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Nollywood’s May Movie Madness: 9 Must-See Releases

As the scorching heat of May sets in, Nollywood is bringing even more heat with a sizzling lineup of must-watch movies. From heartwarming family dramas to gritty crime thrillers, this month’s releases showcase the depth and diversity of Nigerian storytelling at its finest.

Aburo

Leading the charge is “Aburo,” a tale of redemption and hope that follows a street-smart boy’s journey from petty thievery to athletic stardom. Directed by the visionary Yemi Filmboy Morafa, this film promises to tug at your heartstrings while keeping you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be thrilled by the delivery of Efa Iwara and the viral sensation Maleek of Ikorodu Bois.

Release date: May 1st, 2024

Flaws

If you’re in the mood for a heart-pounding thriller, “Flaws” is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat. This gripping family drama delves into the depths of trauma, sacrifice, and the lengths one will go to protect their loved ones. Kunle Remi and Diana Childs deliver powerhouse performances that will leave you questioning the boundaries of justice and morality.

Release date: May 3rd, 2024

Postcards

For those seeking a global perspective, “Postcards” offers a captivating exploration of identity and acceptance. This Nollywood-Bollywood collaboration from the makers of “Namaste Wahala” weaves together the stories of four Nigerians living in India, each grappling with questions of belonging and self-discovery. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Tobi Bakre, Sola Sobowale, and RMD, this six-part series promises to take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Release date: May 3rd, 2024

Home and Away

For a lighter fare, “Home and Away” offers a comedic respite with its star-studded cast, including Bimbo Ademoye, Sophie Alakija, IK Ogbonna, Broda Shaggi, and the ever-hilarious Sabinus. Prepare to be whisked away on a laughter-fest that celebrates the unique essence of Nigerian humour and camaraderie.

Release date: May 10th, 2024

But that’s not all, dear cinemania!

Water and Garri

Directed by Meji Alabi and featuring Nigerian music sensation Tiwa Savage in her Nollywood debut, “Water and Garri” offers a poignant exploration of family, love, and the journey towards self-acceptance. At its core, the film follows the story of Aisha, an ambitious fashion designer who returns to her native home after a decade-long absence following a family bereavement. However, Aisha soon discovers that the landscape of her hometown has changed drastically – violence has escalated, tensions are high, and she must confront the ghosts of her past.

Through its evocative storytelling and powerful performances, “Water and Garri” invites audiences to reflect on themes of identity, belonging, and the enduring bonds of family. With its compelling narrative and stunning visuals, this co-production between Everything Savage, Unbound Studios, and JM Films promises to be a captivating cinematic experience that will linger in the hearts and minds of viewers after the credits roll.

Release date: May 17th, 2024

UNO Family

Written and directed by the talented Ebuka Njoku and featuring a stellar cast of Nollywood veterans and rising stars, “UNO Family” is a celebration of the linguistic richness and cultural diversity of Nigeria’s eastern region. At its core, the film delves into the lives of a vibrant family as they navigate the complexities of love, laughter, and life’s unexpected twists and turns.

Through its blend of Igbo, pidgin English, and Nigerian English, “UNO Family” offers a glimpse into the unique customs, traditions, and values that define Nigeria’s eastern culture.

Release date: May 17th, 2024

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

May also brings us the highly anticipated biopic “Funmilayo Ransome Kuti,” a compelling ode to the courageous women who ignited the flames of revolution against colonialism and patriarchy in Nigeria. Featuring a tour-de-force performance by Joke Silva, this film is a must-watch for anyone seeking inspiration from the annals of Nigerian history.

Release date: May 17th, 2024

Momiwa

Directed by the acclaimed Biodun Stephen and featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Blessing Jessica Obasi, Iyabo Ojo, and Uzor Arukwe, “Momiwa” is a heartwarming family drama that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of forgiveness. At its core, the film follows the journey of Momiwa, a young woman grappling with the challenges of family dynamics, personal aspirations, and the complexities of love.

With its powerful performances and heartfelt moments, this collaboration between Uddy Udoh, Shutterspeed Projects, and some of Nollywood’s brightest talents promises to be a touching cinematic experience.


Crossroads

What happens when you combine Adebayo Tijani and a solid cast of Nollywood’s finest talents? Pure class and crossroads!

“Crossroads” is a gripping tale of passion, violence, and daring choices set against the backdrop of a university campus. At its core, the film follows the intertwining lives of several characters whose paths intersect in a series of life-changing events.

As one student pursues her dreams, she finds herself entangled with a brutal gang leader and a determined protector, leading to a collision of dreams and destiny. Through its compelling narrative and powerful performances, “Crossroads” explores themes of love, loyalty, and the consequences of choice in a world where every decision can make all the difference.

Release date: May 17th, 2024.

From the heartwarming family drama “UNO Family” to Tiwa Savage’s acting debut in “Water and Garri,” and the campus thriller “Crossroads,” Nollywood’s May slate offers something for every cinematic palate. And for those who crave gritty realism, “Kill Boro” and “Criminal” will undoubtedly leave you breathless with their unflinching portrayals of the harsh realities that shape our society.

So, mark your calendars, grab your popcorn, and prepare to indulge in Nollywood’s May Movie Madness!

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  • Ezenwa Okonkwo

    Ezenwa Okonkwo is the Senior Writer, Film & TV Business at InsideNollywood.Ng. He is a well-rounded storyteller, poet, and screen writer with a flare for the silver screen. Ezenwa also has an eye for documentary-themed photography and wields a curious mind that’s constantly shifting from “what if” to “what next”.

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