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Efeturi Doghudje: Top 10 Anticipated Movies For the Rest of 2016



The Wedding Party Behind The Scenes EbonyLife Films BellaNaija (6)With 4 more months to go in the year 2016 (Yay! We are in August), the Nigerian movie industry still has some juice left to win us over with the movies they are yet to release (probably a long shot, as it relates to winning, but I am hopeful and seriously keeping my fingers crossed).

The year kicked off well with movies such as Suru L’ere, Wives On Strike, Remember Me, Couple of Days, Ayanda, The CEO, Dairy of a Lagos Girl, Affairs of the Heart, Beyond Boarders, ATM, Ghana Must Go, North East, and a host of others. However, I present to you movies to expecting in the next 4 months that would either make or mar the industry.

“The Arbitration” from the stables of FilmOne Distribution tells the story of Gbenga (O.C Ukeje) and his employee Dara (Adesua Etomi) who had an affair. After the affair ended and Dara leaves the company, she sues Gbenga and accuses him of rape. An arbitration panel is constituted to find out the truth. The movie also stars Ireti Doyle, Sola Fosudo, Beverly Naya and Gregory Ojefua among others.

It is directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, popular for “Out of Luck,” and “Falling,” Arbitration will be released on August 12.

You can watch the trailer here:

A Trip to Jamaica
Sequel to 30 Days in Atlanta, AY returns with this movie “A Trip to Jamaica”. Directed by Robert Oyime Peters and set to be a mix of Hollywood and Nollywood stars, the movie will chronicle more adventures of Akpos. Shot in Nigeria, America and Jamaica, the film focuses on Akpos and his Fiancée Bola, who travel across the Atlantic to visit family. The comedy will star Funke Akindele, Nse Ikpe Etim, Patoranking, Cynthia Morgan Ras Kimono, Chris Attoh as well as Hollywood star Eric Roberts and will be released on the 30th of September, watch the trailer here:

From the producers of the movie “Broken” comes this Bright Wonder Obasi, movie, titled “REMARKABLE.”

A story which mirrors the life of a couple head over heels in love with each other and how they cope with the obstacles that surround their relationship. The movie stars 2016 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award winners Daniel K Daniel, Tope Tedela, Titi Joseph, Apel Orduen, Nita Byack, Osas Iyamu and Matilda Lambert. It is set to premiere in Abuja on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Watch the trailer here:

93 Days
Directed by Steve Gukas (A Place in the stars) and stars Bimbo Akintola, Gideon Okeke Bimbo Manuel, Tina Mba and Danny Glover, 93 Days tells the story of the 93-day period from when Sawyer comes in contact, to the men and women from Nigeria, WHO and MSF who do battle with this deadly disease. At its core, 93 Days is a compelling human story of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival.

93 Days is set for release on the 16th of September, as the trailer gives a good account of what to expect from the movie.

Watch its trailer here:

One Fine Day
Nollywood actress and producer Chika Ike is set to release her new movie ‘One Fine Day.’

The movie, which stars Chika Ike, Anthony Monjaro, Ijeoma Grace Agu and more, tells the story of Ronnie a married woman who bumps into her ex and starts having extra-marital affairs with him. The movie is produced by Chika Ike Production in collaboration with Rok Studios (IrokoTV) and is directed by Serah Donald Onyeachor and written by Biodun Stephen Oladigbo.

Although no official release date has been published, the trailer does show some promise.

Watch the trailer here:

Never ever have I seen a production heavily coded like the movie ’76! Produced some years ago, we have been teased and teased of its pending release; it is becoming absolutely ridiculous and absurd.

Directed by Izu Ojukwu, ‘76′ is a movie set during the era of military assassinations in Nigeria. With a focal point on the life of an officer who is wrongly indicted by the military and gets entangled in a romantic relationship with a beautiful O-level student from the Southeastern part of Nigeria.  It stars Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberisima, Chidi Mokeme and Daniel K. Daniel and was filmed in Ibadan. The movie also depicts the experiences of being an officer’s wife at a time in Nigeria when there was a lot of unrest.

The official word of it’s showing in the cinemas,  is November 26th. Highly expectant and i hope it will be worth it, but the trailer caught my attention and is a good watch.

Watch it here:

The Wedding Party
Come December 2016, EbonyLife Films, producers of ‘Fifty’ will bring us the first feature film from filmmaker Kemi Adetiba titled The Wedding Party. Written by playwright, Tosin Otudeko, ‘The Wedding Party’ is a riveting tale of the complexity of love. It is the story of Dunni Coker, a 24 year old art gallery owner and IT entrepreneur Dozie. The couple took a vow of chastity and is looking forward to a ground-breaking first night together as a married couple. The synopsis reeks of the movie ‘Jumping the Broom’ but I am excited nonetheless. With a myriad of stars from Adesua Etomi, Banky W, Alibaba, Sola Sobowale, Ireti Doyle, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Zainab Balogun, AY, Ikechukwu, Beverly Naya, Eyinna Nwigwe and Lepacious Bose (that is a mouthful), the movie which wrapped up filming, promises to be very entertaining.

Although no official release date in December has been stated, the behind the scene images does show promise.

Watch the trailer here:

Public Property
Singer, Song Writer, Actress and Producer Ashionye Raccah is teasing out and promoting her new movie “Public Property”. Although we are still awaiting her official trailer, the little clip she has put out on Instagram looks promising.

The movie stars Ashionye herself, Okey Uzoeshi, Femi Jacobs, Kiki Omeili and Sika Osei.

A Hotel Called Memory
Nigerian film producer of Violated, Keeping Faith, 30 Days and Nollywood sweetheart (To people born in my era) Ego Boyo is rounding off work on a new film, A Hotel Called Memory.  Starring Nse Ikpe-Etim, the movie is directed by Akin Omotoso and is said to have been shot in Tanzania. While it is seriously under wraps, Ego has been posting bits and bulbs on her Instagram page. There is however, a cover image. I am anticipating it will be released this year.

Living in Bondage:
Yep, you thought right. The 1992 production is set to be remade and released this year. I was really excited when I learnt of this, as a silent champion of remaking films and series we enjoyed back in the day. Can you imagine a Checkmate remake? Ramsey Nouah, alongside entertainment and business mogul Charles Okpaleke are the duo responsible for this remake. Although there are no details, still photography or trailers to indicate it is in the works, I am crossing my fingers and wishing it makes the year 2016.

There you have it folks! 10 anticipated movies for the rest of the year.

Which one are you most eager to see, and which ones did I miss out? Tell us all about it in the comments section.

Efeturi is an ardent lover of movies and currently the publisher of a Nigerian film critic site that reviews everything Nollywood with the aim of strengthening the Nigerian Movie Industry. She hopes to use her platform to stir the industry in the right direction and has taken steps to ensure that her reviews are fun, entertaining and punchy without avoiding the main issues which is to have world-class productions in Nigeria. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram on @Xplorenollywood and listen to her live on 92.3 Inspiration FM every Saturday at 9pm.


  1. Athan Nwokeji

    August 24, 2016 at 10:09 pm


  2. Olivia

    August 24, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    BN, please for those of us in the abroad, who would love to show case our Nollywood, could we get a link / contact to producers to show these here? We were able to show Diary of a Lagos Girl here in 2015 to a great crowd, and we’ve been asked for more. Chance to make some $$$ and give Nigerian movies the world wide attention they deserve . Congrats to those movies chosen for TIFF, but Canada is way bigger and beyond Toronto. #Calgary, #Edmonton, #Vancouver.

    Thank you.

  3. Red

    August 25, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Note to Editor- Arbitration HAS been released; August 12, 2016.

    In other news, a Living In Bondage remake???? ????????. Please Ramsey, Biko don’t mess it up.

  4. Rejoice

    August 25, 2016 at 9:06 am

    76 and 93 Days, I can’t wait to watch them.

  5. Xoxo

    August 25, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    The trailer of 93 days gave me goosebumps.. I can’t wait to watch it. 76 and the bridal party too.

  6. Prince

    August 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I’ll definitely see 76, The wedding party and 93Days.

  7. Tosin

    August 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    kudos to everyone “organizing” Nolly. Hope this turns out to be a growth year…

  8. OYIN

    August 25, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    il love to see 76 and Remarkable

  9. tunmi

    August 25, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    And the most important information, where can we purchase them????

  10. bimpe

    August 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Dear BN and Efeturi, thanks a lot for this post! Wow!,Its really heartwarming that despite our challenges, there are improvements in the industry. Among these films you mentioned 76,93 Days and Wedding Party are the most anticipated for me! They are big budget films and I pray they recoup their expenditure. I was lucky to see 93 Days at a press screening recently and my goodness! It is a MOVIE! You will be proud to be a Nigerian. We lost heroes who died in our place. It is very emotional because it is not fiction! We lived through it. May the souls of the valiant lost their lives in battle to save ours, rest in peace. The producers told us at the screening that the movie cost 400 million naira. This shows in the movie I kid you not. Meanwhile BN please now, also celebrate the film technicians that work behind the scenes. They work so hard. I forwarded information about a Film Composer who Is working on a compilation album of his scores and soundtracks and he did a promo shoot to that effect but you haven’t posted it yet even though it was sent 2 week ago to all your email addresses. People would love to know about the technicians too. They are the soul of productions. Without them, there is no great movie. Looking forward to seeing the post here so your readers can be further enlightened. Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

  11. bimpe

    August 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    @Olivia, If you google the film titles and go to their websites, I am sure you will get the information you need on who to contact. Cheerio! 🙂

  12. Nv

    November 17, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I don’t understand why there are movies whose release date, trailer not to talk of posters are here.

    Not to be negative but the crossed parts of this article??

    Thanks for the list! Am looking forward to A Hotel Called Memory, seems like it’d have a lot of heart.

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