This is an in-depth review of some of the must watch latest Nigerian movies on Netflix for fans and die-hard supporters of Nigerian films. Over the past couple of years, Netflix which is one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world has begun to add a collection of blockbuster Nigerian films and tv shows to the streaming platform.
Netflix has also gone ahead to finance and originally produce Nollywood films like Lionheart and the King of Boys sequel. Netflix has increased its global reach and has been able to tap into the ever-growing movie industry by including movies and shows from the largest film-producing nation in Africa. While some of the films had already had their cinema run before being purchased by Netflix, some movies like Oloture were produced by the Netflix and released directly on its platform.
In no particular order, these are some of the hottest and must watch latest Nigerian Movies on Netflix in 2021:
Written and directed by veteran Nigerian Movie producer, writer, and director Kemi Adetiba. King of boys is the direct-to-streaming sequel of the blockbuster movie King of boys which was released in cinemas in 2018 and grossed over 200 million naira at the box office.
The King of Boys sequel premiered on Netflix in September to positive reviews and immediately became the most-watched show on the platform at the time of its release. The seven-episode series chronicled the return of Eniola Salami played by Nollywood veteran Sola Sobowale to Nigeria after a five years exile abroad, it is an action-packed political drama with plot twists that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
A sequel to the original movie “Omo Ghetto” released in 2010, the movie was released in cinemas in 2020 and was an instant box office hit grossing over 500 million naira in its cinema run.
The record-breaking movie which is now Nigeria’s most successful movie at the box office made its premiere on Netflix on the 10th of September 2021 and bumped king of boys off its number one spot. It tells the story of Lefty played by Funke Akindele and her struggles to adapt to the new luxurious life she has just been introduced to.
This is a series adaptation of the novel of the same name written and published by writer and financial expert Arese Ugwu in 2016. The seven-episode series premiered on Netflix on the 16th of September 2021 and garnered a lot of positive reviews from fans of the show.
Smart Money Woman tells the story of five women and their different struggles with money. It is a show that is packed with lessons on financial discipline and investment yet still soaked in juicy drama. This is definitely a must-watch for everyone.
4. Quam’s Money
Quam’s Money is a comedic masterpiece. The movie premiered on Netflix in August 2021 and stars Folarin Falana, Jemima Osunde, and Nse ikpe Etim amongst a host of stars. It was originally released in cinemas before it made its Netflix debut. It tells the story of Quam (Folarin Falana), a newly rich billionaire who loses his fortune to fraudsters and goes to any means to try and get his money back.
The teenage comedy-drama was originally released in the cinemas in January and made its Netflix premiere in July 2021. Day of Destiny is a story of two brothers who found a way to go back in time to make their parents rich. This movie will appeal to a much younger audience.
It is without a doubt that Netflix has been enjoying a great run with Nigerian movies. However, there are still many stories to be told. I would personally like the streaming company to take bigger risks on the Nigerian movie industry and partner with more Nigerian producers to fully utilize the vast majority of talent available in Nigeria.