In a cinematic feat that echoes through Nollywood, Funke Akindele’s “A Tribe Called Judah” has etched its name as the highest-grossing title in Nigerian film history. With an astounding ₦854 million amassed in just under three weeks, the film stands as a testament to Akindele’s unwavering dedication to captivating the hearts of Nigerian audiences.
Despite recent data from the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) pegging the cumulative gross at ₦237 million, the post-December 21st surge showcases the film’s undeniable popularity during the festive season.
Akindele’s cinematic journey has been a beacon of success, from the iconic “Jenifa” franchise over a decade ago to recent blockbusters like “Battle on Buka Street” and “Omo Ghetto: The Saga,” each making waves with over ₦668 million and ₦636 million, respectively.
“A Tribe Called Judah” marks a strategic shift, tackling the poignant theme of ethnic divide amid the backdrop of Nigeria’s heated 2023 election year. Akindele’s foray into the political arena as the deputy governor candidate for Lagos further adds depth to her storytelling prowess.
The film, centered around five brothers from different ethnic backgrounds planning a daring heist, resonates with societal nuances. Akindele, portraying the mother, leads an ensemble cast including Jide Kene Achufusi, Timini Egbuson, Uzee Usman, Tobi Makinde, and Olumide Oworu.
As “A Tribe Called Judah” captivates audiences in Nigeria, it transcends borders, currently enchanting viewers in the UK.