First Nollywood movies acted. Name of first Nigerian film.

First Nollywood movies acted. Name of first Nigerian film.

January 16, 2019 0 By Admin


Up till now controversies still trail the first ever Nigerian movie to be produced.

These controversies stem from the fact that before the establishment of Nollywood, they were other bodies in Nigeria even during the colonial era believed to have been in the business of making home videos and movies.

Filmmakers such as Ola Balogun and Hubert Ogunde in the 1960s were the first true blood Nigerians to delve into movie making but were frustrated by the high cost of film production.

Consequently they gave up and gave way to the birth of Nollywood in the 1980s.

The first film produced on video in Nigeria was 1988’s Soso Meji, produced by Ade Ajiboye. The film was also screened at the few available theatres at the time. Subsequently, Alade Aromire produced Ekun (1989) on video, which was screened at the National Theatre, Iganmu.

What is the name of the first Nollywood movie and in what year was it released?

In 1992 Nollywood hit a milestone with its first official movie Living In Bondage, a Kenneth Nnebue’s film.

Living in Bondage became the first commercial video film in Nigeria and garnered massive attention globally.

According to Wikipedia; Although Living in Bondage is often touted in the media as the “first commercial video film”, several historians have argued that the video film industry was already booming before Living in Bondage.

Those who have followed the movie development can are forever ready to swear that Living In Bondage was the first recognized movie in Nigeria.

It was a film that paved the way for others, lighting the way for movie directors, actors and actresses.

The movie was produced by Kenneth Nnebue and directed by Chris Obi Rapu.

Living In Bondage Cast – Actors & Actresses In The Movie And The Roles They Played.

  • Bob Manuel Udokwu as Mike.
  • Ruth Osu as Neighbour.
  • Josephine Onwochei.
  • Daniel Oluigbo as Chief Priest.
  • Kenneth Okonkwo as Andy.
  • Okechukwu Ogunjiofor as Paul.
  • Rita Nzelu as Tina.
  • Ngozi Nwosu as Ego.
  • Ngozi Nwaneto as Caro.
  • Nnenna Nwabueze as Merit.
  • Obiageli Molube as Obiageli Molube.
  • Felicia Mayford as Obidia.
  • Kanayo O. Kanayo as Chief Omego.
  • Sydney Diala. I. as Initiator.
  • Chizoba Bosah as Aunty.
  • Grace Ayozie as Andy’s mother.
  • Francis Agu as Ichie Million.

For us and many others, Living In Bondage remains the first Nollywood movie dating as far back as 1992. Do you agree with this? What is your say?