The year has kicked off on a good note for Nollywood, especially coming from a previous year of mind blowing, brilliant, and highly successful films and shows. Riding on the back of that success, the year 2023 is starting incredibly, for the fans, for actors as well as the stakeholders in the movie business.
Through all of this, it is important to note the incredible impact of streaming platforms on the Nigerian movie industry, reminding ourselves on how possible the streaming platforms have opened movie producers and actors to a wider range of audience with lesser stress.
One of the most renowned platforms in this category, Showmax has consistently served the Nollywood market and this year does not seem to be any different as we have a list of shows set to kick off this month.
On WN Picks this week, we will highlight some of the top Nigerian shows on Showmax this January.
My Siblings and I S4 – January 9
My Siblings and I is a 2018 Nigerian comedy series based on the life of the Aberuagba family and how in spite of the heated arguments and frequent misunderstandings that occur in the Aberuagba family, they always stand by one another in true love.
The series depicts the ridiculous, absurd, and humorous behaviors displayed by each member of the family, including the friends of the family members and the domestic workers, seeing happenings through the eyes of each sibling in the family.
Big Brother Titans – January 15
The Big Brother Titans, a combination of the Nigeria and South Africa’s franchise of the reality TV show has been in the news for quite a while, with application alerts amongst many more. The start date has been announced and it has been confirmed to show on Showmax as well.
This variation of Big Brother will see contestants from both Nigeria and South Africa live in the same house, competing for a cash prize at the end of the show.
As usual, the show will rely on votes to keep housemates in the game, while evictions would go on as with every other Big Brother show.
Wura – January 23
Wura follows the story of Wura-Amoo Adeleke, the ruthless CEO of Frontline Gold Mine, a loving mother of two and an ideal wife.
When it comes to managing her business empire, Wura is the ultimate iron lady who doesn’t give a damn whose ox is gored in order to get what she wants. In the eyes of her family, Wura is faultless and a saint.
The episodic drama stars Scarlet Gomez as Wura-Amoo Adeleke, Yomi Fash-Lanso as Anthony-Amoo Adeleke, Carol King as Grace Adeleke, Ray Adeka as Jejeloye, along with many other Nollywood veterans and upcomers.
Yvonne Orji: A Whole Me – January 25
Emmy-nominated performer Yvonne Orji picks up where her debut special left off by returning to the stage to provide her perspective on the pandemic, estate planning, growing up as a child of Nigerian immigrants, and the harsh reality of dating.
The comedy special showcases her range and vulnerability while also acting as a no-holds-barred therapy session for both the performer and the audience. It features a distinctive mash-up of stand-up comedy with scripted vignettes.
Other non-Nigerian shows
Apart from the top Nigerian shows listed on WN Picks, there are other very interesting non-Nigerian shows available on Showmax in January. From ‘The Last Of Us’ to ‘The First Lady’ and others like ‘The Cleaning Lady,’ ‘Billions,’ ‘Flatbush Misdemeanors,’ Showmax is packed with shows for this January.