With the rise of cinemas in Nigeria, we are starting to see some blockbuster movies getting the attention it deserves, even though i feel we can still do more in terms of publicity in showcasing our highly esteemed Nollywood movies. Anyway, we at YeYePikin came up with the list of Top 10 highest grossing Nollywood movies of all time.
10. FLOWER GIRL — (₦29.7 Million)
Flower Girl is a 2013 Nigerian romantic comedy film. It revolves around a story of Kemi (Damilola Adegbite) who is dying to get married to Umar (Chris Attoh); a young man who is desperate to get ahead in his career. When their relationship hits troubled waters, Kemi seeks the help of movie superstar Tunde (Blossom Chukwujekwu) and they hatch a plan to get Kemi what she wants.
The movie stars Damilola Adegbite, Chris Attoh, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Eku Edewor, Blossom Chukwujekwu among others. Flower girl is produced and Directed by Michelle Bello. .
9. FIGURINE — (₦30 Million)
The Figurine is a 2009 Nigerian supernatural suspense thriller film. It narrates the story of two friends who finds a mystical sculpture in an abandoned shrine in the forest while serving at a National Youth Service Corps camp, and one of them decides to take the artwork home. Unknown to them, the sculpture is from the goddess ‘Araromire’ which bestows seven years of good luck and another seven years of bad luck on anyone who encounters it. The lives of the two friends begin to change for good, as they become successful and wealthy businessmen. However, after seven years, things start to change for the worse. The movie stars Tosin Sido, Ramsey Nouah, Omoni Oboli, and Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi. Written by Kemi Adesoye, Produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan. It premiered in Lagos on 2 October 2009 and afterwards screened across Africa, Europe, America and Asia.
READ: Nollywood Movie Review: The Figurine (2009)
8. ROAD TO YESTERDAY — (₦30.1 Million)
Road To Yesterday is a 2015 Nigerian romantic drama. The film is co-produced by Genevieve Nnaji and directed by Ishaya Bako.
Road to yesterday stars; Genevieve Nnaji, Oris Erhuero, Majid Michel and Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah.
Road to Yesterday tells the story of an estranged married couple, hoping to mend their strained marriage whilst on a road trip to a relative’s funeral.
7. THE RETURN OF JENIFA — (₦35 Million)
The Return of Jenifa is a 2012 Nigerian comedy-drama film. It’s a sequel to Jenifa. TROJ stars Funke Akindele, Banky W, Kaffy, Eldee, Eniola Badmus, Yinka Quadri, Wizkid, Antar Olaniyan, Mercy Aigbe, Ronke Oshodi Oke, Denrele Edun, CD John, Helen Paul, Naeto C, Omawumi, and many others.
“TROJ” is about a girl from the village that aspired to make it by all means in the big city.
The movie is produced by Funke Akindele and Directed by Muyudeen.S. Ayinde.
6. FIFTY — (₦50 Million)
Biyi Bandele’s Romantic drama “Fifty” is the number 6 on the list, the movie Casts Include; Nse Ikpe Etim, Dakore Akande, Iretiola Doyle and Omoni Oboli. Fifty is produced by Tope Oshin Ogun.
Fifty shows four grown women who are all very successful at their respective careers but whose lives intertwine in a story of love, betrayal and the struggles of mixing their personal lives with business and keeping their friendship.
READ: “Nse Ikpe Etim”: Facts You Need To Know About Nollywood Actress
5. LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA — (₦57 Million)
Last Flight to Abuja is a 2012 Nigerian thriller film written by Tunde Babalola, directed and produced by Obi Emelonye. Starring Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jide kosoko, Ali Nuhu and Jim Iyke.
The movie is inspired by true life events. A set of day to day Nigerians board the last Flamingo Airways which goes from Lagos to Abuja. About 30,000 feet in the air, the plane starts to develop major technical difficulties. As the pilots fight with the controls of the stricken aero plane, a series of flashbacks unravel the twists, turns and leaps of fate that put each passenger on the fateful flight.
Young lovers, an elderly couple, a corporate party, a sportsman on the threshold of greatness; all the passengers are caught up in the nightmare scenario and sense the final moments of their lives approach.
Ije tells the story of two sisters. Chioma and Anya who grew up in a Nigerian village (Oku Village). Years down the line, Anya chases the American dream and becomes a successful musician in Los Angeles, but then, tragedy strikes when she is allegedly accused of killing her husband and producer, Michael Michino, and two other men in their L.A mansion. Chioma then flies into the States to try and save her sister and enlists the help of a young and “failed” attorney Jalen Turner.
3. OCTOBER 1 — (₦60 Million)
The much talked about $2m Kunle Afolayan film is the third on the list. Written by Tunde Babalola. Produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan. The movie stars; Sadiq Daba, Kayode Olaiya, David Bailie, Kehinde Bankole, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kunle Afolayan, Femi Adebayo, Bimbo Manuel, Ibrahim Chatta among others.
October 1 which is set in Colonial Nigeria, tells the story of Danladi Waziri (Sadiq Daba), a police officer from Northern Nigeria who is posted to a remote town of Akote in Western Nigeria to investigate the frequent female murder cases in the community, He must solve the murder before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day.
READ: Nollywood Movie Review: October 1
2. HALF OF A YELLOW SUN — (₦60.1 Million)
Second on the list is Biyi Bandele’s Half of a yellow sun. It is a 2013 Nigerian historical film drama produced by Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan. The film is refer to as the most expensive Nigerian film with a budget of 1.6 Billion Naira. However, Half of a yellow sun is a love story that follows two sisters who are caught up in the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War.
READ: Top 7 Unforgettable Nollywood Movies
1. 30 DAYS IN ATLANTA — (₦137.2 Million)
Ayo Makun’s 30days in Atlanta is the fist on the list. 30 days in Antlanta is directed by Robert Peters and stars; Ayo Makun, Ramsey Nouah, Richard Mofe Damijo, Desmond Elliot, Vivica A. Fox, Lynn Whitfield, Karlie Redd, Majid Michel and Juliet Ibrahim.
Akpos wins a 30-day holiday for two to Atlanta, Georgia. He takes his cousin (Richard), an IT specialist on the all-expense paid trip. Akpos flings his unique personality, showing-off his smartness and foolishness in an exciting witty humor.
Although the film was met with mixed to negative critical reception, It has been declared as the highest grossing Nollywood movie of all time.
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