The year 2016 was no doubt a most eventful year for the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, the release of several home grown box office hits, is gradually taking the industry to the point where they can compete favourably with the best from Hollywood and Bollywood.
As we envisage a positive projection for the new year with so much enthusiasm, AUTHORITY Entertainment brings you a list of some of the great outings for 2016 in this highly prospective but oftenly underrated industry. Enjoy
After several successful run in the movie industry, Kunle Afolayan returns with another highly creative work in the CEO, emerging one of Nollywood’s finest movies in 2016. Five of the top members of a company are sent to a retreat and told one of them will become the new CEO. The cordial atmosphere quickly turns into a competition to see who can outdo all the others.
Kunle raised the bar in creativity when he premiered this highly anticipated movie inside the aircraft, on board a Paris bound Air France with full load of industry players, among other stake holders and a good number of the cast and crew of the movie all headed for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
The CEO was later to be premiered in Lagos, at the Eko Hotels, where the skill of Kunle was further appreciated; the cinema experience was also very impressive.
The CEO is a testimony to Kunle’s ability to sustain the tempo of his previous achievements. The movie featured an impressive cast; Kemi Lala Akindoju, Auriel Eliam, Hilda Dokubo, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Angelique Kidjo, etc.
A Trip to Jamaica
Comedian Ayo Makun’s adventure into the movie world of make believe has been an awesome success, with the enormous success he recorded with his debut movie, 30 Days in Atlanta, emerging the highest grossing Nollywood film in the cinemas for 2015, the sequel in A Trip To Atlanta had no reason to fall below expectation. As expected, the movie did not disappoint, as it became a big hit from its first day in the cinema to the end, with hilarious scenes and comic experiences, viewers could not help but return to the cinemas for another go on this multiple award winning movie.
Shot in Nigeria, America and Jamaica, the film focuses on Akpos and his fiancée Bola, who travel across the Atlantic to visit family, they unexpectedly end up on an adventure they could never imagine. The movie opens to Akpors proposing to his girlfriend Bola (Funke Akindele) during a live concert.
The cast include award-winning actress Funke Akindele, comedian, AY, Hollywood veteran Eric Roberts and Paul Campbell from Jamaica. Others include: Nigerian Nse Ikpe-Etim, Ghanaian Chris Attoh, Dan Davies from Hollywood and Rebecca Silvera who was the former Miss Jamaica
It was produced by Ayo Makun and directed by Robert Peters
Prince Tonye Princewill, a seasoned politician and business man, a Prince of the oil rich Niger Delta, threw his hat into the highly prospective Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood with this historical master piece ’76. Presented under the platform of Adonis Productions and Princewill Trust, the project assembled some of Nollywood’s finest in a bid to give an excellent interpretation to a beautiful story.
The movie made a highly successful showing at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival, creating a new standard for Nigerian movies in the international market and ever since, it has been awards and honours galore in a very short while, for this movie which will no doubt emerge as one of the highest grossing Nollywood movie for 2016.
The movie featured several Nollywood old reliables, like Ramsey Noah Jr, Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Chidi Mokeme Adonijah Owiriwa, Daniel K. Daniel and Ada Ofoegbu. It was produced by Adonaija Owiriwa and directed by Izu Ojukwu.
The Wedding Party
The Wedding Party is a 2016 Nigerian romantic comedy drama film, directed by Kemi Adetiba, one of the few Nigerian movies that were premiered at 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, in Canada.
The Wedding party follows the shenanigans that go on during the planning for a wedding in Nigeria. Dunni a 24 year old Art Gallery owner and only daughter of her parents, Engineer Bamidele and Mrs Tinuade Coker, is about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie, the handsome son of Felix and Obianuju Onwuka. The couple took a vow of chastity and are looking forward to a ground-breaking first night together as a married couple.
This movie, arguably the highest grossing Nollywood movie for the year 2016, has raised the bar in Nollywood in the outgone year. The film, grossed N36 million in its opening weekend in cinemas across the country; this romantic comedy took center stage this last Christmas season, coming ahead of other all-time hits like A Trip to Jamaica, Fifthy, among several others
The movie parades an impressive cast like; Adesua Etomi, Banky W, Richard Mofe Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Iretiola Doyle, Ali Baba, Zainab Balogun, among others.