Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Top 5 Film Locations in Nigerian Movies
There are not yet any walking tours dedicated to Nigeria’s popular films, so we asked Nollywood expert Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi – editor of popular blog Talk Of The Town By Orikinla (totnaija.blogspot.com.ng) and the industry annual the Nollywood Mirror – to pick his favourite movie locations in Nigeria…
Osun River, Osun Oshogbo Grove,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Osun State of South Western Nigeria
As seen in: Arugba, Tunde Kelani’s 2008 movie about a king of an imaginary town who fights corruption. The Osun river and the annual Osun Osogbo festival that takes place near it, is central to the plot.
and the home of Omo n’Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi in Calabar
As seen in: Invasion 1897, the epic 2014 film By Lancelot Imasuen about an African Art student who recounts the British invasion of Benin in 1897, and exile of great King Oba Ovonramwen.
Iyo Kiri, Okoroama, Ogbogo
in Okrika Kingdom of Rivers State in the Niger Delta
As seen in: Gifted, the 2015 directorial debut by Ibinabo Fiberesima-Egbuka.
The fantasy adventure shot on locations in Iyo Kiri, Okoroma and Ogbogbo in her home town of Okrika, kingdom of the Niger Delta of Nigeria. The Irish-Nigerian director is the first female president of the Actors’ Guild Of Nigeria.
Toro, in Bauchi State
As seen in: Mister Johnson, this 1990 American drama film adaptation of a 1939 novel by Joyce Cary, starring Pierce Brosnan as a British colonial officer alongside Nigerian star Maynard Eziashi. Bauchi State was also the location of Palaver, the first feature film made in Nigeria in 1926 by Geoffrey Barkas.
Qua Falls in Calabar, Cross River State
As seen in: I’ll Take My Chances, a dance romance made in 2011 by director Desmond Elliot, about a troubled young woman who must take the position of priestess of the land, or allow calamity to befall her village.