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The best Nollywood movies of 2021

If 2021 wasn’t the complete return to normality that we all hoped for after the year that preceded it, there were things to be thankful for over the last 12 months: notably that, after another difficult lockdown, cinema finally returned in the summer. Films returned to their natural home on the big screen, long-awaited (and long-delayed) new movies were finally released into the world, and audiences could, at long last, experience the thrill of cinema together again. And among the movies that did finally hit the screen, there was something for everyone – a stack of banging blockbusters, sprawling sci-fi epics, all-singing all-dancing musicals, intimate character dramas, pulse-pounding thrillers, and uncategorizable oddities. Against all the odds, cinema proved to be more alive than ever before – as you’ll see in YoStrive’s list of the Best Movies Of 2021.

Take a read through our full top 10 here.

#1 King of Boys: The Return of the King

Alhaja Eniola Salami starts anew and sets her sights on a different position of power, fueled by revenge, regret and ruthlessness.

It's a 2021 7-part limited series directed by Kemi Adetiba. It was released on 27 August 2021[1] exclusively on Netflix as a sequel to the 2018 Nigerian crime political thriller film, King of Boys. Sola Sobowale and Toni Tones reprise their roles as Eniola Salami with Reminisce, Illbliss, Akin Lewis, Osas Ighodaro and Keppy Ekpenyong also reprising their roles. Additional cast members include Nse Ikpe-Etim, Richard Mofe Damijo, Efa Iwara, Deyemi Okanlawon and Charly Boy.

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      #2 OMO GHETTO (THE SAGA)

      The movie chronicles the story of a gang of friends who call themselves ‘Askamaya Bees’, led by Lefty (played by Funke Akindele), a ghetto-bred woman who finds herself falling in love, an act which is in contrast to the ‘code of the streets’.

      The star-studded movie also features appearances by Chioma Akpotha, Eniola Badmus, Bimbo Thomas, Timini Egbuson, Nancy Isime, Yemi Alade, Mercy Aigbe, Deyemi Okanlawon and Zubby Michael, among other Nollywood stars.

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          #3 Prophetess

          Ajoke, a local Prophetess makes a bogus prediction about a football match which sets off a chain of events in the community beyond her control. With her life in danger, she enlists the help of her twin sister to save her.

          Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan. Starring Toyin Abraham, Kehinde Bankole, Kunle Remi, Deyemi Okanlawon.

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              #4 Fate of Alakada

              Faking her way through many situations, a social media influencer poses as an event planner and is tasked with throwing an extravagant, star-studded party.

              Directed by Kayode Kasum. With Toyin Abraham, Broda Shaggi, Odunlade Adekola, Davido Mercy Eke and others.

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                  #5 Quam’s Money

                  Quam's Money follows the adventures of security guard-turned-millionaire 'Quam' played by Folarin 'Falz' Falana as he navigates the world with his newfound wealth.

                  Quam's Money is a 2020 Nigerian action comedy film written by Chinaza Onuzo, and directed by Kayode Kasum. The film stars Falz, Toni Tones, Jemima Osunde, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Nse Ikpe-Etim in the lead roles.] It was a sequel to the 2018 film New Money. 

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