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Handpicked by June Givanni, here is an amalgam of earthy Nigerian films stretching from mytho to thriller to romcoms!
June Givanni - is a champion curator of African cinema. She has worked with the British Film Institute, edited books on Black Cinema and also worked as a programmer with the Toronto Film Festival
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Aramatou

Nigeria/119min/2011
Direction:Niji Akanni
A fictitious myth-like tale set in the tradition-bound Yorubaland of 1909. It tells the story of Aramotu, a wealthy female trader, who dares to stretch
the conventional boundaries.

Confusion Na Wa

Nigeria/105min/2013
Direction: Kenneth Gyang
The film tells a story of lust, infidelity, friendship, revenge, heartbreak and confusion. It takes place over the course of 24-hours in a culturally diverse Nigerian city.

Figurene

Nigeria/120min/2010
Direction: Kunle Afolayan
While serving at a National Youth Service Corps camp, two friends find a mystical sculpture in an abandoned shrine in the forest, and one of them decides to take it home. What follows him, is seven years of boon, seven years of bane.

Heroes & Zeroes

Nigeria/98min/2013
Direction: Niji Akanni
For Amos, his only obsession in life is Tonia, an actress. He will go to any extent to have her.

Mother of George

USA/107min/2013
Direction: Andrew Dosunmu
Adenike is uanble to conceive. Taking advice from an aunt she secretly conceives a child in a way which many in their society might consider ‘unthinkable’.

Phone Swap

Nigeria/110min/2012
Direction: Kunle Afolayan
In this beautiful romcom, the protagonists Akin and Mary are working in the same city. They accidentally bump into each other for the first time at the airport and mistakenly swap their identical Blackberry phones and step into each others shoes for a while.

Thunderbolt

Nigeria/110min/2010
Direction: Tunte Kelani
A plot-led drama which has at its base the moral of national unity—the important unfinished business for Nigeria in the aftermath of the brutal Civil War of the 1960s.
   
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