In 2015, a lot of amazing movies were dropped by Nollywood movie producers. These movies showed great improvement in the quality of movies coming from Nigerian movie producers. They were applauded both at home and abroad. This a list of the top Nollywood movies that rocked the cinema in 2015.
1. The First Lady
The First Lady is a dramedy and the story of a street girl and her pimp told with intrigue, twists and turns of street elements that attest to the versatility of Omoni as an actress. In a classic Cinderella like story, a prostitute, Michelle, is stuck in a world she couldn’t escape from. Her hope that one day a Prince Charming would rescue her from it all, seems lost. An heir to an empire, Kenechi, is transformed into a child by an overly ambitious uncle who wants the empire to himself. Bound by a shared destiny, Michelle finds that she might be doing the rescuing until she realises there’s no escaping her pimp (Obama), who would do anything to keep her as his First Lady. The story was written, directed and produced by Omoni Oboli and premiered both in Nigeria and abroad.
2. Road to Yesterday
Road To Yesterday is the story of an estranged couple, who tries to mend their relationship on a road trip to a relative’s funeral. Rather than make amends, when memories and secrets from the past are revealed, they discovered that a lot more is at stake than their relationship. Road to Yesterday was produced by The Entertainment Network (T.E.N) and directed by Ishaya Bako. It stars the award-winning actress, Genevieve Nnaji and introduces Nigerian-British actor, Oris Erhuerho. Other cast members include Majid Michel, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and veteran actress Ebele Okaro.
It is the story of a woman, Tracy, whose child, Precious, dies in surgery following an accident which damaged her brain. She dies in the hands of a workaholic doctor, Dr. Delphine. Tracy becomes obsessed with the doctor she believes is responsible for her daughter’s death and will stop at nothing to get vengeance. The movie stars Monalisa Chinda, Rukky Sanda, Van Vicker, Ik Ogbonna, Bolanle Ninolowo and others.
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4. A Soldier’s Story
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A Soldier’s Story is the story of a military man, which highlighted the passion to protect one’s nation.The movie celebrates Nigeria’s heroic soldiers to encourage and appreciate their contribution to the country. It featured AMVCA award-winning actress Linda Ejiofor and actor Tope Tedela. It also featured Daniel K Daniel, Adesua Etomi, Zinab Olumide, Owuru Balogun, Sambasa Nzeribe, and Chico Aligwekwe among others. It was produced by Martin Gbados in conjunction with Frankie Ogar.
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Fifty was produced by Moments With Mo host, Mo Abudu. Directed by Biyi Bandele, it starred top Nollywood actresses Dakore Akande, Iretiola Doyle, Omoni Oboli and Nse Ikpe Etim-Sule. Special appearances included Femi Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Waje, Tiwa Savage and Nneka. Fifty, a coming of age story of African women, was written by Bola Agbaje, Femi Adesoye and Biyi Bandele.
6. Forever Within Us
Produced by Kehinde Olorunyomi Odukoya, Forever Within Us stars Bayray McNwizu, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Mary Lazarus, Daniel Lloyd, Seun Akindele and a host of others. It is the story of how six friends’ visit to a long-time friend becomes a nightmare when the host’s husband kills one of them in an unforeseen rage. Afraid of how the law might swing, all seven witnesses decide to preserve the body while they await new ideas.
7. If Tomorrow Never Comes
The movie was inspired by and is loosely based on the true life story of Kweku, a little boy who suffered from cerebral palsy. It also tells the story of how a poor pregnant village girl who finds herself trapped in a deadly situation at a supposed safe haven manages to escape to the city to find the father of her unborn child. However, the life of bliss she imagines, is far from what she meets there. The movie was produced by Yvonne Nelson and directed by Pascal Amanfo. The movie features actors and actresses such as Yvonne Nelson, David Dontoh, Rebecca Acheampong, Deyemi Okanlawan and many more.
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Produced and directed by Stephanie Linus, Dry highlights the vesicovaginal fistula (VVF), condition and under aged marriage among women. It narrates the story of a thirteen year old girl, Halima, whose poor uneducated parents married her off to a 60-year old man who constantly rapes her. The little girl gets pregnant and suffers VVF after delivery and was abandoned by her husband. Fortune shines on Halima as she meets with a medical doctor, Zara, who also suffered a horrific childhood. Zara tries to get Halima through her situation and also saved other young women under such circumstances. It features actors such as Liz Benson, Stephanie Linus, Darwin Shaw, Paul Sambo, Olu Jacobs and William McNamara.
9. While You Slept
Directed by Desmond Elliot, While You Slept is a film that talks about love and deceit. It revolves around a young girl who got married to a rich young man without knowing that the man is married to someone else with a kid. The man, who did not want to hurt her feelings, had to reveal his true marital status and she got married to another man in the quest of having a child. The movie features Nollywood stars such as Ini Edo, Bryan Okwara, Jide Kosoko, Biola Williams, Joseph Benjamin and Benita Akpofure among others.
10. The Antique
Written and produced by Darasen Richards, The Antique is a fictional story, inspired by the experience of Southern Nigeria people of the 19th Century. The movie stars Olu Jacobs, Bimbo Akintola, Ricardo Agbor, Funso Adeolu as well as Lekki Wives actress Kiki Omeili, Gabriel Afolayan, comedian Akpororo, Omowunmi Dada and introducing Oge Indiana among others.