“A Tribe Called Judah”, First Nollywood Film to Gross 1Bn.

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Nigerian Filmmaker Funke Akindele’s blockbuster hit “A Tribe Called Judah” broke  box office records within 21 days of its theatrical release, making it the first Nollywood film to gross one billion naira (1 billion naira).

 

The ace Nollywood actress and movie producer, Funke Akindele, has released a $1 billion flyer on her own Instagram page that describes her feat.

 

She wrote: “Thank you Lord! Thank you Nigeria! Thank you Ghana!”

The Nigeria News Agency said the movie, which was released in theaters on December 15, 2023, continues to be a hit. It was reported that it broke records, grossing over 133 million Naira in its first weekend box office.

 

The film grossed over 613 million Naira in its first 14 days of release, making it the highest grossing Nollywood film of 2023. It also made history on January 2, when it grossed 854 million naira in 18 days in theaters, making it the highest grossing Nollywood film in history.

 

This performance surpasses Akindele’s previous films, The Battle of Buka Street (N668.4 million) and  Omo Ghetto (N636.1 million), which are currently in second and 3rd place at the Nigerian box office.

 

The movie featured seasoned actors and actresses including Nse Ikpe Etim,  Funke Akindele, Timini Egbuson, Ebelle Okaro, Uzor Arukwe, Genoveva  Umeh, and  Nosa Rex, among others.

 

Other actors include  Boma Akpore, Ebele Okaro-Onyiuke, Etinosa Idemudia, Fathia Balogun, Jide Achufusi, Olayode Juliana, Olumide Oworu, Paschaline Alex, Tobi Makinde, Uzor Arukwe and  Yvonne Jegede.

 

According to Akindele, the plot of ‘A Tribe Called Judah,’ revolves around a woman called Jedidah Judah, who has five sons from five different men, all belonging to different tribes.

 

The movie is currently showing in cinemas in Ghana and the United Kingdom, Funke says.

 

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