The 10 Best African Movies of The Decade

We lived in an era where Africa movies showcased a lot different culture and identity in movies. Talk of an African village setting which always depicts the inner deeper societal images of our various African communities, especially with the Nigerian and Ghanaian movies.

Mostly these two industries will portray love and romantic plots and even mainly Juju(Voodoo) plots which many natives loved.

Now African movies has evolved and grown into a bigger industry where native culture have been fused with western and modern culture which has gained the industry a higher international recognition.

And in this era, between 2009 to present 2019, has witnessed a revamped industry where old and new professionals are pulling out all the spots in making the industries and films gained international standards.

Most of the these movies have set standards and broken records and had a greater impacts on the current and rising industry. Why we would want to acknowledge and recognise the hardworks of these movies and stakeholder.

Our rankings are based awards and recognitions, impact, shelf life and imdb ratings.

These are the 10 Best African Movies of the Decade:

10. The Wedding Party 2016

Director: Kemi Adetiba

Cast: Adesua Etomi, Banky Wellington, Richard Mofe Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Iretiola Doyle, Alibaba Akporobome, Zainab Balogun, Enyinna Nwigwe, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, Beverly Naya, Daniella Down, Afeez Oyetoro, Ikechukwu Onunaku, AY Makun, Emmanuel Edunjobi, Kunle Idowu

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: City People Movie Award for Best Movie of the Year (2017), Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Picture (2017)

The Wedding Party is a 2016 Nigerian romantic comedy drama film directed by Kemi Adetiba. It premiered on 8 September 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and on 26 November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. The film was released worldwide on 16 December 2016, and became the highest grossing Nigerian film; a record which was broken in 2017 by its sequel The Wedding Party 2. The film takes place during the day and evening of the wedding between Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi), a 24-year-old art gallery owner who is the only daughter of Bamidele and Tinuade Coker, and the IT entrepreneur Dozie Onwuka (Banky Wellington) who comes from a very wealthy family. His mother, Obianuju Onwuka, considers her son to be marrying beneath himself. During the morning before the wedding, the wedding party is prepared and the stressed wedding planner Wonu is trying to make everything perfect for her rich clients. Meanwhile, the bride’s parents and female relatives are upset by the omission of Tinuade Coker’s name in the announcement in the paper, and the groom’s parents share an uncomfortable breakfast while the mother talks disparagingly about the Coker family to her friends and is very cold towards her husband, Chief Felix Onwuka. Dunni is taunted by her female friends about her lack of sexual experience, and Dozie’s male friends tease him about the previous night’s bachelor party. The best man has been in an accident after the bachelor party, and the irresponsible Sola is chosen as his replacement.

9. Burial Of Kojo 2018

Director: Blitz Bazawule

Cast: Cynthia Dankwa as Esi, Ama K. Abebrese, Joseph Otsiman, Mamley Djangmah, Kobina Amissah-Sam, Henry Adofo, Joyce Anima Misa Amoah, Brian Angels, Joe Addo, Emmanuel Nettey, Edward Dankwa, Zalfa Odonkor as Adwoa

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: Urbanworld Film Festival Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema) (2018), Luxor African Film Festival Best Narrative Feature (2019)

The Burial of Kojo is a 2018 drama film set in Ghana, written and directed by Blitz Bazawule. Filmed entirely in Ghana on a micro-budget, with local crew and several first-time actors, the film tells the story of Kojo (Joseph Otsiman), who is left to die in an abandoned gold mine, as his young daughter Esi (newcomer Cynthia Dankwa) travels through a spirit land to save him. The film was produced by Blitz Bazawule Ama Abebrese and Kwaku Obeng Boateng. It had its world premiere in New York on 21 September 2018, at the Urban World Film Festival, where it was recognized as Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema). It is distributed by ARRAY and was released on the popular streaming service Netflix on 31 March 2019, making it the first Ghanaian film to premiere in selected countries worldwide, on Netflix.

8. The Mirror Boy 2011

Director: Obi Emelonye

Cast: Trew Sider, Genevieve Nnaji, Osita Iheme, Edward Kagutuzi, Fatima Jabbe, Emma Fletcher, Peter Halpin – PC Andrews

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: 3 Nominations at AAMA (2011)

The Mirror Boy is a 2011 Nigerian fantasy adventure drama film written and directed by Obi Emelonye, produced by Patrick Campbell and starring Genevieve Nnaji, Osita Iheme and Edward Kagutuzi. The film was shot in England and the Gambia. The film tells the uplifting story of a young teenage African British boy who is taken back to the land of his mother’s birth, but then gets mysteriously lost in a foreboding forest and embarks on a magical journey that teaches him about himself and the mystery of the father he has never seen.

7. Potato Potahto 2017

Director: Shirley Frimpong-Manso

Cast: Joselyn Dumas, Chris Attoh, Adjetey Anang, Nikki Samonas, Victoria Michaels, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Joke Silva, OC Ukeje

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: 

Potato Potahto is a 2017 Ghanaian Nigerian romantic comedy film which tells a story of divorce in West African society and how tricky it is. The film is a co-production by Nigerian companies Ascend Studios, 19 April Entertainment Virgo Sun Ltd and Lufodo Productions and was directed by Ghanaian film maker, Shirley Frimpong-Manso. It chronicles the chaotic events which take place when a divorced couple stay on together in the matrimonial home, each taking on young attractive help of the opposite sex. This divorced couple who decide to continue living together soon realize that this ingenious idea is easier said than done.

6. Ties That Bind 2011

Director: Leila Djansi

Cast: Kimberly Elise, Ama K. Abebrese, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, John Dumelo, Ebbe Bassey, Kofi Adjorlolo, Fiifi Coleman, Eddie Nartey, Khareema Aquiar, Randall Batinkoff, David Dontoh, Dave Harper, Paulina Oduro, Kofi Middleton Mends, Fred Amugi, Okyeame Kwame, Grace Nortey. Angel Etse, Kofi Asamoah, Khareemar Aguiar, Ziggy Nettyson

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: African Movie Academy Awards Best Screenplay (2012)

Ties that Bind is a 2011 drama film shot in Ghana. It received several nominations. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, especially for its acting and directing. Nollywood Reinvented gave it a 79% rating and wrote on the transition of the script “It is one thing to write a story, Any story… anyone can do it… once upon a time… and that is the end of my story. But it’s a whole other ball game to construct a story in which every little detail ties together. A story like this is a story in which the characters need not tell us what to feel, you feel it regardless. The story is really sad, and just when you think it can’t possibly get any sadder. It does! It’s an incredibly easy and quick watch… “.

5. Perfect Picture 2009

Director: Shirley Frimpong-Manso

Cast: Jackie Appiah, Naa Ashorkor, Lydia Forson, Adjetey Annang, Nana Kwame, Chris Attoh, Kwaku Sintim Misah

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: African movie Academy Awards Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director (2010)

In what seems like a perfect life, three beautiful women who are pushing thirty make bold attempts to change their lives even when destiny plays its joke on them. With a marriage that seems almost doomed from the beginning, to an affair with an unlikely candidate and the endless pursuit of love, three friends will learn the harsh lessons of life, the challenges of marriage, the fatality of falling in love and the rewards of having a good laugh in the midst of sorrow. The perfect picture offers a colorful and humorous insight into a world where everything is as perfect as your life and that of your friends. It received a lot commendation and applauds as it went further to gaining massive international recognition. And after 10 years of waiting, a sequel to this captivating piece has been premiered.

4. 30 day In Atlanta 2014

Director: Robert Peters

Cast: Ayo Makun, Ramsey Nouah, Richard Mofe Damijo, Desmond Elliot, Kesse Jabari, Vivica A. Fox, Lynn Whitfield, Karlie Redd, Majid Michel, Omoni Obol, Racheal Oniga, Mercy Johnson, Ada Ameh, Yemi Blaq, Juliet Ibrahim, Ifedayo Olarinde

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: 10 Nominations from Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (2014)

30 Days in Atlanta is a 2014 Nigerian romantic comedy film produced by Ayo Makun and directed by Robert Peters. The film was shot on location in Lagos and Atlanta. It premiered on 31 October 2014, It was declared the highest grossing film of all time in Nigerian cinemas in 2015, although the film was met with mixed to negative critical reception. In the city of Lagos, Warri-based Nigerians, Akpors (Ayo Makun), an impulsive but funny young man and his more reserved, learned cousin, Richard (Ramsey Nouah), an I.T. consultant are invited to a luxurious real estate showcase party sponsored by a businessman and realtor, Dr. Johnson Adetola Briggs (Majid Michel) with his wife (Juliet Ibrahim) in new Lekki Gardens Estate, Lagos. Akpors unexpectedly wins a 30-day prize trip to Atlanta, U. S. A. for a couple in the raffle draw. Akpors decides to go with his cousin on the trip.On arriving Atlanta Airport, they recognize a Nigerian politician and exchange greetings. While going for a walk from their temporary residence, Akpors experiences his first culture shock, an American kid persistently declines her mother’s instruction without being punished for it. They compare the scenario with counterparts back home and Akpors confronts the kid in the presence of her mother who reprimands him afterwards.

3. ’76 2016

Director: Izu Ojukwu

Cast: Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Daniel K. Daniel, Memry Savanhu, Adonai Owiriwa, Pat Nebo, Nelly Ekwereogu, Shuaibu Ebenesi Adams, Debo Oguns

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: African Movie Academy Awards Best Production Design/Best Nigerian Film (2017), Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Actor (2017)

’76, formerly Lions of ’76, is a 2016 Nigerian historical fiction drama film directed by Izu Ojukwu and produced by Adonaijah Owiriwa and Izu Ojukwu. It stars Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic, and Ibinabo Fiberesima. Set six years after the civil war, a young officer from the Middle Belt gets into a romantic relationship with an O-level student from the South-eastern region. However, their relationship is strained by constant military postings. The soldier gets accused of being involved in the unsuccessful 1976 military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed, and the heavily pregnant wife gets entangled in an emotional dilemma. The historical account in ’76 went through a seven-month approval period at the Nigerian Military before filming started. The film, which is set in the 1970s, was shot in Ibadan, Oyo. The film has been in production for about five years.

2. Adams Apples 2011

Director: Shirley Frimpong-Manso

Cast: Anima Misa Amoah, Yvonne Okoro, Joselyn Dumas, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Adjetey Anang, Helene Asante, SoulKnight Jazz, John Dumelo, Jasmine Baroudi, Vincent McCauley, Fred Kanebi, Roselyn Ngissah, Fiifi Coleman, Sesanu Gbadebo

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: 

Adams Apples is a Ghanaian film series, starring Yvonne OkoroJoselyn DumasJohn Dumelo, Naa Ashorkor Mensa-Doku, Anima Misa Amoah, Adjetey Anang, Helene Asante, SoulKnight Jazz, Jasmine Baroudi, Vincent McCauley, Roselyn Ngissah, Fred Kanebi.[1] The series consists of ten drama feature films, known as “chapters”, produced by Ken Attoh and directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso. The film series follows the life of the Adams’ family, which is made up of Doris Adams (Anima Misa Amoah), a widow of an ex-diplomat , and her three daughters; Baaba (Okoro), Jennifer (Dumas) and Kuukua (Mensah-Doku), showing how they deal with their complicated family, love lives, individual secrets, lies and regrets. A spin-off television drama series, with the same title premiered in February 2013, and has since started airing on DStv‘s Africa Magic; the television series is set a year after the tenth chapter of the film series..

1. Isoken 2017

Director: Jadesola Osiberu

Cast: Dakore Akande, Joseph Benjamin, Marc Rhys, Funke Akindele, Lydia Forson, Damilola Adegbite, Tina Mba, Patrick Doyle, Nedu as Chuks, Bolanle Olukanni, Rita Edwards

Awards and Recognitions This Decade: Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Nigerian Film/Best Actress In Lead Role/Best Costume Design (2018), Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Actress (2018)

Isoken is a 2017 romantic comedy written and directed by Jadesola Osiberu (in her directorial debut). The film stars Dakore AkandeJoseph Benjamin, and Marc Rhys.[1][2][3][4]

The film was produced by Tribe85 productions and distributed by Silverbird Distributions in Nigeria and Evrit film in the UK. It premiered in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2017 at the West End’s Cineworld in London and then in Nigeria on 16 June 2017 at the Landmark event center, Victoria Island, Lagos. The movie is one of the creative industry projects under the NollyFund loan scheme supported by the Bank of Industry. Everyone in the Osayande family worries about Isoken. Although she has what appears to have a perfect life – beautiful, successful and surrounded by great family and friends – Isoken is still unmarried at 34 which, in a culture obsessed with marriage, is serious cause for concern. Things come to a head at her youngest sister’s wedding when her overbearing mother thrusts her into an orchestrated matchmaking with the ultimate Edo man, Osaze. Osaze is handsome, successful and from a good family, making him perfect Nigerian husband material. But in an unexpected turn of events, Isoken meets Kevin who she finds herself falling in love with and he just might be what she truly wants in a partner. The only problem is, not only is he not an Edo man, he is Oyinbo (Caucasian). Isoken is a romantic comedy that explores cultural expectations, racial stereotypes and the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic and comedic ways.

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