Disguise shows in 22 locations this week, beating Mummy Dearest 2 to land the number one spot. Falz Experience: The Movie and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel are still showing in major cinemas, while films like Bachelor’s Eve and Wives on Strike 2 are slowly creeping off the radar. Ike Nnaebue’s Dr Mekam and Frank Rajah’s Bound are expected to be released this Friday. Uche Jombo, Toyin Abrahama, Gbenro Ajibade, Daniel K. Daniel, and Liz Benson-Ameye are among stars featured in more than one big screen production. With our fingers crossed, we patiently await New Money and Wetin Women Want, both of which are around the corner (23rd March). But till they show up, check out 11 Nigerian films showing this week in a cinema near you:
1. Mummy Dearest 2
The movie tells the story of a young man sent to his home town to head his company’s project. Knowing he’s becoming successful in life he decides to propose to his girlfriend. After the move, she begins to assume the position of a prospective wife which naturally does not sit well with his mum.
STARRING: Liz Benson-Ameye, Okagbue Chris, Daniel K. Daniel, Uti Nwachukwu, Mary Lazarus
RUNTIME: 1hr 40mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Galleria, Festac, SEC Abuja, Jabi Lake Mall), Filmhouse (Surulere, Dugbe, Port-Harcourt, Akure, Kano), GDC (The Palms, Port Harcourt, Delta, Ceddi Plaza, Owerri, Maryland, Gateway Mall, Novare Mall), Ozone Cinemas, Kada Cinemas
A millionaire tasks a group of young adults to answer the age old question: ‘What do women want?’ In a bid to win the ultimate prize of N10m, a couple of friends decide to disguise themselves as the opposite sex to find the truth.
STARRING: IK Ogbonna, Nancy Isime, Wale Ojo, Desmond Elliot, Toyin Abraham, Daniel K. Daniel
RUNTIME: 1hr 40mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Festac, Ikeja, SEC Abuja, Jabi Lake Mall), Filmhouse (Lekki, Surulere, Dugbe, Samonda, Port-Harcourt, Akure, Kano, Benin), GDC (The Palms, Port Harcourt, Delta, Ceddi Plaza, Owerri, Maryland, Gateway Mall, Novare Mall), Ozone Cinemas, Kada Cinemas
3. Falz Experience: The Movie
In the movie, Falz plays multiple characters, featuring in separate scenes as a preacher, a waiter, a lawyer, and a musician. In each scene, he runs into some kind of trouble through which he provides comic relief.
STARRING: Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Bisola Aiyeola, Adunni Ade, Frank Donga
LOCATIONS: Filmhouse (Lekki, Surulere, Dugbe, Samonda, Port-Harcourt, Akure, Kano, Benin), GDC (The Palms, Port Harcourt, Delta, Ceddi Plaza, Gateway Mall), Ozone Cinemas
4. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
In this romantic comedy, an aspiring restaurateur returns to her home in Lagos to try and refine the fare at her family’s little hotel, only to find that her parents are planning on selling out to a rich (and devilishly attractive) buyer.
STARRING: Zainab Balogun, OC Ukeje, Kenneth Okoli, Deyemi Okonlawon, Jide Kosoko, Rachael Oniga
RUNTIME: 1hr 46mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Ikeja, Uyo), Filmhouse (Lekki, Surulere, Dugbe), GDC (The Palms, Port Harcourt, Ceddi Plaza, Gateway Mall, Novare Mall), Ozone Cinemas
The story tells of a woman who starts seeing a man from her past as people think she’s going insane. The lines between reality and the subconscious become blurred and her nightmare becomes her waking life.
STARRING: Seun Akindele, Sambasa Nzeribe, Michael Isokpan, Lilian Esoro, Efosa Efef Iyamu, Matilda Obaseki
RUNTIME: 1hr 29mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Festac, Ikeja, SEC Abuja), Filmhouse (Surulere, Dugbe, Akure, Benin), GDC (Port-Harcourt, Delta, Owerri), Kada Cinemas
6. Memoirs of 4
The story tells of four friends experiencing different emotional roller coasters brought about by the pressure, frustration and agony that most unmarried ladies within certain age brackets face in some parts of Africa. It tells the story of how some were able to withstand the storm and how some found strength in their fall.
STARRING: Kehinde Bankole, Wole Ojo, Gbenro Ajibade, Doris Simeon, Adesua Etomi, Joseph Benjamin, Blossom Chukwujeku, Linda Ejiofor
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Festac, Ikeja, Jabi Lake Mall, Uyo), Filmhouse (Kano), Kada Cinemas
7. In A Strange Land
The story is based on an incredible true life story of a young girl trafficked to London for domestic servitude. This movie seeks to raise awareness and educate Africans in Diaspora and at home on modern slavery.
STARRING: Sam Obiago, Roseline Sanni-Ajose, Ngozi Thompson, William Kemeh, Toyin Moore, Larry King, Lucien Morgan, MA Benson
RUNTIME: 1hr 45mins
LOCATIONS: Silverbird (Galleria, Festac, Ikeja, SEC Abuja, Uyo)
8. Bachelor’s Eve
The story tells of a handsome player ready to tie the knot with the love of his life. Their relationship is made in heaven, but twenty-four hours to the D-day a dark secret rears its ugly head.
STARRING: Wole Ojo, Bade Smart, Jennifer Ikeji, Kehinde Bankole, Gbenro Ajibade, Frankinsense Eche-Ben, Doris Simeon, Kehinde Olurunyomi, Jumoke Odetola
RUNTIME: 1hr 20mins
LOCATION: Silverbird (Uyo)
9. Wives On Strike: The Revolution
Domestic violence has hit close to home and the women must engage the government or become the government. The situation, it seems, is impossible to ignore. Twists, drama, frustrations and schemes makes this tug of war a hilarious revolution.
STARRING: Omoni Oboli, Kenneth Okonkwo, Julius Agwu, Uche Jombo, Chioma Akpotha, Toyin Abraham
RUNTIME: 1hr 33min
LOCATION: Silverbird (Uyo)
10. Dr Mekam
A highly successful diaspora based Nigerian medical Doctor decides to return home and run for the office of the Governor of Anambra state as “a humble stepping stone to becoming the President of Nigeria,” but navigating through the murky and very diabolical waters of the Nigerian politics proves quite an uphill task.
STARRING: Seun Akindele, Kalu Ikeagwu, Yemi Blaq, Oby Olebara Uzoukwu, Gloria Anozieyoung, Chika Chukwu, Emeka Okoye, Eric Obinna, Eva Appiah, Uche Jombo
The story follows Chinenye, a single 35-year-old career woman facing pressure from family. She meets and falls in love with Elochukwu, who despite Chinenye’s indecisiveness and fear of commitment, remains in her life with a resolve to show her unconditional love. Unknown to everyone, Chineye has a lifelong secret: She battles spiritual, emotional and physical forces that make her emotionally unfit to commit herself to anyone, no matter how hard she tries.
STARRING: Rita Dominic, Eyinna Nwigwe, Joyce Kalu, Nicole Banner, Duke Emmanuel, Neye Balogun
If you’ve not seen any of the movies, endeavour to do so this week.