Nollywood and sequels are like five and six. As far back as the 1990s and 2000s, every film had “part one” and “part two”, but the sequels on this list should’ve remained on a hard drive or, better yet, not shot at all.
The Set Up 2
Honestly, no one, and I repeat, no one, asked for this. The first Set Up came out in 2019, and even though it sold itself as this intelligent thriller, it just ended up getting stuck in its own knot of plot twists. While I’d give the first Set Up a “C” for effort, the sequel doesn’t even attempt to be smart like it’s predecessor. The story isn’t fully fleshed out and characters have been added just for vibes and inshallah. The actors and the audience deserved better.
Every AY the comedian destination sequel
The devil works hard, but AY the comedian works harder. Because we laughed a little bit at, not because of, 30 Days in Atlanta, this man has decided to travel to almost every country to create mid films up and down. I tried with 10 Days in Sun City, but by A Trip to Jamaica, my hope and sense had left my body.
The Return of Jenifa
The Return of Jenifa is more of an advert for toothpastes and detergents than a continuation of Suliat’s story. Despite a very Nollywood closing to the original, with Jenifa contracting HIV because she did small runs, Funke Akindele decided to make a sequel that completely disregards the first film’s events.
The annoying part is Jenifa now has a TV show, Jenifa’s Diary and that one doesn’t even act like the films exist.
Chief Daddy 2
It’s hard not to think of Chief Daddy 2 when people say, “Money is the root of all evil,” because securing a fat check is the only reason this evil currently exists on Netflix. Chief Daddy 2 was so bad that Mo Abudu had to put on her bone straight and apologise to Nigerians. If only our politicians could pick a thing or two from Aunty Mo.
New Money is one of Inkblot Production’s best work to date, but not even Falz’s exaggerated razz guy accent or Nse Ikpe-Etim’s Ameritish accent could save its sequel, Quam’s Money, from being a hot mess. Unlike New Money which had a fresh story and a lot of heart, Quam’s Money relies on cheap jokes and physical comedy that doesn’t really land. The film struggles harder than Falz’s fake dreads.
Merry Men 2: Another Mission
Someone needs to find out if AY has Ramsey Nouah on tape doing something illegal because I don’t understand how he agreed to be in Merry Men 2: Another Mission. The first Merry Men was deeply uninteresting, and this sequel is all drone shots and no substance. It might as well have been an ad for Eko Hotel, Transcorp Hotel, unconvincing VFX and really bad acting.
The Wedding Party 2
The Wedding Party was a cultural reset, but the sequel tagged “Destination Dubai” took all the magic and diluted it into watery zobo. While Sola Sobowale’s Yoruba mummy extraness and Adesua Etomi’s charm pushed The Wedding Party and made it a fave, the sequel felt like a desperate attempt to milk the audience’s bank account. We should’ve known it was sus the moment they had to hire a different director.
The Ghost and the Tout Too
Toyin Abraham is funny, but not funny enough to make me watch her play the same character twice, especially when the writing falls flat. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Ghost and the Tout, nothing prepared me for how much of a snoozefest The Ghost and the Tout Too would be. And no, throwing Osas Ighodaro into the mix did nothing to make it better.
When Love Happens Again
Romcoms typically end when the lead character finds love — usually in the arms of someone who’s been right in front of them all along. But for the producers of When Love Happens, the classic ending wasn’t enough.
Instead of leaving one of my favourite Nollywood romcoms alone, these producers decided to make an unhinged and low-budget-looking sequel, When Love Happens Again, set in America. I honestly felt bad for my girl, Weruche Opia.