2 Things To Expect From Nollywood In 2017
After the huge success of the “The Wedding Party” movie in 2016, Nigerian romantic comedy drama film, directed by Kemi Adetiba that premiered on 8 September 2016 at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada and on 26 November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. The film has been showing in cinemas across Nigeria from 16 December 2016 with a huge audience also making the movie booked-out. We definitely know kemi is upto something even better in the year 2017. Let’s watch out!
Niyi Akinmolayan was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His first feature was a Kajola in 2009. He has since gone to make more critically acclaimed features and documentaries. He also runs Nigeria’s biggest post production studio for film and television; ANTHILL studios. In 2016 he made one of the best movies of the year “The Arbitration” which was selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Niyi Akinmolayan is one movie director with lots on his sleeves in 2017.
Omoni Oboli is a Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, director and producer. A gifted writer and a trained digital filmmaker at the New York Film Academy. She has several intriguing screenplays to her credit: including ‘Fatal Imagination’, ‘Being Mrs Elliott’, ‘The First Lady’ and ‘Wives on Strike’. In 2010 she won the award for Best Actress — Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, and the award for Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival. Omoni was nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards. In 2014, Omoni won Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at the 2014 ELOY Awards, for her movie Being Mrs Elliott. In 2015, Omoni was awarded the Sun Nollywood personality of the year. She is a talent behind the camera as a Director. Omoni Oboli is on movie maker with a difference and we can’t wait to see what she has for her fans in 2017.
Half of a Yellow Sun is a 2013 Nigerian Historical fiction — drama film directed by Biyi Bandele and based on the novel of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The film is a love story that follows two sisters who are caught up in the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Anika Noni Rose, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje and John Boyega. The film premiered in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie brought lots of light into the Nigerian Civil War and the way with which the story was told, Biyi won the hearts of so many and opened a new gateway for Chiwetel Ejiofor. Though it wasn’t his first movie but it was his first Nigerian Movie and he did an excellent job.
’76, formerly Lions of ’76, is a 2016 Nigerian historical fiction drama film produced by Adonaijah Owiriwa and Izu Ojukwu and directed by Izu Ojukwu. It stars Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic and Ibinabo Fiberesima. Set six years after the civil war, a young officer from the Middle Belt gets into a romantic relationship with an O-level student from the South-eastern region. However, their relationship is strained by constant military postings. The soldier gets accused of being involved in the 1976 unsuccessful military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed, and the heavily pregnant wife, gets entangled in an emotional dilemma. The historical account in ’76 went through a seven-month approval period at the Nigerian Military before filming started. The film which is set in the ’70s was shot in Ibadan, Oyo. The film has been in production for about five years. The movie according to Film-one distribution has made about 72 million Naira since its release to cinemas across the country, it also a top nominee for the 2017 edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs).
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, Bimbo Manuel, Ibrahim Chatta and introducing Demola Adedoyin; it also features special appearance from Deola Sagoe. The film, which is set in Colonial Nigeria, narrates the 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 critically acclaimed movie gained so much praises from both viewers and film critics within and outside Nigeria. October 1 won several awards and also earned Kehinde Bankole best actress in 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. She has since then featured in both stage plays and other box office movies.
Originally published at Okiki App.