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Omo Ghetto: Movie, plot, cast, reception, Netflix

Omo Ghetto: Movie, plot, cast, reception, Netflix

Omo Ghetto: The Saga, commonly known as Omo Ghetto 2, is a 2020 Nigerian gangster comedy film.

It was co-directed by Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz.

The primary actors in the film are Funke Akindele, Chioma Akpota, Nancy Isime, Eniola Badmus, Bimbo Thomas, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Mercy Aigbe. This was the sequel to the 2010 trilogy film Omo Ghetto and the second film in the Omo Ghetto franchise. On December 25, 2020, the film had its theatrical release, which coincided with Christmas, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.

The movie was a box office hit, surpassing Fate of Alakada as the highest-grossing Nigerian film of 2020. When the film collected $468 million at the box office on January 26, 2021, it broke the record set by the 2016 film The Wedding Party to become the highest-grossing film in Nigerian history.

Omo Ghetto movie

With a vintage snapshot of herself and Eniola Badmus in an Instagram post from February 2020, Akindele revealed the sequel’s production. The film’s principal photography began in February 2020 as well. The film project also marked Funke Akindele and her husband JJC Skillz’s first cooperation as co-directors. The film’s production was also hampered by the COVID-19 outbreak, as some scenes were shot in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Naira Marley, a popular musician, was enlisted to make a cameo appearance in the film, which marked his cinematic acting debut. Yemi Alade also made her acting debut in this film, starring in a significant part.

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Omo Ghetto plot 

Omo Ghetto: The Saga, which was released on Christmas Day 2020, is a sequel to Omo Ghetto, which was released a decade ago. It chronicles the story of twin sisters, Lefty and Ayomide, who have had separate lives since they were separated as children but are reunited as adults thanks to a series of twists.

Lefty and Ayomide, twin sisters with polar opposite lifestyles, are played by Funke Akindele-Bello in the film. On the one hand, Ayomide is calm and sophisticated in her ways, whereas Lefty is aggressive and thug-like in her pursuits. Even though both sisters do not support one another, the character development that occurs throughout the film allows us to watch the character grow into something we did not expect.

This sequel focuses on Lefty’s problems, the comfort she receives from her adopted mother, her twin sister’s more organized existence, and her affection for the ghetto.

In the movie, Lefty (Funke Akindele) was torn between returning to her ghetto lifestyle and living a life of money and comfort afforded by her adopted mother.

Along with Lefty, we have Eniola Badmus as Busty, Chioma Akpotha as Chummy Choko, and Bimbo Thomas as Nikky, who play Lefty’s companions and constantly seem to get themselves into trouble. Femi Stone, played by Deyemi Okanlawon, our cruel protagonist Lefty’s love interest, is another major character who plays a role in transforming the film from a comedy to a drama.

Azaman, Akah Nnani, Tina Mba, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chigurl, and others are among the cast who give entertaining and uplifting performances. Naira Marley, a well-known singer, appears in a cameo appearance. 

Omo Ghetto: The Saga just as the first film in the franchise attempted to depict Lefty’s hardships as both a ghetto dweller and a non-ghetto dweller, the second film in the franchise attempts to depict Lefty’s struggles as both a ghetto dweller and a non-ghetto dweller. She is known as Robin Hood. She is, however, her own villain since she allows her flaws to overcome her. We see Lefty’s gang, the Askamaya Bees, be loyal, but we also see her love interest take advantage of her sensitivity and goodness.

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Omo Ghetto cast

The movie saw top celebrities acting in it. Below is the cast of the movie.

  • Funke Akindele as Lefty and Ayomide
  • Nancy Isime as Runs girl 1
  • Eniola Badmus as Busty
  • Chioma Akpotha as Chummy Choko 
  • Bimbo Thomas as Nikky
  • Zubby Micheal as Azaman
  • Akah Nnani as Mario
  • Tina Mba as Lefty and Ayomide’s mother.
  • Blossom Chukwujekwu as Police officer
  • Chigurl as Amaka
  • Yemi Alade as Mogambe
  • Ayo Makun as Dafe
  • Mercy Aigbe as Runs girl 2
  • Alex Ekubo as Obi Wire
  • Deyemi Okanlawon as Femi Stone

Omo Ghetto reception 

The film grossed over N189 million in its first week of release, making it the first Nollywood film to ever gross over N99 million in its opening weekend, beating The Wedding Party 2‘s previous record. 

The film continued to break box office records in its second week, generating over N132.4 million and securely maintaining its position at the top of the Nigerian box office, bringing its two-week revenue to a record-breaking N322 million, making it the fourth most grossing Nigerian film of all time.

Omo Ghetto was so popular in Nigeria that it accounted for nearly half of all box office receipts. It continued to rule the Nigerian box office, grossing N45.9 million. Omo Ghetto: The Saga is presently the top-grossing Nigerian film of all time with N468,036,300 in just over a month, bringing the total box office to N444.5 million, making it the second-best grossing Nollywood film of all time after just four weeks.

In its seventh week, the film remained at the top of the box office, generating an extra N27.3 million. This brought the total grossing of the movie to N539.6m. After Black Panther, Omo Ghetto led the box office in its eighth, ninth, and tenth weeks, becoming only the second English-speaking West African film to reach the 600 million mark. Omo Ghetto: The Saga is also the first Nollywood film to be shown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Omo Ghetto Netflix 

Omo Ghetto: The Saga premiered on Netflix on September 10, 2021. Omo Ghetto: The Saga by Funke Akindele Bello and JJC Skillz became Netflix’s most-watched Naija title after 98 days on the platform.

The comic sequel has remained in Netflix’s top ten titles for the longest time, making it the longest-running title for a Nollywood film. 95 per cent of the people that watched the movie on Netflix loved it.

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