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‘The Black Book’ becomes Nollywood’s first No.1 on Netflix worldwide


In a historic moment for Nollywood, Editi Effiong’s cinematic masterpiece, “The Black Book,” has risen to unprecedented heights on the global stage, becoming the first-ever Nollywood film to claim the number one spot on Netflix worldwide.

The film’s storyline, which revolves around the relentless quest for justice by Paul Edima, a former military guerrilla portrayed by Nollywood icon Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. “The Black Book” delves deep into themes of redemption, and the haunting specter of the past, making it a must-watch for lovers of gripping cinematic narratives.

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The movie’s success marks a turning point for Nollywood, addressing one of its long-standing challenges – securing funding for ambitious projects. “The Black Book” stands as a testament to what can be achieved when vision, talent, and determination come together.

Effiong’s directorial prowess is evident throughout the film, as he skillfully blends Hollywood-style techniques into the Nollywood narrative. Cinematography and camera angles that were once the hallmark of only Hollywood productions now grace the screens in this groundbreaking Nollywood film.

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What truly sets “The Black Book” apart is its ensemble cast, which showcases the immense talent that Nollywood possesses. Veterans like Sam Dede, Alex Usifo, Shaffy Bello, Ireti Doyle, Patrick Doyle, and Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett deliver performances that not only elevate the film but also reinforce Nollywood’s position as a cinematic powerhouse.

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“The Black Book” has not only made history but also paved the way for a new era of Nollywood filmmaking. It has shown that Nollywood is not limited by geographical boundaries; its stories can resonate with audiences across the globe.