With the recent release of Man of God, and as the streaming service continues to flesh out its plan to dominate the Nigeria filmosphere and, by extension, the continent, too, now’s a good time to revisit all the Netflix Originals to come out of Nollywood since Netflix arrived in 2016.
In 2018, Netflix commissioned its first Nigerian Original when it purchased the worldwide rights to the Genevieve Nnaji movie Lionheart. Since then, the streaming service has gone on to release more movies from some of the choicest filmmakers in the country.
Read on to see the list of Naija Originals you can watch on Netflix.
When her father falls ill, Adaeze steps up to run the family business — alongside her uncle — and prove herself in a male-dominated world.
Starring:Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie
Dir: Genevieve Nnaji
Castle & Castle season 2 (2018 – )
A pair of high-powered, successful lawyers find themselves defending opposite interests of the justice system, causing a strain on their happy marriage.
Starring: Richard Mofe-Damijo, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Blossom Chukwujekwu
Namaste Wahala (2020)
An interracial romance hits humorous and heart-wrenching hiccups as the couple’s parents fight tooth and nail against their relationship.
Starring: Ini Dima-Okojie, Ruslaan Mumtaz, Richard Mofe-Damijo
Dir: Hamisha Daryani Ahuja
A bright student in Nigeria takes on the academic establishment when she reports a popular professor who tried to rape her. Based on real events.
Starring: Temi Otedola, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Joke Silva
Dir: Kunle Afolayan
In Lagos, a journalist goes undercover as a prostitute to expose human trafficking. What she finds is a world of exploited women and ruthless violence.
Starring: Sharon Ooja, Omoni Oboli, Blossom Chukwujekwu
Dir: Kenneth Gyang
King of Boys 2: The Return of the King (2021)
Alhaja Eniola Salami starts anew and sets her sights on a different position of power, fueled by revenge, regret and ruthlessness.
Starring: Sola Sobowale, Toni Tones, Richard Mofe-Damijo
Creator: Kemi Adetiba
A Naija Christmas (2021)
A mother’s Christmas wish — and the grand prize that comes with it — sets off a fierce competition between her sons.
Starring: Rachel Oniga, Kunle Remi, Segilola Ogidan
Dir: Kunle Afolayan
Waylaid by life’s pressures in 1980s Lagos, Nigeria, Tolani becomes involved in drug smuggling with her streetwise friend and must face the fallout.
Starring: Eniola ‘Niyola’ Akinbo, Ijeoma Grace Agu, Deyemi Okanlawon
Dir: Kunle Afolayan
In 16th-century Zazzau, now Zaria, Nigeria, Amina must utilize her military skills and tactics to defend her family’s kingdom. Based on a true story.
Starring: Lucy Ameh, Ali Nuhu, Clarion Chukwura
Dir: Izu Ojukwu
Chief Daddy 2: Going For Broke (2022)
The Beecroft family are ready to spend all of Chief Daddy’s inheritance, but not if the CEO of his company has anything to do with it.
Starring: Shaffy Bello, Funke Akindele-Bello, Joke Silva
Dir: Niyi Akinmolayan
The Man of God (2022)
Samuel forsakes his harsh religious upbringing to live his own life — but his soul remains caught between the world and the faith he left behind.
Starring: Akah Nnani, Osas Ighodaro, Atlanta Bridget Johnson
Dir: Bolanle Austen-Peters
Blood Sisters (2022)
Bound by a dangerous secret, friends Sarah and Kemi are forced to go on the run after a wealthy groom disappears during his engagement party.
Starring: Nancy Isime, Ini Dima-Okojie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Kate Henshaw, Genoveva Umeh, et al.
Dir: Kenneth Gyang, Biyi Bandele.
Glamour Girls (2022)
The world of high-end escorts promises glamour, wealth and the chance of reinvention for a group of women — till a killing and theft threaten it all.
Starring: Sharon Ooja, Nse Ikpe Etim, Toke Makinwa, Segilola Ogidan, Joselyn Dumas, Taymesan Emmanuel, et al.
The King’s Horseman (2022, TBA)
The King’s Horseman tells the story of Elesin, the king’s horseman, who is expected to commit ritual suicide following the death of the king, but who is distracted from his duty. The story is based on a historical event.
Starring: Odunlade Adekola as Elesin Oba, Shaffy Bello as Iyaloja, acclaimed musician Brymo as the Praise Singer, Deyemi Okanlawon, Omowunmi Dada, Jide Kosoko, Kevin Ushi, Jenny Stead, Mark Elderkin, Langley Kirkwood, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Ajoke Silva, et al.