List of top 10 Nigerian movies of the decade: 2011-2020 for movie fans
Over the decade, there has been a dramatic change in the quality of movies produced in Nigerian movie industry. The industry has grown large and is currently the largest in Africa. It is also the second largest in the world in terms of the number of movies produced yearly. The Nigerian movie industry (aka Nollywood) deserves to be applauded for its excellent achievements. The industry has won many awards and it is also making a tremendous impact on the international scene.
Gone are the days of producing poor quality movies with low budgets, now audiences are willing to watch quality Nigerian movies in the cinemas.
Below is a list of top 10 Nigerian movies of the decade 2011-2020 based on their success and how they have impacted the market.
10. Mr & Mrs (2012)
At number ten is a romantic drama film written and produced by Chinwe Eguwagu and directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka. Mr & Mrs is a story about the tomoil in a marriage that was on the verge of crumbling but eventually turned out fine. The movie earned a Gross Domestic Income of over 6 million naira and had five AMAA nominations.
9. October 1st (2014)
The movie October 1st is a film by Kunle Afolayan. October 1st was produced in 2014. It is a movie that shows the cinematographic expertise of the Nigerian filmmakers.
It was set in the era of Nigerian independence. The movie is about two inspectors saddled with the task of solving the mystery killing of women in the Town of Akote in Ibadan before independence day.
The movie won awards for “Best Featured Film”, “Best Screenplay” and “Best Actor” at the 2014 International Film Festival and has a GDI of about 60 million naira.
8. Ijé (The journey) (2010)
Ijé is a story casting two of Nigeria’s top actresses; Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji. With Genevieve casting as Chioma and Omotola as Anya. The story is about Chioma traveling to the US to rescue her sister who is being convicted for murder.
This Nigerian movie shows the life of an immigrant in a foreign land and addresses other important themes like culture, racism and love. It won a number of foreign awards and made a GDI of over 67 million naira.
7. Up North (2018)
Coming up at number seven is the movie Up North. Up North was directed by Tope Oshin and produced by Anakle Films and Inkblot Productions. This Nigerian movie talks about love, friendship and family politics. It’s a story of the rebellious son from a wealthy home that was sent for Youth Service in the Northern part of Nigeria. He goes through many hardships and makes new friends before he finally discovers himself. With a GDI of over 94 million naira, the movie was one of 2018’s best.
6. 30 days in Atlanta (2014)
Directed by Robert O. Peters and produced by the Nigerian comedian AY. The movie is about a man who won a 30 day holiday trip for two to Atlanta in USA and decided to take his cousin with him on a hilarious vacation. The cross-border comedy movie is grossed at over 163 million naira in box office sales. It won numerous awards and was named best movie of the year by the organizers of the annual Industry Awards.
5. 76 (2016)
This 2016 hit tells the story of the 1976 military coup. Produced by Adonis productions and Princewill’s trust, and directed by Ize Ojukwu, this Nigerian movie tells the story of a young officer after the civil war, who gets into a relationship with and O-level student. Being in the army, their relationship gets tangled up in numerous problems following the unsuccessful military coup. This movie has a GDI of over 74 million naira and is undoubtedly qualified to be among the Nigerian best movies of the decade.
4. Merry Men (2018)
Our very own “Yoruba demons” movie. Merry Men, is a story about four promiscuous businessmen who scheme to save a poor village from a corrupt politician that is challenging them. Merry Men has a box office gross of over 235 million naira. The movie was directed by Toka McBaror and produced by Ayo Makun and is no doubt one of Nigerians’ favorite.
3. Chief Daddy (2018)
Chief Daddy is currently among Nigeria’s top grossing movies. This Nigerian movie tells the story of a Nigerian billionaire industrialist who died and left a will that would divide his properties amongst his extended family provided they work together. The movie was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan and is grossed at over 387 million naira. This movie comfortably takes up the third position of Nigeria’s top grossing movies.
2. The Wedding party 1&2 (2016-2017)
This Wedding Party set a record for Nigerian movies in the year 2016. Produced by four studios, this Nigerian movie took up the number one position on the list of highest grossing Nigerian films with over 460 million naira. It went on to set a further record when the sequel was released with over 1 billion naira in the box office. Directed by Kemi Adetiba, the popularity of the movie spread greatly among Nigerians and deserves to sit among the top Nigerian movies of the decade.
1. King of Boys (2018)
At number one is our very own King of Boys. With the same Director as the wedding party. This Nigerian movie challenged the norm by putting in cinemas an over 2 hour long movie on politics. Within only 14 weeks, it set a record by reaching a GDI of over 200 million Naira. Kemi Adetiba got herself among the table of the elites as her movie shook the Nollywood Industry.
There are so many great movies that are not on this list of top 10 Nigerian movies of the decade 2011-2020. This is not because they are not good enough, but because the competition between them is too tight.
The era of Nigerian movies is gradually changing as this decade has broken and set numerous records.
The quality of Nigerian movies has begun challenging the international standards. Probably in the next decade, the Nigerian movie industry would take on bigger challenges by breaking international records and setting milestone achievements for the younger generation to surpass.
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