Yoruba movies are an essential part of the Nollywood film industry. What’s even more amazing is how productive Yoruba filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors are. There are hundreds of Yoruba films released every year, but if you want to experience the best movies Yoruba creatives have to offer, here are 5 must-see titles.
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1. Abimbola (2016)
If you love family drama, this Yoruba film has everything it takes to become your favourite. The movie Abimbola depicts the story of a family with three main characters: Funke, her cheating husband, and Abimbola. Starring Toyin Aimakhu and Bimbo Oshin, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat for its whole duration.
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Funke realises her husband is cheating on her and comes home late. She begs her sister Abimbola to come stay with her maybe her husband will change. He chang…
2. Iporuru (Pandora’s Box) (2018)
This is one of the latest hit Yoruba movies, but it quickly gained the love of Nollywood fans. Iporuru is particularly adored by women – mainly because the story told in the movie, the story of a busy career woman balancing work and love life, is something most women can relate to. Iporuru stars Ronke Odusanya and has just the right amount of drama.
A career lady was cared for and loved by a much younger man and she led him with the relationship on until suddenly she began to see the age as a barrier and wanting to dump him in the middle of nowhere. Will this young man have it easy with her and let her go?
3. Jenifa (2008)
Jenifa is probably one of the best-known Yoruba movies of all time. This is the film that kickstarted the career of its leading actress, Funke Akindele, and starred some of the most famous Nollywood personalities, including Iyabo Ojo and Eniola Badmus. Jenifa tells the story of a village girl who navigates through new chapters of her life.
Suliat (Funke Akindele Bello ) is an uncultured village girl who has remained in her village her whole life. She experiences a different type of life when she goes to university in Lagos as a Yoruba language student. Suliat quickly learns that the respect accorded her in her village is completely non existent in the city.
4. Maami (2011)
If you’re tired of all the romance and drama of Yoruba films and want to watch something depicting family values and unconditional love, here is a movie for you. It has been nearly 10 years since Maami was released, but this film still continues to be a favourite for thousands of viewers. There is a good chance you will cry more than once watching Maami, starring Funke Akindele and several other familiar faces!
Nollywood movie starring Funke Akindele, Wole Ojo, Tamilore Kuboye, Ayomide Abatti. Produced and directed by Tunde Kelani SYNOPSIS: Single parent, MAAMi, and her young son are desperately poor. Gifted with a living heart, enterprising spirit and brave soul, she is the centre of her son’s world, until he longs for the father he has never known — a man with a terrible secret.
5. Cha Cha (2019)
Despite being released only half a year ago, Cha Cha is already being called one of the best Yoruba movies of the decade. The story depicts Cha Cha, a woman who does not have any tolerance towards injustice and unleashes her different side after a particularly disheartening incident. The movie stars Eniola Badmus, Sanyeri, and Victoria Kolawole.
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Known for her selfless thirst for justice and zero tolerance to certain ills, Cha Cha becomes vicious over a disheartening event and will unleash her other side but there is more to the story than it seems. Find out more. This movie features Victoria Kolawole, Eniola Badmus, Saidi Balogun, Joke Jigan, Sanyeri,Bukola Adeeyo,Murphy Afolabi.
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