Politics and politicians make up a huge portion of the daily lives of the average Nigerian. Whether it is having to put up with governments inconsistent policies, or just talking about the latest happenings at bars and newspaper stands, Nigerians are a political bunch. No surprise that Nollywood has chosen to mirror this love and produce some politically charged films.
Wilfred Okiche brings you the top 5.
1. Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s epic was made into a lavish spectacle starring British and Hollywood actors in the lead roles but the film, directed by Biyi Bandele did not shy away from the politics at the heart of the classic tome. The Biafran war waged by the South eastern region remains a sore topic in present day Nigeria and so the censors board came down hard on the film’s producers, forcing them to water down some uncomfortable scenes for the sake of national unity.
2. 30 Days
Long before Mildred Okwo made the romantic comedy, The Meeting, she gathered Genevieve Nnaji, Joke Silva and Segun Arinze for an action thriller that has been seen by only a handful of people. This potboiler caused quite a stir upon its release because of a sensational oral sex scene but it is the plot, about a group of feminine revolutionaries who kill corrupt government officials that places it on this list.
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