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2022 Review (5): Most talked about movies and movies stars of the year

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Tremendously, it has been a good year in the movie industry in Nigeria. Nollywood has grown beyond its horizons in movie production, cinematic effects, makeup effects and cast in order to produce a Blockbuster movies, which indeed took over 2022.

” 2022 , a year of blockbusters”.

2022 will undoubtedly be remembered for the achievement of many Nollywood films on Netflix.

From prestigious awards inside of Nigeria to foreign evaluations, the industry is truly ramping greater heights and put the nation in the international spotlight of entertainment.

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Now, we will be going through some movies and movies stars that made 2022, with all these casts , a nollywood movie is a must watch, these people have been delivering back to back and Nigerians and outsiders are loving it.

Dinner at My Place

Kevin Apaa’s Dinner at My Place is unquestionably one of the better Nollywood romantic comedies. In this film, Nonso (Timini Egbuson) intends to propose to his fiancée over dinner to use an expensive ring that rightfully belongs to his late mother. Nonso ends up with the ring in the soup and gets an unexpected visitor, which change the fate of the enjoyable night he had planned.

Dinner at My Place, which was originally intended to be a short film, plays into typical love clichés. Nonetheless, it’s entertaining and has a unique plot. And the outstanding performances are more than enough to compensate viewers.

King of Thieves

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There has been an upsurge in epic Nollywood films over the past few years. And the story of bravery and betrayal told in King of Thieves stands out; this is one of the most exciting additions to Nollywood’s epics catalogue.

The blood-thirsty Ageshinkole, the main character in the film, wages a campaign of terror on Ajeromi’s kingdom, but there’s more to his madness than meets the eye. For over two hours, King of Thieves weaves a plot that is not perfect but has a lot going for it to keep viewers charmed till the end.

Omo Ghetto the saga

Funke Akindele’s Omo Ghetto the Saga completely controlled the box office and became Nigeria’s highest-grossing film in 2021.

It was released online in September 2021, and by December, it had surpassed some other Netflix movies that were previously on the chart.Omo Ghetto quickly became Netflix’s most-watched Nollywood film.

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Omo Ghetto the Saga is definitely one of the best Nollywood movies on Netflix in 2022, according to the platform’s charts.The film depicts a street lifestyle and gangsterism. Funke Akindele, who plays the lead actor, is a twin with almost nothing in common (probably just blood and physical resemblance).While Ayomide is calm and successful, representing her rich mother and lifestyle well, Lefty is always out on the streets, looking nothing like a girl from a rich background.

The movie is star-studded, featuring big names in the movie and music industry like:

• Yemi Alade • Chioma Akpotha • Mercy Aigbe • Eniola Badmus • Akah Nnani • Bimbo Thomas • Deyemi Okanlawon • Austin Adugbe, among others.

Omo Ghetto the Saga is one of the most popular movies on Netflix today as it has amassed a lot of views both in and outside Nigeria.

Elesin Oba

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The tragic play Elesin Oba, “Death and the King’s Horseman,” written by Nobel Prize winning author Wole Soyinka, is based on the true story of Elesin Oba, the Yoruba King’s horseman, and depicts the Yoruba people of Nigeria’s traditional beliefs and outlook on life and death.

The Netflix original film “Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman,” directed by Biyi Bandele, is based on Wole Soyinka’s play. The film depicted Elesin Oba’s real-life experiences in 1943 Nigeria during British colonial rule. Elesin Oba, the King’s horseman, planned to ritually kill himself in order to transport the dead King to his ancestors in the afterlife.

Elesin Oba is one of the trending movies on Netflix in 2022.

King of boys: The Return of the King

“King of boys: The Return of the King” was released on Netflix in August 2021 and since then, the sequel has never left the Top 10 list on Netflix in Nigeria.

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The series is a sequel to the political crime thriller, King of Boys, released in 2018. In the sequel, Alhaja Eniola Salami continues her struggle for power, but this time, in a different position- State Governor. Eniola’s character becomes more subtly ruthless and focused, having lost 90% of her most prized possession before her comeback.

The movie was written, co-produced, and directed by Kemi Adetiba. The casts include top Nollywood stars like Sola Sobowale, Toni Tonnes, and Titi Kuti.

King of Boys, the return of the king is definitely one of the best movies on Netflix in 2022.

The Set Up 2

The Set Up 2 is a sequel to “The Set Up,” a 2019 film. Chike is still trying to wrap her head around her new job as an agent for an international organization in this Netflix gem when a hardened criminal (Usi) kidnaps one of her closest friends. She is then forced to abandon everything to pursue Usi. She has no idea that the kidnapping was staged to entice her.

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Will Chike triumph over Usi, or will she be disappointed that she had to forego her dream job in order to save the day?

Naz Onuzo directed the crime thriller, which stars Adesua Etomi Wellington, Kehinde Bankole, Nancy Isime, Tina Mba, Uzor Arukwe, Kate Henshaw, and Blossom Chukwujekwu, Stan Nze, and Lota Chukwu.

Ayinla

Ayinla tells the story of an Apala musician who used his career as a musician to address the issues in contemporary society. He praised and condemned acts in society fearlessly.

The Yoruba film was released in June 2021 and was later released on Netflix for global streaming. The movie was nominated for Best Cinematography and “Best Nigerian Movie” at the 2021 Africa Movie Academy Awards.

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Ayinla was produced by Jadesola Osiberu, Directed by Tunde Kelani, and features top Nollywood casts like Bimbo Ademoye, Lateef Adedimeji, and Kunle Afolayan.

Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters has been rated the best Nollywood series on Netflix in 2022. For a long time, it was the most-watched Nollywood movie on Netflix.

The thriller series portrays the story of two best friends, Kemi and Sarah who become runaway sisters after murdering a man in self-defense. The family of their victim wants them dead and unfortunately, they are powerful enough to influence the police to get justice done their own way. How would the sisters end up?

Weeks after its official release on May 5, 2022, the four-episode series still has everyone talking, especially since its record-breaking feats as stated below:

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• Blood Sisters is Netflix’s first original Nigerian Series.

• The series amassed over 11 million views worldwide in 6 days.

• Blood Sisters was on the top 10 charts in over 31 countries including Japan, Canada, the U.S, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, and Brazil.

• It was equally featured on Variety, a feat that got everyone talking all over again.

The movie stars veteran actors like Kate Henshaw, Ramsey Nouah, Uche Jumbo, and Segun Arinze. The lead actors were Nancy Isime and Ini-Dima Okojie. It was produced by Mo Abudu.

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Brotherhood

Brotherhood has been at the top of the charts across the country for quite some time. The film is about twin brothers who are forced to live separate lives after their parents die. They end up on opposing sides of the law, with one (Wale) becoming a detective in an anti-crime unit and the other (Akin) becoming an armed robber.Akin joins a gang of robbers, which later becomes his brother’s investigation assignment.

Will the dedicated detective remain true to the law after identifying his brother as a gang member?

Will Akin murder his brother in a shootout with the cops?

You probably know the answer if you’ve seen “Brotherhood,” but if not, head over to Netflix.

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Anikulapo

Anikulapo is the most talked-about film among the Nollywood movies on Netflix right now. The “Kunle Afolayan film” tells the story of love, death, and betrayal.

A not-so-innocent traveler (Saro) lies with the king’s wife (Queen Arolake) and earns himself an avoidable death sentence. He is however given a second chance to live after a mystical bird (Akala) wakes him from the dead and gives him the power to resurrect the dead, thus becoming a much sought-after and powerful man in the village.

Will Saro be faithful to Arolake and his source of power? or will he abuse his power and betray his beloved?

Anikulapo starrs many popular Nollywood actors including Kunle Remi, Bimbo Ademoye, Sola Sobowale, Taiwo Hassan, Fathia Balogin, and Oga Bello among others. The film has earned recognition in many countries, with the most recent achievement being its placement among the top 10 trending Netflix movies in the U.K.

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Rounding off the year with these amazing blockbusters

Far From Home

Far From Home tells the story of a young man, Ishaya Bello who would do anything to escape from poverty. The movie revolves around students at the Willmer Academy.

The movie is a limited series with top Nollywood stars as cast: Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD), Funke Akindele, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Bolanle Ninalowo, Bimbo Akintola, Linda Ejiofor, Chioma Akpotha, Femi Branch, Carol King, and Ufuoma Mcdermott. Far From Home is produced in partnership with Inkblot.

Palava

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The movie revolves around Richard Mofe Damijo who plays the role of Osage Idehen, a renowned musical artist with five beautiful daughters. His love for women constantly lands him in drama and problems, a theme that informs the movie’s title. His life and family is turned upside down when a scandal is revealed on the eve of his 60th birthday.

Palava is an inklot production set for release in the Cinema on December 9th. Palava!’ features Linda Ejiofor, Bisola Aiyeola, Jemima Osunde, Beverly Naya, Beverly Osu, Chinedu Ikedieze, Iyabo Ojo, Mercy Aigbe, Eniola Badmus, Omawumi Megbele, Gideon Okeke and BB Naija star, Neo Akpofure.

Battle On Buka Street

Battle on Buka Street is coming to the Cinema on December 16th. The cast includes Femi Jacobs, Mercy Johnson, Kelvin Ikeduba, Bimbo Ademoye, Tina Mba, Sola Sobowale, Nkem Owoh and the movie’s co-director, Tobi Makinde.

The movie is a chronicle of a food challenge between two women fighting over the best local food seller title — the ‘King of Buka Streets’.

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Ijakumo’ (The Born-Again Stripper)

Ijakumo is set for release in cinemas on December 23, 2022. It features cast such as Toyin Abraham, Kolawole Ajeyemi, Lolade Okusanya, Kunle Remi, Lillian Afegbai, Olumide Oworu and Eso Dike.

‘Ijakumo’ (The Born-Again Stripper) is a thriller that follows the daughter of a powerful spiritualist, who is hell-bent on destroying the life of her former lover, a renowned pastor of a mega-church, who jilted and left her to die. She partners with a stripper and choir leader to exert her revenge plan on her former lover.

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Double Tees Productions Unveils ‘Aiyefele’ – A Cinematic Masterpiece of Resilience and Redemption

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Double Tees Productions, a renowned film production company, is delighted to announce the upcoming cinema release of its highly anticipated epic film, “Aiyefele.”

Scheduled to premiere on April 5, 2024, at Odeon Cinema in major cities across the United Kingdom, “Aiyefele” promises audiences an unforgettable cinematic experience filled with emotion, intrigue, and profound storytelling.

Set against the backdrop of colonial Nigeria and 18th-century England, “Aiyefele” unfolds the captivating narrative of a community teetering on the brink of despair. Plagued by a devastating epidemic, the inhabitants grapple with the clash between their traditional beliefs and the “visitor ”
The community faces existential threats, battling against self-destructive customs and malevolent forces, until an unexpected figure emerges to lead them towards liberation and hope.

Featuring a stellar ensemble cast comprising esteemed actors from the UK and Nigeria, including Odun Adekola, Mercy Aigbe, Femi Branch, Lucien Morgan, Desiree Faust, Bimbo Oshin, Biola Adebayo, Rotimi Salami, Dapo Opayinka, and Lara Aiyeomoni, “Aiyefele” promises to immerse audiences in a world of profound loss, sacrifice, and self-reflection.

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Toyin Moore and Tayo Utomi, passionate independent producers known for their commitment to thought-provoking storytelling, spearhead the project.

With a dedication to artistic excellence, “Aiyefele” pushes the boundaries of cinema, offering viewers a transformative cinematic experience.

The distribution of “Aiyefele” is managed by Evrit Films, ensuring widespread accessibility to audiences across the UK.

Film Credits:

Executive Producers: Oluwatoyin Moore, Omotayo Utomi
Director: Seun Olaiya
Original Story: Toyin Moore
Director of Photography (DOP): Babatunde Taiwo
Script: Moshood Yakubu Olawale
Linear Producer: Olakunle Olabode

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UK Unit:

Producer: Toyin Moore
Director: Niyi Towolawi
Director of Photography (DOP): Babatunde Michael

For media inquiries and further information, please contact:

Tayo Utomi
Phone: +447506008654
Email: Tayoutomi@gmail.com

Toyin Moore
Phone: +447496115260
Email: oyemi10770@gmail.com

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K1 to Tinubu: Nigerians are crying, suffering, wailing daily over high cost of food, poor living condition

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Renowned musician King Wasiu Ayinde, popularly known as K1, has made an appeal to President Bola Tinubu, urging him to address the challenges faced by Nigerians amidst the soaring cost of living, food, and essential items.

K1, a staunch supporter of President Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC), played a pivotal role in Tinubu’s presidential victory, leveraging his influence in entertainment and social circles.

In an open letter addressed to the President and also in a video, K1 emphasized the urgent need for a reassessment of economic policies to alleviate the burdens of ordinary Nigerians.

The musician particularly highlighted the alarming depreciation of the Naira against the U.S. dollar, which has contributed significantly to the prevailing economic hardships.

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Expressing concern over the mounting socio-economic cries and sufferings of the populace, K1 urged President Tinubu to implement measures that would provide relief to the common man.

He underscored the disillusionment among voters who, having supported Tinubu in the 2023 elections, now felt disheartened by the lack of visible improvements in their daily lives.

Acknowledging the accusations directed at him for influencing people’s votes, K1 remained optimistic that President Tinubu would soon enact policies to reverse the current tide.

Despite the criticisms, the musician reaffirmed his belief in Tinubu’s leadership and expressed hope that the president would prioritize the welfare of the Nigerian people.

As K1 urged a review of economic strategies, he also stressed the importance of pushing out palliatives to cushion the impact on citizens.

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The open letter served as both a plea and a call to action, encouraging President Tinubu to address the concerns of a nation in distress and reaffirm the faith placed in his leadership during the electoral process.

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Showmax unveils refreshed brand, expanded content lineup across Africa

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Showmax, the popular streaming service in Africa, has introduced its enhanced platform, featuring a refreshed brand and a vast content lineup, signaling a new era for viewers on the continent. This development comes ten months after MultiChoice, Comcast’s NBCUniversal, and Sky announced a collaborative streaming vision for Africa.

The revamped Showmax app is set to be available in app stores starting January 23, 2024, as part of a phased rollout across 44 markets. The streaming platform aims to offer an unparalleled streaming experience, with a focus on both local and international content.

A significant highlight is the introduction of the world’s first standalone Premier League plan for mobile, known as Showmax Premier League. Priced at just N2,900 a month, this plan will provide access to all 380 Premier League games, offering a game-changing product for football enthusiasts across Africa.

Showmax offers two additional plans: Showmax Entertainment on mobile for N1,200 a month and Showmax Entertainment for N2,500 a month. The diverse plans cater to various preferences and viewing habits, making streaming accessible to a broader audience.

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Opeoluwa Filani, the GM of Showmax Nigeria, emphasized the strategic pricing of the Showmax Premier League plan, aligning with the massive smartphone penetration and the significant football fanbase in Africa. Richard Masters, CEO of the Premier League, expressed delight at the initiative, recognizing Africa’s importance to the Premier League.

At the core of Showmax’s streaming ambitions is a robust technical platform built to scale. Leveraging the Peacock streaming platform, which is active in over 70 countries, Showmax benefits from a world-class infrastructure that has successfully delivered major events, including the Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup, Olympics, and WrestleMania.

Showmax’s content library is set to expand with the introduction of 21 new Showmax Originals in February, including five Nigerian Originals. The platform aims to produce over 1,300 hours of original content in the coming year, marking a 150% increase in production output.

Showmax’s partnership with Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Sky ensures access to a diverse range of international content, including titles from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, NBC, Peacock, DreamWorks Animation, and Telemundo. The content lineup spans movies, drama series, and original productions.

John Ugbe, CEO of West Africa at MultiChoice, emphasized Showmax’s focus on the African market, building on MultiChoice’s deep understanding of the continent. The streaming service aims to revolutionize streaming in Africa in 2024, with competitive pricing, offline viewing options, and a growing network of payment options.

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Existing Showmax customers will receive information on accessing the new app, with the complete rollout scheduled to be completed by February 12, 2024. Showmax’s commitment to delivering quality content and a seamless streaming experience positions it as a leading player in the African streaming landscape.

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