Omo Ghetto Breaks Box-Office Record

Highest Grossing Nigerian Movie of All Time

By  | Jan 26, 2021, 08:00 PM  | Funke Akindele  | Drama

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Nollywood has a new first- the first movie to gross 468 million Naira and counting in a month. Funke Akindele’s Omo Ghetto reached cinemas on Christmas day of 2020, and it has surpassed former box office record holder- The Wedding Party which grossed 453 million in 2016.

The star released a celebratory video to celebrate the news.

What makes this news interesting is that the movie is making big waves in a period when predictions claimed the entertainment industry would be the worst hit because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Cast and crew who worked on the project shared through their social media handle that the film was shot despite the fear that consumed people around the world, with every member of the team observing COVID-19 protocol.

Funke Akindele owns a production company and is the forerunner of popular Tv series Jenifa’s Diary which is currently in its 21st season. Alongside her husband JJC Skillz, she co-wrote, co-produced and directed the star-studded blockbuster Omo Ghetto: The Saga, as a sequel to the first instalment which was released in 2010.

As is common with celebrity, Funke has been in the middle of controversy a few times, such as when she was allegedly accused of abusing her staff.  She also has been a recipient of social media cancel culture. An incident that readily comes to mind is the violation of the lockdown order due to the Coronavirus in April 2020. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14-day community service.

With a career that spans over 20 years, Funke has a long list of credits to her name as actress, producer, writer and director. She has also received awards for her roles both in and out of the country.

Nigeria’s motion-picture industry is over a hundred years old. There have been many groundbreaking moments since its inception, such as  Geoffrey Barkas’  Palaver (1926): the earliest feature film recorded, Sam Zebba’s 'Fincho' (1957) which was the first Nigerian  Copyrighted film, to Yakubu Gowon’s issuance of the indigenization decree in 1972, which demanded the transfer of ownership of about a total of 300 film theatres from their foreign owners to Nigerians and brought about a reorientation in the film industry.

Reports have it that the first blockbuster film to be released in Nigeria was Wale Adenuga’s Papa Ajasco in 1984, which grossed N61,000- approximately  ₦21,552,673 in 2015- in three days. A year later, Mosebolatan (1985) by Moses Olaiya also went ahead to gross ₦107,000 (approx. 2015 ₦44,180,499) in five days, and then there was silence.

The Nigerian entertainment industry experienced a second boom in The 1990s by the release of Living in Bondage (1992); the industry peaked in the mid-2000s to become the second-largest film industry in the world in terms of the number of annual film productions, placing it ahead of the United States and behind only India.
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According to Cinema of Nigeria, during the decline of the video-film era in the mid-2000s, the Nigerian cinema underwent restructuring. In 2009, Kunle Afolayan’s released The Figurine, which was regarded as a landmark in contemporary Nigerian cinema.

There has since been a return and steady rise of the cinema culture in Nigeria. More cinemas are springing up in several parts of the country.

Omo Ghetto: The Saga is still screening in Cinemas and recently started showing in Cinemas in Dubai.

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