shanty town is the most watched nollywood drama on netflix africa

Shanty Town Is The Most-Watched Nollywood Drama On Netflix Africa

Shanty Town, a 2023 Nigerian crime thriller drama, has become the most-streamed African Original in Nigeria and the second most-streamed across the African continent. 

The Nollywood drama, created by Xavier Ighorodje and Chichi Nworah and produced by Chinenye Nworah, has gained a lot of attention since its release. 

‘Shanty Town’ is a gripping portrayal of the dark and tumultuous life within Lagos in Nigeria. The six-part series, released to Netflix on 20 January 2023, has been in the limelight throughout the year.

Shanty Town is the most-watched nollywood drama on Netflix Africa

According to Netflix’s inaugural “What We Watched: A Netflix Engagement Report,” Shanty Town is the most-watched nollywood drama on Netflix Africa. 

It published a report about the streaming giant’s viewership trends for the first half of 2023. Shanty Town gained all the attention from the viewers.

With 27.3 million hours viewed between January and June 2023, the Nigerian drama series became the most-streamed African Original in Nigeria, trailing only behind South Africa’s ‘Unseen’. 

Shanty Town stars Chidi Mokeme, Ini Edo, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Sola Sobowale, Nancy Isime, Shaffy Bello, Ali Nuhu and others.

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Shanty Town 

Shanty Town revolves around the story of a group of prostitutes. Nancy Isime, a Nigerian actress and model, has played the role of a prostitute in this drama. The film talks about the harsh conditions of life in the slums and how women are exploited and sexually abused.

The Netflix drama highlights the vulnerability and exploitation faced by women in the field of prostitution.

Film critics have widely praised Nancy Isime’s outstanding performance in Shanty Town. Earlier this year, Nancy Isime’s controversial nude scene, exposing her breast, wreaked havoc on the internet. The actress said that her body part was not her but a prosthetic, an artificial body part. 


  •    Chidi Mokeme as Scar
  •    Ini Edo as Inem and Idong
  •    Richard Mofe-Damijo as Chief Fernandez
  •    Sola Sobowale as Mummy Tornado
  •    Nse Ikpe-Etim as Ene
  •     Zubby Michael as Colorado
  •     Nancy Isime as Shalewa
  •     Shaffy Bello as Dame Dabola
  •     Mercy Eke as Jackie
  •     Ali Nuhu as Accountant
  •     Uche Jombo as Detective Janice