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The History of Nigerian Cinema from 1961 to the Present Day

     
     
  1961  
     
   

Segun Olusola’s short film My Father’s Burden is released. [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1962  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

The Ancestors (Andre Libik) [MORE] [ADD]

     
   

Le Bague du roi Koda (Moustapha Alassane) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1966  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Le Retour d'un aventurier (Return of an Adventurer) (Mustafa Alassane) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1969  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Bon Voyage, Sim! (Mustafa Alassane) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1970  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Son of Africa (Segun Olusola) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1971  
 
    Kongis Harvest, directed by American actor Ossie Davis, is released.   The film is the first from producer Francis Oladeles Calpenny Ltd production company. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1972  
     
    – The government’s Indigenisation Decree, seeking to return ownership of the country’s 300-odd cinemas from foreign proprietors to Nigerians, comes into force.  [MORE] [ADD]
   
   
   
  1975  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Amadi (Ola Balogun)  [MORE] [ADD] 

   

 

   

Dinner With the Devil (Sania Dosunmu, Wole Amele)  [MORE] [ADD] 

     
     
     
  1976  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Ajani Ogun (Ola Balogun) [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Babatu (Jean Rouch) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1977  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Bisi, Daughter of the River (Jab Adu, Ladi Ladebo) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1978  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

The Boy is Good (Eddie Ugbomah) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1980  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Aiye (Ola Balogun) [MORE] [ADD}

     
     
     
  1981  
     
   

Films of Note

     
    Cry Freedom! (Ola Balogun) [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1982  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Boulos 80 (Eddie Ugbomah) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1983  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Aare Agbaye (Moses Olaya Adejumo, Oyewole Olowomojuore) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1984  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Money Power (Ola Balogun) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1992  
     
   

– The release of Chris Obi Rapu’s Living in Bondage marks the beginning of Nigeria’s video movie industry.  [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

– Nigeria holds its first National Film Festival [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1994  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Glamour Girls (Kenneth Nnebue) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1997  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Back to Life (Chico Ejiro, Mike Nliam) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1999  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Aba Riot (Chico Ejiro) [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Benita (Tony Muonagor) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2002  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Battle Line (Ifeanyi Ikpoenyi)  [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Blind Justice (Ehime Akhaile)  [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Blue Sea (Chico Ejiro)  [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Born 2 Suffer (Teco Benson)  [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Boya lemo (Oluwole Adedeji)  [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2003  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

2 Rats (Andy Chukwu) [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Osuofia in London (Kingsley Ogoro) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2009  
     
  3/9 -

Nigerians voice their indignation at the manner in which they are portrayed in Neill Blomkamp’s District 9.   In the film, Nigerian immigrants, most of whom are gangsters, prostitutes or witch doctors – are seen eating flesh and engaging in sex with alien creatures. [MORE] [ADD]

     
  21/9 -

The Nigerian Information Minister orders the Film and Video Censors' Board to ask all cinemas to stop showing Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 because of the way in which Nigerians are portrayed in the film. [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2010  
     
  10/4 -

Shirley Frimpong Manso’s Perfect Picture wins the Best Picture award at the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria’s Bayelsa State.   Best Actor goes to Ramsay Noah for his performance in Figurine. [MORE]

     
  27/9 -

Kate Henshaw-Nuttall tops a list of the highest-earning Nollywood divas.   Her wealth is estimated at N67 million (approx £274,000). [MORE]

     
     
     
  2011  
     
  26/3 -

Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s Viva Riva! wins six awards at the Seventh Annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) at the Gloryland Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. [MORE]

     
     
     
  2012  
     
  22/4 - Charlie Vundia's heist movie How to Steal 2 Million wins a total of five awards, including Best Film and Best Director at the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards. [ADD]
     
     
     
     

 

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