Netflix is a video on demand streaming service, formerly branded as Watch Now, which allows subscribers to stream television series and films via the Netflix website on personal computers, or the Netflix software on a variety of supported platforms, including smartphones and tablets, digital media players, video game consoles and smart TVs. It is an American media-services provider and production company which came into existence on August 29th 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, with its headquarter in Los Gatos, California.
It is made available worldwide except in some few countries/cities which are Mainland China (Due to local restrictions), Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Crimea (Due to U.S. sanctions). The company also has offices in Brazil, Netherlands, India, Japan and South Korea. Netflix is a member of the Motion Picture Association (MPA). And as of present day, the company produces and distributes content from countries all over the globe.
After having roamed the world, the popular streaming platform (Netflix) decided to have its on impact on the Nigerian streaming place by unveiling a new Twitter account with the name Netflix Naija with the inscription “N is for Naija. N is for Nollywood. N is the 14th alphabet. 14 is also how many great talents you’re looking at. N is for Netflix. But most importantly…hello, Nigeria!” with the sole aim of translating more of Nigerians content on the platform.
Since the onboarding of the first Nigeria Movie “October 1” more Nigerian movies and TV shows have made way to the platform and has become a more frequent content on it, Such Movies Includes Lion Heart, Merryman, Wedding party and many more. It was however reported that launching of the platform in Nigeria was a strategic means to increase the numbers of its subscribers as it was having less than a 100k subscribers before its introduction in to this part of the world, its arrival has however yielded the foreseen result as its awareness got more people into it.
Netflix also included new features which makes show of other countries most viewed movies, which help give insight to others countries preferences and contents and of easy reach to subscribers. Its new feature has made it be in competition with our own local turf for streaming such as Iroko TV and Showmax.
Since its arrival Netflix has acquired over 40 Nollywood movies from the likes of some blockbusters such as King of Boys, Chief Daddy, Isoken to the less popular ones like Taxi Driver, Kasala amongst many more others. With its increase on adding Nigerian movies it though a daunting task to shortlist some as the best ones to watch. However with the help of few researches we were to be the top 10 Nollywood Movies with the highest streams on the platform. And here they are:
Fifty is a movie that captures few of the pivotal days of four women at the pinnacle of their careers. Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate are four friends who are being forced at midlife to take inventory at their personal lives, while juggling career and family against the backdrops of the neighbourhoods of Lagos.
Tola, a successful TV star who is spoilt and good at downgrading anyone at any given opportunity but unlucky in marriage as her husband lawyer Kunle keeps cheating on her. Elizabeth, a renowned gynecologist whose habitude for younger men has sour her relationship with her daughter. Maria, a forty nine-year old has an affair with a married man that results in an unexpected pregnancy and Kate’s whose diagnosis to a deadly disease made her a religion maniac.
Cast: Iretiola Doyle, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Dakore Egbuson, Omoni Oboli, Wale Ojo, Kachi Nnochiri, Timini Egbuson, Emmanuel Ikubese, Uzor Osimkpa, Ayoola Ayolola, Bimbo Manuel, Victor Olaotan, Taiwo Obileye, Dakore Akande and others.
Directed By: Biyi Bandele
Written By: Bola Agbaje
Produced By: Tope Oshin Ogun
Genres: Drama, Romance and Thriller
Release Date: 18 December 2015
Duration: 1h 40m
9. Moms At War
Moms at War is a story about two fierce mothers who live in the same neighbourhood, but are rivals of each other. One felt that the other was a village girl who just got into money and is not fit to be in society alongside them. But both their kids coincidentally attend the same school and in a competition, both emerge top of their class. Both mothers went crazy, doing all sort of antics for their child to emerge the winner. It’s a story of friendship, sisterhood and bonding in spite of everything.
Cast: Omoni Oboli, Funke Akindele, Yul Edochie, Eucharia Anunobi, Michelle Dede, Sharon Ooja, Alvin Abayomi and Bukola Oladipupo
Directed By: Omoni Oboli
Produced By: Zulumoke Oyibo and Omoni Oboli
Written By: Chinaza Onuzo
Released Date: 17 August 2018
Duration: 1h 30m
MOKALIK is a story of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, who hailed from the middle-class suburbs who was sent to spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop due to his poor grades in school and also an order for him to view life from the other side of the tracks. Jaiye was given a choice to either choose from academic or apprenticeship by the time his father returned. Upon his father’s arrival he made his mind to work hard at his acamedics alongside his apprenticeship at the mechanic shop.
Cast: Tooni Afolayan, Simi, Femi Adebayo, Faithia Balogun, Ayo Adesanya, Charles Okocha, Dayo Akinpele, Lateef Adedimeji, Ayo Ogunshina and others.
Directed By: Kunle Afolayan
Produced By: Kunle Afolayan
Written By: Tunde Babalola
Released Date: 31 May 2019
Duration: 1h 39m
7. Bling Lagosians
Bling Lagosians is a movie that centers around a family named the Holloways, a wealthy family in the city of lagos. Currently on the edge of going bankrupt, Mopelola, Mrs Holloway was on head bent on having her 51st birthday in a grand style. As each member of the Holloway family work to solve their problems, they alongside prepare for the event which was supposed to be the year’s biggest society gathering.
But the buzz about the party compels the Asset Management Corporation to foreclose on ST. IVES, the family business, after the death of his God Father Baba Eko who had been protecting Akin Holloway. He then fight a bigger battle of getting his wife to cancel her party and maintain a low profile to get them off the radar, while he tries to save the business.
Cast: Elvina Ibru, Monalisa Chinda, Bisola Aiyeola, Alexx Ekubo, Sharon Ooja, Broda Shaggi, Helen Paul, Osas Ighodaro, Tana Adelana, Ayoola Ayoola, Pasuma, Gbenga Titiloye, Jide Kosoko and others.
Directed By: Bolanle Austen-Peters
Produced By: Tolu Awobiyi and Joseph Umoibom
Written By: Anthony Kehinde-Joseph
Released Date: 28 June 2019
Language: English, Yoruba and Ibo
Duration: 1h 37m
6. 93 days
The story is based on a Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer who collapses upon his arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International airport in Lagos, Nigeria. he is taken to Fiest Consultants Hospital, where he is admitted with fever like symptoms. Against his denial to have come in contact with any Ebola victim in Liberia, the team at First Consultants, led by doctor Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, quickly deduce that there is more to his case than malaria.
Suddenly they are in a race against time to to contain a very deadly disease from breaking out and spreading in a mega city with a population of over 20 million people and beginning what could be the deadliest disease outbreak the world has ever known.
Cast: Bimbo Akintola, Bimbo Manuel, Charles Okafor, Danny Glover, Gideon Okeke, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Somkele Iyama, Tim Reid, Sola Oyebade, Charles Etubiebi and others.
Directed By: Steve Gukas
Produced By: Steve Gukas
Written By: Paul S. Rowlston
Released Date: 24 April 2016
Duration: 2h 5m
5. Chief Daddy
‘Chief Daddy’ tells the story of a billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses. Chief lives large, like there’s no tomorrow, until he slumped and died suddenly and the ‘bullion van’ stops. What’s in his will and who gets all that money? What happened next surprises all, as Chief Daddy has the last laugh from beyond his grave.
Cast: Funke Akindele, Zainab Balogun, Ini Edo, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Kate Henshaw, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Falz, Beverly Naya, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Rachel Oniga, Beverly Osu, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor and Joke Silva.
Directed By: Niyi Akinmolayan
Produced By: Temidayo Abudu and Queen Martins
Written By: Bode Asinyanbi
Released Date: 14 December, 2018
Language: English and Yoruba
Duration: 1h 30m
4. Merrymen: The Real Yoruba Demons
Four rich men, Remi Martins, Amaju Abioritsegbemi, Ayo Alesinloye and Naz Okigbo are Abuja’s most eligible bachelors who seduces powerful women, get contracts from the political elite, steal from the rich, give to the poor and have sex with the hottest women in town. They are being famous for their notorious ways, the ladies however named them The Real Yoruba Demons.
They face their biggest challenge when they antagonized a notorious and corrupt politician who plans on demolishing a village to build a shopping mall. The four men scheme to save the poor people of the village.
Cast: AY the Comedian, Ramsey Nouah, Falz the Bahd Guy, Jim Iyke as the Merry Men alongside Richard Mofe Damijo, Ireti Doyle, Damilola Adegbite, Segun Arinze, Jide Kosoko, Ali Nuhu, Francis Duru, Fathia Williams, Ushbebe, Nancy Isime, Lilian Esoro, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, and many others.
Directed By: Toka McBaror
Produced By: Darlington Abuda and Ayo Makun (AY Comedian)
Written By: Anthony Kehinde Joseph
Released Date: 28 September 2018
Language: English and Yoruba
Duration: 1h 46m
3. King of Boys
King of boys tells the story of a woman named Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past and a promising political future. She stands as a pillar to the society loved by many, feared by most, and truly known by a selected few.
As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear. To come out of this on top, she became in need every ounce of the cunning, ruthlessness, and strategy that took her to the top, as well as the loyalty of those closest to her. But who can she really trust?
Cast: Sola Sobowale, Adesua Etomi, Jide Kosoko, Reminisce, Paul Sambo, Toni Tones, Illbliss, Ademola Adedoyin, Sharon Ooja, Osas Ighodaro, Akin Lewis and others.
Directed By: Kemi Adetiba
Produced By: Kene Okwuosa, Remi Adetiba and Kemi Adetiba
Written By: Kemi Adetiba
Genre: Drama/Political thriller
Released Date: 20 October 2018
Language: English, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa
Duration: 3h 2m
2. Up North
Up North is a movie that explores love, friendship, and family politics, all of which collide when the rebellious young son of a wealthy family who sent away to perform his duty calls of being a corp member to serve the Nation in Northern part of Nigeria.
Through many mishaps and the creation of many memories, the spoiled hero finally starts to find himself creating memories that will last him till forever.
Cast: Banky W, Rahama Sadau, T. Boss, Ibrahim Suleiman, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Adesua Etomi, Michelle Dede, Hilda Dokubo and others.
Directed By: Tope Oshin
Produced By: Editi Effiong, Isioma Osaje and Zulu Onuekwusi
Written By: Bunmi Ajakaiye and Chinaza Onuzo
Released Date: 28 December 2018
Duration: 1h 39m