A Tribe Called Judah is a 2023 Nigerian film produced by Funke Akindele and starring Funke Akindele, Timini Egbuson, Jide Kene Achufusi, Uzee Usman, Tobi Makinde Olumide Oworu, Genoveva Umeh, Nse Ikpe Etim, Juliana Olayode, Uzor Arukwe, Fathia Balogun, Yvonne Jegede and many others.[1] The film was released to cinemas nationwide on December 15, 2023. Akindele has said the film is dedicated to her late mother and draws partially from her mother's life.[2]

A Tribe Called Judah
Directed by
Written by
Story byFunke Akindele
Produced byFunke Akindele
CinematographyBarney Emordi
Edited byValentine Chukwuma
Music byTolu Obanro
Funke Ayotunde Akindele Network (FAAN)
Distributed byFilmOne Distribution
Release dates
15th, December 2023
LanguagesEnglish, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa Language

Synopsis edit

A Tribe Called Judah tells the story of a single mother, Jedidah Judah (played by Funke Akindele), who has five sons from five different fathers from five different tribes. The first two sons are responsible and try their best to work and support their mother. Meanwhile, the last three are less helpful: Pere (played by Timini Egbuson) is a chronic pickpocket, Shina (played by Tobi Makinde) is a hoodlum and tout in the community; and the last, Ejiro (played by Olumide Oworu), is naughty and only cares about his girlfriend, Testimony (played by Genoveva Umeh). Despite their bad behavior, Jedidah continues to support them and get them out of trouble.

Things take a turn for the worse when Jedidah develops a chronic kidney disease, needing ₦18 million to fund her operation and ₦400,000 weekly for her dialysis. The first son, Emeka, loses his job, and the five sons see no other option than to rob Emeka's ex-boss, who is rumored to be a money launderer, to get the money to save their mother's life.[3] However, their plans take a dramatic turn when they encounter armed robbers at the scene.

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Production and release edit

Following the release of A Tribe Called Judah to cinemas on December 15, 2023, the film became the first Nollywood film to gross over ₦113 million in its opening weekend.[5][6] The film became the first Nollywood movie to hit 1 billion naira at the box office.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ Erezi, Dennis (2023-12-11). "Glitz, glamour as Funke Akindele premieres 'A Tribe Called Judah'". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  2. ^ Ileyemi, Mariam (2023-12-12). "Funke Akindele dedicates 'A Tribe Called Judah' to late mother, as movie hits cinemas weekend". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  3. ^ Stephen, Onu (2023-12-25). "MOVIE REVIEW: 'A Tribe Called Judah': Funke Akindele's masterpiece of drama with comedy". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  4. ^ Oloruntoyin, Faith (2023-11-10). "Funke Akindele's 'A Tribe Called Judah's trailer promises heist-like drama". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  5. ^ Toromade, Samson (2023-12-18). "Funke Akindele's 'A Tribe Called Judah' off to record-breaking ₦122.7m box office start". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  6. ^ Udugba, Anthony (2023-12-19). "A Tribe Called Judah: Akindele taps street marketing to box office success". Businessday NG. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  7. ^ Udugba, Anthony (2024-01-04). "'A Tribe Called Judah' becomes Nollywood's first N1bn film". Businessday NG. Retrieved 2024-01-04.