This year, outside of the cinema halls, we’ve been treated to a number of Nollywood web series and short films. While the big screen still remains the holy grail, the ease of access these alternative mediums offer us keeps us wanting more.
With that said, here are our picks for 2018’s must-see Nollywood web series and short films.
P.S. For our 2017 Nollywood web series & short films picks, click here.
Las Gidi Vice.
The short film, directed by Udoka Oyeka, follows a playboy’s fun night out as it turns adventurous when he meets a girl he’ll never forget. After a couple years of planning, a girl finally gets to get revenge on the guy who ruined her life.
Director: Udoka Oyeka
Cast: Theresa Edem, Hauwa Allahbura, Bucci Franklin, Tunji Ogunkeye
The Mens Club [Season 1]
A story about love, betrayal, and friendship. Revolving around 4 male characters, their partners and the ordeals that men deal with daily in modern society.
Director: Tola Odunsi
Cast: Ayoola Ayolola, Etim Effiong, Efa Iwara, Sharon Ooja Egwurube, Baaj Adebule, Grace Ajilore, Enado Odigie, Dineo Mofammere, Mimi Chaka, Segilola Ogidan and Nengi Adoki.
Tolu tells the story of a young girl, who lives with her family in a small fishing community in Nigeria. In order to prove herself valuable to the community and break the gender stereotype, she embarks on a journey that defies gender roles by herself.
Director: Nadine Ibrahim
Cast: Wale Ojo, Somkele Iyamah, Halimat Olarewaju, Karibi Fubara.
Loop Count is an innovative short film that explores the turbulent mind of an unfaithful wife. The 5-minute short follows her mental plight. We are dragged into her troubled state of mind as we listen to her describe her troubles to a friend in a loop.
Director: Mike Gouken Omonua
Cast: Mena Sodje, Paul Utomi, Okechi Enyi, Raymonda Adebule.
Skinny Girl In Transit [Season 5]
Follow the struggles of Tiwa, a plus-sized young girl living in Lagos, dealing with the pressures of wanting to be in a relationship and to be successful. Skinny Girl In Transit returned to NdaniTV for a fifth season on November 9, 2018.
Director: Bunmi Ajakaiye
Cast: Abimbola Craig, Ayoola Ayolola, Ngozi Nwosu, Sharon Ooja, Timini Egbuson, Beverly Naya, Ayo Adesanya, Nick Mutuma, Sophie Alakija.
Shuga [Season 6]
The sixth series of Shuga returned to Nigeria and premiered on March 7, 2018. Set against the backdrop of a bustling Lagos metropolis, where we see the northern and southern communities blended together. In this new season, we meet a host of new characters dealing with coming of age drama. Friendships are tested, relationships reach risky heights, and secrets threaten to break family ties.
Director: Tolulope Ajayi, Tope Oshin and Ishaya Bako
Cast: Timini Egbusun, Olumide Owuru, Jemima Osunde, Sharon Ezeamaka, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Abayomi Alvin, Helena Nelson, Bolanle Olukanni, Norbert Young, Rahama Sadau, Amal Umar, Ladani Sulaimon, Ozzy Agu, Shawn Faqua, Yakubu Mohammed.
Rumour Has It [Season 2]
Rumour Has It Season 2 is centered around Dolapo, a young and successful CEO who has the life every young woman her age could ever dream of. However, things take a dramatic turn after a series of bad decisions threaten to destroy her life as she knows it.
Cast: Linda Ihuoma Ejiofor, Efa Iwara, Jemima Osunde, Elozonam Ogbolu, Mawuli Gavor.
Mo tells the story of Moremi, a teenage girl who became a sex-slave for her aunt, Madam Kofo, a religious adept procuress. Remi has no choice but to become a pro in the business of harlotry. However, she still seeks her redemption.
Director: Damilola E. Orimogunje
Cast: Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Nkem Marchie, Judith Audu, Gregory Ojefua, Paul Utomi, Olamide Orimogunje.