What Is IrokoTV.com? Simple answer: Africa’s Netflix.
Jason Njoku, the CEO of Iroko partners was inspired by the popularity of Nollywood movies in the diaspora. The movies were popular all right, but they were nowhere to be found online. He had to drive all over town to be able to buy them for his mother. I invited you to read about Jason here (http://www.jason.com.ng).
Today, IROKOTV is the world’s largest, legal online distributor of Nollywood films, with a library of over 5,000 movies. That’s where I come in. 5000 movies and that number keeps increasing daily. What to see and what not to? Ghanaian movies? Nigerian movies? Yoruba movies?
Here is my selection of 10 must-see movies:
Note that movies are in no particular order
Jimah and Pabi are a match made in heaven until a domestic accident turns their loving marriage into one of violence and abuse. Time to make decisions is here. Pabi, the woman at the center of the controversy must choose between love and life, companionship and independence. What will she choose? What will you choose? Jimmy Jean Louis, Ama K Abebrese, Yemi Blaq. Directed by Leila Djansi. Drama genre.
Adobea, Buki and Theresa are three women from different walks of life bound together by a similar pain; the loss of a child. In a destined meeting in a small village in Kroboland, the women journey together to redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they renovate a dilapidated clinic for the villager. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Kimberly Elise, Ama K Abebrese. Directed by Leila Djansi. Family genre.
A bloodthirsty military leader establishes a new regime in Kimbala, overthrowing the President and assuming position as of Head of State. A brave journalist heads on a mission to expose injustice there, under the guise of being a Reverend visiting on religious pilgrimage. Majid Michel, Amanobia Opoku Boakyi, Martha Ankomah. Directed by Frank Rajah Arase. Family Genre.
A handsome brand executive makes a daring bet with his business partner that he can bed a gorgeous but highly independent divorcee in just two weeks, the forfeit being that the loser gives the winner-controlling share of the company. Joseph Benjamin, Desmond Elliot, Monalisa Chinda. Directed by Desmond Elliot. Family genre.
(Yoruba movie with English subtitles)
A razz village girl who has never left her community is plunged into a sophisticated new world when she goes to university in Lagos. She quickly learns that she must fight to earn respect and become popular. Funke Akindele, Ronke Odusanya, Mosunmola Filani. Directed by Muhydeen .S. Ayinde. Drama genre. Yoruba language.
The son of a poverty stricken teenage orphan resorts to a life of crime to support his mother. As an adult he is initiated into an organised crime gang called the hunters and trained to exceed the ruthlessness that is already instilled in him. Jackie Appiah, Adjetey Anang, Bellinda Effah, Kofi Adjorlolo, Ekow Blankson, Gavivina Tamakloe. Action Genre.
Three recently married female friends, all with challenges within their marriages embark on a journey to discover what it is that it takes to make a marriage succeed. Yvonne Nelson, Chris Attoh, Nadia Buari. Directed by Pascal Amanfo. Drama Genre.
An engaged man goes on a two-week trip to Gambia, to source the perfect honeymoon location. His fiancée is left behind in Ghana and he unexpectedly falls in love with a Gambian tour guide. Majid Michel, Jackie Appiah, J.J Bunny. Directed by Frank Rajah Arase. Drama Genre.
A belligerent village girl, who fights with the ferocity of a man sees her life transformed when she dares to challenge the prince of the land. Mercy Johnson, Ramsey Nouah, Enebeli Elebuwa. Directed by Ifeanyi Ogbonna. Mercy Johnson, Chika Ike, Enebeli Elebuwa. Drama genre
A prince and princess from different kingdoms leave the comfort of their royal homes in search of life partners in faraway cities. They happen to coincidentally run into each other. Van Vicker, Mercy Johnson, Charles Anwurum. Directed by Ugezu J. Ugezu. Traditional genre.