Five Nollywood Films to Look Out in 2023

Article published by This Day (2023), The release of several Nollywood films in 2022 propelled the film industry forward. With some deviating from the traditional cinema route. From a more authentic portrayal of Nigerian stories to collaborations with major streaming platforms. The industry had several films that reaffirmed its global position. However, movies are expected to reach such heights by 2023. Therefore, showbiz has compiled a list of five Nollywood films that viewers should look out in 2023.

Moreover, Nollywood is a hugely popular form of entertainment in Nigeria, and it’s gaining traction around the world. It has grown from humble beginnings in 1990s Nigeria to its current status as an international cultural phenomenon. Serving as a beacon of diversity, creativity, and expression for millions of people around the world. 

Many Nollywood moviegoers and Regina Askia fans have been anticipating the movie. It was announced that the talented actress, who dominated the industry for years, would make her comeback in the new movie after 20 years hiatus. The movie was shot in the US. The actress portrays Olivia, Desmond’s wife (played by Ramsey Noah). Firstly, the plot revolves around lust, betrayal, and love. Secondly, The eagerly anticipated film was made by US-based director Wole Ogundare and stars well-known Nigerian actors like Nkechi Blessing Sunday and Seun Sesan Jimoh. Lekan Ogunjobi, the CEO of Siderz Entertainment, is the executive producer. Also, Hollywood celebrities will appear in the high-budget film. Latoya Ward from the United States and Atandwa Kani, who played King Tchaka in the Black Panther film. Finally, the film is expected to be released this year and may have a Netflix deal, jam-packed with steamy scenes.


Dead Serious, according to film director Moses Inwang, preaches against suicide and suicidal ideas. After losing the love of his life just a few days before their wedding, the young man in the story makes several unsuccessful attempts to end his life. It is a romantic comedy; however, despite being a comedy, it is themed around the serious subject of suicide. Finally, actors and comedians like Nkem Owoh, Deyemi Okanlawon, Sharon Ooja, Mr. Funny, and Nasboi are present in the film.

Dead Serious

The film boasts a stellar cast that includes, among others, Gabriel Afolayn, Kehinde Bankole, Zack Orji, Norbert Young, Kalu Ikeagwu, Debo Adebayo (Mr. Macaroni), Rotimi Salami, Omowunmi Dada, Chinyere Wilfred, Hafeez Oyetoro, and Adeniyi Johnson. Lugard, from the studio of 3 Knights Film in collaboration with B5Films and Monomania Entertainment, examines the need to inform children about the risks associated with joining fraternities in universities. Moreover, the film tells the tale of a bright freshman who, because of his intimidating intellect in a university, was initiated into a cult. The titular Lugard is being sought after for his first assignment, which resulted in the death of a rival confraternity leader.


The Trade is a gripping crime drama about kidnapping for ransom in Nigeria that was inspired by actual events. It tells the tale of Dike Maduka, aka Eric, a notorious genius billionaire kidnapper who has eluded capture for twenty years, and the high-stakes investigation into his activities led by fast-rising police officer and head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Superintendant Khalid Abubakar. Meanwhile, The Trade was written by award-winning screenwriter Yinka Ogun and produced by Foresight Global Films. Furthermore, Chiwetalu Agu, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Rita Dominic, Kelechi Udegbe, Gideon Okeke, Gregory Ojefua, Charles Inojie, Ali Nuhu, Denola Grey, Stan Nze, Waje, and Shawn Faqua are among the actors who appear in the Jade Osiberu-directed film. 

The Trade

Obaloba, Gift, and Panama are three friends who grow up in the busy streets and neighborhood of Isale Eko, Lagos. Their story is the focus of the high-stakes, gritty, and hard-hitting action crime-thriller Gang of Lagos. Moreover, the characters in the film are based on real people. Tobi Bakare, Chioma Chukwuka, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Iyabo Ojo, musician Chike, Zlatan Ibile, as well as co-producers Jade Osiberu, Kemi Lala Akindoju, and Akin Omotosho, will all appear in the film. Hence, the Jade Osiberu-directed movie has a home on Amazon Prime Video and is slated to be the first locally produced movie ever to air on the service.

Gang of Lagos


We hope you enjoy the list and are inspired to become involved in the Nigerian film industry.

We’d love to hear from you if you’re a fan of Nigerian cinema! Leave a comment below with your favorite Nollywood film or the film you’re most excited to see next year.