Forecasting the year’s best films is no easy task, especially now that there’s a flood of Nollywood movies hitting local cinemas. Nevertheless our editors have selected 4 of the most intriguing movies currently scheduled for release in 2016.
Some of these films do not have release dates yet, but all are expected to reach theaters this year.
Here are our top 4 in no particular order.
Award winning filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan has concluded shooting of his new movie ‘The CEO’. The movie was shot at different locations including Lagos, Paris and Kenya.
The CEO stars two-time Grammy award winner, Angelique Kidjo, Jimmy Jean Louis, Wale Ojo, Fatym Layache, Nico Ranagio, Kemi Lala Akindoju, veteran Nollywood actress, Hilda Dokubo, and several others. The movie is due for release the year. We are really excited about this one.
‘76 is a movie set during the era of military assassinations in Nigeria. With a focal point on the life of an officer who is wrongly indicted by the military. According to Izu Ojukwu, the director of the movie, “it’s a story told from a dual point of view – from the soldier’s patriotic perspective and from that of the officer’s wives.”
Cast: Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberisima, Chidi Mokeme, Memry Savanhu, Adonijah Owiriwa, Daniel K. Daniel, Nelly Ekwereogu and Shuaibu Ebenehi Adams.
Shot in Nigeria, the United States of America and Jamaica, the film showcases Akpos (AY) and his fiancée Bola (Funke Akindele) as they travel across the Atlantic to visit family, they unexpectedly end up on an adventure. From Nigeria to America to the beautiful island of Jamaica, this is a movie that is both designed to keep viewers reeling with laughter as well as bridge the gap between Hollywood, Nollywood and Jamaica’s film industry.
“A Trip To Jamaica” features Hollywood actors including Eric Roberts and Dan Davies while the Jamaica cast includes Paul Campbell (of 3rd World Cup) and Rebecca Silvera (Former Miss Jamaica). Ghanaian and Nigerian stars Chris Attoh, AY, Funke Akindele, Nse Ikpe Etim, Patoranking, Cynthia Morgan and Ras Kimono shine brightly.
The movie which will surely appeal to the teeming international ‘Akpos’ fanbase is directed by Robert Peters, and written by Dianne Diaz and AY.
Written by Richard Odilu, Surulere takes place in Lagos, Nigeria and focuses on Seun Ajayi’s character – Arinze’s life as an insignificant graduate trainee in a fictional agency, a serial debtor and a desperate young man eager to get ahead.
Directed by Mildred Okwo, the movie also features Beverly Naya, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Linda Ejiofor and Tope Tedela, Kenneth Okolie as well as rising stars Enyinna Nwigwe, Gregory Ojefua and Bikiya Graham-Douglas.