It’s official! The 10 best movies of 2011
Story by Wilfred Okiche
Click for Full Image Size Compiling the ten best films of the year is not as easy as this list reads. It’s just ten films right, how hard could it be? It can be hard work depending on what kind of movie year it was. The year might have been rife with great movies that it makes it almost impossible picking out ten to call the very best. Or the year might have been choked up with terrible movies that you’d have to examine through a microscope to pick out the good ones.

While this year had quite a number of films playing to packed cinema houses (always a good sign for the industry),we soon realised that a film scoring a great cinema opening does not particularly guarantee great viewing.

We pick out five of the year’s best films and another five worthy of note. Hoping the New Year will be better.

5)Aramotu

Scored big at the Africa Movie Academy Awards where it emerged the best Nigerian film. Aramotu is part history, part fiction and part myth – it tells the story of a young woman who has to pay the ultimate price for being far ahead of her time. Newcomer, Idiat Shobande in the titular lead proves that with the right direction, even green horns can take on complicated roles and shine.

4)Mirror Boy

Obi Emelonye’s Pan-African adventure about love, redemption, and self-discovery features a cast headed by Africa’s sweetheart, Genevieve Nnaji and was set in Gambia. An unusual and unpredictable story, Mirror Boy goes to areas uncharted by Nollywood films and the producer’s effort deserves acknowledgement.

3) Two Brides and a Baby­

Teco Benson directs Stella Damasus, O.C Ukeje and Kiera Howatch in this story of love, revenge and forgiveness. While the movie is quite short on laughs, it is a shinning example of how much can be gotten out of little when proper attention to technical detail is paid.

2) The Return of Jenifa

We may have given this film an apathetic review upon release earlier in the year but it has emerged the feel good movie of the year, thanks to Funke Akindele’s winning performance as the foolish but lovable heroine, Jenifa. The laughs come fast and hard and it will take the most stoic of viewers to resist the pitch perfect comic timing of Akindele. If there was a funnier movie released this year, we must have missed it.

1) Tango with me

The happiest day for a young couple is turned into a nightmare when they are attacked by armed robbers and the virginal bride is raped. Where do we start from? The acting? Genevieve Nnaji sizzles through every scene and Joseph Benjamin keeps up with her at every turn. Tina Mba plays a formidable boss and Bimbo Manuel’s role as marriage counselor is faultless. The screenplay is divine and the lights, sound, picture were just as good as it gets. Add in Mahmood Ali Balogun’s thoughtful directing to the mix and the end result is, put simply, the best film of the year. Mature and thought-provoking, if you missed it, you are on a long thing.

They could have been contenders…

Kiss & Tell- From Emem Isong’s Royal Arts Academy comes a romantic comedy that was quite funny but not very well made. More attention to detail and it would have landed atop our lists. But for now, we’ll just let it simmer here.

Mr and Mrs- The fabulous Nse-Ikpe Etim and the ultra smooth Joseph Benjamin lock horns in this little- seen but delightful romp. It could have been so much more though.

Ghetto Dreamz- The end result might have been a disappointing mess but at least their hearts were in the right places so we’ll give them an ‘A’ for effort. For every disastrous casting decision like Doris Simeon, the producers made up with a Rachel Oniga or Gabriel Afolayan.

Memories of my heart- Stars Ini Edo, Ramsey Nouah, Nse- Ikpe Etim and Monalisa Chinda. If you’re not sold yet, then you probably never will be.

Sinking Sands- Technically, this is a Ghanian film but our Yemi Blaq co-stars so we’ll just claim it. A psychological drama that stars Jimmy jean Louis and current AMAA best actress winner, Ama k. Abebrese. Powerful!

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DNT AGREE
Seyigurl | 12/23/2011 12:30:59 AM
I agree wid the tango with me and the return of jenifa but the latter three are a total package of r*****h.
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Na lie
Lalaland | 12/23/2011 3:40:34 AM |
What the fhuck?!?! ALL the plays that genefhuckingve acted ALL FLOPPED!!!! None of them should be on any list!! Talentless overhyped stone genefhuckingve is!! Nonsense!!!
Lalaland
"O" | 12/23/2011 2:08:35 PM |
Tough to digest, isn't it? If the finding continues to be choking you, stop reading about her, now stop winging.
NFC
anna | 12/23/2011 4:43:32 AM |
ha NFC.it's now i knw dat this nfc is s****d.The return of jenifa is meant to be number one,dat movie was and is still the highest grossing nigerian movie.Funke akindele put all her best into dat movie,for me dat movie is number one.
Lala nd anna
Seyigurl | 12/23/2011 12:02:17 PM |
Tango with me was reali a gud movie mayb bcos of d indispensible role of joseph benjamin in d movie and d return of jenifa was extremely ok. The other yoruba movies dat are far beta than oda movies in d list aint dere. May God help 9ja.
anna
"O" | 12/23/2011 2:12:58 PM |
I didn't watch any of the selected but don't you think that maybe, Funke's best wasn't good enough?
I'm very pleased wif d GHETTO DREAMZ u added 2 it......
Diamast(hafees) | 12/23/2011 1:20:54 AM
U really tried 4 d selection,yap i fink dey all worth it,,10x 2 ya,,,GOOD JOB......
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NOT CERTAINLY.
PURPLE FROM GHANA. | 12/23/2011 1:39:59 AM
Sinking sands, Mirror boy,Mr and Mrs is certainly a good movie but how can anyone think of a bad and fake movie as memories of the heart, to be a good movie?Too bad.
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best movies
femi | 12/23/2011 5:33:51 AM
Why only english titled movies? What a narrow perspective.
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nonsense
haute | 12/23/2011 6:18:15 AM
It's funny how nigerians do their things.In america their board of trustees delibrate on which movies are d best in 2011,nollywood board of trustees are meant to do dat when dey are busy fighting for who will be d chairman of AGN and not sumone dat will wake up one morning and list r*****h,sumone frm genny's PR.Where are the yoruba movies dat are even more reasonable dan dese so called english movies.
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Learn...
Lind@ist | 12/23/2011 7:10:04 AM
Hope dat Genny woman never jazzz dis people.... When'll u guyz learn 2 fix fins,
work on proportn plss!
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funke
hapiiiiiii | 12/23/2011 7:18:12 AM
funke is a real actress.i love her return of jenifa.
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haute
nky | 12/23/2011 8:57:01 AM
Well is nt American, tht d way naija do deir tin? Most dey folo wht American does al time, pls go nd sit down
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best movies
jenny | 12/23/2011 11:33:53 AM
9c 1
u guys tried
if u think u no beta dan dem
pls apply 4 d positio,so dat w wil see ur f**kup
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Is it just nollywood movies
Anita | 12/23/2011 1:04:34 PM
Is it only nigerian movies or 10 best movies from Africa
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SHUT UP, NAIJA FILMS
Kevin | 12/23/2011 3:34:03 PM
This website is Nigeria films.com remember?The upper 5 selection were well thought out except for aramotu. I saw the other 4 movies in the cinema, and indeed like the reviewer/researcher mentioned, TECO BENSON unleashed his directing skills in the movie Two brides and a Baby. The camera movements, the blockings, the interpretation, lighting, cinematography to mention a few were outstanding. We call him the action man, but he has shown his dexterity. If films like KISS AND TELL had hired him, they would have turned out great.
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hmm gud but
chris | 12/24/2011 10:30:01 AM
where the hell is PRIVATE STORM?
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Good 2 go
Tinux | 1/2/2012 4:55:48 AM
All in d award list 4 d yr ar simply perfect.
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LALALAND WHAT A SLUT!!!!
vanessa | 1/15/2012 10:00:02 AM
LALALAND FOR U SAFETY U BETTER REMOVE ALL s**t U WROTE ABOUT GENEVIEVE OK? U s****d SLUT f*****g b***h!
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FINAL JUGEMNT!
segzy | 1/31/2012 12:49:33 AM
well @ u all who dnt no d caterial used in rating movie,my advice 2 u is dat next tme u all shuld ask 4 d rating methd instead of opening ur stiky mouth 2 critizes d jugdemnt!
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Appreciation and Critical
Sandy L | 2/28/2012 5:31:10 PM
Hello,

I am Nigerian, I haven't seen a lot of Nigerian Movies so I found this list.
I have a question? why does being dismissive and critical stand as a way of making it better? Compared to when Nollywood started, there has been tremendous improvements.
However if someone wants to watch a movie, say a foreigner, it doesn't really help that ALL the movies were very negatively critiqued and the title of the list is "BEST movies."

Just as time was taken to compile this list, time is also taken to read your lists.
Negative words DONT BUILD YOUR COUNTRY!

That's the real difference between other nations and US.

The MOST PROSPEROUS NATION especially the older ones - know this secret.
Thank you for Reading.

GOD BLESS NIGERIA AND EVERYTHING WE DO!
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