Last Flight to Abuja

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Last Flight to Abuja
Last Flight to Abuja Theatrical Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byObi Emelonye
Produced by
Written by
  • Tunde Babalola
  • Obi Emelonye
  • Amaka Obi-Emelonye
Music byLuke Corradine
CinematographyJames M. Costello
Edited byBen Nugent
Nollywood Film Factory
Release date
  • June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29) (UK )
  • August 3,  2012 (2012-08-03) (Nigeria)
Running time
81 min
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, and starring Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Jim Iyke. Shot in Lagos, the film received 5 nominations at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards, winning the category "Best film by an African based abroad".[2][3][4]



During 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 received mixed reviews. Praised for its cinematography and music score, most critics stated that the CGI and visual effects left a lot to be desired.[6] The film grossed ₦8,350,000 in its opening weekend with an attendance of 9,638,[7][8] and went ahead to gross ₦24,000,000 in its first week, topping the chart in west African cinemas and beating Hollywood movies such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Think Like a Man, The Avengers and Madagascar 3.[7][9] It was released in many cities, including Lagos and London,[5] where it was rated at 4 stars by Odeon cinemas.[10]

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  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". P.M. News Nigeria. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Winners 2013". African Movie Academy Award. Archived from the original on 31 May 2013. 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 Kay, Chris; Spillane, Chris (13 December 2013). "Nollywood comes of age". Oman Tribune. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Last Flight to Abuja". Nollywood Reinvented. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Last Flight to Abuja grosses N8m in the box office". Vanguard. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Half of a Yellow Sun sets new box office record". Vanguard. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Last Flight to Abuja emerges best box office hit of 2012". Nigerian Voice. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  10. ^ "'I'm Happy 'Last Flight To Abuja' Is Rated 4 Star' - Omotola Jalade". Nigeria Films. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2014.

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