As Netflix expanded into Africa, Nollywood became more popular with their movies now available on this platform.
These are the top movies in Nigerian stories you need to watch on Netflix. Nigeria has become one of the fastest-selling movies in Africa today.
You have to watch these Nigerian movies on Netflix in 2023. These movies showcase the culture and diversity of Nigerians in a unique perspective of African storytelling that is not common in the media.
When you watch these movies you will have more understanding of our cultural and African experience.
So, let’s dive into the top 10 movies based on Nigerian stories on Netflix:
1. The Black Book
The Black Book is directed by Editi Effiong which is one such cinematic journey that defies expectations and breaks new ground in Nollywood.
Also, it has made history by becoming the first Nollywood film to claim the number-one spot on Netflix worldwide.
2. Jagun Jagun
Jagun Jagun has taken the Yoruba Nigerian film scene by storm, smashing records and capturing hearts. The movie was produced by Femi Adebayo. As Nigeria becomes home to remarkable indigenous films.
Ijogbon is a 2023 coming-of-age adventure film that is produced by Kunle Afolayan and distributed by Netflix.
Ijogbon, the coming-of-age adventure film, unfolds the narrative of four adolescents hailing from a remote village in the southwestern region of Nigeria. These four teenagers stumble upon a pouch of diamonds in an unexpected manner and decide to retain these precious gems. Their choice to withhold and conceal the diamonds, despite the rightful owners searching for them, sets in motion a series of perilous events, ultimately landing one of them in dire straits.
4. Dark October
Dark October is a Nigerian film released on Netflix. The film centred on the lynching of four young students the University of Port Harcourt, which is known as the Aluu Four Lynching.
5. Gangs of Lagos
Gangs of Lagos is a Nigerian gangster crime thriller film produced and directed by Jade Osiberu, starring Tobi Bakare, Adesewa Etomi, Iyabo Ojo etc.
6. The Trade
The Trade movie is a story about a notoriously cunning kidnapper who has ravaged the southern part of Nigeria for over a decade. Blossom Chukwujekwu plays the lead role and film cast.
Blossom Chukwujekwu plays the lead role, and the film’s cast also includes Stan Nze, Rita Dominic, Ali Nuhu, Nengi Adoki, Waje, Chiwetalu Agu, Uru Eke, Gideon Okeke, Denola Grey, Charles Inojie, Mercy Aigbe, Abayomi Alvin, Dr. Sid, Francis Odega, Chimezie Imo, Kelechi Udegbe, Yemi Solade, Francis Onwochei, Angel Unigwe, Emeka Nwagbaraocha, Stephanie Isuma (Calabar Chic), and Shawn Faqua who plays the role of a police officer named Charles.
7. Shanty Town
ShantyTown is a 2023 Nigerian crime thriller created by Xavier Ighorodje and produced by .Chineye Nworah
The series stars Chidi Mokeme, Ini Edo, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nse Ikpe -Etim, Sola Sobowale, Nancy Isime, Shaffy Bello, Ali Nuhu and a host of others.
8. King of Thieves (Agẹṣinkólé)
King of Thieves (Agẹṣinkólé) is a Nigerian thriller film produced by Femi Adebayo and directed by Tope Adebayo and Adebayo Tijani.
Ògúndábède: King of Thieves” narrates the story of Ajeromi, a renowned town and flourishing kingdom where peace and prosperity prevailed. Nonetheless, the kingdom’s serenity was shattered by the arrival of Agesinkole, a formidable bandit and terrorist, who brought terror to its people.
Aníkúlàpó is a Nigerian epic fantasy film produced by Kunle Afolayan and distributed by Netflix. The film was shot in Oyo State and Afolayan described the work as a Game of Thrones recreated in Nigeria with our cultural representation.
10. Far From Home
Far from Home is a young adult home series produced by Netflix also doubles as the first Netflix Nigerian young adult TV series. The series was written by Daniel Elebe and produced by Inkblot Productions.