It is known by all that early Nollywood filmmakers produced low-budget movies, but still, Nigerians back then, both young and old, watched them with excitement and enthusiasm. Even till today, most of these old movies are in demand because of their didactic plots, beautiful casting, and the memories they hold.
highlifextra brings you a list of old Nigerian movies that you should consider watching either for the first, second or hundredth time. You can read the history of Nollywood here.
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1. Domitila (1996)
Domitila was produced by Zeb Ejiro, starring Sandra Achums, Enebeli Elebuwa, Maureen Ihua, Charles Okafor, Ada Ameh, Kate Henshaw, Basorge Tariah Jr, and Anne Njemanze. It is a movie about young girls and their quest to survive. Young girls were lured to big cities where they lived on prostitution, some for survival and some for greed.
2. Glamour Girls (1994)
Glamour Girls was a huge success at the time of its release. It is among the movies that put the Nigerian film industry on the map. The movie highlights hardship in Nigeria which resulted in a subculture that is replete with corruption and desperation.
3. Saworoide (1999)
A Nigerian political movie produced and directed by the popular Tunde Kelani. It stars Kola Oyewo, Lere Paimo, Bukky Wright, Peter Fatomilola, Adebayo Faleti and so on. Saworoide depicts the setting of an old Yoruba tradition in the town of Jogbo where a person cannot be crowned king without a ritual which involves the playing of saworoide, a brass drum.
4. Living In Bondage (1992)
Living In Bondage was directed by Chris Obi Rapu, written by Kenneth Nnebue and Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and produced by Ogunjiofor. The film marked the beginning of Nollywood. It is a story of love, betrayal, suffering and redemption.
5. Karishika (1996)
This is a movie about witchcraft, juju and initiation produced in 1996. In the movie, Lucifer sends the lust demon known as Karishika (Queen of Darkness) to steal the souls of men with sex.
6. Osuofia in London (2003)
Osuofia in London is a Nigerian comedy film produced and directed by Kingsley Ogoro and starring Nkem Owoh. The film which shot Nkem Owoh into the starlight is arguably one of the highest-selling Nollywood films in history.
7. Oleku (1997)
Oleku was adapted from Prof. Akinwumi Ishola’s novel which was written in 1974. Oleku is a love movie about ASAKE, LOLA and SADE who got entangled in a relationship with Ajani, a final year university student seriously looking for a life partner due to pressures from his Mother. This movie sparked a fashion revolution in Nigeria with the short aso-oke Iro and Buba called Oleku.
8. Diamond Ring (1998)
Directed in 1998 by Tade Ogidan, Diamond Ring tells the story of a spoilt child, Chidi, who was sent to a University at a young age by his parents. At the university, Chidi joins a gang who later rob a mortuary. Unknown to Chidi and his gang members, the booty from the heist comes with grave consequences.
9. Aki Na Ukwa (2003)
This comic movie was directed by Amayo Uzo Phillips in 2003 and starred Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Amaechi Muonagor and Oby Kechere.
10. RattleSnake (1995)
RattleSnake was Nollywood’s first attempt at producing an action movie. It tells the story of a young boy, Ahanna, played by Francis Duru, who was lured into a life of crime and robbery following the demise of his father.
11. Nneka The Pretty Serpent (1992)
The movie tells the story of a mermaid who disguised as a human on earth. Her mission is to go after married men, hypnotize them and later destroy them. The home video helped launch the careers of the likes of Ngozi Ezeonu , Ndidi Obi, Rita Nzelu and Eucharia Anunobi amongst many others.
12. Silent Night (1996)
In this 1996 movie starring Ramsey Nouah Jr, Segun Arinze and others, a student in search of excitement joins a gang of armed robbers, believing that such action will alleviate his boredom and his father had to sentence him to death by firing squad.
13. Scores To Settle (1998)
Scores to Settle, starring Richard Mofe Damijo, Liz Benson and Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, tells the story of Sade who was rejected by her in-laws. Sade hits the streets with her two sons after the death of her husband, embarking on a long journey of suffering as she faces insecurity, poverty and hunger.
14. Owo Blow (1997)
Owo Blow tells the story of a young man who, as a result of the family problem, ended up on the streets. The movie starred stars like Prince Leke Ajao, Adewale Elesho, Lanre Hassan, Bimbo Akintola, Sam Loco Efe, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Kayode Odumosu, Rachael Oniga, Adebayo Salami and others.
15. Baby police (2003)
The comic movie revolves around Dada, a mischievous six-year-old who constantly bothers his neighbourhood with pranks and theft. Dada’s mother begs her brother when he visited to take Dada Lagos (the big city) to teach him some discipline. Once there, his uncle begs him to behave but Dada just can’t.
These are classic or old Nigerian movies you will definitely want to watch again.