The Nigerian movie industry has experienced growth over the years going through uncharted waters, making groundbreaking films spanning different areas of life.
Choosing which film to see can sometimes be a herculean task because you do not want to end up wasting your money, data, or time going to see a film that is not worth it.
In a bid to make this decision easier, here are 5 Nollywood films that feature Nigeria’s political history.
1. October 1(2014)
Directed by Kunle Afolayan, October 1 is a historical thriller that explores the events leading up to Nigeria’s independence in 1960. The film follows the story of a British police detective sent to a remote town in Nigeria to investigate a series of murders. Against the backdrop of impending independence, it delves into a variety of themes including colonialism, cultural clashes, and the political tensions of the time. The film skillfully intertwines a murder mystery with a reflection on Nigeria’s struggle for self-determination.
2. Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
Directed by Biyi Bandele and based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel with the same title, this film is set during the Nigerian-Biafran War (1967–1970). It tells the story of two sisters from different backgrounds and their experiences during the war. While the primary focus is on personal relationships, it also provides a powerful insight for understanding the political complexities and human tragedies that ensued from the war.
3. 76 (2016)
Directed by Izu Ojukwu, 76 is a historical drama set against the backdrop of the 1976 military coup in Nigeria. The film follows the life of a soldier who becomes embroiled in the coup plot and the political intrigue surrounding it. It offers a glimpse into the socio-political climate of Nigeria during the military era and the challenges faced by individuals caught up in political turmoil.
4. King of Boys (2018)
King of Boys, directed by Kemi Adetiba, offers viewers a gripping portrayal of the wicked realm of Nigerian politics, where power and influence are fiercely contested. At the heart of the film is Alhaja Eniola Salami, a formidable and enigmatic businesswoman who gets involved in politics. The narrative explores themes of corruption, betrayal, and the complexities of power dynamics, reflecting some of the darker chapters of Nigeria’s political landscape.
5. Silent Tears (2015)
Directed by Ishaya Bako, Silent Tears sheds light on the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria. It explores the political and humanitarian issues surrounding the displacement of people due to conflicts and insurgency in the country. The film highlights the struggles they face and the need for political solutions to address their predicament.
These films provide historical context but also offer insight into the political, social, and human dimensions of Nigeria’s history and its challenges. So sit back, relax and learn as you watch!
Researched By: Safiya Onayi Ahmed