It’s my list of 5 Nigerian movies to watch out for in 2014. These are films with mind-blowing trailers, classic behind-the-scene photos and top-flight cast and crew. Trust me, these are films the public will wait for with bated breath next year.
(1) Half of a Yellow Sun- When the first trailer came out, we were all taken by surprise over how good this movie looks so far. The film explores the effect of the Biafran war on the relationship between political figures, a Professor, a British Citizen and a houseboy. Directed by renowned Nigerian Playwright Biyi Bandele. The cast include international actress, Thandie Newton, Dominic Cooper, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, Chiwetel Ejiofor and so on.
(2) October 1- Did anyone see the location pictures of Kunle Afolayan’s new film titled October 1? Oh well, you need to google if you missed out. The award-winning actor is such an intriguing film-maker and he’s the type who takes his time to produce classic movies. Interestingly, the film has gotten an award before it’s release date; it recently won the International Movie Trailer’s Festival’s (IMTF) award in the Best Fiction Trailer Category. October 1 cast include Sadiq Daba, Kehinde Bankole, Kayode Aderupoko, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Bimbo Manuel, Ibrahim Chatta, Femi Adebayo, Kunle Afolayan, David Bailie, Nick Rhys, Colin David Reese, Lawrence Stubbings and Ifayemi Elebuibon etc.
(3) Dazzling Mirage- seasoned film-maker Tunde Kelani’s middle name is blockbuster, anything he touches seem to turn to gold. Dazzling Mirage tells the story of a young sickle-cell patient who
overcomes social stigma and prejudice to achieve her dreams. Dazzling Mirage features Kemi (Lala) Akindoju, Kunle Afolayan, Yomi Fash-Lanso, Seun Akindele, Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Bimbo
Manuel, Carol King, Khabirat Kafidipe, Bukola Awoyemi among others.
(4) Unconditional- The buzz that surrounded Uche Jombo’s yet-to-be-released film, ‘Unconditional’ makes it a must-watch for me next year . The movie tells the story of a woman whose 8 month old child was stolen, and her struggle to get the child back 11 years later, after she was found. The flick features, Uche Jombo, Dakore Egbuson, Annie Macaulay Idibia, Lepacious Bose, Ruth Kadiri and others.
(5) Father Moses- asides being a popular face on screen, Yomi Fabiyi is also a fantastic producer and that’s evident in his new movie, Father Moses. The film will also rule the cinemas next year. It tells the story of a Catholic Church with diverse families; The Governor, a Revered father and Adaobi. It features Jide Kosoko, Ini Edo, Desmond Elliot, Yomi Fabiyi, Hafeez Oyetoro, Kemi Afolabi etc