The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood has over time grown from movies we simply watch on CDs to movies we pay to watch at the cinemas. However, some movies still serve the place of the basement for the native speaking users who best enjoy their movies in their native languages. These movies are often regarded as home video and culled from the idea that they are mostly watched at home.
Some movies have stood out of many in the home video category and have given many Nigerians a memorable 2017. One of such movies that gained much attention from both Yoruba speakers and non-yoruba speakers is Toyin Abrahams “Alakada Reloaded”
The humorous movie tells the story of a young lady who makes frantic efforts to live the life of her dreams but gets into trouble in the process because of her pursuit of vanity. Toyin Abraham’s Alakada reloaded is the third production of the Alakada series, the first was released in 2009 and the second in 2013 while reloaded got to the cinemas on the 26th of May 2017. The star studded movie according to vanguard.ng raked over 25million Naira just three days after its release thus defiling the language barrier that might deter viewers from enjoying a movie scripted in native language.
Foremost Yoruba Nollywood actors like Odunlade Adekola, Kehinde Bankole, Gariel Afolayan, Helen Paul, Lizzy Dasilva and Lilian Esoro as well as comedy sensation Woli Arole and Comedian Ebiye starred in the block buster home video.
Another home video that cannot be forgotten in a hurry is Ojukokoro. Ojukokoro tells the story of what happens when a cash strapped manager in a money laundering petrol station, decides to rob the petrol station that employs him, but along this journey, finds out that there are different kinds of criminals that are also interested in the same cash. The Nollywood action comedy brought a different side to Nigerian home videos that have not been explored before. The movie is didactic and full of action as well, the action and comedy did not dilute or drown the intended message in the movie.
Directed by Dare Olaotan, Olufemi Olaotans Ojukokoro stars the likes of Seun Ajayi, Tope Tedela, Walew Ojo, Ali Nuhu, and Linda Ejiofor. One fascinating part of the comic home video was seeing actress Lina Ejiofor speak Yoruba in a movie, knowing full well that she is not a native of any Yoruba speaking state.
Finally on the list is Uduak Isong’s “Lost in London“. Starring comic actor Ime Bishop popularly known as Okon lagos, The movie which continues the adventures of Okon was released in cinemas on June 9, 2017. The family comedy stars Alex Ekubo, Bona and Valerie okeke and gained much ataention after its release. The comic act of Ime bishop alongside a continuum of the Okon lagos series is what attracts the attention of many to the movie.