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Exclusive: Funke Akindele rakes in close to almost N1billion in two years (Top 100 movies)

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The task of a movie director is to direct the actors and other staff members to convey the desired theme behind a script, basically bringing it to life. This is why their role in film production is critical to how it is embraced by the viewers.

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Although attending theater or film school might be very helpful, becoming a filmmaker in practice is not an easy undertaking. Nollytrailers believes the trick is to just get started producing movies with whatever tools you have. Some of the most well-known directors in this era started like this. Greats like Walt Disney, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Katherine Howe, David Fincher, Guillermo Del Toro, Stanley Kubrick, John Cassavetes, Wim Wenders, Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles, and Martin Scorsese evolved from turning meager ideation into enchanting viewership experiences.

For many aspiring actors, directors, photographers, designers, make-up artists, editors, costume designers, set designers, authors, screenplay writers, and other artists, the film industry is a dream worth throwing their entire existence to. Making a movie is laborious and expensive in terms of the concept and budget. The duration of the process ranges from months to years, usually because good filmmakers are literally meticulous ‘dream weavers’ – they are skilled in projecting fantasies as reality and creating an entire culture and cult-like community out of their act.

Nollywood’s rapid expansion in the last two decades has seen the rise and rise of great filmmakers, who are creating captivating work pieces that attract billions of naira in screening revenues every year. From the legendary Ejiro brothers, Jeta Amata, and Tunde Kelani to Kunle Afolayan, Kemi Adetiba, Omoni Oboli, Niyi Akinmolayan, Ishaya Bako, and densely-followed Funke Akindele and others, Nigeria’s filmmakers have continued to produce money-spinning films stealing attention from Hollywood blockbusters across the African continent with the biggest spend coming from the huge Nigerian market (see our analytical article on Africa’s box office here).

Nollytrailers.com highlights the top-performing filmmakers and how much their works have commanded in revenue. The ‘I need to know’ teenage actor turned filmmaker and producer, Funke Akindele led the pack (by weighted average performance and combined volume) with two of her works, Omo Ghetto: The Saga and Your Excellency, in the top 11, grossing a combined revenue of 822million naira in two years. Niyi Akinmolayan follows, with four of his works grossing combined revenue of about N1.2bilion in the last 6years.

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See below a list of the 100 top-grossing Nigerian movies ever to be shown in Nigerian theaters, the producers and the filmmakers behind them. This gross sum does not include earnings from special screenings, DVD sales, online streaming, or theatre showings outside of West Africa’s English-speaking region. Since their box office totals were not adjusted for inflation, movies released before 2008 are also not included on this list.

Nollytrailers Highest Grossing Nollywood Filmmakers of All Times

References
Top 20 Films Report 9th-15th April 2021″. Nigeria: CEAN. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
Top 20 films 27th December 2019 2nd January 2020″.
Top 20 Films Report 12th 18th November 2021″.
Top 20 Films Report 17th 19th June 2022″.

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Ivie: Opa Williams returns big with movie against rape

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The veteran producer, Opa Williams, is back with a refreshing movie, Ivie, which he intends to use as a tool to fight against rape.

And this is coming after a hugely successful 3 Wise Men, a 2016 Nigerian comedy drama film, he produced and directed directed by Pat Ogbere Imobhio.

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Ivie shot few months ago and also directed by Oghere will hit the cinemas on September 30th and already movie buffs are predicting a major outing for the production.

IVIE – Synopsis

A 12 year old student, Ivie, must come out to save her mum, Enado (who has been abandoned by husband) and her 13year old sister, Isoken, a rape victim from the claws of Sanko.

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For shame of stigma, fear of betrayal and economic inadequacy, Enado is unable to confront a terror, fearless hardhearted rapist named Sanko.

Ivie believes, in her little world, that the society should be polite to its citizens, and despite a corruption, culprits should be made answerable for their actions.

Can Ivie take on the all powerful and ruthless Sanko who has raped her sister and been a threat to mum singularly?

“The movie will do two things. It would entertain and also pass a strong message to the society on the evil of rape,” Williams disclosed.

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Collision Course: Excitement grows as Netflix debut approaches

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As its Friday September 1, 2020 Premiere date on Netflix approaches, excitement and anticipation are building up around Collision Course, the hard-hitting film by Bolanle Austen-Peters.

Last Saturday August 20 highlighted how much the movie is well-anticipated when actors and crew members on the film as well as select guests gathered in Lagos for a private viewing of the movie, which explores the impact of rogue law enforcement officers on Nigerian society and how their unenviable harsh personal lives is sometimes a factor in their official duties. inspired by the October 2020 anti-police brutality protests in Lagos, Abuja and many other cities in southern Nigeria, the film has only been shown to a privileged few last November when it premiered as the closing film at the All Africa Film Festival (AFRIFF), which held at Landmark event centre in Lagos.

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Echos of Year 2020’s #endsars protests reverberates through Collision Course as a reminder on how many Nigerian youths took to the streets to demand an end to what they called endemic police brutality. The protests, especially in Lagos, ended on a brutal and tragic note when armed soldiers reportedly opened fire on unarmed protesters on the night of October 20 2020.

Saturday’s special private screening brought back the import of the 75-minute film as a topical, intensely-detailed and well-acted film about a police officer struggling to make ends meet and his encounter with an aspiring musician whose worlds collide.

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Brilliantly played by Kelechi Udegbe, the police officer sets up a roadblock to extract gratification from drivers as troubles at home grew, only to encounter the frustrated young artist with a pregnant wife.

After accidentally shooting dead the musician, the plot sets in motion a chain of events that leads to emotional trauma, arrest and a note-worthy commentary on the state of affairs within the police force.

One of the guests at the screening, Catherine Bickersteth, an educationist and development leader, said the film’s director deserves an applause “for crafting a great production about an important social issue so brilliantly.

Collision Course is an indelible film on several levels:

The storyline: topical and emotive but balanced.
The script: delivered the multilayered messages in succinct language freely and smoothly flowing from good grammar to pidgin English and local dialect.
The Acting: superbly evoked both visceral and intellectual reactions from unforgettably skilled characterization.
The locations: perfectly enhanced the narrative. For local viewers because the locations were not made-up sets, they emphasised the reality of the lives the characters were portraying.
The music: heightened the rollercoaster of emotions of the film.

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Austen-Peters, who personally picked the Best Film (West-Africa) award for the film at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) earlier this year, said Collision Course seeks to show some of the underlying issues that forces someone to turn against the very same people he swore to defend.

“I found out that every single person in the story had a back story that we all needed to understand, and at the end of this when you watch this movie you begin to understand that we are all victims, we are all brutalized by the system that we live in,” she said.

Aside its AMVCA award, Collision Course also earned Udegbe the Best Actor award at last year’s AFRIFF and picked two out of the four it was nominated for at the last African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

The film hits Netflix for global streaming on September 2, 2022.

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Sola Sobowale tears up over huge announcement, lands first Bollywood role

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The Nigerian movie industry is no doubt soaring higher daily and one can’t help but be proud of the actors and actresses.

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One of Nollywood’s most sought-after actress, Sola Sobowale is going international.

The “King of Boys” actress made a special announcement on her Instagram page recently.

Sola revealed that she would be going to India to join record-breaking Director, Hamisha Daryani Ahuja for her latest project.

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Sobowale also said that she would be surely going to India to film and she would be playing a very dynamic role in the project.

“I am so excited to announce that I will be working with record breaking Director/Exec Producer @HamishaDaryaniAhujaon her upcoming project! And….get this…we will be going to India to film! I will be playing a very dynamic role in this project and cannot wait for you to watch it”.

Sola Sobowale had held a special thanksgiving at the St Peter’s African Church, Lagos where she danced like the Biblical David to honour God for being so good and kind to her. It was reported that the veteran actress and King of Boys star, Sola Sobowale showed up in a wine and white lace mix with wine headgear.

After dancing with joy, Sola Sobowale went on her kneels at the altar and received special prayers from the clergies.

Sharing photos from the special thanksgiving on her page, Sola Sobowale wrote “We thank God for all his mercies. ALLELUIA! Thanksgiving Sunday… May all our thanksgivings be accepted in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.”

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