Best Nigerian Movies on Netflix in 2023

Are you interested in the best Nollywood films and series, and the latest list of new Nigerian movies on Netflix to watch and download? If yes, then this is the article to read.

This article brings you a list and reviews of the Best Nigerian Movies on Netflix as well as showing in cinemas, and some popular websites like Prime Video, etc

The Nigerian movie industry is one of the growing industries in entertainment. In 2022, the Nigerian movie industry, also known as Nollywood had all the more stepped up their movie production skills and released a healthy number of titles on Netflix, which is probably the number one most popular movie streaming service in the world.

This year, the Nigerian movie industry has been unrelenting in producing, even more exciting titles and adding to their growing collection of movies on the streaming service and Nollywood producers have vowed to make a good amount of new movies.

A good number of these movie titles have made an impressive impact on viewers and have wowed a number of critics. This article seeks to reveal these particular movie titles and cause you to be intrigued enough to watch them for yourself.

In this post, we highlight some of the best Nigerian movies you can watch on Netflix on your smartphone, laptop, smart TV, or internet device from the comfort of your home.

Let’s get to it.

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Best Nigerian Movies on Netflix

This is a curated list of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix. The list consists of movies released on Netflix with 5-star and 4-star ratings released within a year.

1. Dark October

Dark October

Dark October is the first of our 19 Best Nigerian Movies on Netflix. It is a Nigerian film executively produced by Linda Ikeji and released to Netflix on 3 February 2023.

The film is centred on the true-life event of the lynching of four young students at the University of Port Harcourt, popularly known as the Aluu Four lynching.

The four were falsely accused of theft in the Aluu area of Port Harcourt and they were all lynched. The film aims to document the events that led to their killings and the aftermath of the event.

Cast

  • Chuks Joseph.
  • Munachi Okpara.
  • Kem-Ajieh Ikechukwu.
  • Oriaku Kelechukwu James.

Following its release to Netflix, the executive producer, Linda Ikeji had said that she hopes that the film will spark a conversation about the dangers of extrajudicial killings and the importance of ensuring justice for all.

2. Shanty Town

Shanty Town

Shanty Town is a new Nigerian crime thriller and qualifies second on our list. It was created by Xavier Ighorodje and Chichi Nworah and produced by Ini Edo and Chi Chi Nworah. The six-part series was released to Netflix on 20 January 2023.

Shanty Town follows the story of a ruthless leader named Scar (played by Chidi Mokeme) who handles a lot of dirty business and is popularly regarded as the King of Shanty Town.

Some of the Lagos hustlers whom Scar and his associates have held captive have now united and wage war against him after it was discovered that captives that Scar supposedly sets free are always missing from existence.

Cast

  • Chidi Mokeme as Scar.
  • Ini Edo as Inem and Idong.
  • Richard Mofe-Damijo as Chief Fernandez.
  • Sola Sobowale as Mummy Tornado.
  • Nse Ikpe-Etim as Ene.
  • Zubby Michael as Colorado.
  • Nancy Isime as Shalewa.
  • Shaffy Bello as Dame Dabola.
  • Mercy Eke as Jackie.
  • Ali Nuhu as Accountant.
  • Uche Jombo as Detective Janice.
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3. Far From Home

Far From Home

Far From Home is the first Netflix Nigerian young adult TV series and also one of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix.

‘Far From Home’ is the story of Ishaya, a charismatic teenager and talented artist from a poor family whose dreams are suddenly realized when he receives a prestigious scholarship to the country’s most exclusive school, catapulting him into the luxurious world of Nigeria’s elite.

Meanwhile, a tremendous secret threatens his newfound status and, ultimately, the safety of his family.

Cast

  • Mike Afolarin as Ishaya Bello.
  • Elma Mbadiwe as Carmen Wilmer-Willoughby.
  • Genoveva Umeh as Zina.
  • Bolanle Ninalowo as Oga Rambo.
  • Bucci Franklin as Government.
  • Natse Jemide as Reggie.
  • Richard Mofe-Damijo as Feyi Wilmer-Willoughby.
  • Bimbo Akintola as Mabel Wilmer-Willoughby.
  • Funke Akindele as Patricia Bello.
  • Paul Adams as Ishaya Bello Sr.
  • Olumide Oworu as Atlas.
  • Adesua Etomi as Mrs. Irurhe.
  • Tomi Ojo as Rahila.
  • Linda Ejiofor as Mrs. Abubakar.
  • Carol King as Principal Gemade.
  • Deyemi Okanlawon as Essien.

4. The Wait

The Wait

The Wait is a Nigerian faith-based drama directed by Yemi Morafa and Fiyin Gambo. The film is based on God’s Waiting Room, a faith-based book written by prominent Nigerian lawyer Yewande Zaccheaus.

Cast

  • Nse Ikpe Etim.
  • Ini Dima-Okojie.
  • Deyemi Okanlawon.
  • Jimmy Odukoya.
  • Chimezie Imo.
  • Joke Silva.
  • Kate Henshaw.
  • Meg Otanwa.
  • Uche Chika Elumelu.
  • Aisha Sanni-Shittu.
  • Juliana Olayode.

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5. Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters is a Nigerian thriller series produced by Netflix and one of the most popular of our 20 best Nigerian movies on Netflix.

The crime thriller follows the story of two friends, Sarah (Ini Dima-Okojie) and Kemi (Nancy Isime), who became fugitives after Sarah’s husband-to-be, Kola (Deyemi Okanlawon), disappears mysteriously on their engagement day.

The circumstances of his disappearance became a mystery to the public until he (Kola) was declared dead a few days after when his body was found in a shallow grave.

This situation then made Sarah and Kemi wanted fugitives, as they had to leave town to escape for their lives. As everyone tries to find Kola’s killer, more secrets about Kola, his siblings, mother, and family feud are revealed.

Cast

  • Ini Dima-Okojie as Sarah Duru.
  • Nancy Isime as Kemi Sanya.
  • Deyemi Okanlawon as Kola Ademola.
  • Gabriel Afolayan as Femi Ademola.
  • Ramsey Noah as Uncle B.
  • Kate Henshaw as Uduak Ademola.
  • Kehinde Bankole as Yinka Ademola.
  • Genoveva Umeh as Timeyin.
  • Uche Jombo as Sarah’s mother.
  • Wale Ojo as Inspector Joe.
  • Tope Tedela as Dr. Adeboye/The Good Doctor.
  • Toke Makinwa as Abby.
  • Segun Arinze as Tijano.
  • Daniel Etim-Effiong as Akin Bassey.

6. Before Valentine’s

Before Valentines

This list would not be complete without the addition of Before Valentine. While preparing for the most romantic day of the year, four hairdressers at a Lagos salon face wild dramas in their love lives and their families.

Before Valentine is a romantic love-story that revolves around an ensemble cast of characters, all experiencing the trials of love, all before the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day.

Cast

  • Shawn Faqua.
  • Meg Otanwa.
  • Uche Montana.
  • Teddy A.
  • Ngozi Nwosu.
  • Elozonam Ogbolu.
  • Baaj Adebule.
  • Inem King.
  • Venita Akpofure.
  • Ben Touitou.
  • Bolaji Ogunmola.
  • Yvonne Jegede.
  • Clinton Chekwube.

7. King of Thieves

King of Thieves

King of Thieves is a work of art piece on its own, and of course among the best Nigerian movies on Netflix

It is a Nigerian thriller film produced by Femi Adebayo and directed by Tope Adebayo, and Adebayo Tijani is a story of a famous town and prosperous kingdom of Ajeromi.

Things were going well as they should be in the Ajeromi kingdom until Agesinkole, a powerful bandit and terrorist came to terrorize the peaceful and prosperous kingdom of Ajeromi.

The Ajeromi Kingdom, however, sought to destroy this Agesinkole bandit with just every power within them, including their hunters, witches, wizards, and every power they possess.

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Cast

  • Femi Adebayo as Agesinkole.
  • Odunlade Adekola as King of Ajeromi.
  • Toyin Abraham as Queen of Ajeromi.
  • Ibrahim Chatta.
  • Lateef Adedimeji.
  • Aisha Lawal.
  • Broda Shaggi.
  • Segun Arinze – Narrator.
  • Mr. Macaroni.
  • Dele Odule.
  • Adebayo Salami.

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8. The Trade (2023)

The Trade

The Trade is the story of a notoriously cunning kidnapper who has ravaged the southern part of Nigeria for over a decade. Everything you think you know about him is wrong, will he get apprehended?

Cast 

  • Blossom Chukwujekwu.
  • Rita Dominic.
  • Ali Nuhu.
  • Shawn Faqua.
  • Nengi Adoki.
  • Stan Nze.
  • Ese Lami George.
  • Waje Iruobe.
  • Chiwetalu Agu.
  • Kelechi Udegbe.
  • Uru Eke.

9. A Naija Christmas

A Naija Christmas

A Naija Christmas As with almost any new high-budget Nigerian movie, it aims for comedic relief and heavily lies in tropes. It was directed by Kunle Afolayan and released on Netflix on the 16th of December, 2021.

The movie tells the story of a typical Nigerian mother, Madam Agatha, who is anxious and distraught over her children’s inability to get married and give her grandchildren.

Madam Agatha is mocked in her local church assembly for not being a grandmother. She challenges her children to get married by promising to gift her Ikoyi mansion as an inheritance to the first son who gets married.

A fairly straightforward plot that delivers nothing new, save being the first Nigerian Christmas-themed movie. Because of the heavy reliance on comedic elements, the plot isn’t allowed to develop to have darker moments as such moments were snuffed out (a little letdown.)

Cast

  • Rachael Oniga as Madam Agatha.
  • Kunle Remi as Ugo.
  • Segilola Ogidan as Ajike.
  • Abayomi Alvin as Chike.
  • Linda Osifo as Vera.
  • Efe Iwara as Obi.
  • Mercy Johnson as Mrs. Bliss (Sammy).
  • Lateef Adedimeji as Tony Torpedo.
  • Uzoamaka Aniunoh as Cassie.
  • Ade Laoye as Kaneng.
  • Carol King as Deaconess Fakorede.
  • Bayode Agbi as Cable Company Boss.

10. This Lady Called Life

This Lady Called Life

This Lady Called Life was directed by Kayode Kasum and written by Toluwani Obayan.

Tells the story of a lady abandoned by her family. The young single mother, Aiye, struggles to survive but stays focused on her dream of becoming an elite chef.

Cast

  • Bisola Aiyeola.
  • Bamidele Akingbulu.
  • Rhoda Albert.
  • Lota Chukwu.
  • Tina Mba.
  • Efe Iwara.
  • Paul Utomi.
  • Wale Ojo.

11. Anikulapo (2022)

Anikulapo

It tells the story of Saro, a man seeking greener pastures, but unfolding events and his affair with the king’s wife, he encounters his untimely death with Akala, a mystical bird believed to give and take life.

This movie is directed by Kunle Afolayan and the Story Writer is Shola Dada.

Cast

  • Adebowale Adedayo.
  • Aderemi Adedeji.
  • Bimbo Ademoye.

12. Brotherhood (2022)

Brotherhood

Loukman Ali and Jadesola Osiberu and Abdul Tijani-Ahmed is the movie Brotherhood.  It captures a time after years of struggling to make ends meet on the streets of Lagos, two brothers fall on opposite sides of the law.

The bonds of brotherhood are put to the ultimate test as one joins a task force that hunts down the other and his gang.

Cast

  • Zubby Michael as Poison.
  • Tobi Bakre as Akin Adetula.
  • Falz as Wale Adetula.
  • OC Ukeje as Izra.
  • Mercy Aigbe as Wumi Adetula.
  • Sam Dede as Officer Daniel.

13. The Blood Covenant (2022)

The Blood Covenant

The Blood Covenant’ is a gripping tale of the evils of money rituals, greed, peer pressure, and corruption, It revolves around the lives of three close friends as they navigate society and the get-rich-quick syndrome relatable in some cities in Nigeria by many youths.

Tired of being looked down upon, they embark on a relentless quest for the high life, chasing easy money, fast cars, and fame, and willing to do whatever it takes no matter what it costs them.

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The Cast

  • Tobi Bakre.
  • Shawn Faqua.
  • Uzor Arukwe.
  • Ufuoma McDermott.
  • Erica Nlewedim.
  • Alexx Ekubo.
  • Omowunmi Dada.
  • Shalewa Ashafa.
  • Gregory Ojefua.
  • Chimezie Imo.

14. The WildFlower (2022)

The WildFlower

This story is a work of raw emotions of three women living in the same compound, experiencing different forms of assault from the men around them.

A peculiar case is a 24-year-old Rolake Dabiri, who decides enough is enough as she speaks up and revolts against these men.

Movie Cast 

  • Damilare Kuku as Rolake Dabiri.
  • Deyemi Okanlawon as Gowon.
  • Toyin Abraham as Mama Olisa.
  • Sandra Okunzuwa as Ada Olisa.
  • Mojisola Adebanjo as  Pamela.
  • Imoh Eboh as Yinka.
  • Joy Esin as Kenny.

15. Weather For Two

Weather For Two

A movie written by Umudu Blessing and directed by Wale Adesanya tells a story of how a meeting with the family lawyer causes chaos for the Thompson family, with betrayal, infidelity, and lies leading to bloody consequences.

Cast

  • Tope Olowoniyan
  • Beverly Osu
  • Eso Dike Okolocha
  • Tina Mba
  • Racheal Emem Isaac

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16. Glamour Girls (2022 Remake on Netflix)

Glamour Girls

This modern-day remake of the classic Nollywood film, Glamour Girls, focuses on the story of four girls who are desperately trying to make a living to live large in the big city of Lagos.

Within the usually patriarchal African community, they all dare to raise a stir with their profession as high-end escorts.

Cast

  • Sharon Ooja as Emma.
  • Nse Ikpe-Etim as Donna.
  • Ejike Asiegbu as Chief Nkem.
  • Femi Branch as Segun.
  • Uzor Arukwe as Aaron.
  • Joselyn Dumas as Jemma.
  • James Gardiner as Zeribe.
  • Robert Adewale as Arrogant Man.
  • Lilian Afegbai as Majesty.

17. U-turn (2022)

U Turn

The movie, U-turn, Directed and Written by: Gabriel Afolayan tells the story of a driver and his lone passenger as they embark on a long journey while hiding their true intentions from one another.

Movie Cast

  • Gabriel Afolayan.
  • Ebun Oloyede.
  • Jide Kosoko.
  • Muyiwa Adegoke.
  • Tina Mba.
  • Ivie Okujaye.
  • Wole Ojo.
  • Moji Afolayan Olayiwola.
  • Adeoye ‘Elesho’ Adewale.

18. Strangers (2022)

Strangers

Bedridden with a flesh-eating disease, Ade’s hopes were bleak until Strangers came to visit his village and his life took an unexpected turn. Strangers; an inspiring journey of faith, redemption and success.

Cast

  • Bimbo Oshin.
  • Lateef Adedimeji.
  • Jide Kosoko.
  • Bolaji Ogunmola.
  • Femi Adebayo.
  • Peter Fatomilola.
  • Debbie Felix.
  • Chris Iheuwa.
  • Bimbo Akintola.
  • Mide Glover.
  • Nonso Odogwu.

19. Elesin Oba (The King’s Horseman)

The Kings Horseman

The King’s Horseman is a movie directed and written by Biyi Bandele, after his king dies, a horseman must sacrifice himself to serve his ruler in the afterlife but sudden distractions lead to unexpected tragedy.

Cast

  • Odunlade Adekola as Elesin.
  • Shaffy Bello as Iyaloja.
  • Omowumi Dada.
  • Fares Boulos.
  • Olawale “Brymo” Olofooro.
  • Jide Kosoko as Sergeant Amusa.
  • Langley Kirkwood.

Conclusion

This year, the Nollywood industry is doing amazingly well in film production, with highly relatable storytelling and creative writing and directing that has led to 2Best Nigerian Movies on Netflix to watch.

Some of the Nigerian movies that made our list have no doubt transformed the minds of people who have already written the entire industry off due to poor previously produced movies.

Have you seen the above movie titles? Do you agree with our list, or do you have other titles you believe should be on the list? You can add yours via a comment.

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