10 African Movies to watch on Netflix

Popular streaming platform Netflix has marked and prioritized in providing Africa a platform to showcase its movies and content.

African film producers and actors are now being noticed and appreciated for their talents and story lines. No longer do we have to watch stereotypical stories created in Hollywood; we can now enjoy authentic pictures created by Africans for both Africans and an international audience.

1. Seriously Single

Making waves currently is this romcom, about a social media expert who lives in Johannesburg.

We follow her quest to find joy in being single after she has two failed relationships. With the help of her best friend , we see the ways one can embark on a journey of self discovery.

2. Isoken

Released in 2017, this Nigerian film starring Dakore Akande is about a woman who is unmarried at the age of 34. Her family is worried and her overzealous Mother tries hard to find her a husband.

This film unlocks some of the unrealistic notions our families might have about marriage and having a career in modern day Africa. The challenges and criticism women face are also highlighted.

3. Moms at War

This comedy drama is a story about two mothers who are the biggest rivals. They both have teenage daughters in high school who they set to compete against each other. The mothers go through all sorts of antics to win.

Starring Nollywood legends Funke Akindele and Omoni Oboli, you’ll be in for some good laughs and learn a few things about friendship, sisterhood and more.

4. Chief daddy

Another Nollywood hit – after a billionaire industrialist dies unexpectedly, his family are faced with a major challenge of sharing his assets.

We follow the trials and feuds of each family member as they all have their own agenda. We also receive stellar performances from Richard Mofe- Damijo, Kate Henshaw, Funke Akindele and Falz.

A definite must watch!

5. The wedding party 1&2

Directed by Kemi Adetiba, this 2016 two part movie follows a couples extravagant wedding plans which includes some drama with exes coming out of nowhere, family feuds, wedding crashers and fashion faux pas.

It is a hilarious take on the dramas faced when it comes to planning big Nigerian weddings and societal values and expectations are also expressed in both of these movies.

6. The boy who harnessed the wind

Based on a true story about a 13 year old Malawian boy who is forced to leave school due to his family not being able to pay his school fees. He then finds a way to sneak into his school’s library and learns how to build a windmill. The windmill he constructs helps his village escape famine.

This is a touching and inspiring story of perseverance and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directing debut is both very intelligent and strong.

7. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

When a Chef returns to Nigeria from London with plans to run her parents hotel, her plan is soon shuttered. She finds out they have plans to sell the hotel to the man she falls in love with.

This Nollywood movie has a slow start but soon picks up; it is the ideal film for foodies who love a good romcom. The main actors are Zainab Balogun and Kenneth Okolie and was executive produced by media mogul Mo Abudu.

8. Up north

Popular Nigerian Artist, Banky W stars in this comedy about a spoilt and  rebellious man from a rich family who is sent away to national service in the North of Nigeria. He is forced to do this in turn to inherit his father’s assets. When he gets there he discovers that he has new goals and is humbled.

The story line is a bit far fetched however, it still makes for a fun chillaxing Saturday night watch.

9. Lionheart

The first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria is produced by Chinny Onwugbenu and directed by Genevieve Nnaji. When a woman’s father is forced to step back from his company due to an illness, she decides to take on the challenge of running the business.

She is faced with scrutiny,  jealousy and hardship as the only female working in a Male dominated industry. 

Being a Nollywood icon, Genevive Nnaji delivers some great acting skills in this amazing film.

10. Azali

Released in 2018, this Ghanaian film is set in the capital city of Accra, where a 14 year old from Northern Ghana finds herself living in the slums. Facing servere poverty she begins to do sex work to make ends meet and to find a way back home.

This movie, although a sad and touching one, makes you face head on the hardships most face, not only in Ghana but in Africa as a whole. It gives you great insight on the hardships most face , especially women.

It’s a definite must watch but brace yourself as it might hit home.

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