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Nigeria's Past on Screen: 5 Must-See Historical Movies

Nigeria has a rich history, and there are several historical Nigerian movies that provide a glimpse into the country's past.

Here are five historical Nigerian movies worth watching:

1. "October 1" (2014): Directed by Kunle Afolayan, this movie is set in 1960, just before Nigeria gained independence from British colonial rule. It follows a detective's investigation of a series of murders in a remote town.

2. "76" (2016): This film is set against the backdrop of the 1976 military coup in Nigeria. It tells the story of a soldier and his wife, highlighting the challenges faced by military families during a period of political upheaval.

3. "Half of a Yellow Sun" (2013): Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, this movie is set during the Nigerian Civil War (Biafra War) of the late 1960s. It follows the lives of two sisters and their experiences during the conflict.

4. "Dazzling Mirage" (2014): Directed by Tunde Kelani, this film explores the life of a young woman with sickle cell anemia in the 1980s. It sheds light on the medical challenges and societal stigmatization faced by individuals with the condition.

5. "The Lost Okoroshi" (2019): While not a historical film in the traditional sense, it offers a unique blend of contemporary and historical elements. It follows a security guard who undergoes a transformation into a masquerade (Okoroshi) and explores themes of tradition and identity in modern Nigeria.

These historical Nigerian movies provide both entertainment and insight into different periods of Nigeria's history, from pre-independence to more recent events. They offer a chance to learn about the country's past and the challenges faced by its people.


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