Battle on Buka Street becomes the first indigenous Nigerian film to be released in the United States.
Actress Funke Akindele’s 2022 film, Battle on Buka Street, has been reported to gross about $61,000 in cinemas in the United States. The film, directed by Akindele, was distributed by FilmOne and Part Two Media.
The film which centres on the rivalry of two women with food businesses on the same street becomes the first indigenous Nigerian film to be released in the United States.
The cast of the film includes Funke Akindele, Mercy Johnson, Tina Mba, Tobi Makinde, Femi Jacobs, Sola Sobowale, Kevin Ikeduba, Nkem Owoh, Femi Jacobs, Wumi Toriola, and others.
“Full credit to the star, director and producer Funke Akindele, who worked her magic to her 15 million+ Instagram followers,” Craig Shurn of Part Two Media said.
“The US African diaspora has been underserved and starved of true African content, especially theatrically, for the longest time. It is an honour to have brought Battle on Buka Street to them eventually. It’s a great start, and it’s exciting what the future holds.”
A statement from FilmOne adds that, “As the first indigenous Nollywood release in the US, this film is performing beyond expectation and is an indication of what we should look forward to this year for global releases of films from Nigeria. In a few months and years, we expect Nollywood releases to be a consistent feature in cinemas in the US, Europe and beyond.”