Attempts to shoot the first films were made in Nigeria in the 60s of the last century. However, the high production costs and the lack of a sales market prevent them wanting to shoot movies.
The situation began to change in the mid-1980s when state television appeared in Nigeria. The number of foreign content on the channel was limited by legislation, so the channel’s management was forced to look for materials for broadcasts at home. The television performances of local theatrical companies began to broadcast (and be popular among the viewers), which led to a rapid development of the television show. And by the mid-90s, the development of technology led to the emergence of cheap tools for editing at home. It allowed filmmakers to shoot films instead of TV shows.
Today, we will speak about TOP 10 best Nigerian movies to watch.
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List of best Nigerian movies to watch
The movie tells about the impoverished and criminal area of Johannesburg. The viewer is in Soweto, along with the main character — a guy named Tsotsi. Despite his young age, he has already achieved some success in the criminal world. Today, Tsotsi leads a gang of street thugs who follow his instructions. Among other criminals, there are rather eerie stories about him, telling of the ruthlessness and unscrupulousness of the bandit. But one day the life of the main hero of criminal drama begins to change rapidly. It all started on the evening when he was a guest at another party. Tsotsi is very drunk and steals an expensive car from the parking lot. When a young man wakes up, he discovers in the car a small surprise — “child.” Communication with a young man becomes a real test for Tsotsi since from this day in his soul begins the struggle between love and cruelty. Soon we will find out who he really is: a magnanimous person or a criminal.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
The comedy film tells about several stories that happened to people in the hot and sometimes wild African continent. This fascinating story begins with a very simple one thing — an empty glass bottle from under Coca-Cola, which fell from heaven to earth and was in the hands of the Bushmen tribe. The bottle became a real gift of heaven. With the help of a bottle, members of the tribe began to cope better with the economy, and also invented new entertainment. But soon it became a bone of contention in the tribe.
To reign peace and order, the Bushman decided to return it to the gods. Fate sends him on a distant and fascinating journey in which he learns a lot of new and interesting, as well as gets acquainted with such an unusual Western culture. In parallel with the history of this man, there are two more stories related to the teacher Kate Thompson and the missionary Andrew Stein, who will survive in the wild, as well as the story associated with hapless terrorists.
Bambara is a people living mostly in Mali, and it was its mythology that became the basis for such a smart ethnic film by Suleiman Cisse, who once received the jury prize at Cannes.
A somewhat surreal story, however, occurs around the 13th century on the territory of the then Empire of Mali. A young but already powerful sorcerer from the ancient family of Diarra is constantly on the run from his father, a powerful sorcerer trying to kill him. Running away, the hero crosses the territory of the West African peoples Fulani and Dogon. In search of his uncle’s help, he finally reaches the desert, where his father finds him.
The movie is shot in such a way that, in fact, African witchcraft turns out to be an integral part of the local people. Hereyou can see a terrific scene when the mother pours herself with milk in the river, asking for protection from the goddess of water. And the final battle of the father and son, in which we finally find out what “Brightness” means. In the language of the Bambara the picture is called “Yeelen” – it is a kind of mythological construct that takes place in the complex religious structure of African peoples.
A Screaming Man (2010)
A difficult decision of father is in the TOP 10 best modern Nigerian films.
The film “A Screaming Man” tells about a fifty-year-old employee of the hotel which was acquired by an investor woman from China. Once Adam was a swimming champion in Central Africa, and now it is difficult for him to survive the innovations in the hotel. His place is occupied by his son. Adam’s personal defeat occurs against the backdrop of civil war. The situation develops so that through the fault of Adam, his son goes to the war.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
A dramatic film tells the story that occurred in the 90’s on the African continent. The two Hutu and Tutsi tribes are waging a hostile war, to which the authorities have turned a blind eye because corruption in African countries has reached its climax. This uprising led to a brutal massacre of the population, which claimed more than a million innocent people in the country.
The hero of the film Paul Rusesabagina is the owner of the elite hotel Rwanda, he belongs to the Hutu tribe, and his beloved wife Tatyana Tutsi. This family is puzzling local residents. However, Paul stays out the way and does not get into inter-tribal slaughter.
When the situation in the country becomes critical, Paul, who has great connections, bribes influential people, thereby ensuring the safety of his family.
But the death of a huge number of people and neighbors, makes Paul resist. In his hotel Rwanda, he takes and hides people. Thus, Paul Rusesabagina saved more than a thousand refugees from the bloody massacre in the streets.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
The middle of the TOP 10 best Nigerian movies for all time.
Nelson Mandela is a great fighter for interracial equality, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the eighth president of South Africa, but the first black president of this long-suffering country. The film shows the life of one of the greatest fighters in the world for human rights. Being born in the land of his ancestors, Mandela like all black people of South Africa at that time did not have the majority of human rights. A worthy son of his ancestors, he could not allow the “white” to continue to mock his people and was ready to give his life for his goal.
Goodbye Bafana (2007)
The picture tells about a white South African racist who for 20 years protected Nelson Mandela.
Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
Lucky and his best friend Zakes begin to make money on car thefts, and this gives them a dizzying amount of money.
Yankee Zulu (1993)
A life separates friends. Their next meeting will happen after twenty-five years and, of course, they remember their distant childhood. Men abduct a huge amount of money and, changing their skin color in the dressing room, flee from their pursuers.
Mad Buddies (2012)
The first place of the TOP 10 best Nigerian movies for families.
Boetie is an environmentalist and Beast is a black cop. Both simultaneously receive a message that a poacher is seen in the savannah, and are sent for his search.
TOP ends now.
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