Netflix is an American streaming service and movie production company that started its operations on August 29, 1997. It distributes films, television series, and produces some content on its own known as Netflix Originals. The company has grown over the years such that one can have access to it with internet browsers or application software installed on the smart TV, smartphones, tablets, virtual reality headsets, and many other Netflix-compatible devices.
Netflix doesn’t only stream American movies. It has over the years built up a catalog that includes movies from different parts of the world, both old and new. Streaming of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix is also one of their recent developments.
Best Nigerian Movies On Netflix
1. Alter Ego
- Premier Date: 21 July 2017
- Genre: Drama, Action, Suspense
- Producer: Esther Eyibio
- Director: Moses Inwang
- Cast: Omotala Jalade Ekeinde, Jide Kosoko, Emem Inwang, Wale Ojo, Esther Eyibio,
Alter Ego is a movie that illustrates a well-to-do lawyer named Adaora Igwe (Omotala Jelade Ekeinde) who won’t stop at anything to bring sex defaulters to law. She takes several steps to ensure that pedophiles are punished accordingly and that no culprit goes free. Her fight against sexual abuse was nurtured by the ugly incident of rape she encountered in primary school. But irrespective of the fact that she fights sex offenders, she also has a weak point which is her high sex libido. As a sex freak, she always has sex anywhere and anytime whenever the urge comes irrespective of what she has at hand.
Since the release of the movie, Alter Ego has received positive reviews following the reality of the movie in our society today. It has ranked as one of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix to date.
2. Kambili: The 30 Whole Yards
- Premier Date: 4 December 2020
- Genre: Romance, Drama
- Producers: FilmOne Entertainment, Empire Entertainment, and Huahua Media
- Director: Kayode Kasum
- Cast: Nancy Isime, Toyin Abraham, Jide Kene Achufusi, Mawuli Gavor, Sharon Ooja, Venita Akpofure, Koye Kekere-Ekun, Uzor Arukwe, Elvina Ibru
Kambili: The 30 Whole Yards is a movie that tells the story of an irresponsible young lady who is exhumed by her decision of getting married before 30 years of age. Actress Nancy Isime plays the titular character of Kambili Maduka who is an impulsive and unkept spendthrift. Things get real for the young lady after she is suspended from work and her boyfriend breaks up with her just before she turns 29. With this reality check, Kambili changes her ways by proving that she can be focused on anything she does.
After its release was pushed back a couple of times, Kambili was eventually released on 4 December 2020 to positive reviews from critics, making it one of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix at the moment.
3. Quam’s Money
- Premier Date: 11 December 2020
- Genre: Action, Comedy
- Producer: Isioma Osaje, Chinaza Onuzo, Zulu Onuekwusi, Kene Okwuosa, Matilda Ogunleye, Falz, Mimi Bartels, Moses Babatope, Sappy Akinola, Tomi Adeoye, Damola Ademola.
- Director: Kayode Kasum
- Cast: Falz, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Uchemba Williams, Toni Tones, Michelle Dede, Karibi Fubara, Onyebuchi Ojieh, Jemima Osunde, Blossom Chukwujekwu.
Quam’s money is an adventurous journey of a security guard that got an opportunity of becoming a millionaire. He spent lavishly, drawing the attention of the Trible B and was duped of the money. Being someone who grew up on the street, he thought he could retrieve the money that way. His friend Rotimi offered to help by taking him to a relative of his who was into cybercrime tracking and was told that his money could be retrieved in a space of 2-3 years. This didn’t seem nice to him as he set out on his own to do the job, landing into various problems. It took him various sacrifices before he could get back his money in the end.
4. Brother Jekwu
- Premier Date: 27 November 2016
- Genre: Comedy
- Producer: Mike Ezuruonye
- Director: Charles Uwagbai
- Cast: Derrick Aduwo, Kevin Airende, Eunice Anyonje Amatika, Funny Bone, Klint da Drunk, Nadine de Shedt, Mike Ezuruonye, Wofai Fada
Brother Jekwu is a story about a man who is determined to succeed through any available means. Jekwu (Mike Ezuruonye) is from a very local background with a strong hustling spirit determined to succeed through a dark business. When he saw that his cousin Nwakego (Angela Okorie) who came back from Kenya flaunted a little wealth, his hunger for wealth was triggered, making him travel back with her. He reached Kenya and was introduced to a new business. Unknown to him, the business was a dangerous one owned by a heartless lady known as the boss lady (Juliet Ochieng).
The movie is one of the best Nigerian Netflix movies which shows a mixture of comedy and culture. It has received lots of good reviews from viewers so far.
- Premier Date: 3 August 2021
- Genre: Drama
- Producer: Paula Moreno, Chineze Anyaene
- Director: Chineze Anyaene
- Cast: Omotala Jalade Ekeinde, Genevive Nnaji, John Woodward, Ulrich Que, Clem Ohameze, Jeff Swarthout, Odalys Garcia
Ije is a movie that portrays Chioma (Genevive Nnaji) and Anya (Omotala Jalade Ekeinde) as two sisters who grew up in Oku Village. As time passed by, Anya found herself in a flamboyant American musical life in Los Angeles. Suddenly an allegation was cooked up against her for killing her husband and her producer alongside two others. This brought about the involvement of her elder sister Chioma and an attorney which she hired in a bid to dig out the hidden truth.
The reviews which the movie has received so far have been extremely positive. The movie, which is suspense-filled with lots of adventure, gives us more glimpses of America’s social preconception. It also portrays the Nigerian culture in a way as Igbo and Yoruba languages were used alongside the English language.
6. Days Of Destiny
- Premier Date: 1 January 2021
- Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
- Producer: Akujobi Victoria, Isioma Osaje, Damola Ademola, Niyi Akinmolayan, Editi Effiong, Uyai Umoren Effiong, Ola Olaniyi, Naz Onuzo, Zulumoke Oyibo
- Director: Akay Mason, Abosi Ogba
- Cast: Olumide Oworu, Demola Grey, Demola Grey, Gbemi Akinlade, Jide Kosoko, Norbert Young, Iretiola Doyle, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Toyin Abraham, Broda Shaggi, Mr. Macaroni, Ini Dima Okojie
Days Of Destiny is a movie that illustrates the adventurous journey of two brothers back to their past to correct the mistakes of their parents. In the course of their adventure, they both see that there is more to what they thought.
The movie is one of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix. It has received lots of good reviews following the infuse of science fiction. It also reportedly performed well in the box office.
7. Nneka The Pretty Serpent
- Premier Date: 18 December 2020
- Genre: Revenge, Horror Mystery
- Producer: Ramsey Nouah, Chris Odeh, Chinenye Esuene
- Director: Tosin Igho
- Cast: Idia Asien, Bovi Ugboma, Shaffy Bello, Zack Orji, Beverly Osu, Bimbo Ademoye, Ndidi Obi
The movie Nneka the Pretty Serpent is a remake of the original 1994 horror mystery film. It portrays Nneka Agu (Idia Asien), a young girl whose parents were murdered on her mother’s 32nd birthday. As time goes by, Nneka gets possessed by a snake and is controlled by a queen mother. In a bid to regain her powers, the queen mother uses Nneka to kill rich men, making Nneka rich and increasing the beads of the queen mother. At the end, Nneka finds out that it was the queen mother who killed her parents in order to use her to gain powers.
Though the movie is a remake of the 1994 horror mystery it still received extremely positive reviews from critics.
- Premier Date: 20 March 2020
- Genre: Drama
- Producer: Matilda Lambert
- Director: Moses Inwang
- Cast: Matilda Lambert, Linda Osifo, Shaffy Bello, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ime Bishop Umoh, Ik Ogbonna, Pete Edochie, Emem Inwang, Abayomi Alvin, Femi Adebayo
Unroyal is a movie that focuses on the activities of Princess Boma, the daughter of the King of Okirika who doesn’t regard anyone irrespective of age and status. She experiences the other part of life when she is involved in an accident. The princess went into a coma and needs the assistance of her gateman Kala (Ime Bishop Umoh) whom she treated like trash in the past.
The movie, which premiered in March 2020 before it was released on Netflix, has received mixed reviews from critics though the positive reviews are much.
9. Sanitation Day
- Premier Date: 29 January 2021
- Genre: Crime thriller
- Producer: Moses Babatope, Debbie McCrum, Kene Okwuosa, Kefei Wang, Matilda Ogunleye, Tosin Arise.
- Director: Seyi Babatope
- Cast: Blossom Chukwujekwu, Charlse Onojie, Nse-Ikpe Etim, Elozonam Ogbolu, Chuka Chyke, Chris Okagbue, Belinda Effah, Adebayo Salami, Elvina Ibru, Saeed Mohammed, Baaj Adebule, Olakunle Fawole
Sanitation Day is a movie that talks about a murder that happened in a Face-me-I-slap-you apartment of Baba Risi. The police were invited to the scene to make proper investigations and fish out the culprit before the evidence will be wiped out. Every tenant seemed not to know the dead man and was seen as a suspect. At last, the murder case turned out to be a plan by some people to make away with the money of a contractor who is also an occupant.
10. Fate of Alakada
- Premier date: 1 October 2020
- Genre: Comedy
- Producer: Tosin Arise, Movoria Ejiro, Onyinye Odokoro, Matilda Ogunleye, Steven Olubuoyo.
- Director: Kayode Kasum
- Cast: Toyin Abraham, Mercy Eke, Broda Shaggi, Stephanie Coker, MC Lively, Toyin Lawani, Peruzzi, Davido, Timini Egbuson, Odunlade Adekola, Mabel Makun
Fate Of Alakada talks about the adventures of Yetunde (Toyin Abraham), a girl that has low self-confidence because of her poor background but fakes everything about herself to belong. She became a social media influencer by posting fake pictures about her financial and social life. She started faking to be an event planner after she heard about how much can be made from it in a movie premier that she sneaked into.
Together with her co-fake friend Kasali (Broda Shaggi), they borrowed expensive clothes and started posing as event planners with the hope of striking a deal. After much difficulty in finding an event to plan, they eventually got a birthday party to plan. They were given an advance of their pay to start with the planning, which they started lavishing in parties and clothes. This became a thorn in their flesh as they were left with being caught or planning the party.
- Premier Date: 25 November 2016
- Genre: Fiction, Drama
- Producers: Adonijah Owiriwa, Tonye Princewill, IzuOjukwu
- Director: Izu Ojukwu
- Casts: Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme, Pat Nebo, Ibinbo Fiberesima, Memry Savanhu, Daniel K. Daniel, Nelly Ekwereogu
The movie is about Joseph Dewa (Ramsey Nouah), a military officer from the middle belt. About six years after the Nigerian civil war, the military officer fell in love with a girl named Suzanne (Rita Dominic) from the Southeastern part of the country, who was just an O-level student. Their relationship wasn’t all that rosy due to the steady military transfer and the disapproval of the relationship by Suzanne’s people because of Joseph’s tribe.
Along the line, the young officer was accused of being part of a failed coup that took the life of General Murtala Mohammed in 1976. To regain his freedom, Joseph had to prove his innocence which was impossible at that time. This became a huge burden on Suzanne because she has her baby to fend for and her husband’s innocence to prove.
After its trailer and release were pushed back severally, the movie was later released on 25 November 2016 to positive reviews from critics, making it one of the best Nigerian movies on Netflix.
12. God Calling
- Premier date: 21 December 2018
- Genre: Drama
- Producers: Omorinsojo Spaine, Ebunola Agboola.
- Director: Bodunrin Sasore
- Casts: Ademola Adedoyin, Seun Ajayi, Zainab Balogun, Patrick Diabuah, Tina Mba, Richard Mofe Damijo, Diana Egwuatu, Shawn Fasua,
The movie centers on the life of Sade, a woman who refused to serve God after she was called by Him because she was a drug addict and has a wealthy father that gives her all she wants. She met her greatest shock in life after she lost her only child to a fire accident for her disobedience to God. This left her shattered and made her hold God responsible for her predicament.
She couldn’t face the pains of losing her only child and attempted suicide but was saved by an angel sent by God. After having a strange call with God to fulfill full-time gospel ministry, she was faced with making her husband believe in her. He believed and fully gave her his support irrespective of Sade’s father’s threat. As time went by, her father also had an encounter with God and fully gave his support.
The movie which premiered in December 2018 has received mixed reviews from critics with many positive reviews.
13. Fine Wine
- Premier date: 12 February 2021
- Genre: Romance, Comedy
- Producer: Neville Sajere, Patrick Uzoh
- Director: Seyi Babatope
- Cast: Richard Mofe Damijo, Zainab Balogun, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Belinda Effah, Keppy Ekpeyong, Ademola Adedoyin, Ego Nwosu, Segun Arinze, Tina Mba
The movie centers on a young corp member Kaima who was in a relationship with a senior account officer in a bank. On one of their dates, her boyfriend kept her waiting which made her angry. She met Mr. George that same day, one of the top 100 rich African men on Forbes whom she was rude to out of her anger. Unfortunately, her boyfriend was there to meet the rich man but found out what transpired between the two and insisted that she makes things right. Along the line, she started getting along well with Mr. George and was in the middle of choosing between the 55-year-old rich man and her boyfriend who proposed to her. Mr. George on his own path was trapped in the middle of facing society and competing with Kaima’s boyfriend for her love.
Fine Wine premiered on the eve of Valentine’s day and has received extremely positive reviews from critics.
14. Special Jollof
- Premier date: 14 February 2020
- Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
- Producer: Josef Bagal, Emem Isong, Akin Kolade
- Director: Emem Isong
- Cast: Magdalen Vaughn, John Maciag, Joseph Benjamin, Merlisa Determined, Uche Jombo, Bukky Wright, Perez Egbi, Chinwetalu Agu, Femi Adebayo
The movie centers on the life of an American journalist Rachel (Magdalen Vaughn) who suffered a broken heart. This made her go on a quest to prove that Nigerians come into the United States illegally as revenge. To achieve this, she went to serve in a Nigerian restaurant as a waitress. Things took another turn as she fell in love with a Nigerian that she met in the restaurant.
15. Coming From Insanity
- Premier date: 14 June 2019
- Genre: Drama, Crime
- Producer: Tomi Adeoye, Ibidolapo Ajayi
- Director: Akinyemi Sebastian Akinropo
- Cast: Gabriel Afolayan, Dakore Akande, Damilila Adegbite,Bolanle Ninawolo, Odunlade Adekola, Sharon Ooja, Wale Ojo, Tina Mba, Sambasa Nzeribe,
Coming From Insanity is a crime thriller. It illustrates the life of Kossi, a 12-year-old boy that was smuggled into Lagos from Togo by child traffickers. He started living with the Martins who treated him like one of them though he was their houseboy. Kossi stayed with them till he grew into an adult and wanted to fend for himself. He ventured into printing counterfeit money, teaming up with some of his friends who helped him in distributing the money. This didn’t go well as he became a top name on the EFCC’s most wanted list.