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Top 10 Nigerian TV series on Netflix

Top 10 Nigerian TV series on Netflix

Nollywood has come a long way from amateur home videos to critically acclaimed movies at the box office. TV series in Nigeria are also keeping pace with the times as the industry releases more interesting stories. For Nigerians who still believe that Nollywood is still decades behind more advanced Hollywood and Bollywood, trust me when I say our TV series are doing better than before.

Some of these series were adapted from the movies that became hits at the cinemas. Others are original series that turned out very successful in the media. So, sit back and relax with a bag of popcorn as Skabash unveils the best TV series in Nigeria.

Nigerian TV series on Netflix

Netflix is an American subscription streaming service and production company. It is the world’s most famous online streaming service that has lately expanded its reach to include films and series from Africa, particularly Nigeria. Hence, Nigerian filmmakers now put extra effort to ensure that their works are available on the platform. Here are our top 10 Nigerian TV series on Netflix in reverse order:

10. Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul is a Nigerian series that streamed from 2015 to 2016 on Netflix. The series follows the story of a doctor in a Lagos hospital who seeks additional field experience and encounters patients with different ailments. His spiritual and medical views are tested as well. The major cast of the series is Anthony Monjaro, Phoenix Ezendu, and Ademola Amoo. Heart & Soul was produced and directed by Obi Emelonye.

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9. Before 30

Before 30

Before 30 began airing on Netflix in 2015. The series, popularly called B430, is about the lives of four successful modern African women living in Lagos and how they cope with societal pressures to marry before turning 30. Before 3o stars Damilola Adegbite, OC Ukeje, Beverly Naya, Meg Otanwa, and Anee Icha. It was directed by Bodunrin ‘BB’ Sasore.

8. The Governor

The Governor

The Governor is a Netflix series that aired in 2016. It follows the gripping tale of Angela Othello, the Deputy Governor of Savannah State. She unexpectedly becomes governor following the former governor’s untimely death and with the help of the Chief of Staff, has to navigate through the treacherous and shark-infested waters of politics while balancing the demands of her married home. The top stars in the show include Caroline Chikezie, Kunle Coker, Samuel Abiola Robinson, Jude Chukwuka, and Taiwo Obileye.  The show was directed by Ema Edosio.

7. Fifty: The Series

Fifty: The Series

If you’ve been following Nigerian movies in the 2015 cinema releases, you will definitely know the box office hit, Fifty. Well, the series is now airing on Netflix since 2017 and has risen to be one of the most watched Nigerian shows on the platform. The series follows four friends who are forced to take stock of their personal lives in their forties while balancing careers and families in Lagos’ upper-middle-class areas of Ikoyi and Victoria Island. Ireti Doyle, Keira Hewatch, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, and Omoni Oboli are some of the top cast on the show.

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6. The Smart Money Woman

The Smart Money Woman

The Smart Money Woman is an adaptation of Arese Ugwu’s 2016 novel of the same name. It was originally launched on Africa MAgic Showcase in September 2020 but later released on Netflix in September 2021. The Smart Money Woman follows Zuri, a financially buoyant-turned-broke lady who navigates her way to making better financial decisions and generating money with her best friends. Some top cast on the show includes Osas Ighodaro, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Timini Egbuson, and Toni Tones.

5. Sons Of The Caliphate

Sons Of The Caliphate

Produced by Dimbo Atiya and directed by Kenneth Gyang, Sons of the Caliphate is a Nigerian political thriller drama television series on Netflix. An Ebonylife Production, it was released on the platform in 2018 after an initial 2016 release on Ebonylife TV. Kalifah, Nuhu, and Diko are three wealthy, entitled, passionate, and ambitious young men who fight to become Governor of Kowa State. Some of the top cast on the show include Yakubu Muhammed, Paul Sambo, Rahama Sadau, Mofe Duncan, Yvonne Hays, Patrick Doyle, and Sani Mu’azu.

4. Crazy, Lovely, Cool

Crazy, Lovely, Cool

Crazy, Lovely, Cool was produced in collaboration with The Nollywood Factory (TNF) and Trace TV and was directed by Obi Emelonye. It is a coming-of-age TV show that follows a group of dynamic students as their lives, joys, and tribulations intersect on the campus of a major Nigerian university thanks to the surprising disclosures of an eponymous gossip site. Adesua Etomi, Enyinna Nwigwe, Uru Eke, Anthony Monjaro, and Zynnell Zuh are some of the top cast on the show.

3. Castle and Castle

Castle and Castle

Castle and Castle premiered in 2018 and is exclusively available on Netflix. It is also Africa’s first legal series and tells the story of a legal family characterized by love, drama, and betrayal. Remi and Tega Castle’s successful Lagos law firm is threatened as they both face the options of losing their marriage or splitting the firm to represent the opposing sides of the law. An Ebonylife production, the series stars A-list Nigerian actors such as Richard Mofe-Damijo, Dakore Akande, Deyemi Okanlawon, Daniel Etim Effiong, and others.

2. King of Boys 2: The Return of the King

King of Boys 2: The Return of the King

King of Boys 2: The Return of the King is a 2021 7-part limited series directed by Kemi Adetiba. It was released exclusively on Netflix on August 27, 2021. The original movie, King of Boys was a box office hit on Nigerian cinemas in 2018. Eniola Salami returns to Nigeria after five years in exile. In a bid to start afresh, she falls into her old life of seeking power fueled by revenge, regret, and ruthlessness. The top cast on the show is Sola Sobowale, Toni Tones,  Reminisce, Illbliss, Akin Lewis, Osas Ighodaro, Keppy Ekpenyong,  Nse Ikpe-Etim, Richard Mofe Damijo, Efa Iwara, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Charly Boy.

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1. Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters is a limited series of four episodes, each running for an average of 57 minutes. It was created by Temidayo Makanjuola and exclusively aired on Netflix on May 5, 2022. Two friends, Sarah and Kemi, become fugitives after one of them killed the other’s intending groom, Kola Ademola, at the wedding introduction.

While on the run from police investigators and the family bodyguard of the murdered person, many secrets about Kola, his siblings, his mother, and his family feud become public knowledge. Top cast on the show are Nancy Isime, Ini-Dima Okojie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kate Henshaw, Uche Jombo, Patrick Doyle, Joke Silva, Keppy Ekpenyong-Bassey, Wale Ojo, Kehinde Balogun, and Gabriel Afolayan.

Blood Sisters became Netflix’s first Nigerian original series, and the most viewed Nigerian series on Netflix, after beating Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys. The series remained in the number 9 spot on the global viewership chart and attracted about 11,070,000 hours of viewing. It also hit the top 10 rated in over 30 countries.

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Old Nigeria TV series

You’re probably feeling nostalgic about old Nigerian Television series that were the rave at their time. Here are the top 10 we will never forget:

  • Checkmate (1991 -1994)
  • The Village Headmaster (1968-1988)
  • Tales by Moonlight (1984)
  • Cock Crow at Dawn (1980s)
  • Koto Orun (90s)
  • Fuji House of Commotion (2000s)
  • Samanja (1973 – 1980)
  • I Need to Know (1997-2002)
  • Things Fall Apart (1987)
  • Super Story – Oh Father, Oh Daughter (2001)

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