Nollywood movies created in the 90s and early 2000 told different stories compared to the movies we have now. They were stories rooted deep in African culture, traditions and political struggles. They were movies made with great story telling characteristics and had deep moral lessons buried in them. Here are a few of those movies that live in our hearts and are never to be forgotten:
Oganigwe: Known to be Nigeria’s Cinderella, Oganigwe can be recorded as one of the greatest movies to come out of Nollywood. The movie told the story of an orphan who had been accepted by the prince of her land but due to jealousy and wickedness of her stepmother, she deceived the prince and gave out her daughter instead. The only difference this story has from Cinderella is the traditional setting and the use of witchcraft. Starring in this classic was Olu Jacobs, Kenneth Okonkwo, Chiege Alisigwe, Camilla Mberekpe, Amaechi Muonagor, Steph-Nora Okereke and others.
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State of Emergency: Produced by Teco Benson in 2004, State of Emergency remains in the hall of fame as one of the best action classics to come out of Nollywood. The movie plot tells the story of a brave officer who rescued some Nigerian ministers who had been held captives by kidnappers demanding a ransom from the state. The main character Saint Obi was referred to as the African James Bond after the release of the movie. The movie starred Saint Obi, JT Tom West, Kunle Coker, Bimbo Emmanuel, Racheal Oniga, Bruno Iwouha, Ashely Nwosu and many more.
Egg of life: Egg of life was one of those movies you were definitely bound to shed some tears once you were done watching. A chief priestess with some maidens were selected to go retrieve an egg which will help heal the prince of the land who had been struck with an unexplainable ailment. Throughout their journey, they encountered so much danger and only two of the girls make it back to the village with one of them dying on arrival. The movie cast was made up of Nkiru Sylvanus, Pete Edochie, Padita Agu, Funke Akindele, Georgina Onuoha, Clarion Chukwura etc
Issakaba: After State of Emergency, Issakaba is seen as another top action thriller to come out of Nollywood. Produced by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen in 2000, the movie was inspired by the true events of the Bakassi boys who were a community vigilante that fought crimes like armed robbery and murder cases which spread fear and panic throughout the community. The movie plot was so interesting that it came in seven parts. The movie featured Sam Dede, John Okafor, Chiwetalu Agu, Amaechi Muonagor, Zulu Adigwe, Andy Chukwu, Uche Odoputa, Pete Eneh and many others.
Living in Bondage: The 1992 classic movie which had two parts told the story of a young man who was willing to do anything to come out of poverty. He joins a satanic cult where he was told to murder his wife. After performing certain rituals, he earns wealth and affluence at the cost of sacrificing his wife. The main character ‘Andy’ doesn’t enjoy his wealth for long as he is tortured by the spirit of his late wife and doesn’t rest until he confesses to the death of his late wife. Starring in the movie were Kenneth Okonkwo, Kanayo.O. Kanayo, Francis Agu, Nnenna Nwabueze and Bob Manuel Udokwu.
Sa-In-Sa: A kannywood classic which features Adam Zango and Umma Shehu tells the story of a couple who due to their bad parenting style end up ruining their family. It’s an action-packed movie that also offers a lot of moral lessons.
Sarki Jatau: This movie tells the story of a merciless king who was determined to rule at all cost and also had subjects who despised his evil ways. One of the highlights of the movie was the traditional costumes used by the actors in the movie. The movie featured Tijjani Faraga, Bashir Nayaya, Aisha Dan Kano, Rabiu Rikadawa, Fadila Adam, Sadisu Sawaba.
Indo Kauye: This epic love plot tells the story of a village girl who marries a rich man who lives in the city. When she moves to the city, she is thought to speak decently and how to fit into the lifestyle of the city. Indo (Hadiza Gabon) is known to be a very troublesome person and chaotic as she foments trouble everywhere. Ali Nuhu and Hadiza Gabon played the main roles in this movie.
Gidan Kitso: This movie focuses on the problems of a polygamous family. It tells the story of a man who has two wives that are at war with each other. Matters become worse when the man starts dating another woman who is eventually attacked by one of the wives. The movie starts Ali Nuhu, Jamila Nagudu Fati Washa and Aisha Tsamiya.