The first time I saw Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, I was in awe. At first I thought it was the amazing visual design and cinematography that got me completely enthralled in the masterpiece but when the scene of the confrontation between Richard Williams and Andy Okeke came on I realized, without a doubt, that it was the depth of the story that had really captured my interest and heart, the movie was simply a golden refurbishing of one of Nollywood’s best works.

Old Nollywood, as the present generation call it, was the pinnacle of raw and enchanting entertainment. From relatable yet captivating storylines to limitless method acting and soul-piercing music and sound effects, this era of moviemaking left most of us with eternal life lessons as well as nightmares. We covered our eyes in fear whenever the witches’ scenes in Koto Aye came on yet we stayed glued to our seats till the very end of the movie, we cried about the pathetic situation of Grace in Conspiracy and we enjoyed every bit of Nadine and Princewell’s romance in Keeping Faith.

This era of Nollywood cinema represented a time where a very good storyline determined the greatness of a movie, all other things like music and editing were secondary but sadly, the era got lost in the early 2000s and all we were mostly left with were overused plots and over-perfected acting, that is until the new generation of Nollywood began to do something about it.

The trend of remaking Nollywood classics has not only brought joy to the world of entertainment but it has also served as a remedy to nostalgia for the older generation and it is slowly but surely redefining the image of new Nollywood. Not only are more people getting interested in Nollywood movies, the successes of these remakes can also not be overemphasized; a glaring example was at the 2022 AMVCA where Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story–a remake of the Nollywood classic Rattlesnake–won the most awards of the night.

It would seem that years of trying to perfect the art of cinema and getting more people interested in Nollywood movies by trying to copy or introduce foreign moviemaking concepts might have only been a waste of time because these remakes have been taking the entertainment industry by storm both home and abroad. Apparently, all that had to be done was a reversal to our roots and a refurbishing of our abandoned masterpieces.

But one might ask; will this nostalgic high ever have a low? And if there ever comes a time where we truly become tired of the remaking of pre-recessive Nigerian movies, will the new era of Nollywood be ready? I believe only time will tell but for now it seems that the future of Nollywood that has always been desired can only be gotten to if we ride on the horse of Nollywood classics remakes.

This article was written bEsther Boluwatife Bonojo; connect with her on Instagram via here 

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