Funke Akindele’s ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ hits N1 billion mark

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Funke Akindele’s blockbuster film, ‘A Tribe Called Judah,’ has achieved a remarkable milestone by becoming the first Nollywood movie to gross N1 billion within just 21 days of its cinema release. The accomplished Nollywood actress and producer took to her Instagram page to share the news, expressing gratitude to the Lord, Nigeria, and Ghana for the immense success.

The movie, released on December 15, 2023, quickly set a record by surpassing N133 million in its opening weekend. Within the initial 14 days, it became the highest-grossing Nollywood film for the year 2023, accumulating over N613 million.

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On January 2, it made history by reaching N854 million at the box office within 18 days, surpassing Akindele’s previous films, ‘Battle on Buka Street’ (N668.4 million) and ‘Omo Ghetto’ (N636.1 million), which were the second and third highest-grossing films in Nigerian box office history.

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Directed by Adeoluwa Owu (Captain Degzy), ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ narrates the compelling story of a family of boys attempting to rob a mall to fund their mother’s hospital bill. However, they encounter armed robbers at the mall. The star-studded cast includes Nse Ikpe Etim, Timini Egbuson, Ebelle Okaro, Uzor Arukwe, Genoveva Umeh, Nosa Rex, and more.

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Akindele revealed that the film revolves around a woman named Jedidah Judah, who has five sons from five different men, each belonging to different tribes. The plot is deeply personal to the actress, incorporating elements of her late mother’s life and addressing the struggles faced by single parents and mothers in society.

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Currently, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ is being showcased in cinemas in Ghana and the United Kingdom. The film’s success marks a significant achievement for Nollywood, showcasing both domestic and international appeal.

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