Fifty captures a few pivotal, days in the lives of four Nigeria women at the pinnacle of their careers. Meet Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate four friends forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives, while juggling careers and family against the sprawling backdrops of the upper middle-class neighbourhoods of Ikoyi and Victoria Island in Lagos.They live and work in the resurgent, ever-bustling, 24-hour megacity of Lagos, the largest city of Africa's biggest and most vibrant economy. Tola is a reality TV star whose marriage to lawyer Kunle never stood a chance thanks to an invidious family secret. Elizabeth is a celebrated obstetrician whose penchant for younger men has estranged her from her daughter.Forty-nine year-old Maria has an affair with a married man that results in an unexpected pregnancy and Kate's battle with a life-threatening illness has plunged her into religious obsession. In this tender but unflinching exploration of love and lust,power and rivalry,life and loss in twenty-first century Africa's most populous city,and to the pulsating beat of the compelling and entrancing grooves of African Music,we see our four lead characters muster courage,put on their six-inch heels, working hard and partying too, and strut confidently to tackle life's curveballs head-on. Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate rise triumphantly to the challenges of contemporary life faced by women everywhere and remain unbowed. Fifty is directed by Biyi Bandele

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30 Dec 2016
Media entrepreneur, Mo Abudu is no stranger to using TV to offer a more glamorous depiction of Africa. Her media company, Ebonylife TV produces films, lifestyle shows and even scripted series that attempt to debunk the narrative that has haunted the ...

30 Dec 2016
Several high budget Nollywood films have been released this year and ‘Fifty’ could just be the ‘drama of the year’. The EbonyLife Film directed by Biyi Bandele stars A-list actresses namely Ireti Doyle, Dakore Akande, Nse Ikpe Etim and Omoni ...

30 Dec 2016
1. Fifty, as you may have gathered from the inescapable publicity blitz preceding its cinema run, follows four women, all of whom are turning 50. It is a magical age—“the new 30”—and these women are going through changes. Tola (Dakore Egbuson ...


30 Dec 2016
Fifty is a thought-provoking film which highlights issues we face daily in our individual lives and as a society. It is an adventure filled, comic-styled movie that would be hitting the cinemas come 18th December, 2015. With Fifty, we aren’t confro ...

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30 Dec 2016
The Nigerian movie industry is starting to really impress a lot of Nigerians and everyday as more and more Nigerians are proud of the metamorphosis currently happening in Nollywood. Any Nigerian would agree that many film-loving Nigerians, for a long ...


30 Dec 2016
“Fifty” follows four African female lead characters into a riveting exploration of life’s paradoxes; love and lust, faith and logic, power and vulnerability, wisdom and youth, all culminated against the tropically insatiable backdrop of ...

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Release Date:

October 17th, 2015 (BFI, UK)
December 13th, 2015 (Special Grand Nigerian, Nigeria)
December 18th, 2015 (Nigeria)
December 28, 2015 (Internet Release, France)
February 4th, 2016 (Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden)

Executive Producer:

Mo Abudu


Malcolm John McLean


Bola Agbaje, Kemi Adesoye


Matthew Bate


Meltem Baytok, Simon Price, Nick Roberts


Ben Onono, King Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti, Nneka, Tiwa Savage, Waje

Original Score:

Ben Onono, King Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti, Nneka, Tiwa Savage, Waje

Production Company:

EbonyLife Films


FilmOne Distribution




101 minutes

Box Office:

₦94 million

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