Africa is a continent of many cultures, many languages, and countless distinct stories. The continent’s rich culture and history are evident in the various African movies created over the years. Africa has contributed significantly to the world’s film industry by producing movies that are not only entertaining but also educational and thought-provoking. In this article, we will explore some of the best African movies on Netflix in 2021 that you should watch if you want to learn more about Africa, its people, and its history.
1. Queen Sono
Queen Sono is a 2019 Nigerian drama film written and directed by Bisola Aiyeola. It stars Funke Akindele, Bimbo Akintola, Falz, and Yemi Blaq.
In the film, Sono (Akintola) is an ambitious young woman who has big dreams of becoming rich and famous. She gets her chance when she becomes the wife of a wealthy businessman (Akin Lewis). However, it’s not long before she realizes that there’s more to life than money when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with two children to look after alone without any support from his family or friends due to his shady business deals.
2. King of Boys
This movie is set in Lagos and is about a young man trying to find his place in the world. It’s an emotional story that tells of the challenges of being a young man growing up in Nigeria, from family issues to peer pressure.
3. The Burial Of Kojo
The Burial of Kojo is a South African film based on the true story of a young boy who was murdered and buried in an unmarked grave. The movie follows his family, friends, and community as they cope with his loss. A hauntingly beautiful film that shows how grief affects people in different ways and how it can bring out the best or worst in people
4. Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the slums of Katwe who becomes a chess prodigy. Directed by Mira Nair and released in 2016, this movie follows Phiona and her family pursuing their dreams.
The film stars Lupita Nyong’o as Phiona’s mother, Harriet, and David Oyelowo as Robert Katende, a missionary who helps her develop her talent for playing chess. It also features several Ugandan actors, including Danai Gurira (known for appearing on The Walking Dead) and Madina Nalwanga, who plays Phiona in the film.
With an impressive 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Queen of Katwe is one of Netflix’s most critically acclaimed African movies yet!
Kalushi is a film based on the true story of Kalushi Mahlangu, who was sentenced to death for murder in 1994. The movie shows his fight for freedom and justice, which he eventually achieves. This story follows him throughout his life as he fights against inequality and injustice.
The film provides a fascinating portrait of South Africa during apartheid and its aftermath, including scenes showing police brutality at protests and political unrest in detention cells. It also offers insight into how people found ways to survive under this oppressive system while trying to maintain their humanity—even when those efforts were futile or misguided at times.
6. Baxi and the Giants
This film takes us back to the 80s, when movies were still about superheroes, but not in a brutal way. The story of Baxi and the Giants revolves around Baxi (Steven Madinga), who dreams of becoming a superhero like his father. When he finally realizes that he cannot fight crime alone, he decides to assemble a team of misfits to work together as superheroes. Baxi works with Mpulungu (Niza Jay Ncoyini), who Superman has trained; Kwezi (Mkhuseliro Ndumiso), who can shoot fireballs; and Alpheus (Tshepo Mogashoa), who has super strength.
The movie was written by John Trengove and produced by Mfundi Vundla for Chicken Lips Productions in association with Skinny White Boy Productions. The film won Best Film at the Durban International Film Festival, where it premiered in 2018 before being released theatrically across South Africa on 12 December 2018. It received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike upon release, including praise for its humor and performances from its cast members
7. The Wedding Party
The Wedding Party is a romantic comedy film directed by Kemi Adetiba and released in 2019. It is the first feature film directed by the famous Nigerian actress and producer, who also stars in the movie. The film tells a story about a wedding in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Wedding Party stars Adesua Etomi as Taiwo, an ambitious fashion designer who has been planning her dream wedding since she was 12. She struggles with all of her responsibilities as she tries to plan this extravagant event without help from anyone else.
Banky W plays Bankole Williams, Taiwo’s fiancee, who works at his father’s company as an accountant while studying law at night school so that he can become a lawyer like his father wants him to do soon (and hopefully before they get married). Bankole loves Taiwo but doesn’t like how controlling she is during their relationship because she wants everything done according to plan rather than letting anything go smoothly naturally or organically as it should happen naturally or organically between two people who love each other so much!
In a nutshell, Agent is about a young lady who graduated from the University of Lagos but is unemployed. She meets with her friend and becomes interested in her job. The movie does not portray violence or sex. It’s appropriate for all ages.
Agent won Best Screenplay at the 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) and was nominated for an Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award in 2017.
9. Potato Potahto
Potato Potahto is a 2017 Nigerian movie about a young man who falls in love with an old woman. The story is about how he decides to marry her, even though she’s older than his mother. It’s a simple but emotional film that will make you think twice before judging someone based on their age or gender.
This movie is based on a true story. It takes place in Nigeria, where a young boy is forced to live on the streets because of poverty and lack of support from his parents.
In Òlòtūré (which means “a man who knows many things”), Kunle Afolayan directs a film that has been praised for its use of traditional storytelling methods and intense subject matter. The movie was nominated for several awards at African festivals, including the 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards, where it won Best Picture and Best Director. This film might be perfect if you’re looking for an intense drama about surviving poverty in Nigeria!
11. Beast of No Nation
Beast of No Nation is based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel of the same name, which follows Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy who escapes his war-torn hometown in an unnamed African country. He eventually joins a group of rebel fighters led by a Commandant (Idris Elba). The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and several other awards.
Beast of No Nation was directed by Cary Fukunaga and shot in Ghana. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and Independent Spirit Awards in 2015.
12. Lion Heart
Lion Heart is a 2019 drama about a young boy named Nkosi. The movie is based on actual events and was set in 1980s South Africa, where apartheid was still in effect. Nkosi’s mother has died, and he goes searching for his father, who left him years ago. He finds him, but it isn’t what he expected to happen.
Lion Heart has been praised by critics and has an 8/10 rating from 1,300 users on IMDb
13. The Boy who Harnessed the wind
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind has been nominated for an Oscar, and it’s easy to see why. The biographical drama is based on a true story, and it tells the tale of how a young boy in Malawi used his intelligence to create electricity when he couldn’t afford to pay for his parents’ hospital bills. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as William Kamkwamba, born in Malawi shortly before the country gained its independence from Great Britain. He was raised by his mother (Lily Banda) after his father died when he was only nine years old. When drought hits their village, William must find a way to provide for himself—and his family—without money or resources.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is available with a Netflix subscription on Amazon Prime Video
If you’re looking for a new movie to watch on Netflix, then Azali is a perfect choice. This 2019 Nigerian drama film was directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka, who also wrote and produced it. The film stars Adesua Etomi, Charles Etubiebi, and Nkechi Blessing as three friends who become trapped in their homes following flooding brought about by torrential rains in Nigeria.
If you love foreign language films or dramas set in Africa (or just want something new to watch), Azali will surely be your go-to movie this weekend!
15. Catching feelings
Catching Feelings is a Nigerian romantic comedy that was released in 2019. It was directed by Kemi Adetiba, who also directed Netflix’s The Wedding Party and its sequel. In Catching Feelings, Majid Michel plays a successful doctor whose life is turned upside down when his wife starts cheating on him. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde plays his best friend, who has been secretly in love with him for years.
The movie is available to stream on Netflix in the US and Canada (though it appears unavailable elsewhere). If you’re outside those countries or need help connecting your VPN to access it from around the world, check out our guide!
The African continent is full of diverse cultures, languages, and traditions, which makes for rich storytelling in film. Many of these films are available on Netflix and are not only entertaining but also educational. This article covers fifteen movies from Africa that will make you laugh, cry and think about life differently!