Movies :: 3 Nigerian movies to watch this week ::

1- ROAD TO YESTERDAY

Road To Yesterday is a 2015 Nigerian road romantic drama film directed by Ishaya Bako.

« An estranged couple try to fix their marriage on a road trip to a relative’s funeral. However when memories and secrets from the past are revealed, a lot more is at stake than their relationship. » IMDB

At first, I found it quite slow and wondered if I would be able to finish it! but I was so impressed with the quality of the images and the acting ( if you are familiar with Nigerian movies you know what I am talking about) that I decided to keep watching. You also quickly realize that there is a lot going on with the couple and will want to know what has happened to them to get to that point… curious as I am, I kept watching… and let me tell you that I wasn’t disappointed. It was all worth it!

Road to Yesterday ended up being a touching and deep movie that I enjoyed very much. Kuddos for the great images and acting! Genevieve Nnaji is as beautiful as talented and above all, it was a beautiful story. I would classify Road to Yesterday as an efficient romantic drama with great actors! Go watch people! it’s on Netflix!

Director: Ishaya Bako
Writers: Genevieve Nnaji
Starring : Genevieve Nnaji, Oris Erhuero, Chioma Omeruah

2- ISOKEN

Isoken is a 2017 romantic comedy written and directed by Jadesola Osiberu (in her directorial debut). Starring : Dakore Akande, Joseph Benjamin, and Marc Rhys

« Everyone in the Osayande family worries about Isoken. Although she has what appears to have a perfect life – beautiful, successful and surrounded by great family and friends – Isoken is still unmarried at 34 which, in a culture obsessed with marriage, is serious cause for concern. But in an unexpected turn of events, Isoken meets Kevin who she finds herself falling in love with and he just might be what she truly wants in a partner. The only problem is, not only is he not an Edo man, he is Oyinbo (Caucasian). Isoken is a romantic comedy that explores cultural expectations, racial stereotypes and the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic and comedic ways ». IMDB

I have not managed to find a place ( a cinema) or website where I can watch it yet in France but if you are in the US, you can watch it on Amazon Prime videos ! Let me know how you liked it. Isoken has great reviews and the story would speak to many of my friends so I think it deserves to be mentioned and recommended.

3 – THE WEDDING PARTY 2 : DESTINATION DUBAI

« Nonso continues his romance with Deirdre, the bridesmaid from The Wedding party 1 who lives in London. While on a dinner date, Nonso proposes to Deirdre by accident and sets off a chain of events too powerful to stop. Deirdre’s upper-crust British family are against the match, as are members of the Nigerian clan, but Deirdre’s determination can’t be contained ! The wedding party 2 is another colourful, chaotic journey to everlasting love. »

I really loved the part 1 so part 2 was a tiny bit disappointing to me. It felt less authentic, a little bit exaggerated and rushed but the movie is still worth watching. At least to learn about more Nigerian traditions surrounding wedding ceremonies ( those can be found in other west African countries too so you will be able to find similarities or relate) and to understand that Africa is not only about poverty, war and sickness. The outfits are beautiful, the acting is rather good overall, and the « inlaws » relationship is as delightful as it is relatable! I actually think that they ( the inlaws) stole the show!

The movie can be watched on Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix by the way! 🙂

Director: Niyi Akinmolayan , Writer: Chinaza Onuzo , Starring: Adesua Etomi ,Enyinna Nwigwe, Daniella Down, Banky W, Tinuade Coker

Thanks for reading people, you may now get back to a normal activity! 😉

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