The Best Netflix Nigerian Movies you should watch
Want to binge some Nigerian movies on Netflix? Well, we’ve lined up the best Nigerian Netflix movies that are worth your time.
1. Dark October
Dark October is a 2023 Netflix Nigerian movie that centres on the Aluu four lynching event that happened in October 2012, in Port-Harcourt city, Nigeria- where 4 Nigerian Students were brutally lynched after they were wrongly accused of theft. While it dwells on the emotional side, the cinematography and storytelling is extremely captivating. The action is also nod-worthy and is definitely worth a binge.
Genre: Action, Horror, Historical Non-fiction
2. King of Boys
From the stable of visually notorious top-notch Nigerian filmmaker-Kemi Adetiba. King of Boys is perhaps one of the greatest- if not currently the greatest Nigerian movie ever made. The storytelling, action and characterisation is bold.
The movie follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami- A powerful notorious woman seeking power in the world of Nigerian politics. Her enemies abound and plot to take her down, but the play reveals that it goes beyond just power tussle. The movie stars Sola Sobowale, Adesua Etomi and Reminisce in lead roles. It’s definitely one of the best Best Netflix Nigerian Movies you should watch.
Infact, it was so great that it made a sequel mini-series return on Netflix- King of boys: The Return of the King
Genre: Action, Politics, Crime Thriller
3. Elevator Baby
Imagine a nonchalant spoilt brat caught in an elevator with a lousy market woman who is heavily pregnant for her boss? This cinematic masterpiece grows into a hilarious and suspense-filled (although very light) screen sequence. It stars Toyin Abraham and Timini Egbuson in lead roles.
4. The Set Up
The Set-Up is one of the most underrated Nollywood movies. Although it had quite a successful domestic gross in Nigeria, grossing hundreds of millions, a lot of people found the storyline intriguing, but a bit complicated.
The plot follows a mother whose business empire is threatened by a cast-out relative- an uncle who has decided to infiltrate the family through the mother’s eldest daughter. It stars Jim Iyke, Adesua Etomi and Dakore Akande in lead roles.
Genre: Action, Crime Thriller
5. The Wedding Party
The Wedding Party revolutionised the cinema culture in Nigeria. This 2016 wedding movie is definitely one of the best Netflix Nigerian movies and the best comedy Nigerian movie ever. It is no surprise as it was directed by Kemi Adetiba herself.
The movie follows the story of a couple whose wedding day almost gets trumped by the hate their respective families share for each other, their exes and wedding logistics. It’s a really entertaining binge. The fun fact is that the lead actors- Adesua Etomi and Banky W, are married in real life.
Genre: Romance, Comedy
6. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
If Nollywood ever made a Cinderella story, “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” is what it might look like. This “swoon-filled” drama stars Zainab Balogun and Kenneth Okolie in lead roles.
It follows the story of a daughter who found out her parents are selling off their historic hotel because they can’t afford to run it anymore. It turns out the person whom she meets is the one that intends to purchase it. It’s a well-written dram definitely worth your time.
7. The CEO
Kunle Afolayan is the Jordan Peele of Nigeria. His horror films are quite legendary and widely discussed. Although the context of their great storytelling has suffered little discourse among Nigerians, his horror films are worth every minute we were scared, wondering what’s going to happen next.
The CEO follows the story of five top members of a Company who are being considered for the role of the CEO. They all attend a retreat and start getting killed one by one. They all know the murderer is one of them, but who? And why does anyone who gets caught in the game of musical chairs have to be the one that dies?
This movie is just amazing, you have to see it. It’s a Best Netflix Nigerian Movie you should watch
Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller
8. October 1
If there is anything that surpasses The CEO, it’s October 1. Kunle Afolayan’s movie set in post-colonial Nigeria (immediately after independence) sees the return of a village’s young Prince from England to Nigeria.
He had been trained with some other boys by the white father missionaries. Unfortunately, those boys were subject to sexual assault in the hands of the Holy father for several years. The return of the prince begins the killing of the virgins in the village, you might guess who is killing them and you will be wrong!
Genre: Horror, Crime-thriller, Historical-fiction
9. Chief Daddy
Upon its cinematic release, Chief Daddy enjoyed a successful domestic box office run because of its sheer relatability. The movie centres on the death of an extremely wealthy man whose will is the subject of controversy as several of his unknown children, wives and concubines show up after his death. It’s literally the most Star-Studded Nollywood movie ever made.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Oloture enjoys popularity because of the nature of its discourse.The movie follows a young reporter who invested herself in a sex-trafficking empire and went undercover as a sex worker. The story is now being continued as a mini-series on Netflix, set for a 2023 return.
Fifty follows the story of four Nigerian women in their late thirties/early forties. They are career women and are very sexually-liberated. But everything is not rosy for them even when it seems they have all their choices figured out. Fifty has an interesting storyline that expands beyond the plot of the movie, and is definitely one of the best Netflix Nigerian movies. It stars Omoni Oboli and Ireti Doyle in lead roles.
If Fifty were to have a modern re-make with an even better storyline, it would be Isoken, this Jade-Osiberu romantic-comedy follows the story of Isoken, a well-educated Igbo-lady whose family is mad at her because she is not getting married anytime soon. Despite the numerous matchmaking they attempt for her, she doesn’t like any of them and falls in love with a white man- much to the chagrin of her family.
The movie stars Funke Akindele, Damilola Adegbite, Dakore Akande and Joseph Benjamin in lead roles
13. Namaste Wahala
Despite the mixed reviews that accompanied the production of Nigeria-India’s first collaborative movie, Namaste Wahala is not a disappointing watch. It actually shows in clear details the problems society has with cross-cultural and racial marriages. It can prove to be an entertaining watch.
Genre: Romance, Drama
14. Ije: The Journey Africa
If there is a top 10 list of the greatest Nigerian movies ever made, Ije would be on that list for sure. Apart from the fact that the movie stars the two greatest female legends in Nollywood ever- Omotola Jalade and Genevieve Nnaji, this cinematic masterpiece follows the story of two young girls who grow up in a village rife with riot.
Then one of them travels abroad to pursue her music career, marries a white man and kills her husband in a game of poker when she is made the object of trade. Her sister the flies to America to help her with the trial. It’s one of the Best Netflix Nigerian Movies you should watch
Genre: Crime thriller, Drama
15. Last Flight to Abuja
Another great film that stars Omotola Jalade. Last flight to Abuja follows the history of a flight that took off from Lagos to Abuja but crash landed on its way. The movie follows Omotola’s character who flies to Lagos to surprise her boyfriend whom she finds cheating. She then decides to take the last flight to Abuja for work but the plane is going down any minute. The play follows a sub-plot that makes it an even more interesting watch. Also, the editing effect is pretty amazing for a 2012 Nollywood movie.
Genre: Action, Drama
16. Moms at War
Moms at War follows the story of two moms- Funke Akindele and Omoni Oboli, who hate themselves to the core. Their children compete for a slot at an international competition and it brings them closer. But there is so much more to unravel in this film despite its seemingly simple plot. And yes, there is an amazing pool fight in the movie.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
17. The figurine
Another masterpiece by Kunle Afolayan, who apparently can make no bad movie. The Figurine centres on two guys who fall in love with a woman. One of them marries her, but the presence of a figurine who would not leave their home makes everything go awry.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
18. Your Excellency
Funke Akindele makes her directorial debut in this political drama that stars her and Shaffy Bello. She would be the second wife to a presidential candidate who keeps getting in trouble but would later win the election. Her constant bickering with Shaffy Bello- the first wife who returns from London with the desire to be the First Lady, is very interesting to watch
Genre: Political Drama, Comedy
19. Sugar Rush
Imagine three poor sisters discover several millions of dollars in a rich man’s house the night he dies. But the money is being coveted by a notorious gangster who tracks them down and threatens their life. This satisfying drama stars Adesua Etomi, Bimbo Ademoye and Bisola Aiyeola in lead roles.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
This Netflix Original movie raised the bar for Traditional African epics and would give the Woman King a run for its money. The story is a simple one, yet the action and the cinematography takes the cake to make a really satisfying watch.
It’s definitely one of the Best Netflix Nigerian Movies you should watch
Genre: War, Action, Crime
21. It’s her day
20 is the perfect number but it would be a crime to not put this movie on the list. It’s her day is a top Netlfix Nigerian Movie because it’s a comedy movie that is actually funny and doesn’t rely on stale jokes to amuse its audience.
It follows the story of a man who falls in love with a very rich but spoilt young lady, Her family wants him to foot all the bills of the marriage but he just wants something descent and responsible. Come see all hell break loose when Ini-dima Okojie realises people spend #500 at weddings. It stars Bovi and Ini-dima in lead roles and believe me, it’s worth your watch
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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23. A Naija Christmas
24. Seeven and a half Dates
26. Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story
29. Breaded Life
Best Netflix Nigerian Movies for your binge
1. Dark October
2. King of Boys
3. Elevated Baby
4. The Set Up
5. Last Flight to Abuja
6. The Figurine
7. Ije: The Journey Africa
8. Sugar Rush
9. Your Excellency
10. Jagun Jagun: The Warrior
11. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
12. The Wedding Party
13. The Figurine
16. Elevator Baby
17. The CEO
18. October 1
19. Moms at War
20. Namaste Wahala
21. Dinner at my place
22. A Naija Christmas
23. Seven and a half Dates
25. Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story
28. Breaded Life