Top 9 movies produced and directed by Nigerian actors

Lionheart, Fate of Alakada and Omoghetto, Nollywood's highest performing films were produced and directed by some of the industry's finest actors and actresses.

Eniola Akinbo, Genevieve Nnaji, Temi Otedola

The Nollywood industry has gone through a disruptive phase from VCD to Netflix premieres and global recognition.

Recorded as the biggest entertainment industry in Africa, Nollywood, recently has pivoted from business as usual to crafting powerful stories that have revamped the Nollywood scene.

Most actors from the times of old Nollywood, in a bid to continuously provide value have taken up other roles in addition to their briefs as actors and actresses. 

Nigerian celebrity actors like Omoni Oboli, Genevieve Nnaji, Kunle Afolayan, Funke Akindele have pioneered a new trend for the thriving Nollywood Industry.

This article shines the spotlight on ten movies produced and directed by Nollywood's finest actors. 

Many of these movies produced and directed by these Nollywood actors toppled sales chart in box office, some even made history as highest grossing movies in many years.

Keep on reading to know the movies produced and directed by our favourite Nigerian actors and actresses. 

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1. 30 Days in Atlanta

Officially released in 2014,30 Days in Atlanta is a Nigerian romantic comedy film written by Patrick "Coinage" Nnamani, produced by comedian, Ayo Makun and directed by Robert Peters.

 The film was shot on location in Lagos and Atlanta. It premiered on 31 October 2014. In 2015, 30 Days in Atlanta was announced as the  highest-grossing film in Nigerian cinemas.

However, the movie received mixed reviews about the plot and character development 

The film further received 10 nominations at the 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.

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2. Ghost and the tout

The Ghost and the Tout was produced by popular Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham under her production company, Toyin Abraham Studios.

The film was released in 2018  and is ghost film, written and directed by Charles Uwagbai.

The film starred Sambasa Nzeribe, Toyin Abraham, Rachael Okonkwo, and Omowumi Dada in the lead roles. 

The film arrived in theaters  in Nigeria on 11 May 2018 and received positive reviews from critics.

The Ghost and the Tout went on to become  huge box office success grossing 30 million within one week and remaining the fifth highest-grossing Nigerian film in 2018.

The film currently occupies the 25th position in the overall list of highest-grossing movies in Nigeria.

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3. Fate of Alakada

Fate of Alakada:The Party Planner is the fifth film in the Alakada franchise, and it was also the sequel to the 2017 comedy film Alakada Reloaded.

The 2020 Nigerian action comedy film written was by Moshood Yakubu Olawale and Ozioma Ogbaji, directed by Kayode Kasum and Produced by Toyin Abraham studios. 

The film starred Toyin Abraham, Mercy Eke, and Broda Shaggi in the lead roles. The film is a satirical representation of social media fakeness and Nigerian pop culture. 

The film was officially released in theatres  on 1 October 2020, coinciding with the Independence Day of Nigeria, and opened to highly positive reviews.

The film also became a box office success and eventually became the highest-grossing Nigerian film of 2020.

The Fate of Alakada:Party Planner made acting debuts for many Nigerian celebrities;

Nigerian television show host Stephanie Coker, 4th season of Big Brother Naija winner Mercy Eke and fashion designer, entrepreneur Toyin Lawani.

Popular Instagram comedian Broda Shaggi also landed a major role in the film. The first look poster of the film was revealed in February 2020

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4. Bad Comments

Bad Comments starring Jim Iyke as lead actor(as Frank Orji) – who also doubles as the  film’s executive producer – mirrors the life of a big celebrity, whose life takes a bad turn following social media brouhaha. Written by Kehinde Joseph, this film stars Osas Ighodaro, Ben Toutou, Chiwetalu Agu, and Sharon Ooja, among others.

Based on real events Bad Comments is a fast-paced drama/thriller with a few comic moments thrown in for good measure. 

The movie was released on August 27 2021 and has joined the train as one of the highest grossing movies in 2021 with N66 million box office earnings.

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5. Omo Ghetto:The saga

Omo Ghetto: The Saga is a 2020 Nigerian gangster comedy film co-directed by Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz.

The film stars Funke Akindele, Chioma Akpota, Nancy Isime, Eniola Badmus, Bimbo Thomas, Deyemi Okanlawon and Mercy Aigbe in the lead roles. 

This was the second film in the Omo Ghetto franchise and it was also the sequel to the 2010 trilogy film Omo Ghetto.

The film came to theatres on Christmas days, 25 December 2020 and was received several positive reviews.

 The film became a box office success and surpassed Fate of Alakada as the highest grossing Nigerian film for the year 2020.

As of 26 January 2021, when the film grossed ₦468 million at the box office it surpassed the record of 2016 film The Wedding Party to become the highest ever grossing film in the Nigerian film industry


6. Citation

Citation is a 2020 Nigerian film directed by Kunle Afolayan, written by Tunde Babalola and starring Jimmy Jean-Louis, billionaire heiress, Temi Otedola, Bukunmi Oluwashina, Gabriel Afolayan and others.

Citation quickly climbed the ladder on Netflix to the sixth-most popular film on the streaming app shortly after its release, and was most-watched on Netflix in Nigeria.

Praised for the film's top notch cinematography and ambience, Citation highlights Nigeria's trending issues following award winning Journalists, Kiki Modi's documentary "Sex for Grades."

Citation was nominated by AMAA awards for Best Film but later won Best Soundtrack.


7. Swallow

Directed by Actor and Filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan Swallow is a 2021 Nigerian film written by Sefi Atta and starring Niyola Eniola Akinbo, Deyemi Okanlawon, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha and Ijeoma Grace Agu.

 It was released on October 1, 2021, by Netflix, coinciding with Nigeria's Independent day celebration.

The Screenplay for the novel's adaptation was co-written by Sefi-Atta, the author herself, a playwright, and Kunle Afolayan. Principal Photography took place in Ibadan, Oyo State.


8. Lion heart

According to IMDB synopsis Lionheart narrates the story of a young woman Adaeze who decides to take charge of family business after her father falls ill. However, with the arrival of her eccentric uncle, chaos ensues.

Lionheart was released in 2018 and acquired by Netflix on 7 September 2018, making it the first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.

The drama film was produced by Chinny Onwugbenu, starring; Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, and Nkem Owoh.

Lionheart premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.The movie was Nnaji's directorial debut as well as Peter Okoye's and Chibuzor Azubuike's (also known as Phyno) acting debut. The film was released worldwide on 4 January 2019 on Netflix.

Lionheart was selected as the Nigerian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. It was the first time that Nigeria had submitted a film to the Oscars. On 4 November 2019, the Academy disqualified the film as the majority of the dialogue is in English and only about ten minutes of the film is in Igbo.

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9. Wives on Strike

Wives on Strike is a 2016 Nigerian film produced and directed by Omoni Oboli and starring Uche Jombo, Chioma Akpotha, Ufuoma McDermott, and Kehinde Bankole.

Released on April 8, 2016, the film satirizes about a group of market women who denied their husbands of sex, in a bid to get them to defend a young girl, who was compelled by her father to marry a man against her will. The film was shot during the #ChildNotBride conversation.

Omoni Oboli is an actress, producer and director who got her acting debut in 1995 but withdrew from the movie scene in 1996 to finish her University education.

Oboli returned in 2009 but the industry had surged forward. She resorted to producing her own movies ever since the.

The film "Wives on strike" reportedly broke several records at the Nigerian box office.