Top Yoruba Movies Released in 2017

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What Yoruba movies were released this year? Do you want to know the best Yoruba films of 2017? Continue reading this article and find out which Yoruba movies can provide you a pleasurable viewing experience!

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Yoruba Movies 2017 New Release

2017 Yoruba movies

If you’re already a fan of Yoruba Movies and you want to know which new films have come out this year, you’ve come to the right place!

Here’s a list of the Top Yoruba Movies new releases:

Pastor Shupy

This movie tells us the story of Pastor Supo, a God’s servant that has lost his way through deceit and promiscuity. The other main hero is Olabisi, an unfaithful young woman who, despite being married to an older man is looking for a new romance. What can tie both of these characters together?

Starring: Odunlade Adekola, Antar Laniyan, Esther Adesunloye.


Ete Yoruba movie

This powerful film shows us the life of a secretive and manipulative woman that is on a mission to save her marriage from collapsing.

Starring: Ayo Adesanya, Muyiwa Ademola, Tola Oladokun.

Owo Orogun

An emotional, heartfelt epic film about polygamy. This movie is about the struggles of a man that tries to lead a happy life, despite having a home filled with wives that envy each other.

Starring: Taofik Adewale, Toyin Oladiran, Peter Fatomilola, Tola Oladokun.


Tumilara Yoruba Movie

A love triangle is one of the most common, yet still intriguing types of story to be made into a film. Such movies always have the viewers wondering – How will all of this end?

Starring: Lateef Adedimeji, Wale Okunnu, Foluke Daramola, Toyin Adewale

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This film revolves around the problems that a married couple has in the bedroom. Both the husband and wife only think about themselves, and the result is quite intriguing.

Starring: Faithia Balogun, Femi Adebayo, Akin Lewis, Funsho Adeolu.


This is a powerful and intellectual story for mature audiences. This movie focuses on Tomisin, who decided to change his life. Join him in his search of a wife from the slums, as he doesn’t care about the differences in their wealth.

Starring: Toyin Aimakhu, Muyiwa Ademola, Bukky Wright, Afeez Eniola.

Ibaje Dewa

Ibaje Dewa Yoruba Movie

This movie is about revenge. Revenge against your own family, and against your younger sister. Follow the story of Funmbi’s hatred and bitterness in this new Yoruba movie!

Starring: Faithia Balogun, Biodun Okeowo, Abass Obesere, Doris Simeon, Yomi Fabiyi.

Ikoko Aje

An intriguing, mysterious movie that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Learn about Malik and his escape from being used as a sacrifice. This film is about faith in God and the lurking presence of doom.

Starring: Femi Adebayo, Ireti Osayemi, Adebayo Salami, Ibrahim Chatta.

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This pretty much covers the best movies that came out this year.

Some Facts about Yoruba Movies

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In case you’re still new to this kind of Nigerian cinematography, let’s talk about what makes Yoruba Movies stand out from the other types of Nollywood films. Most Yoruba Movies carry over the same defining characteristics:

  • True-to-life stories;
  • A lot of melodramatic elements;
  • Emphasis on traditional values;
  • Typical characters (A quick-tempered woman, a pastor, an elder and a doctor appear in most flicks);
  • Humorous situations;
  • Comic relief elements;
  • Subpar video quality;
  • Low budget light, sound, and visual effects.
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The majority of the appeal of quality Yoruba movies comes from the fact that they tell typical Nigerian stories. Meanwhile, a lot of English or foreign motion pictures showcase situations that aren’t relatable to the majority of the Nigerian population.

Abimbola Yoruba Movie

In case you’re still new to Yoruba-language films, here are the best movies that were released this year – Timutimu, Aye, Ikorira, Ajo, Sonto Alapata, Talarole, Ogboni, Abimbola, Iwalewa, Pastor Were and Desire.

Yoruba Language in Nigerian Cinema

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If you want to know more, allow us to remind you of the journey that Yoruba films have already had.

Nigerian Cinema, also known as Nollywood, consists of all movies created in Nigeria. Yoruba-language films are one of the biggest parts of Nollywood. Most of them are being made in the Western region of the country.

During the first decades of the Cinema Industry in Nigeria, most films were shot and distributed by foreigners. The only native motion pictures were provided by traveling Yoruba theater troupes that began their existence in the 30’s and 40’s of the 20th century. The Agbegijo and Alarinjo were the most popular of them and gave birth to dozens of talented theater actors.

Yoruba actors and dancers

The second period of the Yoruba movie making industry (1970-1990) was marked by films such as Bisi, Daughter of the River, Cry Freedom, Kongi’s Harvest, Jaiyesimi, and numerous others. These successful movies solidified the Yoruba-language cinema as one of the most prominent parts of Nollywood. Such early achievements also contributed to the blockbuster releases of two other movies Ajani Ogun and Mosebolatan, which gained fame all around Africa.

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The modern era of Nigerian cinema is closely tied to the distribution of the Silverbird cinema theaters across the country. The first Yoruba movie of this period to be shown on the big screen was Irapada. In general, Yoruba-language films continued to gain a larger audience than the English ones. In 2010, FilmHouse also began to open their chain of cinema theaters, widening the range of people that could afford to see a full-feature motion picture in the best quality.

On this note, we would like to wish you a satisfying viewing experience, whichever Yoruba movie you may choose!

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