Some things never grow old; they may have been brought to life decades ago but when you reminisce; you get the same feeling you got the first time you saw them. Classic movies do just that. They’re re-watchable and memorable.
A classic movie is akin to an ageless beauty; it doesn’t matter the time or period the film was produced, because people can relate to the storyline in each era. The plots are solid. The stories are graspable and the acting flawless. These films are enjoyed generation after generation. Classics basically are original ideas which touch people across the span of time.
Nollywood has had its fair share of classics producing some movies we would never forget. Let us take you down memory lane as we count down some of Nollywood’s finest movies.
6. Living in Bondage
This is considered the first Nollywood blockbuster hit movie which kicked off the Nigerian cinema industry.
Living in Bondage tells the story of a man who joins a secret cult, kills his wife in a ritual sacrifice, gains enormous wealth as a reward, and is afterwards haunted by the dead wife’s ghost. The movie was directed by Chris Obi Rapu, written by Kenneth Nnebue & Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and produced by Kenneth Nnebue.
The film was shot straight-to-video and stars Kenneth Okonkwo (Andy), Nnenna Nwabueze (Merit), AMMA winner Kanayo O. Kanayo, Nollywood actors Francis Agu (of blessed memory), Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and a host of others.
5. Diamond Ring
“Can you vouch for the company your children keep”? This phrase was the popular catchword for this movie. “Diamond Ring” left parents at the edge of their seats wondering indeed what their kids had been up to in school and away from home. Movies back then had a lesson to teach. This movie certainly passed on its message clearly.
Diamond Ring was an extraordinary movie with a fantastic cast and an incredible story about a gifted young boy Chidi (Teju Baby Face) who was admitted into the university at an early age. In school, he befriended the wrong crowd and joined a cult. The consequences of his actions are frightful. Diamond Ring had an all cast in Richard Mofe-Damijo, Liz Benson, Susan Cave, Sola Shobowale, Teju Babyface, Zainab Buki Ajayi, Bimbo Akintola etc.
This movie was one of Nollywood’s most successful attempts at a thriller. The elements of suspense and horror were woven together perfectly to make this movie a resounding success.
Domitilla was produced a time when it was “forbidden” to talk about prostitution, much less capture with camera the tricks and styles of the trade. Only one “bold” producer had broached the topic of prostitution in Nigeria (Glamour Girls) at that time.
However, Domitilla was a calculated attempt to depict a trend that was on the rise in society without offending the sensibilities of the viewing public. The movie showcased the life of an average prostitute and her quest for survival; it was a combination of serious humour, empathy and emotion, all struggling for a place in the heart of the viewer. The language of the prostitutes was “Bendel Pidgin”; the type spoken in Warri and Benin.
This movie saw Ann Njemanze delivering one of her better performances. The movie was produced and directed by Zeb Ejiro, the cast include Anne Njemanze, Sandra Achums, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Ada Ameh, Enebeli Elebuwa, Charles Okafor, Sonny McDon, Maureen Ihua, Basorge Tariah Jr., Patience Oghre.
3. True Confession
This movie had Liz Benson delivering one of her greatest performances.
We still recall how Liz combined the role of an unmarried lady; that of a newly wedded woman and an aged mother effectively. Most industry critics agreed that it was her role in ‘True Confession’ that crowned her as the unmistakable queen of the screen.
The story and stellar acting delivered by the cast all combined to make this one a true Nigerian classic.
The cast include: Liz Benson, Zack Orji, Sola Fosudo, Clarion-Chukwura Abiola, and Jennifer Ossai.
This unmistakable classic stole the hearts of the audience. Violated is a story of triumph of love against all odds.
Heartache of the noblest kind: a classic story of secrets, betrayal and the overwhelming power of love. A beautiful woman from a poor background fell in love with a young man from a wealthy home and their love was put to the test when the young woman’s former boss turned up; he once raped her, got her pregnant and then cast her out. Then the ex-wife of her husband reappeared in their home and caused quite a stir…
Directed by Amaka Igwe ; Cast include: Kunle Bamtefa, Ego Boyo, Mildred Iweka, Wale Macaulay, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joke Silva
Igodo is unforgettable and definitely one of the best movies ever produced in Nigeria.
Igodo tells the story of a community ravaged by death; members of the community die one after the other because the son of Amadioha was buried alive and the land was under a curse. On the hills of Amadioha through the forest of a thousand demons, seven men must sacrifice themselves to save their dying community.
The movie was produced by Ojiofor Ezeanyaeche and directed Andy Amenechi, Don Pedro Obaseki
Cast include: Pete Edochie, Norbert Young, Sam Dede, Charles Okafor,Obi Madubogwu, Chidi Mokeme, Prince James Uche, Ignis Ekwe, Joe Layode, Genevieve Nnaji, Gentle Jack etc.