Last Flight to Abuja

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Last Flight to Abuja
Last Flight to Abuja Theatrical Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Obi Emelonye
Produced by
  • Obi Emelonye
  • Charles Thompson
Written by
  • Tunde Babalola
  • Obi Emelonye
  • Amaka Obi-Emelonye
Music by Luke Corradine
Cinematography James M. Costello
Edited by Ben Nugent
Nollywood Film Factory
Release date
  • June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29) (UK )
  • August 3,  2012 (2012-08-03) (Nigeria)
Running time
81 min
Country Nigeria
Language English
Budget ₦40 million[1]
Box office ₦57,050,000 (domestic gross)[1]

Last Flight to Abuja is a 2012 Nigerian thriller disaster film written by Tunde Babalola, directed and produced by Obi Emelonye. Starring Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Jim Iyke. The film which was shot in Lagos, received 5 nominations at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards and won award for the category best film by an African based abroad.[2][3][4]



In the filming process, Emelonye had to deal with his peers, banks, and bureaucrats at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.[5]


Last Flight to Abuja was welcomed with mostly mixed reviews from critics. The film was praised for its brilliant Cinematography and Music Score amongst others. Most Critics however cited that; the Computer Generated Imagery and Visual Effects left a lot to be desired. The movie grossed ₦8,350,000 in its opening weekend with an attendance of 9,638,[6][7] and went ahead to gross ₦24,000,000 in its first week topping the chart in west African cinemas and beating Hollywood blockbusters such as: The Amazing Spider-Man, Think Like a Man, The Avengers and Madagascar 3.[6][8] It was released in cinemas in many cities, including Lagos and London.[5] The movie was rated '4' in the UK cinemas.[9]


  1. ^ a b Kay, Chris (13 August 2013). "Moviemakers Beg Banks for Cash as Nollywood Goes Global". Bloomberg. 
  2. ^ Arogundade, Funsho (16 March 2013). "Emelonye's ' Last Flight To Abuja' Tops AMAA Nominations". Lagos, Nigeria: P.M. News Nigeria. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Winners 2013". African Movie Academy Award. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Full List of Nominees for 2013 African Movie Academy Awards". African Spotlight. Lagos, Nigeria. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Nollywood comes of age." Washington Post-Bloomberg at the Oman Tribune.
  6. ^ a b "Last Flight to Abuja grosses N8m in the box office". Vanguard Newspaper. Vanguard. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Half of a Yellow Sun sets new box office record". Vanguard Newspaper. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
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  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

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