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  • Updated: December 13, 2022

2023 Elections: Ten Political Nollywood Movies To Watch

Nollywood political movies are a great avenue to promote the political reality of our beloved country. These movies depict both the negative and positive part of the Nigerian political scene. 

The political landscape of Nigeria is being closely watched as the elections of 2023 approach, and citizens are being educated about the political background and current conditions of the nation to help them elect the best leaders.

Movies that reflect the nation's various political experiences have been produced by the Nollywood movie industry. 

Below are 10 movies about Nigeria's political history that every Nigerian passionate about Nigeria should watch prior to the upcoming 2023 presidential election. 

1. Love Is War

The conflict in the film is between a husband and wife who both receive nominations from the two major parties in the country to run for governor and must decide how to maintain their marriage in the face of looming chaos.Omoni Oboli and Chinaza Onuzo's 2019 political drama co-stars Richard Mofe-Damijo and Jide Kosoko and is available on. Netflix.


2. 4Th Republic

Directed by Ishaka Bako, this film tells the tale of Ikechukwu Obiano, a young, idealistic deputy campaign manager for businesswoman Mabel King, who is running against current Governor Idris Sani to become the nation's first elected female governor.

The film, which was co-produced by Amateur Heads and Griot Studios, features Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Enyinna Nwigwe, Sani Muazu, Ihuoma Linda Ejiofor, Bimbo Manuel, Yakubu Muhammed, Sifon Oko, Jide Attah, and Preach Bassey.

The movie debuted on Netflix on April 12, 2019. 


3. If I Am President

'If I Am President,' written and directed by Bright Wonder Obasi, follows the journey of a young, middle-class Nigerian man as he runs and campaigns for the highest office in the land.

Alongside his family and campaign team, he faces attempted assassinations, false accusations, smear campaigns and systemic disenfranchisement.

Ayoola Ayolola, Joke Silva, Rahama Sadau, Bimbo Manuel, Ivie Okujaye, Bryan Okwara, Ayo Emmanuel, Bimbo Manuel, Victor Decker, and Osas Iyamu star in the 2018 film, which was produced by High Definition Film Studios.


4. Your Excellency

The film, directed by Funke Akindele, is about a wealthy businessman and failed presidential candidate who is obsessed with running for Nigeria's highest office, the presidency.

In his last election, however, the tides turn in his favour, and a social media smear campaign propels him to the presidency.

EbonyLife Films produced the film which stars Akin Lewis, Funke Akindele, Shaffy Bello, and Eku Edewor.

It has a box office gross of over N186 million and is available on Netflix.


5.  King Of Boys

Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist whose rising political stature is called into question by her underworld connections, is the subject of this crime and political thriller.

To defeat her foes and overcome obstacles, she must deal with grief, violence, exploitation, crime, and vengeance.

The Netflix original film had its initial release in 2018. It is one of the most successful movies in Nigeria's recent box office history.

Sola Sobowale, Toni Tones, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Akin Lewis are among the actors who appear in Kemi Adetiba's film.

6. October 1

The film, which was released in 2014, is about Nigeria's independence from the British in 1960.

It tells the story of a fictional Nigerian police detective assigned to investigate the murders of women in a rural community.

The detective is expected to solve the case before Nigeria's flag is raised on October 1, 1960, the country's independence day.

Sadiq Daba, Kayode Olaiya, David Bailie, Kehinde Bankole, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Nick Rhys, Kunle Afolayan, Femi Adebayo, Bimbo Manuel, Ibrahim Chatta, Demola Adedoyin, and Deola Sagoe star in the film, which was written by Tunde Babalola and directed by Kunle Afolayan.


7. Code Wilo

'Code Wilo' is produced by Hauwa Allahbura and directed by Mike-Steve Adeleye and tells the tale of a political godfather who nominates his daughter for governor.

On the day of the announcement, she ends up being abducted, and she has a rude awakening when she realizes that she must fight for more than just the chance to save her people.

Directed by Mike Steve and made by Cut24 Production, it stars Zack Orji, Eucharia Anunobi, Yaw Comedian, Uzo Arukwe, and Gabriel Afolayan.


8. Saworoide

This classic Yoruba film explores how autocracy was encouraged in Nigeria under military rule.

The film, which was released in 1999 and was directed by the renowned director Tunde Kelani, shows corruption, exploitation, violence, betrayals, and other flaws in Nigeria's political system.

Veteran actors like Kunle Afolayan, Lere Primo, Kola Oyewo, Ayantunji Amoo, Kabirat Kafidipe, Larinde Akinleye, and Bukky Wright also appear in the film. Even today, it remains a fantastic watch.


9. 76

The political thriller, which Izu Ojukwu directed, tells the story of a pregnant wife who supports her husband in his efforts to clear his name after being implicated in the failed coup of 1976.

Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic, and Ibinabo Fiberesima star in the 2016 film.

The film, which was made by Adonis Productions and Princewill's Trust, won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Nigerian Film. 


10. New Patriots

Dr Rotimi Adelola, a former SSG of the Ondo State government, produced this political action drama, which was released in 2021.

The film captures the mood of the country during these turbulent times of insecurity and secessionist agitation.

The film, set in a fictional state called the Republic of Aruguna, exposes a dark, corrupt political reality of bad leadership.

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