Nollywood’s Best Movies of the First Half of 2023

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Nollywood has had a great first half of the year, producing fantastic, diverse and interesting movies. According to the Nigerian Film Censorship Board, Nollywood produced just 280 movies in the first quarter of 2023. Quite a significant decrease for a film industry notorious for releasing short-order, mass produced movies. We didn’t become the world’s second largest film industry by playing around.

These days, there is more of a focus on quality over output — as a result, we’ve been consistently impressed by the quality and variety of Nollywood films in 2023. If you’re looking for the best contenders for the first half of the year, these are the standouts. 

1. A Sunday Affair

A Sunday Affair  is a movie about two friends who fall in love with the same man. The movie is a complex and emotional exploration of love, friendship, and betrayal. A Sunday Affair is a well-acted and suspenseful film. The story is engaging, and the characters are all well-developed.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

2. Dark October 

Dark October is a movie based on a true story about the Aluu 4, four university students who were killed by a mob in 2012. Dark October is a powerful and disturbing film. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is an important film that raises important questions about mob justice.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

3. The Rishantes 

The Rishantes is a movie series that showcases love, betrayal, trust, and sacrifice. The series also explores political selfishness and corruption in Nigeria. The Rishantes is well-acted and engaging, and it is a must-watch for anyone interested in Nigerian politics or culture.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

4. Shanty Town 

Shanty is home, but what happens when home no longer feels like home and all you want is the freedom to find a new home? This movie series tells the story of a group of courtesans who attempt to escape the grasp of a kingpin, but freedom doesn’t come easy because freedom to him means death. Watch as political corruption, blood ties, and self-damage makes freedom a near-impossible goal for them.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

5. The Trade

The Trade is a movie inspired by true events about a cunning kidnapper who terrorizes the Southern parts of Nigeria. The Trade is a suspenseful and action-packed film that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The film also features fantastic performances from Blossom Chukwujekwu and other actors.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

6. Love In A Pandemic

Love In A Pandemic is a movie about two people who fall in love during the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie is a heartwarming and romantic story that will make you laugh and cry. Love In A Pandemic is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope for love.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

7. Omozi 

In a bid to migrate from Nigeria to Belgium and give herself and her daughter a better life, Omozi falls into the trap of human traffickers and is trafficked to Malaysia. The movie is a heartbreaking and eye-opening look at the realities of human trafficking. Omozi is an important film that everyone should see.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

8. Nkemakonam

Nkemakonam is a movie about a young girl who is cast aside by her community after getting pregnant. The movie is a powerful and moving story about motherhood, premarital pregnancy, and castigation. This is one of the best Nollywood productions so far this year, the acting, pacing and cinematography are simply incredible. Nkemakonam is a must-watch for anyone who wants to learn more about these important issues. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Nigerian movie industry is fast becoming a major force to reckon with. Gone are the days of predictable storylines and poor acting. Nollywood is no longer about just about making formulaic movies; it is also exploring important social issues. Now, you learn about societal values, life hurdles, hardship, triumph and success, love, depression, history, all while being entertained. You should give these movies a watch if you haven’t already. 

All of these movies are available to watch on various streaming platforms, such as Amazon Prime, Showmax, Netflix, and YouTube. I highly recommend checking them out if you’re looking for some great Nollywood movies to watch.

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