UK version of Netflix. Affairs, family secrets, unexpected pregnancies and illness, Fifty has all you would expect from a classic drama film and much, much more.
Director: Biyi Bandele
Actors: Dakore Akande, Ireti Doyle, Nse Ikpe-Etim and Omoni Oboli
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Filmed in Lagos State, Road to Yesterday is a gripping drama. An estranged couple go on a road trip to the funeral of the relative and go through a journey of betrayal, pain, love and regret that will leave you stuck to your seat. The film was co-produced by the actress, Genevieve Nnaji, and is the first film that was produced by her. Road to Yesterday is a beautiful story of love and life that can’t help but have an impact on you.
Director: Ishaya Bako
Actors: Genevieve Nnaji, Ori Erhureo and Majid Michel
Lagos Cougars is a romantic drama about four Nigerian ladies in their forties. The storyline is sometimes romantic and sometimes comic. Are these cougars on the hunt for love or simply looking to fulfil their wildest fantasies? Lagos Cougars is gloriously cliched but has a special place in the heart of all Nollywood fans across the world.
Director: Desmond Elliot
Actors: Monalisa Chinda, Uche Jumbo, Daniella Okeke, Alex Ekubo
Burning Bridges is a highly acclaimed Nollwyood film on Netflix. The film’s plot deals with a bride who is consumed with jealousy when her fiancee’s female friend arrives on the scene just before the wedding. Burning Bridges is a tear-jerker which will appeal to those who loves romantic films with a touch of Nigerian drama in the mix.
Director: Okey Oku
Actors: Ivie Okujaye, Ken Erics, Esther Audu, Suzuki Ultra, Rita Arum
The 2014 Nigerian movie Knocking On Heaven’s Door tells the story of a marital relationship between Debbie and Moses. The marriage seems perfect but then a story from Moses’ past life disrupts the relationship of Debbie and Moses. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is an impactful drama addressing issues of violence, addiction and much much more.
Director: Desmond Elliot
Actors: Majid Michel, Ini Edo, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Adesua Etomi, Roger Peters
For those interested in crime and detective films, October 1 is the perfect pick for you. Set against the background of Britain’s withdrawal from Nigeria prior to independence, detective Danladi Waziri is on the hunt for a murderer who has been pursuing local women. October 1 is a superb Nigerian movie on Netflix that showcases the immense variety of Nollywood films.
Director: Kunle Afolayan
Actors: Nick Rys, David Bailie, Kehinde Bankole, Ibrahim Shatta, Sadiq Daba
How would you feel if you lived in a village and your best friend gets the opportunity to leave and study medicine? What’s more, you find out that you are pregnant at the same time. This is the exact story of Mad Couple, a drama of intense proportions set in rural Nigeria. Mad Drama is an entertaining drama that is highly relevant to the upheaval in Nigerian society in recent years.
Director: Tchidi Chikere
Actors: Mercy Johnson Nuella Njubigbo Uche Odoputa, Ruth Kadiri Uche Ebere Agu
Eddie and June are in the perfect relationship until the unthinkable occurs. In Forgetting June, June is involved in an accident out of town. Thinking that she is dead, Eddie pursues a relationship with June’s best friend, Tobi, until he discovers that the accident was not fatal. Forgetting June is a gripping drama and will leave you on the edge of your seat as the painful truth is uncovered.
Director: Ikechukwu Onyeka
Actors: Majud Michel, Beverly Naya, Mbong Amata, Biola Williams, Bloom Chuks Chukwujekwu
Onye Ozi is a Nollywood comedy of epic proportions. The film’s plot revolves around a Nigerian man who joins his fiancé in London after many years apart. When he discovers that London does not match up to his expectations, he becomes completely disappointed and ends up in a life of crime with hilarious consequences. Onye Ozi is a an epic barrel of laughs and there’s little surprise that it won two awards at the 2014 Nollywood Movies Awards.
Director: Obi Emelonye
Actors: Okey Bakasi, Anthony Aclet, Stephen Moriaty, Ngozi Igwebike, Adesua Atuanya
Finding Mercy is a suspense-filled drama which showcases the stellar acting skills of Uti Nwachukwu. The opening scene starts with two men raiding a house that they think is empty. The two men find a pregnant woman who goes into labor and they must decide whether to take her to the hospital or not. The woman dies after reaching hospital and the drama starts from there. Finding Mercy is a first class Nollywood drama and is surely one of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix today.
Director: Desmond Elliot
Actors: Rita Dominic Uti Nwachukwu, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Tamara Eteimo
So, there you have it, 10 of the most amazing Nigerian movies on Netflix. Which of these films have you seen? Please write to us in the comments section below and let us know which of these Nollywood films most took your liking.