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Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by ClintGist(f): 5:16am On Oct 01, 2018
58 years ago today, Nigeria got her independence from the British.

What could be more satisfying than to lie in relaxation and watch a movie that celebrates Nigeria and the spirit of her citizens – ranging from biographical dramas to entertaining box-office blockbusters?

These movies below capture the Nigerian culture, journey of unsung heroes and the strength of Nigerians as a people.

1. “The Wedding Party“


The highest grossing Nigerian film, “The Wedding Party” represents the flamboyant Nigerian wedding culture. Except for the absence of the fundamental Nigerian Jollof rice – I mean, who holds a Nigerian wedding without Jollof rice? – the movie does its best to capture a typical Nigerian wedding.

It is a representation of all the drama that could occur pre and post a wedding party. A typical Nigerian wedding party is fun, dramatic, tedious, but definitely entertaining.

A typical Nigerian wedding has that relative who turns up for the food or souvenirs, friends who turn up for the ‘gram’ and even an envious ex who is just there to witness and gloat over the inadequacies of the ceremony.

“The Wedding Party” captures the energy, music, colourfulness, culture and fashion that makes a Nigerian wedding party fun to attend.



2. “A Soldier’s Story”

If there’s any film that attempts to celebrate and encourage heroic soldiers and their contributions to the country, it is “A Soldier’s Story.”

The movie follows a soldier on a peacekeeping mission, who is left for dead by some rebel soldiers. The movie depicts various emotions such as the heartbreak and anguish that accompanies the news of the demise of a loved one in battle.

This story is such that ensures we remember the labours of these heroes past; heroes such as the Lt. Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali and other gallant officers who died in service during the war against Boko Haram.

3. “A Place in the Stars“



Inspired by the tenure of the late Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili, the 2014 Steve Gukas film tells the story of Dakim, a young lawyer who is in possession of vital information about the trafficking of counterfeit drugs that can save many lives if he passes it on, but make millions of dollars if he doesn’t.

Late Professor Dora Akunyili, during her tenure as the Head of NAFDAC, tirelessly fought to halt the sale and use of fake drugs, even at the expense of her life. She would go on to become the Federal Minister of Information & Communication in 2008, and spear-headed a rebranding campaign for Nigeria with the slogan: “Good People, Great Nation”.

The film acknowledges the dogged and honest spirit of several Nigerians out there who have been consistent in being good and portraying Nigeria as a great nation.

4. “Saworoide”



Nigeria is a country with several cultural practices that define us. We have the Sharo ceremony in Fulani Land; traditional baby naming ceremony in Yoruba land; the fattening room in Efik land; and Omugwo in Igbo land.

But if we are talking about one of the films that encapsulates an interesting culture of a tribe in Nigeria, it’s “Saworide,” which means talking drum or brass bell in English Language.

The Tunde Kelani film follows the setting of an old Yoruba norm in the town of Jogbo, where a person can not be crowned king without the Saworoide being played by the right person.

Drumming is a key part of the cultural heritage of the Yoruba people. They are several drums such as Gangan (Talking Drum), Bata, Saworide, Omela Ako; all used for different occasions.

The film celebrates the charm of African art, and the beauty of tradition and folklore.

Most importantly the movie speaks on Nigeria and how it has dealt with civil rule and military dictatorship.

5. “93 Days

“93 Days” celebrates the sacrifices of the late Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh and all who risked their lives to make sure the Ebola virus was contained in Nigeria.

On July 20, 2014, Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, arrived Lagos. He became severely ill upon arrival and died five days later of the Ebola disease. Almost 93 days later, on 20 October 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared Nigeria to be Ebola free.

The method used to contain the virus brought positive recognition from around the world for the country. In WHO’s Ebola Situation Assessment report, it was commended with lessons for countries such as the United States. Nigeria had become that exemplary kid in class for a good behavior.

Ebola was controlled as a result of the quick thinking, resilience and selflessness of the late Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh and other medical personnel. Ameyo is credited for curbing a wider spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria by placing Patrick Sawyer in quarantine despite pressures from some quarters to have him released.

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh died on 19 August 2014, few weeks after testing positive for the Ebola virus disease.

Apart from recording a significant period in Nigeria, the movie “93 Days” depicts the strength, selflessness and sacrificial nature of Nigerians.

Which of your favourite Nollywood films celebrates Nigeria as a country? Share with us in the comment section.

https://www.clintgist.com/5-nollywood-movies-to-watch-on-independence-day-id7399687-html/

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by madridguy(m): 5:34am On Oct 01, 2018
GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by Carzolah(m): 5:40am On Oct 01, 2018
Happy Independence day to you all


The poster above why na, you no sleep ni?

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by ifymadu: 6:15am On Oct 01, 2018
Happy Independence to all my peeps in Naija. God bless Nigeria

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by Akshow: 6:16am On Oct 01, 2018
Saworoide is my favourite Yoruba film of all time. It satarizes Nigeria perfectly. Kudos to Kelani

But October 1 should be there too

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by MrWondah(m): 6:16am On Oct 01, 2018
Today no tribalistic comments, no ethnic bashing, our thoughts is on making Nigeria better.
Like if you agree share if you are a proud bigot

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by Vince77(m): 6:17am On Oct 01, 2018
What of October 1st?

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by LordCenturion(m): 6:17am On Oct 01, 2018
"Saworo Ide" , a brilliant yoruba movie from tunde kilani that depicted Soldiers takeover from yoruba nation....


God bless Yoruba Nation

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by Jossyroyal1: 6:19am On Oct 01, 2018
Happy independence believer... With undying and unswerving optimism I am certain that we will surely get it right... I believe the Nigeria project..

I stand with Nigeria...

Happy independence once again great people

Check my signature

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by EVILFOREST: 6:19am On Oct 01, 2018
May God Bless Nigerians with WISDOM to see reasons to part ways and never see any reason to come back again..


Amen

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by sommyfred(m): 6:19am On Oct 01, 2018
happy independence 9ja

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by davodyguy: 6:19am On Oct 01, 2018
May God bless this country with good leaders.

If we get them, it would be well

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by EVILFOREST: 6:20am On Oct 01, 2018
MrWondah:
Today no tribalistic comments, no ethnic bashing, our thoughts is on making Nigeria better.
Like if you agree share if you are a proud bigot
When your leaders are still vice chancellors and pro chancellors of Tribalism...??
Don’t be surprised at the speech your leaders will utter today...
U will come back to Nairaland and weep

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by dadoctore(m): 6:20am On Oct 01, 2018
Thought I'd see the film 'October 1st' in that list, my view though undecided

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by aldexrio(m): 6:21am On Oct 01, 2018
October Ist should be dey now ni HhhhPlay jjjjhss ddffgygg sddertfg hhhhhhbhh ggghhhj xxffgggggg ggggggh

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by urchmanni93(m): 6:21am On Oct 01, 2018
October 1st by kunle afolayan

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by hotplate(m): 6:23am On Oct 01, 2018
Good people Great Nation

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by MJBOLT: 6:25am On Oct 01, 2018
no october 1st,trash list

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by Hollamie007: 6:25am On Oct 01, 2018
October 1st itself nko

angry angry

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by Spartanville(m): 6:26am On Oct 01, 2018
what happened to October 1st kunle afolanyo

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by EVILFOREST: 6:28am On Oct 01, 2018
Hollamie007:
October 1st itself nko

angry angry
No be NOLLYWOOD MOVIE naaa
Kunle Afolayan Denounced and Dissociated himself from them

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by Diong22(f): 6:30am On Oct 01, 2018
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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by Bedlecturer(m): 6:33am On Oct 01, 2018
The way lights no dey for our area eh, how person go watch the happenings? The kind magu magu elections that took place in Ekiti and Osun states?
To the Leaders of this nation, at least try and make us happy even for once. Try and make Nigerians to clap for you
Anyways, happy independence to this Great Nation.

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by Hollamie007: 6:33am On Oct 01, 2018
EVILFOREST:

No be NOLLYWOOD MOVIE naaa
Kunle Afolayan Denounced and Dissociated himself from them


shocked shocked

Na joke shey
Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by pawesome(m): 6:34am On Oct 01, 2018
Wetin we de even celebrate... Oyinbo left us with a working system but all collapsed.. Allllllll

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by haibe(m): 6:37am On Oct 01, 2018
Vince77:
What of October 1st?
did it celebrate Nigeria? Or just told the story?
Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by horleykay(m): 6:38am On Oct 01, 2018
kosegbe is another epic movie from mainframe productions that should be on that list.
Am sure just a few will remember the movie

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by lirusehn(m): 6:39am On Oct 01, 2018
Honestly??
Wedding party?? No October first?

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by femi4: 6:39am On Oct 01, 2018
Where is Oct 1st

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by femi4: 6:40am On Oct 01, 2018
haibe:
did it celebrate Nigeria? Or just told the story?
Did you watch the movie... I doubt!

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Re: Independence Day: 5 Nollywood Movies That Celebrate Nigeria by apesinola001(m): 6:43am On Oct 01, 2018
God bless NIGERIA Happy independence day

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