With all the trouble in the news, seeing a film can take away a lot of the stress. Once in a while, we crave a form of escapism to help us with whatever worries us. Nollywood is rising, and there is a consistent effort from producers to get you to the cinema to watch content that could help you escape from this trouble. Not every film is worth the attention, but some films remain unforgettable for the attention they pay to details and the excellence of the narration. A film must not be technically sound to be loved, but should have a clear story and should make us feel. The ability to make us feel was something Nollywood did not totally succeed with, in 2017. We hope we have a better time in 2018.
Check out our list of the most anticipated films, slated for 2018 release:
- Lara and the Beat: Biola Alabi assembled a team of musicians and actors to create “Lara and the Beat.” Teasers have been shared consistently on the film’s official page and the filmmakers are putting a good effort to make this a memorable offering. Tolu Osuga is the producer and we should expect to see Lara and the Beat sometime in 2018. “Lara and the Beat” will feature Singer Seyi Shay; Rapper Vector; Actors Somkhele Idhalama, Uche Jumbo, Chioma Akpotha and a host of others.
- The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH): Ebony Life TV will be releasing the “Purple Royal Hotel” on the 9th of January. It is directed by the brilliant Ishaya Bako and has Mo Abudu as producer. “Purple Royal Hotel” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, in 2017. Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko and O.C Ukeji will feature in the romantic drama.
- Amina; Queen of Zazzau: Izu Ojukwu’s film is the most anticipated film of 2018.The first teaser won the Nigerian audience with striking visuals and epic fight scenes shot in the desert. This movie is definitely a must-watch and we will flood the cinemas in our numbers to see this flick. “Amina; Queen of Zazzau” is a tale of strength, and Izu expects the film to inspire everyone going to see it. “Amina; Queen of Zazzau” is set for an early 2018 release and will feature Lucy Ameh in the lead role. Clarion Chukwurah and Yakubu Mohammed are set to feature.
- Lion Heart: Nollywood superstar, Genevieve Nnaji makes her debut as a director with the movie – LionHeart. For her debut, she has assembled an A-List cast, consisting of Nollywood legends, Pete Edochie, Nkem Owoh, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Onyeka Owenu, Kalu Ikeagwu, Ngozi Ezeonu and popular comic actor – Steve Eboh. It also features Yakubu Mohammed, Sani Muazu, Peter of PSquare, Phyno and young Nollywood actress – Jemima Osunde, whose previous works include: ‘MTV Sugar’ & ‘Stellar’. The upcoming movie follows the story of an Igbo family that runs a transportation business
Other films slated for release are “New Money,” “Gold Statue” and the sequel to “A Soldier’s Story.” What film do you look forward to seeing in 2018?