It’s throwback thursday and today we’re switching it up a bit. As opposed to doing something music related, we’re taking you back into time to the 90s era of Nollywood. The movies that really made the Nigerian movie industry what it is.
These are the crazy, creative, funny, popular movies from childhood… Unless ofcourse you were born in 1995, then oops. Sorry.
LIVING IN BONDAGE
Contrary to popular belief, Living in Bondage was not the first film to be produced in Nigeria. But ask anyone around that has been into Nollywood, and they’ll tell you this movie was what one that started Nollywood as we know it.
The movie featured Kanayo O. Kanayo, Francis Agu, Chizoba Bosah, Grace Ayozie, Felicia Mayford, Kenneth Okonkwo and more. The movie was in Igbo but subtitled in English, but that didn;t stop the whole of Nigeria from watching it.
Storyline: Andy Okeke (Kenneth Okonkwo) killed his wife for rituals to get rich, and that he became. But it came with its consequences, and he ended up insane. Ahh, and who can forget that classic part where Merit’s Ghost came back to ask Andy why she was killed. Classic.
NNEKA THE PRETTY SERPENT
Nneeeeeee Nneka’m o. Obu Gini!
Oh man! Telling the classic story for a lot of Nigerian looking to conceive, Nneka The Pretty Serpent tells the story of a woman who was born of the gods after her mother begged the goddess of water for a child.
It featured the likes of Ndidi Obi, Eucharia Anunobi, Ngozi Ezeonu and Rita Nzelu.
Many said it was a bite of the 1976 Indian movie, Najin, but hey! It worked for us very well.
Tony! Look At Me!
Before Blackberry babes and the likes, there was Glamour Girls. The movie featured heavyweights Liz Benson, Sola Fosudo, Tina Amuzian, Dolly Unachuckwu, late Jennifer Okere, Ernest Obi, Ngozi Ezeonu, Gloria Anozie, Zack Orji, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Pat Attah and Sandra Achums.
It was the first of its kind in Nigeria, as it told the story of money, sex, power and fame. It was unique for its time because it didn’t jump of the juju and rituals bandwagon that was so popular then.
I remember not being able to watch this with my parents around. Safe to say it had some not so child friendly parts.
Personally, Igodo ranks as one of my favorite Nigerian movies of all time. The storyline is one you don’t see too much anymore, and it gave us a real sense of what you can call Igbo mythology.
Storyline: The murder of the son of Amadioha – god of thunder and lightning – under false charges places a curse on the land which made young men for ten generations die inexplicably en mass.
It featured Pete Edochie, Norbert Young, Sam Dede, Charles Okafor,Obi Madubogwu, Chidi Mokeme, Prince James Uche, Ignis Ekwe, Joe Layode amongst others.
Another movie that tells a story that many Nigerians are familiar with (even if not involved directly). The movie tells the story of Ahanna Okolo, a young boy who was drawn into the world of crime and armed robbery after his father passed on, and the family began to struggle.
If there was a tear jerker movie in Nigeria in the 90s, this was it.
The movie featured Francis Duru, Nkem Owoh, Anne Njemanze, Ebele Uzochukwu, Bob Manuel, Okey Igwe, Julius Agwu and more.
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