Funke Akindele’s ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ Makes Nollywood History as the First Film to Surpass N1 Billion at the Box Office

by Joseph Omoniyi
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Funke Akindele’s latest film, ‘A Tribe Called Judah,’ has smashed through the N1 billion mark at the box office, marking a historic milestone for Nigerian cinema. The film achieved this remarkable feat within just three weeks of its release, signaling a new era for the industry.

FilmHouse Group CEO, Kene Okwuosa, expressed the significance of this accomplishment, stating, “The world is witnessing a golden era for Nigerian cinema.” In a statement released on Thursday, Okwuosa highlighted how ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ not only captured the hearts of audiences but also showcased the resilience of Nigerian cinema amid the dominance of global streaming giants like Netflix and Prime Video.

‘A Tribe Called Judah’ set the tone for its success by becoming the first Nollywood movie to gross over N113 million in its opening weekend after hitting cinemas on December 15, 2023. This early surge in box office revenue hinted at the film’s potential to make history, and it lived up to those expectations.

Funke Akindele, Nollywood’s goddess, has not only solidified her position as a maestro in the industry but has now also proven her mettle as one of the most successful directors and producers.

Her previous film, ‘Battle on Buka Street,’ was already a box office success, grossing N650 million in 2022. However, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ has surpassed all expectations, making it the highest-grossing Nollywood film to date.

The movie’s success underscores the growing popularity and quality of Nigerian cinema, resonating with both local and international audiences. Nollywood is no longer just a regional industry; it has become a global player, competing successfully with major streaming platforms.

As ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ continues to draw audiences and make waves in the film industry, it further proves that Nollywood is really evolving and, Nigerian films can not only hold their own against international competition but also set unprecedented records. Funke Akindele’s achievement with this film will undoubtedly paved the way for future successes in the ever-expanding world of Nigerian cinema.

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