#ThrowbackThursday: The Best Nollywood classics
The industry is reportedly worth over millions
Nollywood- Nigeria’s film industry has been growing steadily since the times of Herbert Ogunde and Moses Olaiya. The industry is reportedly worth millions of dollars and is the third biggest film industry in the world, after Hollywood and India’s Bollywood. There are some classic movies that cemented the place of Nollywood in the minds of Nigerians and Africans. In no particular order see some of Nollywood’s bestselling classic movies.
- Living in Bondage– This movie was produced in 1992 and directed by Chris Obi Rapu, written by Kenneth Nnebue & Okechukwu Ogunjiofor. It was produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and had stars such as Kenneth Okonkwo, Kanayo O Kanayo and Francis Agu. It was shot directly to video.
Sakobi– This horror- magical movie starring Susan Patrick, Domitila Oleka, Tony Umez and many others was released in 1998. It was shot directly to video and was produced and directed by Zeb Ejiro
Igodo: The land of the living dead- This is another horror-vodoo movie which had Sam Dede, Amaechi Muonagor, Charles Okafor and others was released in 1999. It was produced by Andy Amenechi and Don Pedro Obaseki
Karashika- This 1996 movie made this chant- “Karishika karishika! Queen of Darkness, Lucifer Lucifer King of Demons”-popular. Remember it? It was also a horror movie depicting the lives of worshippers of Satan. It starred Bob Manuel Udokwu, Becky Okorie, Sandra Achums, Obi Madubogwu, Amaechi Muonagor, Andy Chukwu, Steve Eboh and many others.
Glamour Girls– Away from all the horror and magic, Glamour Girls was released in 1994 by Kenneth Nnebue. It was an ambitious, daring movie that caused a lot of controversy then because of some scenes in it. Its cast was star studded with Liz Benson, Sola Fosudo, Tina Amuzian, Dolly Unachuckwu, Babara Odoh, late Jennifer Okere, Ernest Obi, Ngozi Ezeonu, Gloria Anozie, Zack Orji, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Pat Attah and Sandra Achums
Silent Night- This 1996 movie directed by Chico Ejiro, introduced us to NollyWood fine boy Ramsey Nuoah. It also veered away from all the horror and voodoo. It was a crime-drama movie. It also had other veterans such as Emeka Ike, Segun Arinze, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Alex Usifo Omiagbo, and Joke Silva.
Ukwa– This 2000 movie made Nkem Owoh popular so much that he became known as Ukwa. The movie was produced by Valentine Nwabulu and had other stars such as the late Sam Loco Efe and Patience Ozokwor.
Issakaba– this was Nigeria’s own Robin Hood story. The cult group protected vulnerable people in the community from thieves and murderers. The movie that spanned from Part 1 to 4, brought Sam Dede to spotlight.
A cry for Help- Nkiru Slyvanus a.k.a the crying princess, became popular in Nollywood through this movie. It was released in 2000.
Osuofia in London– Another thorough comedy lead by Nkem Owoh. It was written by Kingsley Ogoro in 2003. It followed Osuofia, (Nkem Owoh) to London to collect his inheritance from a deceased relative.