October is a month of cinematic enchantment in Nollywood, teeming with captivating tales and exciting adventures.
We take a deep dive into the October movie releases, introducing both the already-released tantalizing cinematic gems and the upcoming Nollywood movies you need to mark on your calendar.
From pulse-pounding blockbusters to soul-stirring dramas, how many of these October releases have you enjoyed so far?
Rise of Igbinogun: Released on October 6th
It’s a gripping tale of a fearless warrior who challenges the king’s imposing guards, rising to legendary acclaim by fighting for the underprivileged and redistributing wealth from the affluent. In many ways, it echoes the timeless Robin Hood narrative, offering a blend of exhilarating suspense and uplifting inspiration.
This cinematic masterpiece features a star-studded cast, including remarkable talents like Femi Branch, Damilare Kuku, Akin Lewis, Enyinna Nwigwe, Blossom Chukwujekwu, and Shaffy Bello.
Initially slated for a grand Netflix debut in August, the long-anticipated 2021 epic, “Rise of Igbinogun,” has graciously extended its arrival to the welcoming embrace of October.
University of Cruise: Released on October 7th
This 13-episode young adult sitcom chronicles the escapades of seven diverse friends as they embark on their journey at St. Cruz University. The show was brought to life by the creative mind of Oma Areh and skillfully directed by Adeoluwa Owu. The leading roles are brilliantly portrayed by Vine Olugu, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, who also serves as an executive producer, and Ric Hassani.
The talented ensemble cast also includes Amanda Dara, Nancy Ameh, Esther Agunbiade, Scott Obilor, Chisom Onwuegbuzia, and Solomon Mike.
You can catch this series on Rok TV, which is available on DSTV/ROK TV and Rok UK.
Slum King: Released on October 8th
The creators of “Shanty Town” return with another gripping crime drama in the form of a 10-part limited series. This series features a talented cast, including Tobi Bakre, Teniola Aladese, Olarotimi Fakunle, Idia Aisien, Elvina Ibru, Hermes Iyele, Bolaji Ogunmola, Sonia Irabor, Gideon Okeke, and Jidekene Achufusi.
The narrative delves into Edafe’s journey, depicting his transformation from a troubled thug in the slums to his rise as MAJE, the charismatic king of the underbelly, all while wrestling with guilt and trauma.
Follow this exciting series every Sunday at 8 p.m. on Africa Magic Showcase.
Ijogbon: To be Released On October 13th
If you enjoyed Kunle Afolayan’s works like “Anikulapo,” “Citation,” “October 1,” and others, then “Ijogbon” on Netflix is a must-watch. This coming-of-age adventure film revolves around four teenagers from a rural South-West Nigerian village who stumble upon a bag of uncut diamonds, thrusting them into a life filled with terror and intrigue.
“Ijogbon” is a creation by the talented screenwriter Tunde Babalola and features a remarkable cast, including Ruby Akubueze, Kayode Ojuolape, Oluwaseyi Ebiesuwa, Fawaz Aina from Ikorodu Boiz, Yemi Solade, Gabriel Afolayan, and Bimbo Manuel. It’s an enthralling cinematic journey worth exploring.
The Merry Men 3: Nemesis : To Be Released on October 13th
The Merry Men have become a beloved franchise with unexpected surprises and continued heart-stealing adventures. After the success of “Merry Men” and “Merry Men 2,” they’re returning for the third instalment, “Nemesis.”
Directed by Moses Inwang, Ayo Makun and Ramsey Nouah are back to reprise their roles, promising thrilling action. The teaser gives a glimpse of a funeral scene and the arrival of a new villain, portrayed by Chidi Mokeme.
Be sure to mark October 13th on your calendar as “The Merry Men 3” is set to hit theatres with more exciting tales.
Over the Bridge (UK Premiere): To Be Released On October 18th
Tolu Ajayi directs this fantasy drama, which delves into the life of Folarin, played by Ozzy Agu, a prosperous investment banker enjoying a lavish lifestyle with a beautiful wife and high-profile connections. However, one wrong turn leads him into a world of illusion, where reality becomes uncertain.
Written and produced by Tosin Otudeko, the film boasts a talented cast including Segilola Ogidan, Joke Silva, Deyemi Okalanwon, Chimezie Imo, and Paul Adam. It’s scheduled to premiere in the UK with screenings in six cities.
Small Talk: To Be Released On October 27th
We’ve witnessed Mr. Macaroni, Adebowale Adedayo, in various supporting roles in movies like JagunJagun, Gangs of Lagos, Ayinla, King of Thieves: Agesinkole, Brotherhood, and more. However, in “Small Talk,” he’ll be taking on his first leading role.
This comedy film is directed by the experienced Biodun Stephen and also features Lasisi Elenu, Taye Arimoro, Moet Abebe, Blessing Nze, and Lizzy Jay. Although limited information has been revealed so far, “Small Talk” is slated for cinema screenings.
Real Housewives Of Lagos (RHOLagos), Season 2: Every Friday in October
If you haven’t watched Season 1 of “Real Housewives Of Lagos,” you’re missing out. To catch up, dive into the 14 episodes of Season 1 before moving on to the two released episodes of Season 2.
This reality TV show stars seven influential women: Laura Ikeji, Chioma Ikokwu, Toyin Lawani-Adebayo, Iyabo Ojo, Mariam Timmer, Faith Morey, and Tania Omotayo.
New episodes are available on Showmax every Friday.
Stay tuned as we’ll be providing exciting reviews and sharing our thoughts on these releases, including “Real Housewives Of Lagos” (RHOLagos).
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