Nigerian Movies: Bringing the Joy of Cinema to Africa

Saturday, August 11 by Steve Silverman

Nigerian Movies

 

 

Nothing compares to the movie industry in Hollywood. However, while the best film makers may aspire to get backing from the major American film companies in Hollywood, the film industry has several strongholds in other countries. The film industry is growing quite a bit in  Nigeria— often referred to as "Nollywood"—has taken over as Africa's film capital. Here are four of the top movies that have been made in Nigeria about life in Africa.

 

Ezra (2007)

 

 

Ezra (Mamoudu Turay Kamara) is a youthful soldier who fights in the Sierra Leone civil war. There is no gentle treatment of the young soldiers. Many were kidnapped, including the 16-year-old Ezra. When he returns, he finds that he has been accused of the murder of his parents. His sister is his chief accuser. Because of the emotional upheaval he has suffered as a youngster who has been at war, he doesn’t remember a thing about his experience.

 

The Figurine (2009)

 

 

This is one of the most widely recognized African films made in recent years. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. In The Figurine, two friends come across a statue called the Araromire. This statue supposedly has mystical powers associated with it. Those who come across the statue will have seven years of good luck and then seven years of bad luck. The friends who discover the statue have no idea of this but begin to learn as their lives take several unusual turns.


Games Men Play (2006)

 

This film takes a look at the lives of upper class married couples in Lagos. In particular, it examines the relationships that many of the privileged have and the cavalier attitude they have when it comes to having affairs outside their primary relationship. In one example, a TV host (Monalisa Chindu) has a boyfriend (Michael Ezuruonyne) and he has a demanding woman (Ini Edo) on the side. Those kind of complications are typical of the relationships depicted in the film.


Anchor Baby (2010)

 

 

 

Joyce (Omoni Oboli) and Paul Unanga (Sam Sarpong) are an undocumented Nigerian couple living in the United States. When the United States Immigration Department orders them to leave, they know they must comply. However, Joyce is five months pregnant and the couple decides that it will try to hide out until the baby is born so the child can have automatic U.S. citizenship. Paul ultimately gets caught, leaving Joyce on her own. Just as she is about to be sent back to Nigeria, she gets help from an enterprising American journalist.