10 Most Popular Nollywood movies of 2017

Isoken movie poster
The year 2017 has seen quite a number of outstanding, good, average and mediocre film productions.
we have put together 10  well-written, superbly acted, and
beautifully shot movies that entertained and impressed us this year.

Check them out.

10. “Roti”

Roti poster

Roti poster


A tribute to those coping with the loss and effects of losing a loved one, Kunle Afolayan’s “Roti” is a psychological drama that explores the pain and loss felt by parents who lose a child they waited 10 years to have.
Henshaw and Afolayan give great performances of grief-stricken parents
on a journey of recovery, with Henshaw absorbing herself into the
character, so much that her pain is almost real.
treatment of a sensitive topic such as mental illness is applaudable.
It takes away spiritualism and tackles mental instability in the best
way possible.

9.  “Through the Eyes”


A well interpreted short film, “Through Her Eyes” plays out like a prospectus for a feature. The director Nadine Ibrahim uses the movie as a springboard to address a very topical issue; the rise of child terrorists.
In “Through the Eyes,” Azeeza, a young girl abducted by a terrorist group is forced to witness and do things that tarnish her life forever.
Out of the daily heartbreaking life events, Nadine carves out a thought provoking screenplay worth applauding.

8. “Picture Perfect”

Picture Perfect Poster 

Picture Perfect Poster

“Picture Perfect” follows the relationship between a posh tailor Kumbi and a notorious area boy, Jobe.
movie employs the depth of emotions needed to engage the audience while
it focuses on classism, friendship, fate, love, redemption and beauty
in imperfection.
Directed by Tope Alake, and written and produced by Biodun Stephen, the
movie lives up to its title. It also makes proper use of indigenous
language to entertain and elicit its laugh-out-loud moments.
ending leaves you with a sense of satisfaction – one of those that tug
at your heartstrings without trying to shove an unnecessary love story
down your throat.

7. “Bariga Sugar”

Bariga Sugar poster

Bariga Sugar poster


A short film set in the mid-90s in a ghetto brothel in Lagos, Ifeoma Nkiruka Chukwuogo’s “Bariga Sugar” is an emotional one that conveys the deep sense of humanity.
The film tells the story of an 8-year-old Ese, who lives in Bariga Sugar, a ghetto brothel owned by Madam Sugar in Lagos.
day, 10-year-old Jamil and his mother Hanatu move into the brothel.
Often neglected, lonely and socially awkward, Ese and Jamil begin an
unlikely friendship.
Its beauty is not in its ‘high quality’ production but in its authentic and relatable story, and setting.

6. Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water

The Asurf Oluseyi’s short
movie doesn’t justify, support or condemn homosexuality. It simply
starts a necessary conversation about homophobia, sexuality and religion
in Nigeria.
“Hell or High Water” tells the story of a young married pastor, who is loved and adored by the  members of his church.
take a different turn for him when he has to confront his sexuality –
an act that breaks him spiritually, emotionally and psychologically.
Perfectly interpreted by Enyinna Nwigwe and Daniel K Daniel, the film avoids popular clichés that are usually seen in Nollywood movies with homosexuality themes.

5. “Isoken”

Isoken movie poster

Isoken movie poster

In her debut feature movie, Jade Osiberu
tells the story of the universal and overwhelming pressure women and
even men, face to get married, with Dakore Akande leading a star-studded
Despite being a familiar and
exhausted topic in Nigeria, “Isoken” still fleshes out the issue of
marital pressure in all  of its raw, hilarious, messy, and complicated
The laughs are accompanied by insights into friendship, love, societal pressure, self-confidence, courage and stereotypes.
explores a lot of topical issues. Maybe not in-depth, but enough to
kick off conversations on various social media platforms.

4.  “Hakkunde”

Hakkunde poster

Hakkunde poster

Asurf Oluseyi’s debut feature film “Hakkunde,” is as emotional as it is entertaining.
With an inspiring story, applaudable performances, magical shots and music, Oluseyi delivers one of the best movies of the year.
This inspiring drama centers around a young graduate Akande (Kunle Idowu AKA Frank Donga) who is on a journey to self- discovery.
with powerful messages, “Hakkunde” focuses on self-actualization,
relationships, and the role of ignorance in societal development.

3.  “Slow Country”

Slow Country poster

Slow Country poster

A hybrid of the romance and action genre, the Eric Aghimien movie
follows the story of a homeless teenage mother, Kome, who finds herself
trapped in prostitution and drug trafficking for seven years in order
to secure a good life for her son.
On the
basis of stunts and special effects, “Slow Country” is a visual
delight. It is rich with apt acting and stunning cinematography.
every movie has a moral lesson and “Slow Country” is one of those
without one. It’s simply a well-made action thriller that highlights the
plight of some single mothers and prostitutes.

2.  “A Hotel Called Memory”

"A Hotel Called Memory" is an African silent film by Akin Omotoso 

“A Hotel Called Memory” is an African silent film by Akin Omotoso


“A Hotel Called
Memory” is a Nigerian movie with no dialogue, creating room for various
interpretations and capable of lodging itself in your memory for a very
long time.
It is a brave project that
fearlessly breaks down cliche of genres in the Nigerian film industry.
Without dialogue, the actors are left with just gestures, movements and
expressions to tell the story and connect with the audience – a task
they succeed at.
Another spectacular
thing about “A Hotel Called Memory” is its breathtaking visuals. A magic
created by just the director and his cameraman, using natural light
with a Sony A7S camera on a 45mm swing shift with tilt lenses.
The film is directed by Akin Omotoso and produced by Ego Boyo.

1. “Ojukokoro”




Dare Olaitan’s “Ojukokoro” captures
the brutality that comes with violence, and still finds a way to play
it simultaneously with funny scenarios and witty conversations.
movie features an ensemble cast that inadvertently merges together to
give viewers a clear understanding of their different characters.
with violence and humour, the comedy/crime-heist about a money-strapped
manager of a shady Petrol Station, who decides to rob his employers,
but along the line finds out in a sudden twist that he is not alone in
his ambition, is an entertaining watch.

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Written by Ike Ani

Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.


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