Whether positive or negative, Hollywood has come to recognise Nigeria in a number of movies produced and have made reference to its location, people and culture.
Here are some movies that have depicted/referenced Nigeria
1. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
It is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
A number of Nigerians have reacted to the depiction of Lagos and revealed that it was a cheap imitation of Nigeria’s capital.
It stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz.
3. TEARS OF THE SUN
Waters (Bruce Willis) commands the team sent to rescue U.S. citizen Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks (Monica Bellucci) from the civil war en route to her jungle hospital.
4. PHAT GIRLZ
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Jazmin has always been overweight, unlike her skinny, cousin Mia. Jazmin wins a trip to Palm Springs for the weekend at a five-star resort.
She and best friend Stacey find the first day at the spa embarrassing, as hotel robes don’t fit, and the massage table is quite small for their thick figures.
They leave in frustration to join Mia, who has been ogling a Nigerian man swimming in the pool. He introduces himself as Tunde, but Jazmin is shocked, too distracted to remember her own name.
They invite the women out, with Tunde saying he has never seen such beautiful women in America.
One year later, she to travels to Nigeria to apologize to the man she realizes she loves. A woman opens the door holding a baby. Jazmin asks if she is Tunde’s wife, and the woman agrees.
Jazmin has the girls go to the taxi because she does not like to be rejected with an audience. She tells Tunde that he has changed her life, but she won’t be a “homewrecker”.
The film ends with Jazmin and Tunde in bed, while Jazmin insists on having the lights on to see every sexy thing on Tundes body With the credits ending
4. X-MEN – ORIGINS (THE WOLVERINE)
Towards the beginning of the X-Men Origins (Wolverine), there was a part that the General’s crew went to a place they called Lagos, Nigeria and in the scene there were people with diamonds.
That scene also featured a Nigerian man who spoke the Igbo language flawlessly.
5. LOST (SERIES)
Flashbacks reveal that he became the leader of a gang of guerrillas to save his brother when he still lived in Nigeria. He assumed his brother’s identity and became a priest after his brother was killed in a botched drug smuggle; Eko killed two guerrillas in defense, was ostracized, and left Nigeria to become a priest in Australia.
After investigating the alleged miracle of a girl who came back to life after drowning in Australia in 2004, Eko boarded Oceanic Airlines Flight 815. This plane crashed and left Eko, along with a few other survivors, on a deserted island.
6. THE BOURNE IDENTITY
The Bourne Identity – uses Yoruba as the national language of a fictional African country (with Adewale Agbaje as the leader).