Old Nollywood is seemingly the best form of Nollywood if I must say. Although we got used to the stereotypical story telling, unrealistic stunts, the exaggerated use of sound effects to emphasize suspense and the hilarious, very hilarious soundtracks. In spite of all of that, the acting was never short-falling. The actors always brought their A-game and never relented in giving the viewers a good show.
Here are some of the Nollywood movies that made our childhood worthwhile;
Osuofia in London
This comedy movie directed and produced by Kingsley Ogoro in 2003, tells the story of Nkem Owoh (Osuofia), a cunny villager who receives word on the demise of his brother Donatus in London. However, in his will, Donatus has left Osuofia his huge estate as sole beneficiary. He then makes his way to London and encounters several challenges including meeting his brother’s late wife who isn’t aware of the Nigerian tradition of being inherited as well.
The movie stars Nkem Owoh, Francis Odega, Mara Derwent, Cynthia Okereke and many others.
This action packed thriller reflects on the struggle for money, power and rivalry between Sophia and Jennifer. It showed the importance of having influential connections in Abuja and how it bridged the line between wealth and poverty. This movie was particularly memorable as its teaser had Eucharia Anunobi pounding a man in form of a ritual. Scary!
It stars: Clarion Chukwuka, Emeka-Ani, Eucharia Anunobi, Ngozi Ezeonu and many others.
Aki na Ukwa
Directed by Amayo Uzo Philips, this movie launched the acting career of Osita Iheme (Paw Paw) and Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki) as they both played lead roles. The family comedy told the story of two brothers who continuously created chaos in their community. Most of the scenes from the movie and others acted by the duo have been trending through memes since 2019 on Twitter and other social media platforms.
The rest of the cast includes: Amaechi Muonagor, Oby Kechere and Frances Nsokwu.
Living in Bondage
Written and produced by Kenneth Nnebue, the role as ‘Andy Okeke’ played by Kenneth Okonkwo served as his breakout to Nollywood in 1992. The two-part drama triller follows a story of Andy and his wife Merit (Nnenna Nwabueze) who face financial obstacles that drives Andy to near-depression. His friend, Paul introduces him to a satanic cult in which he agrees to take part in after much hesitation. Andy ends up sacrificing his loved ones all in the aim to attain wealth and faces the consequences.
The rest of the cast include: Kanayo O. Kanayo, Francis Agu, Ngozi Nwosu, Bob Manuel Udokwu, Rita Nzelu, and Nnenna Nwabueze.
Directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen in 2000, the movie was based on true life events that involved a community vigilante boys called Issakaba. Led by Ebube (Sam Dede), the team of boys acquired powers that enabled them fight against robbery and other forms of crime that terrorized the community.
It stars: Chinwetalu Agu, Pete Eneh, Amaechi Muonagor, John Okafor and many others.
Did we miss out on any movie that stood out during your childhood? Let us know in the comments. We might just have a ‘Part 2’.