We Love 2017 Already! Check Out the Top 9 films We can’t Wait to See.
2016 was a very competitive year for Nigerian films. Every film strived to be memorable and most of them were successful. Cinema lovers enjoyed a sparkling year and 2017 promises more of that. We have seen some film trailers of films slated for a 2017 release and we are already saving up for a weekend visit to the cinema. Check out our Top 9 films slated for a 2017 release;
1. Alter Ego by Moses Inwang: It looks like we spent the better part of 2016 talking about Omotola’s return to the big screen. The teaser of “Alter Ego” sent shock waves down our spines, we got very little about the storyline from the teaser but we are still excited about the film. It also features the beautifully talented Wale Ojo. We cannot wait to see the whole project. We have high expectations from the whole cast and crew but the pressure is on Omotola. She has to deliver, by all means, we’ve waited too long.
2.Catch.er by Walter Banger: “Gbomo Gbomo Express” is one of the unforgettable films of 2015; it featured a young and vibrant cast. Heading the cast was the man that always lights up the screen, Ramsey Noah. Walter Banger continues on his promise to deliver the freshest talents on our screen, he reunites Kiki Omeili with Gideon Okeke, Alex Ekubo, Gbenro Ajibade and Blossom Chukwujekwu. Also featured are O. C Ukeje, Beverly Naya and Tope Tedela.
In “Gbomo Gbomo Express” he tackled a kidnap mystery, this time he promises us a murder mystery. Judging by what we saw in “Gbomo Gbomo Express” we can officially say, we trust that this film will be just as great but we expect something more thrilling.
3.Lost Café By Kenneth Gyang: We enjoyed “Confusion Nawa” and “Sons of the Caliphate” has been a good one so far. Kenneth Gyang is set to make a grand return to the big screen with “Lost Café”. Everything about this project is hush hush and that is why we are even more excited. Kenneth has not disappointed us with any of his projects and “Lost Café” seems like a bigger production out of all the rest. It is produced by Regina Idu. It was shot in Nigeria and Norway. Because we know so little about this project, it makes us really eager to know even more.
4.Desecration by Niyi Owolani: Originally slated for a November release, we are yet to catch a glimpse of Desecration featuring Rita Dominic and Joseph Benjamin. It has already been released in the U.K. We can’t wait to enjoy Rita Dominic as a sultry mistress and Joseph Benjamin as a philandering husband.
5.Ojukororo (Greed) by Dare Olaitan: One of the most exciting film trailers to hit YouTube in 2016 is Ojukororo. The trailer served a mix of “Taxi Driver (Owo Ashewo)” and “Gbomo Gbomo Express”. These two films were big hits in 2015 and so, it was natural to get excited about something that looks similar but promises to be different. The film made its festival debut at the AFRIFF 2016, it got a lot of rave reviews, meanwhile for the general public, it looks like a 2017 release is slated for Ojukororo. We cannot wait to enjoy all that drama we saw in the teaser. It features Linda Ejiofor, Tope Tedela, Somkele Iyamah, Wale Ojo and a host of others.
6.Green White Green By Abba T. Makama: Riding high on the rave reviews it got at the Toronto International Film Festival, Abba T. Makama premiered “Green White Green” at different film festivals at home and abroad. We have been excited about this project all along. We are very eager to see what the buzz is about and Abba promises a 2017 release through NETFLIX. We hope it is also released in the cinema.
7.Hire A Man by Desmond Elliot: Desmond Elliot has enjoyed a steady growth as a director. His directorial efforts get better with each production but none has made us excited as “Hire a Man”. We are excited mainly because it takes on a similar plot pattern to Yvonne Nelson’s, “House of Gold”. At the centre of this production is the beautiful and equally talented Ghanaian screen queen, Zynell Zuh.
8.Okafor’s Law by Omoni Oboli: Perhaps the controversy surrounding “Okafor’s Law” made Omoni Oboli push the release of Okafor’s Law to 2017 or rather, the wild competition in the Nigerian cinema this year. She enjoyed an unexpected success with the release of “Wives on Strike” released in April and she has been on a steady grind. “Okafor’s Law” had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we hope for an early 2017 release, we cannot wait to see the film and share our thoughts with you.
9.Lost in Us by Uche Jumbo-Rodriguez: Perhaps inspired by her close friend, Omoni Oboli, Uche Jumbo hires Lilian Esoro to star in her directorial debut. Lost in Us was shot in 2015 and was slated for a 2016 release but now, it has a 2017 release date. It features many of Uche’s frequent collaborators including Desmond Elliot, Ruth Kadiri, Mary Lazarus and Okey Uzoeshi. It promises the kind of “Uche Jumbo” drama that we saw in her past productions, especially Lies Men Tell. It features a strong theme on obsession; we cannot wait to enjoy her effort.
There is always an update on new releases and trailers here and we look forward to writing about these films. We cannot wait to experience how far the industry will go in 2017.
About the Author
Rejoice is a 21-year-old aspiring Filmmaker and a big dreamer. She’s also a ‘Theatre and film’ arts graduate from the University of Jos, Nigeria.