Nigerian cinema is still gaining international recognition, along with presence in household all over the world thanks to the international streaming platforms and its vibrant Nollywood industry. Known for producing over 1000 movies annually, some we know about due to popular releases and flamboyant premieres others we don’t hear about but at XploreNollywood we believe they are underrated gems that deserve your attention.
Here are our top 5 underrated Nigerian films that are absolutely worth watching:
- “Phone Swap” (2012):
Directed by Kunle Afolayan, this romantic comedy takes a humorous look at the lives of two strangers who accidentally swap their mobile phones at an airport. The movie had clever storytelling, humor, charming characters, Wale Ojo was just making his way into the industry, Nse Ekpe Itim was already a force to reckon with and then Kunle Afolayan brought in his skills, making it a hidden gem that deserves more praise.
You can check out “Phone Swap” on Netflix
- “93 Days” (2016):
Directed by Steve Gukas, “93 Days” is a gripping drama that tells the true story of the heroic efforts to contain Nigeria’s first-ever Ebola outbreak in 2014 in other words, it was the true story of the heroic efforts of Dr Stella Adadevoh, Doctors and Nurses of First Consultant Hospital Lagos. Despite its relevance and the remarkable performances by actors such as Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola, Keppy Ekpenyong-Bassey, Gideon Okeke and Somkele Iyamah this film remains relatively less recognized internationally.
Watch “93 Days” now on Tubi
- “Slyvia” (2018)
Directed by Daniel Oriahi, this psychological, supernatural thriller takes us into the life of Richard Okezie who decides to leave Sylvia, his lifelong imaginary friend and lover for Gbemi a flesh-and-blood real woman. The movie was screened at the Nollywood Week in Paris on May 5, 2018 and was released across cinemas on September 21. It was full of suspense, a carefully delivered script and characters like Zainab Balogun that took the role literally. The film was amazing and deserves its flowers.
You can watch “Slyvia” now on Prime
- “Green White Green” (2016)
Directed by Abba Makama, “Green White Green” offers a take on Nigeria’s political landscape, diverse culture and heritage. The film follows the lives of three young men from different ethnic backgrounds during Nigeria’s Independence Day celebrations. With its witty humor, thought-provoking commentary on identity, and satire “Green White Green” deserves more recognition.
Catch Green White Green on Prime
- “The Lost Café” (2018)
Directed by Kenneth Gyang, “The Lost Café” is a touching story of love, loss, and the healing power of music. This film, set in the picturesque Plateau State, explores the journey of a young woman who returns to her hometown to revive her late father’s café. Despite its breath taking cinematography and moving soundtrack, “The Lost Café” remains hidden in the cinematic tapestry.
Check out The Lost Café on Plex TV
These five underrated Nigerian films showcase the industry’s potential for storytelling, cultural exploration, and artistic excellence. At Xplore, we believe if you watch these movies, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the depth and breadth our filmmakers go to tell our unique perspectives and captivating stories.
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