Popular Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim on Friday said she had put herself under self-isolation after arriving from the United Kingdom.
Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has advised all visitors arriving into the country to self-quarantine for at least 14 days, in order to limit the potential spread of the deadly new coronavirus.
The self-quarantine is highly recommended especially for those arriving from coronavirus hotspot countries, including the UK.
“Yesterday, in the morning, I returned to Lagos from the UK – one of the countries listed as a COVID-19 hotspot by the Federal Ministry of Health,” Ikpe-Etim said on Twitter.
Yesterday, in the morning, I returned to Lagos from the UK – one of the countries listed as a COVID-19 hotspot by the Federal Ministry of Health.
I am presently in Self-Isolation according to the directives of the NCDC and in constant communication with them. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/qEPqh9p3fR
Big Brother Naija 2019 housemate, Sir Dee and Nigerian singer and entertainer, Teni are taking new strides in their career as they make their acting debut in Nollywood’s latest romantic comedy, ‘Dear Affy’.
The movie tells the intriguing story of a career woman whose well-laid out plans to marry the man of her dreams is frazzled by life.
Other stars featured in the film include: Enyinna Nwigwe, Kehinde Bankole, BBNaija’s Anto Lecky, Odunlade Adekola, Bimbo Ademoye, Toyin Abraham, Chinedu Ikedieze, Bimbo Ademoye, Chiwetalu Agu, Ali Nuhu and Hafiz Oyetoro.
The movie is expected to hit cinemas on February 14, just in time for Valentine.
Comedian-actor Samuel Ajibola popularly known as Spiff has announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Sandra.
The Nollywood actor announced the news on his Instagram page on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
He shared some pre-wedding photos which he captioned with a loving message.
“S O U L M A T E: I’ve always been big on the kind of Soul I would be spending the rest of my Life with as Forever is a Long time to be Miserable with the wrong person. At some point in my adolescence, It became a fervent prayer request when I figured I couldn’t find you myself. God answered, and it didn’t take long to confirm you as the woman of my Dreams, My Best friend & the very one that would compliment me.
2018 brought us the likes of King of Boys, Merry Men, New Money and Lion Heart, amongst others.
2019 on the other hand, has arguably been a far quieter year in movies for the Nigerian film Industry.
While the industry continues to churn out movies, up its game in terms of quality and consequently, global appeal, it still appears as though there was less publicity for most of the top movies of the year compared to years prior.
Channels TV’s Entertainment News, has, however, been able to pull up a list of movies that shaped the year.
From box office hits, to movies that people generally loved according to Google stats, here’s our top 10 movies for 2019 (by month).
The challenges of life threaten to tear a couple’s marriage apart. But they struggle to seek the light that only true love can bring.
Starring veteran actors, Joke Silva, Rita Dominic, Ngozi Nwosu and Kalu Ikeagwu, the movie is centered on themes of love, betrayal and tribalism.
Directed by Ekene Mekwunye, it was released in January.
The movie tells the story of a teenager suffering from parental negligence, constantly being bullied by his peers but finds consolation, love and relevance in a street gang he is introduced to by an older neighbour who he meets by chance.
In this company, he is introduced to the dangerous world of drugs, hooliganism and thuggery where he experiences the accompanying challenges and consequences prevalent of such a life.
Starring Toyin Abraham, Chimezie Imo, Rachael Okonkwo and Doyin Abiola, the movie addresses issues associated with drug abuse, prostitution, cultism, some of the causes, and how to identify and avoid them.
It was directed by Tope Alake and released in March 2019.
Starring Gabriel Afolayan and veteran actors, Sola Sobowale, Richard Mofe Damijo and Nobert Young, the movie tells a story of two young men, who try to locate a “Gold Statue,” which may have been a deity inherited by their generation.
After discovering that the statue is buried somewhere in a prison in Ilesha, Osun State, one of them decides to risk everything and end up in jail.
Produced by Tade Ogidan, and released in May 2019, the movie bagged several nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Directed by Kunle Afolayan, Mokalik tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who, although from a rich home, his life takes a different turn when he is sent to work as an apprentice at a mechanic workshop far from his home in the suburbs.
The comic-drama released in May features Femi Adebayo, Ayo Adesanya and Singer, Simi, amongst others.
It was also nominated for the Durban International Film Festival 2019.
So we all know that Lagosians are generally known to love to party hard and it is no different for the Holloways.
A wealthy Lagos family, their mother Mopelola, is about to celebrate her 51st birthday party and she is bent on having a lavish celebration which could become the year’s biggest society event.
But the buzz about the party compels the Asset Management Corporation to foreclose on ST. IVES, the family business.
Drama ensues as Akin Holloway (her husband) makes efforts to cancel the party and maintain a low profile to get them off the radar and also save their business.
Released in June 2019, the Bolanle Austen-Peters film features Elvina Ibru, Toyin Aiyemakun, Osas Ighodalo among others.
Love and War
Imagine a couple running against each other in an election, weird right?
Well, that was the crux of the movie, Love and War, starring Richard Mofe Damijo and Omoni Oboli (Mr and Mrs Philips) who ran against each other for the position of governor in the same state.
The comedy-drama was released in September.
This romantic comedy is about a single dad who falls in love with the mother of his son’s crush. It is a story that highlights the importance of family, friendship and love.
Directed by Oluseyi Amuwa, the movie was released in September.
It features Iretiola Doyle, Toyin Abraham, Ruby Akubueze and Alvin Abayomi, among others.
The movie tells a story of a young Nigerian boy, ‘farmed out’ by his parents to a white British family with hopes of a better future.
A directorial debut by British-Nigerian actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Farming depicts the struggles of the young teenager, struggling with an identity crisis and eventually finding his place in life.
“It was very surreal, very cathartic, at times very emotional but ultimately it was like the fruition of a vision that I had carried for so many years,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje had told Channels Television in an interview.
The film released in October features Genevieve Nnaji, Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, among others.
The Ghost and The House of Truth
A dedicated counsellor, Bola Ogun, facilitates reconciliation sessions between convicts and victims of their crimes.
But when her own daughter goes missing, her belief in forgiveness is tested. The movie features Susan Wokoma, Kate Henshaw, Tope Tedela, among others.
Directed by Akin Omotoso, it was released in November and has been nominated for the Urban World Film Festival.
Living In Bondage: Breaking Free
If you watched Living in Bondage in the 90’s, then chances are, you might be excited to see how the film was re-enacted nearly 27 years after.
Living in Bondage: Breaking Free tells the story of an ambitious young man, Nnamdi Okeke, who, like everyone else, wants more out of life.
However, he can’t afford the kind of life he wants with his current income and an encounter with Chief Ibaka, a family friend with a notoriously dark past opens the door to his dream life.
It all comes at a great price, that could change his life forever.
Within three weeks of its release in November, the Ramsey Nouah film became a huge box office success grossing over 100 million.
It also became the highest-grossing Nigerian film in 2019 surpassing the record set by Bling Lagosians.
The film is also ranked eighth in the overall list of highest-grossing films in Nigeria.
Leading actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, says the reason she has not been picking up roles in movies lately is because she cannot act in a movie where she will not get royalties in her contract.
Popularly known as Omosexy, she disclosed this in an interview on Rubbin Minds on Channels Television.
She also lamented that Nollywood industry is disorganised and lacks structure. She, however, added she is proud that alot of learned people are in the movie industry now and that the standard has increased.
“It is really hitting me, how disorganised my industry is and how much we have not done structurally. I know there are people who are very intelligent in this industry but somehow, we have not just coordinated ourselves. Individually, some of us are doing very well but as a body we are not.
“So I have decided to fall back. I am not doing movies for now because most times when I talk to produces, I tell them since I acted ‘Ije’ every movie I have acted had royalties in my contract. So if you are not going to put royalties in my contract, I am not going to do your movie. You don’t just pay me off and go.
“If I die tomorrow, let my children to have something to hold on to,” she said.
Also known as the ‘Queen of Film’ Omotola said it is irresponsible that actors will allow themselves to be used and dumped by producers.
“I think it is irresponsible that we are doing this or that we are allowing people to do this to us.”
When asked if actors demanding royalties is sustainable in Nigeria’s entertainment industry. She expressed confidence that, “It is very sustainable.”
The actress also hinted at her new initiative called Teffest which according to her will change the face of entertainment in the country.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has reconstituted a 12-man committee of Nollywood stakeholders, ahead of the 2020 Academy Awards, popularly called The Oscars.
Comprising old and young Nollywood stakeholders, the newly constituted Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) is headed by pioneer member, Chineze Anyaene, with other members including, Mildred Okwo, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Ngozi Okafor, Charles Novia, Abba Makama, Bruce Ayonote, Ramsey Nouah, Chioma Ude, Shaibu Husseini, Adetokunbo “DJ Tee” Odubawo and CJ Obasi.
“We dont take this for granted. We hope the committee fulfils its original mandate, which is to give a platform to credible Nigerian films to compete at the prestigious Academy Awards annually,” Anyaene said.
“We couldn’t make any submissions in previous years due to unavailability of qualifying films, but things are looking hopeful… and we are actively working towards having an entry this year.”
Nigeria had joined 82 other countries contesting the ‘Foreign Language’ diadem, now called ‘International Feature Film’ category, after an approval and subsequent inauguration of the NOSC in February 2014.
However, Nollywood could not present any film for the Oscars as the few submissions did not meet basic criteria.
The ‘International Feature Film’ of the Oscars gives an opportunity to Nigerian filmmakers living in Nigeria and diaspora for a shot at the foremost creative industry award scheme globally.
A group of teenagers from Kaduna are on the verge of making a major break into the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood), and they plan to do this with just their smartphones.
Following the massive social media attention which their short films garnered, the teens who call themselves ‘The Critic‘ might indeed find their way and take their place in scheme of things within Nollywood.
Using just a basic green screen, the student filmmakers have been playing around with the sci-fi movie genre and are beginning to get the attention of the world.
With basic tools and just smartphones, these students come up with rather surprising short films that have left a wow effect on many viewers.
These crew of 8, is said to have short their first film titled ‘Redemption’ from visual effects skills which they learned through YouTube Tutorials.
According to one of the young filmmakers, Godwin Josiah, their aim was not just to go viral, but to show that kids within the north are doing something different.
Despite the various challenges they face, The Critics have continued to excel in special effects, making very commendable clips with a smashed mobile phone, a tripod made from a broken microphone stand and other equipment made from improvisation and thinking out of the box.
As often is the reward of creativity and hard-work, films by The Critics caught the eye of a well-known producer – who encouraged a fundraising campaign making them almost $6,000 which is enough to buy them new equipment which will see to the production of more qualitative films.
Nigeria’s film industry, dubbed Nollywood, has long kept viewers entertained with tales of romance and riches, and now foreign investors are increasingly looking for a part of the action.
US giant Netflix, France’s Canal+ and China’s StarTimes are among those making moves in the globe’s second-most-prolific film industry, which churns out more than 2,500 films each year and is topped only by India’s Bollywood.
At an event in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos, this week potential investors from France mingled with local directors and politicians as they heard about the possibilities on offer.
“The revenues from the box office rose by 36 percent between 2017 and 2018 from $17.3 million to $23.6 million,” Chijioke Uwaegbute, an expert on the industry at PwC Nigeria, told those gathered.
“Nowhere in the world will you see this kind of opportunities and growth.”
Traditionally, Nollywood films have been low-budget productions, often shot in just a couple of days at a cost of several thousand dollars and marred by poor sound and image quality.
Rampant piracy and the widespread circulation of unlicensed copies has eaten into profits and put off investors from increased funding.
But higher quality Nigerian-made films have in recent years been having far more impact at the box office in a nation with a potential market of almost 200 million people.
The Wedding Party and its sequel Wedding Party 2 released by director Kemi Adetiba in 2016 and 2017 generated over $2 million, beating out US blockbusters for the first time.
Following up on that success the comedy Chief Daddy by Niyi Akinmolayan brought in some $600,000 last year.
The figures remain minuscule compared to the vast sums grossed by Hollywood hits, and the Oscars are a distant dream, but increasingly upper and middle-class Nigerians who can afford the tickets seem willing to pay to go see local productions.
And it is these films with a higher production value that are attracting the investors from overseas.
Canal Olympia, a subsidiary of French media giant Vivendi, runs cinemas and entertainment venues across the continent and includes at least one Nollywood film in its programming each week.
The group will next year open two cinemas in Nigeria, a country with only one screen per million people where power shortages and high land-costs have made such ventures complicated.
“It is very important for us to be close to Nollywood,” Simon Minkowski, development director at Canal Olympia, told AFP.
“But beyond just distribution, there is a real appetite to produce the content made by Africans in Africa.”
Laurent Sicouri, head of acquisitions at Canal+, said he was in Lagos to “evaluate the production” of Nigerian cinema.
The chain has already upped its interest in films from the country and offers Nollywood TV to its subscribers in Francophone Africa.
While there is interest from Europe, most of the attention for directors and producers in Nigeria is focused on trying to attract Netflix.
The online entertainment provider has already acquired the rights to a string of Nollywood productions and in January released the first Netflix Nigerian original film, Lionheart by actor-director Genevieve Nnaji.
Those involved in the industry are hoping that the influx of foreign interest will help push their output to a new level.
But Serge Noukoue, founder of the Paris-based Nollywood Week film festival, warned that the industry needs to wise up to take full advantage.
“Now that Nollywood is attracting investors the Nigerians have to learn to better protect their interests so that there is not just pure exploitation of their content,” he said.
“At the moment, they sell to Netflix and that is the end of the story.”
Starring Jemima Osunde as Toun Odumosu, the movie tells the story of a young lady, who goes from being a shop girl to a billionaire,after her absentee father leaves her his empire to run.
Directed by Tope Oshin, the movie was released in March 2018 and liked by 92% of the viewers.
The star-studded movie features Folarin Falana, Osas Ighodaro, Wofaifada, Daniel Etim Effiong, Adeolu Adefarasin, Kalu Ikeagwu.
Veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji stars in this flick as Adaeze Obiagu, a young lady who has to step up to the challenge when her father is no longer able to handle the company due to health issues.
Her father Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie), leaves the company in the hands of an uncle and both of them have to fight to save the company from a huge debt or lose it altogether.
An inspiring drama which addresses issues around family values, succession, and female empowerment, “Lion Heart” marks Nnaji’s directorial debut.
“It highlights the various challenges faced by women, particularly in male-dominated industries,” she told Women and Hollywood.
Online movie streaming platform, Netflix, also announced that it acquired the worldwide rights for the movie.
According to Google, 96% of viewers liked the movie.
This movie tells the story of a young rebellious heir, Bassey Otuekong (Banky Wellington), who is sent to Bauchi for his NYSC assignment as a punishment and as a way of humbling him, while also being groomed to take over his father’s company.
It explores love, friendship and family politics, all of which collide, creating memories to last a lifetime.
Directed by Tope Oshin, the movie features Rahama Sadau, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Adesuwa Etomi Wellington, Hilda Dokubo.
It hit cinemas in December 2018
“Wedding Party 2”
The romantic comedy starring Banky W as (Dozie) and Adesua Etomi as (Dunni) is a sequel to ‘The Wedding Party’, which became a monster hit after its release in December 2017.
The story is about two people genuinely in love and the unnecessary interference of family members as well as the hassles of inter-cultural marriages.
While the first movie explores the flamboyant Nigerian wedding culture, the sequel, which is also full of humour and warmth, captures the concept of destination weddings, which is gradually gaining ground among Nigerians.
The movie has remained a favourite for many, despite being released on December 15, 2017, and is one of the top trending movies of 2018.
Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, it was liked by 93% of viewers according to Google.
“Royal Hibiscus Hotel”
In this romantic comedy, a disillusioned London chef, Opeoluwa (Zainab Balogun), visits Nigeria and struggles with her matchmaking mother as well as in restoring the family’s rundown hotel.
She’s heartbroken as she discovers her new lover, Deji (Keneth Okoli), is working on a deal to buy the hotel.
An Ebony Life Films production, the movie which was directed by Ishaya Bako had its world premiere on September 9, 2017.
It was then officially released in February 2018 and is liked by 94% of the viewers.
Nigerian Immigrant Gary Barbar (Jimmy Jean-Louis), works as a teacher in the United States and is quite successful.
However, from time to time, he suffers violent flashes of visions and nightmares of a past that he knows nothing about.
His entire life and aspirations eventually hinge on finding the truth and meaning behind the nightmares.
In trying to find answers, he returns home to Benin City but is totally unprepared for the complications that await him.
Esohe, directed by Charles Uwagbai, is an epic film that explores themes of reincarnation, love and the supernatural.
It features Jemima Osunde, Chris Attoh and Toyin Aiyemakun.
“King Of Boys”
This movie follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami (Sola Sobowale), a businesswoman and philanthropist with a promising political future.
As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear.
To come out of this on top, she is caught up in a game of trust and ruthlessness.
The movie was directed by Kemi Adetiba and is her second film after her directorial debut, The Wedding Party.
It was released in October 2018 and is liked by 97% of the viewers.
The movie tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses.
He lives extravagantly, until the day he dies suddenly and the ‘bullion van’ stops.
“Chief Daddy” also explores the chaos caused by having numerous children from different women who were not aware of the existence of one another, until their father’s death.
Directed by Niyi Akinmoloyan, the movie was released on December 14, 2018.
According to Google, it is liked by 96% of viewers.
This is a movie that explores themes of faith, spirituality, and self-discovery.
Starring Zainab Balogun, the story looks at the life of a young woman, Sade, her family, and her faith through the lens of an unconventional encounter with God in the modern age.
After suffering a personal tragedy, she is taken on a journey of self-discovery and faith which transforms the lives all those around her.
Directed by BB Sasore, the movie features Karibi Fubara, Nkem Owoh, Richard Mofe Damijo, Tina Mba, Onyeka Onwenu, among others.
It was released in December 2018 and is liked by 100% of the viewers.
“Lara And The Beat”
This movie tells a story about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the center of a financial scandal with their late parents’ media empire.
The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble, and must learn to build their own future and salvage their family’s past.
Produced by Tosin Coker, the movie was released in July 2018 and it is liked by 94% of the viewers.
Cast: Seyi Shey, Vector, Somkele Iyamma, Sharom Ooja among others.
While she has remained a prominent player in Nigeria’s film industry (Nollywood) with her career spanning over 20 years, in recent years, she has ventured into film production, among other things.
Under her production company, The Entertainment Network (T.E.N.) in collaboration with other partners, she produced her first feature film in 2015, “Road To Yesterday” directed by Ishaya Bako – which has now ushered in her directorial debut, Lionheart.
The movie will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Saturday, September 8, 2018.
Starring herself, (Genevieve) alongside Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Nkem Owoh, amongst others, the film is an inspiring drama which addresses issues around family values, succession, and female empowerment.
“It highlights the various challenges faced by women, particularly in male-dominated industries,” Nnaji told Women and Hollywood.