'I Do Not Come To You By Chance' - 15 Most Anticipated Nollywood Movies of 2024

15 Most Anticipated Nollywood Movies of 2024

We may not know when they are coming out, but these are the top 15 most anticipated Nollywood movies of 2024, and we hope they will be released for us to see this year.

Which are the 10 most anticipated Nollywood movies of 2024?

After a phenomenal 2023, the Nigerian film industry is gearing up to deliver an encore of epic proportions. The anticipation is palpable, and the Nollywire team is here to guide you through the cinematic wonderland that awaits. We’ve meticulously curated a list of the most anticipated films, each promising to be a cinematic feast for your senses.

Reflecting on the Cinematic Triumphs of 2023

Before we dive into the tantalising details of the upcoming releases, let’s take a moment to celebrate the triumphs of 2023. Funke Akindele’s ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ emerged as the beacon, shattering box office records with a staggering 1 billion Naira return. This cinematic masterpiece not only captivated the local audience but also made waves globally, outshining even ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’

Additionally, ‘The Black Book’ etched its name in history as the first Nigerian film to claim the top spot on Netflix’s global charts. Directed by Editi Effiong, this high-budget creation showcased the global appeal of Nigerian storytelling. Prime Video also made its mark with ‘Gangs of Lagos,’ a riveting production that premiered simultaneously in Lagos, London, and New York.

In a groundbreaking move, a homegrown feature-length film, shot in black and white, earned accolades at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Directed by C.J. “Fiery” Obasi, this cinematic gem clinched the Special Jury Award for Cinematography, proving that Nigerian cinema is a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.

Showmax: A Content Powerhouse

Fast forward to 2024, where Showmax has risen as a formidable competitor and content provider. Following a rebranding and app relaunch in February, Showmax has showcased an unwavering commitment to delivering premium content year-round. Noteworthy additions include Moses Inwang’s ‘Dead Serious’ and the epic telenovela ‘Cheta M,’ produced by James Omokwe. Showmax also introduces season two of the female-driven sensations ‘Flawsome’ and ‘The Sadau Sisters,’ a reality TV show offering a glimpse into the lives of Nollywood star Rahama Sadua and her sisters.

The Most Anticipated Nollywood Movies of 2024

With 2023 setting the bar high, Nollywood filmmakers are poised to deliver immersive experiences in the coming year. The Nollywire team presents a curated list of the most anticipated Nollywood movies of 2024, each a testament to the industry’s creativity and ambition.

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Olarotimi Fakunle with Blossom Chukwujekwu on the set of ‘Wire Wire’
15. Wire Wire

First on our list is Bolanle Austen-Peters’ ‘Wire Wire.’ Although the film’s plot details are shrouded in mystery, there has been wide excitement from Nollyphiles (Nollywood cinephiles) solely based on the ensemble cast featuring Olarotimi Fakunle, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Bisola Aiyeola, Lilian Afegbai, Bucci Franklin, Emeka Nwagbaraocha, Kelvinmary Ndukwe, Onyeka Fiaka, Abayomi Alvin, Uzor Osimkpa, Jide Kosoko, Shaffy Bello, Neo Akpofure, Erica Nlewedim, Boma Akpore, and Tacha Akide.

This star-studded lineup has audiences buzzing with excitement.

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Rahama Sadau and Gabriel Afolayan in ‘This Is Lagos’
14. This is LagosKenneth Gyang’s Dark Comedy

Filmmaker Kenneth Gyang takes on a different role this time with his film ‘This is Lagos,’ produced by Cinema Kpatakpata. The dark comedy, showcased at AFRIFF last year, follows Stevo (Gabriel Afolayan) navigating the vibrant music scene of Lagos, Nigeria. Gregory Ojefua, also known as “Teddy Bear,” clinched the Best Actor award at the 2023 AFRIFF for his outstanding performance.

Initially slated for a cinematic release on December 24th, 2023, the premiere was cancelled, with no new date announced. Currently, the film is making waves at various film festivals worldwide and is anticipated to hit theatres later in 2024.

The stellar cast includes Gabriel Afolayan, Laura Pepple, Gregory Ojefua, Rahama Sadau, Kate Henshaw, Sani Mu’azu, and others.

Hijack '93 - 15 Most Anticipated Nollywood Movies of 2024
L-R: Idia Aisien, Nancy Isime, Charles Okpaleke, Sharon Ooja, and Jemima Osunde on the set of “Hijack ’93”
13. “Hijack ’93”Charles Okpaleke’s Historical Thriller

Charles Okpaleke ventures into an ambitious new project, “Hijack ’93,” through his Play Network Studios. The historical feature film delves into the gripping 1993 Nigerian Airways flight hijack.

Directed by Robert O. Peters, “Hijack ’93: The MAD Men & the Aircraft” unfolds the true-life tale of four Nigerian teenagers affiliated with the Movement for the Actualization of Democracy (MAD). Motivated by discontent with the annulled presidential election, these youths hijacked a plane from Lagos to Abuja, demanding the return of MKO Abiola’s mandate. After three days of unsuccessful negotiation, the boys were arrested and imprisoned, regaining their freedom in 2001.

The film, a blend of action, crime, and political thriller intrigue, is currently in production without a confirmed release date. Notable actors, including John Dumelo, Efa Iwara, Jemima Osunde, Idia Aisien, Nancy Isime, Sharon Ooja, and more, are set to bring this compelling narrative to life.

Produced by Rogers Ofime and directed by Robert Peters, “Hijack ’93” promises to be a riveting addition to Play Network Studios’ repertoire of original films.

12. Sugar Rush 2The Sweet Return

The Sugar sisters are back in action with ‘Sugar Rush 2.’

In 2019, ‘Sugar Rush’ captivated Nigerian audiences, dominating the box office and sparking conversations. The film, centred around three sisters stumbling upon $800,000, faced the Financial Crimes Commission and a criminal gang claiming ownership.

The star-studded cast, including Bisola Aiyeola, Bimbo Ademoye, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Banky W, Omoni Oboli, and others, is set to deliver another exhilarating experience for Nollywood enthusiasts. Despite a strong N58 million opening, complications with the Nigerian Censors Board led to a temporary suspension, but not before the film grossed an impressive ₦287 million.

Jadesola Osiberu, producer of hits like ‘Gangs of Lagos’ and ‘Brotherhood,’ has confirmed the sequel’s filming through captivating stills from the South African production location. With lead stars Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Bisola Aiyeola, and Bimbo Ademoye returning, ‘Sugar Rush 2’ promises to continue the legacy of the original comedy crime movie, directed by Kayode Kasum and produced by Abimbola Craig.

Get ready for another dose of cinematic excitement!

11. The Skeleton CoastRobert Peters’ Namibian Adventure

Robert Peters, known for his work in ‘Thirty Days in Atlanta’ and ‘A Trip to Jamaica,’ embarks on a thrilling adventure with ‘The Skeleton Coast.’

This film unfolds against the stunning backdrop of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, a place dubbed “The Land God Made in Anger” by local bushmen. Here, amidst the haunting remnants of over a thousand shipwrecks, Peters promises to deliver a thrilling cinematic experience, inviting viewers on an adventure of a lifetime.

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Rita Dominic on the set of ’77: The Festac Conspiracy’
10. 77: The Festac ConspiracyIzu Ojukwu’s Historical Epic

Izu Ojukwu returns with ’77: The Festac Conspiracy,’ a continuation of the compelling ’76.’ Set against the backdrop of the Festac ’77 Arts and Culture Festival, the film will unravel the significant events surrounding this pivotal Pan-African gathering. The cast, featuring Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberisima, Chidi Mokeme, Memry Savanhu, Adonaijah Owiriwa, Daniel K. Daniel, Nelly Ekwereogu, and Shuaibu Ebenesi Adams, ensures a cinematic spectacle.

9. King of Boys 3Kemi Adetiba’s Continuation of the Thriller Saga

Kemi Adetiba hints at the third installment of the much-acclaimed ‘King of Boys’ series. With a cross-generational cast, including Sola Sobowale, Richard Mofe-Damijo, and Nse Ikpe-Etim, this feminocentric thriller is set to deliver a fresh dose of suspense and political intrigue.

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Mike Afolarin and Omowunmi Dada on the set of ‘Asiri Ade’
8. Asire AdeAdeoluwa Owu’s Follow-up to ‘A Tribe Called Judah’

Renowned director Adeoluwa Owu, fresh off the success of ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ in 2023, is gearing up for his next masterpiece, ‘Asiri Ade.’

This upcoming film, marking Papaya Studios’ debut, features Bolanle Ninalowo portraying a formidable king on a quest to uncover an assailant threatening to unveil a perilous secret capable of crumbling his vast empire. The king, on the brink of a strategic alliance with a wealthy kingdom, is determined to overcome any obstacle in pursuit of his ambitions.

The stellar cast, including Omowumi Dada, Gabriel Afolayan, and Mike Afolarin, recently gathered for a private screening in Lagos, Nigeria.

Efa Iwara and Vee Iye on the set of ‘Eko Miami’
7. Eko MiamiKayode Kasum’s Afrobeats Adventure

Kayode Kasum is set to dazzle audiences with his upcoming film, ‘Eko Miami.’ The director, who received critical acclaim for his AFRIFF 2023 hit ‘Afamefuna,’ unveils a captivating tale against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The plot centres on a young Nigerian returning from the UK to invest in the thriving Afrobeats scene. His ambitious event company and trending party plans face a sudden threat due to the pandemic, risking his investment. While release dates remain undisclosed, the star-studded cast includes James Gardiner, Daniel Etim Effiong, Efa Iwara, Vee Iye, Uzor Arukwe, Kunle Remi, and Taye Arimoro, heightening anticipation for this cinematic gem.

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Kemi Adetiba on the set of “To Kill A Monkey”
6. To Kill A MonkeyKemi Adetiba’s Cybercrime Series

Kemi Adetiba, the maestro behind ‘King of Boys,’ presents ‘To Kill A Monkey,’ a series delving into the world of cybercrime. Led by Bucci Franklin, Stella Damasus, Chidi Mokeme, and an ensemble cast, this series promises to be a riveting exploration of morality and consequence.

Executive producer Remi Adetiba, promises an unparalleled experience, stating, “If we achieve just 70% of our vision, it’ll surpass ‘King of Boys 2.'” Snippets and behind-the-scenes glimpses have heightened viewer anticipation, leaving us eager to learn about the release date. Stay tuned for more updates on this gripping series.

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Tiwa Savage in ‘Water and Garri’
5. Water and GarriTiwa Savage’s Cinematic Debut

In a surprising twist, Afrobeats queen Tiwa Savage takes center stage in ‘Water and Garri,’ a Prime Video film directed by Meji Alabi. This drama unfolds the story of Aisha, an ambitious designer returning to her roots, guaranteeing a thrilling experience for fans eagerly anticipating Tiwa Savage’s lead role.

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Beverly Osu, Stan Nze, and Sharon Ooja on the set of ‘Oloturé’
4. Oloture: The JourneyUnraveling Dark Secrets

The sequel to the gripping Netflix original, ‘Oloture,’ continues the journey of investigative journalist Oloture, portrayed by Sharon Ooja. Directed by Kenneth Gyang, ‘Oloture: The Journey’ takes audiences on a perilous expedition through hostile lands, promising an intense exploration of human trafficking.

Based on the real-life experiences of journalist Tobore Ovuorie, viewers will follow Oloture’s dangerous undercover mission, spanning the perilous terrains of Niger and Libya to the Mediterranean.

While an official release date is yet to be announced, the series is confirmed for a 2024 release on Netflix and boasts a returning cast, including Sharon Ooja, Beverly Osu, Sambasa Nzeribe, and Stan Nze, among others. Stay tuned for the next chapter in Oloture’s intense and suspenseful quest on Netflix.

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3. Funmilayo Ransome-KutiA Biopic Extravaganza

Bolanle Austin Peters brings to life the legend of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the iconic mother of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

The film, titled ‘Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti,’ made a brief appearance during Oscar submissions, aiming for the best international film category. While it was not selected by the Nigerian Oscars committee, the anticipation for its release is soaring, and Nigerians eagerly await the announcement of the release date

With Kehinde Bankole and Joke Silva portraying Ms. Kuti, this biopic is set to unravel the extraordinary story of the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria.

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Sola Sobowale and Owobo Ogunde on the set of “Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre”
2. Anikulapo: The Rise of The Spectre—Kunle A Afolayan’s Epic Sequel

Following the 2022 success of Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Anikulapo,’ the filmmaker announced a sequel. ‘Anikulapo,’ which was the most-watched non-English film on Netflix in 2022, traces the journey of Saro (Kunle Remi) in the vast Oyo Kingdom, marked by unforeseen events and a forbidden affair with the king’s wife, Arolake (Bimbo Ademoye), leading to his demise and mystical encounter with Akala, a life-giving and taking bird.

In the sequel, which premieres as a Netflix series on March 1, viewers anticipate the aftermath of Saro’s failed attempt to revive the king’s child and his subsequent “death.” With a fresh cast including Sola Sobowale, Owobo Ogunde, Gabriel Afolayan, Uzee Usman, Adedimeji Lateef, and Layi Wasabi, ‘Anikulapo: The Rise of the Spectre’ promises an intriguing continuation of the narrative.

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Blossom Chukwujekwu with Nnadiekwe Paul in ‘I Do Not Come To You By Chance’
1. I Do Not Come To You By Chance—Genevieve Nnaji’s Cinematic Return

Renowned Nigerian director and actress Genevieve Nnaji marks her triumphant return to the film scene with ‘I Do Not Come To You By Chance,’ premiering at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.

Following her groundbreaking Oscars entry, ‘Lion Heart,’ in 2018, Nnaji adapts Adaobi Tricia Nwabuike’s novel, delivering a compelling narrative.

Topping the list of our most anticipated Nollywood movies of 2024, the film follows Kingsley, a university graduate grappling with unemployment and familial obligations. Drawn into a deceitful world by his charismatic uncle, Boniface, played by Blossom Chukwujekwu, the movie unfolds as a gripping tale of resilience and deception. After dominating AFRIFF in 2023, the film boasts an exceptional cast, including Paul Nnadikwe as Kingsley, and features Jennifer Eliogu, Emeka Nwagbaraocha, and Beverly Osu. Nnaji’s latest work has captivated her devoted fanbase and reaffirmed her prowess in storytelling and filmmaking.

Honourable Mentions
  • ‘Money in the Game’

    The highly anticipated film from filmmaker Dimbo Atiya makes our list of must-watch Nollywood movies in 2024. Atiya, known for his work on ‘Sons of the Caliphate’ and ‘The Rishantes,’ unveiled the limited series in September 2023 through Innovative Television Kontents (ITK).

    Following the success of Atiya’s ‘Sons of the Caliphate’ spinoff, ‘WAR: Wrath and Revenge,’ the filmmaker assembles a stellar cast for ‘Money in the Game,’ including Mawuli Gavor, Enado Odigie, Ifeanyi Kalu, Efa Iwara, Chisom Agoawuike, Atlanta Bridget Johnson, Fadekemi Olumide-Aluko, and veteran actor Gentle Jack. This ensemble will bring to life the intense world of football talent management in Lagos, portraying the fierce competition between rival agencies vying for the signature of a young football prodigy from Jos.

    Filmed across Lagos, Jos, and the UK, this international production promises a visually captivating experience, blending innovative storytelling techniques with the high-stakes drama of the football management landscape.

  • Wives on Strike: The Uprising
  • Over the Bridge
  • Mojisola
  • ‘Ruthless’

As we eagerly await the release dates and further details, Nollywire’s most anticipated Movies of 2024 promise an exhilarating cinematic journey. Stay tuned for updates as Nollywood continues to redefine the landscape with captivating narratives and exceptional storytelling.

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