How ‘Omo Ghetto’ Became The Highest-Grossing Nollywood Film In A Pandemic

In a COVID-plagued age, Funke Akindele’s ‘Omo Ghetto’ has topped Nollywood’s cinematic history. 

Released on the 25th December 2020, the movie is Funke Akindele’s directorial debut with husband JJC Skills. It follows the crazy adventures of Lefty (Funke Akindele) and her gangster friends. Now in the fifth week of its cinematic run, ‘Omo Ghetto: The Sagahas grossed N468,036,300 in revenues. What this also means is that it has broken the 4-year record previously held by Kemi Adetiba’s ‘Wedding Party’ to become the highest-grossing film of all time!

And, you know what is even more interesting? Kemi Adetiba said it first.

No mean feat, especially with the uncertainty that followed the tentative reopening of cinemas around Nigeria. Today, barely one month since its release, ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga’ has raked the most millions in history!

The film stars Funke Akindele as the lead actor, Chioma Chukwuka-Apotha, Eniola Badmus, Tina Mba, Deyemi Okanlawon, Timini Egbuson, and a host of others. It is a sequel to a 2010 trilogy tagged ‘Omo Ghetto’ by Funke Akindele. It is premised on twins who are as different from each other as any two people can be. Lefty and Ayomide grow up as adopted children to a wealthy woman but Lefty’s love for the ghetto will always be her undoing. ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga” explores themes like family, love, fraud, vandalism, and betrayal. In spite of these sound lessons, it is a laugh-out-loud comedy experience with sprinkles of Oh-my-God moments.

For me, the most intriguing aspect of the film was the unusually graphic display of violence. The director apparently took the time to create well-choreographed fight scenes that left many mouths hanging open. If you are not squeamish about blood and gore, you will definitely enjoy the way that the movie ‘bares it all.’

As for Funke Akindele’s reaction to her film becoming the highest-grossing in Nollywood’s box office history? Priceless. Check out the video below:


If you have a cinema date fixed anytime soon, make ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga’ a choice. Especially if you are looking to have a good laugh.

Congratulations to Funke Akindele and JJC Skills!

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