We might have loved these videos or hated them, but one thing they all did was grab our attention.
Have you truly understood a people if find the things they watch the most? Maybe not, but you’d be quite close. The Youtube popular videos lists contain a diverse range of videos, more than last year,
Emmanuella is the King of Nigerian Youtube, and in typical clickbait fashion, the account that published this full-length movie with Emmanuella in its title. I imagine a lot of the people who clicked through to give them their over 3.2 million views had her in mind, were largely disappointed.
The video was renamed “LATEST COMEDY VS AKIN AND PAWPAW-DEAF AND DUMB — NIGERIAN NOLLYWOOD MOVIES 2017”
2. Welcome Back President Buhari: See how the President Landed after Medical Trip in UK
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was away for longer than expected on his medical trip, leading to rumours and speculations that he might have died in the United Kingdom. No better way to clear doubts than to watch a video of him touching down, right? At 1.4 million views, a lot of doubts were cleared. Also, it hurt a little that we didn't see videos of the Famous Aso Rodents.
3. Maths Teacher (Mark Angel Comedy) (Episode 118):
Emmanuella finally makes her on the list at over 7 million views. Can we all agree once again, that this little kid is not anyone’s mate on Youtube?
4. Biafra: Kanu I Want Binta To See This:
In this video, members of Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB confront Nigerian security forces when they were trying to prevent some sort of movement. IPOB vs The Nigerian Government is easily one of the biggest stories of 2017. At the moment, Nnamdi Kanu is believed to have fled, and his whereabouts, unknown.
5. NAIJ.com visits Evans the kidnapper’s house, how should he be punished?
Remember Evans, the Escobar of kidnapping? NAIJ paid a visit to his house, or the gate of the house at least, where they asked people in the area questions on what they think should be done about Evans. It garnered over 500 thousand views.
6. Channels Television: Boko Haram Special Documentary:
Channels literally just gave a crash course on Boko Haram, and as long as this group exists, there’ll always be people curious to know their motives and the things that drive them. This video has already racked up about 1.5 million views.
7. Wo — Olamide | Ikorodu Street Kids Dance (dream catchers dance):
When Olamide dropped his biggest song of 2017, Wo, what followed was a #WoChallenge; the goal was to find who could create the best dance video, and this 6 kids put in a solid entry. They didn’t win, but they racked up 647k views while they were at it.
8. Longer Throat (Mark Angel Comedy) (Episode 101):
Ha. It’s Emmanuella again. One appearance is never enough on the list for her, especially since she brings twice the drama. This one crossed 4 million views.
9. Our President is Back — Pete Edochie 2017
Someone thought it’d be a great idea to make a Nollywood movie with this name in a time where Nigerians the President leaving or coming back was almost always news. That someone, did a smart thing, and earned over 1 million views for it.
10. Akpos And Beaty 1 — (Nollywood Romantic Movies)
Nollywood snatched one more slot here, and still managed to grab 1.6 million views while at it.
What we noticed:
1. Nigerians didn’t turn up their funny side this year as much as we did last year. Only 4 videos on this list being remotely funny, compared to 9 last year.
2. This year appears to be more politically charged than last year. And we have Buhari and parts of the country trying to break off to hold responsible for that.
3. Nollywood movies on Youtube are actually a thing. It appears that Youtube is now becoming a legit distribution channel for Nigerian film makers.