Nollywood Love: Top Nigerian Flicks to Watch

Nollywood Love
Nollywood Love


Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, continues to captivate audiences both domestically and internationally with its unique storytelling and cinematic flair. As we enter the year 2023, we present the top 12 Nollywood movies that have garnered significant attention and praise from viewers. From thrilling suspense to heartwarming tales of friendship and love, these movies have left an indelible mark on the industry. Let’s dive into the list and explore the ratings and directors of each film, along with a brief overview of their captivating storylines.

1. A Sunday Affair

Lifelong best friends Uche and Toyin fall for the same complicated man, which tests their loyalty to each other as they face a heartbreaking revelation.


Dakore Egbuson-Akande

Nse Ikpe-Etim

Oris Erhuero

Alexx Ekubo

Uzor Osimkpa

Hilda Dokubo

Chris Iheuwa

Eku Edewor

2. A Simple Lie

In this rom-com, a woman’s lie to her ex spirals out of control, exposing secrets within a group of friends who are cheating on — and with — each other.


Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori

Bisola Aiyeola

Ikubese Emmanuel Ifeanyi

Kachi Nnochiri

Blessing Obasi

Bolaji Ogunmola

3. Strangers

In a story based on real events, a boy deals with disease and despair in a remote Nigerian village — until an unexpected source of help changes his life.


Lateef Adedimeji

Bimbo Oshin

Bolaji Ogunmola

Chris Iheuwa

Nonso Odogwu

Debby Felix

Ndamo Damarise

Bimbo Akintola

Peter Fatomilola

Daniel Bogunmbe

Mide Glover

4. Here Love Lies

Preacher’s daughter turned single mother and travel blogger, Amanda finds more than romance when she takes a chance to meet a social media suitor in NYC.


Tope Oshin

Sam Dede

Tina Mba

Omowunmi Dada

Tim Shelburne

Angel Unigwe

5. The Wildflower

Three women silently endure abuse and assault from a lecherous boss, an abusive husband and a creepy neighbor until one of the women speaks out.


Deyemi Okanlawon

Damilare Kuku

Zubby Michael

Toyin Abraham

Nosa Rex

Eso Dike

Sandra Okunzuwa

Kiki Omeili

Etinosa Idemudia

6. King of Thieves

King of Thieves, a Nigerian thriller film produced by Femi Adebayo and directed by Tope Adebayo, and Adebayo Tijani is a story of a famous town and prosperous kingdom of Ajeromi, things were going as good as they should be in the Ajeromi kingdom until Agesinkole, a powerful bandit and terrorist came to terrorize the peaceful and prosperous kingdom of Ajeromi.

The Ajeromi Kingdom, however, sought to destroy this Agesinkole bandit with just every power within them, including their h, witches, wizard, and every power they possess.


Femi Adebayo as Agesinkole

Odunlade Adekola as King of Ajeromi

Toyin Abraham as Queen of Ajeromi

Ibrahim Chatta

Lateef Adedimeji

Aisha Lawal

Broda Shaggi

Segun Arinze – Narrator

Mr. Macaroni

Dele Odule

Adebayo Salami

7. Before Valentine’s

While preparing for the most romantic day of the year, four hairdressers at a Lagos salon face wild dramas in their love lives and their families.

Before Valentine, a romantic love-story mainly revolves around an ensemble cast of characters, all experiencing the trials of love, all before the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day.


Shawn Faqua

Meg Otanwa

Uche Montana

Teddy A

Ngozi Nwosu

Elozonam Ogbolu

Baaj Adebule

Inem King

Venita Akpofure

Ben Touitou

Bolaji Ogunmola

Yvonne Jegede

Clinton Chekwube

8. Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters is a Nigerian thriller series produced by Netflix.

The crime thriller follows the story of two friends, Sarah (Ini Dima-Okojie) and Kemi (Nancy Isime), who became fugitives after Sarah’s husband to be, Kola (Deyemi Okanlawon), disappears mysteriously on their engagement day, the circumstances of his disappearance became a mystery to the public until he (Kola) was declared dead few days after when his body was found in a shallow grave.

This situation then made Sarah and Kemi wanted fugitives, as they had to leave town to escape for their lives.

As everyone tries to find Kola’s killer, more secrets about Kola, his siblings, mother and family feud became revealed.


Ini Dima-Okojie as Sarah Duru

Nancy Isime as Kemi Sanya

Deyemi Okanlawon as Kola Ademola

Gabriel Afolayan as Femi Ademola

Ramsey Noah as Uncle B

Kate Henshaw as Uduak Ademola

Kehinde Bankole as Yinka Ademola

Genoveva Umeh as Timeyin

Uche Jombo as Sarah’s mother

Wale Ojo as Inspector Joe

Tope Tedela as Dr Adeboye/The Good Doctor

Toke Makinwa as Abby

Segun Arinze as Tijano

Daniel Etim-Effiong as Akin Bassey

9. The Wait

The Wait is a Nigerian faith-based drama film directed by Yemi Morafa and Fiyin Gambo.

The film is based on God’s Waiting Room, a faith-based book written by prominent Nigerian lawyer Yewande Zaccheaus.


Nse Ikpe Etim

Ini Dima-Okojie

Deyemi Okanlawon

Jimmy Odukoya

Chimezie Imo

Joke Silva

Kate Henshaw

Meg Otanwa

Uche Chika Elumelu

Aisha Sanni-Shittu

Juliana Olayode

10. Far From Home

Far From Home is the first Netflix Nigerian young adult TV series.

‘Far From Home’ is the story of Ishaya, a charismatic teenager and talented artist from a poor family whose dreams are suddenly realized when he receives a prestigious scholarship to the country’s most exclusive school, catapulting him into the luxurious world of Nigeria’s elite.

Meanwhile, a tremendous secret threatens his newfound status and, ultimately, the safety of his family.


Mike Afolarin as Ishaya Bello

Elma Mbadiwe as Carmen Wilmer-Willoughby

Genoveva Umeh as Zina

Bolanle Ninalowo as Oga Rambo

Bucci Franklin as Government

Natse Jemide as Reggie

Richard Mofe-Damijo as Feyi Wilmer-Willoughby

Bimbo Akintola as Mabel Wilmer-Willoughby

Funke Akindele as Patricia Bello

Paul Adams as Ishaya Bello Snr

Olumide Oworu as Atlas

Adesua Etomi as Mrs. Irurhe

Tomi Ojo as Rahila

Linda Ejiofor as Mrs. Abubakar

Carol King as Principal Gemade

Gbubemi Ejeye as Adufe

Richard Tanksley as Mr. Boyle

Deyemi Okanlawon as Essien

11. Shanty Town

Shanty Town is a Nigerian crime thriller created by Xavier Ighorodje and Chichi Nworah and produced by Ini Edo and Chi Chi Nworah.

The six-part series was released to Netflix on 20 January 2023.

Shanty Town follows the story of a ruthless leader named Scar (played by Chidi Mokeme) who handles a lot of dirty business and is popularly regarded as the King of Shanty Town.

Some of the Lagos hustlers who Scar and his associates have held captive have now united and wage war against him after it was discovered that captives that Scar supposedly sets free are always missing from existence.


Chidi Mokeme as Scar

Ini Edo as Inem and Idong

Richard Mofe-Damijo as Chief Fernandez

Sola Sobowale as Mummy Tornado

Nse Ikpe-Etim as Ene

Zubby Michael as Colorado

Nancy Isime as Shalewa

Shaffy Bello as Dame Dabola

Mercy Eke as Jackie

Ali Nuhu as Accountant

Uche Jombo as Detective Janice

12. Dark October

Dark October is a Nigerian film executively produced by Linda Ikeji and released to Netflix on 3 February 2023.

The film is centered on the true life event of the lynching of four young students at the University of Port Harcourt, popularly known as Aluu Four lynching.

The four were falsely accused of theft in the Aluu area of Port Harcourt and they were all lynched.

The film aims to document the events that led to their killings and the aftermath of the event.


Chuks Joseph

Munachi Okpara

Kem-Ajieh Ikechukwu

Oriaku Kelechukwu James

Following its release to Netflix, the executive producer, Linda Ikeji had said that she hopes that the film will spark a conversation about the dangers of extrajudicial killings and the importance of ensuring justice for all.

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