African video streaming platform, Showmax, has just released its top ten most-watched shows of 2021.
Showmax, an African video streaming platform recently released its top ten most-watched shows of 2021. Among the top ten shows were Ghana Jollof, BBNaija, I Am Laycon and My Flatmates.
Other shows that topped the chart include ‘A Thousand Way to Break a Cheating Man’, ‘BBNaija: The Buzz', 'Night Bus to Lagos’, ‘Riona’, ‘The Cleaner', and ‘Unmarried.’
It was no surprise that Showmax’s first original comedy series, Ghana Jollof, made it to the overall list of most-watched in 2021. The series claimed the top spot for 13 weeks straight after launching in October last year.
The comedy series centred around the lives of two friends, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who left Nigeria for Ghana in search of greener pastures.
The popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, also featured on the list. The sixth season of the show generated a lot of buzz among fans and viewers on social media for the 72 days duration.
Also on the slate of most-watched in 2021 is the hilarious comedy series, My Flatmates, produced by Basketmouth. It is a situational comedy documenting the lives of four friends who share an apartment. All kinds of chaotic and humorous things happen as they go about their daily escapades in pursuit of a better life for themselves.
The viewing statistics demonstrates Nigerians' growing appetite for local content. It also showed that the drama genre gained much more views than any other category of Nigerian local content on the streaming platform.
The most rated Nigerian movies on Netflix 2021 also corroborate Nigerians' flair for the drama genre where drama movies such as This lady called life, Gone, A Naija Christmas, Oloibiri, etc were highly ranked. Also the top 5 shows on IrokoTV of 2021 were all various kinds of Drama. They were Blood of Enogie, Gift, Love me, Picture Perfect and Mustapha.
A report by Digital TV Research forecasts about 15.06 million paying subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) in Africa by 2026. From the 10 million additions, South Africa and Nigeria will each supply 2.3 million. These two countries are estimated to be the only countries with more than 1 million subscriptions.
Showmax is an on-demand video streaming service offering a wide variety of TV shows, movies, documentaries, originals, kids shows, sports and more.