I speak for the majority, if not everyone, when I say that 2022 was a year at full speed.

It has been an action-packed year, from entertainment (shout out to Afrobeats stars and Nollywood who stayed at the top of their games) to economic events that never seemed to catch a break.

Key takeaways:

  1. 2022 has been an eventful year, from the Russia-Ukraine war to global inflation. But there certainly have been some bright spots.

  2. Despite the global slowdown in cinema business, Nollywood movies Brotherhood and King of Thieves grossed over ₦300 million each.

  3. Nigeria has its first World Record in Track and Field history as Tobi Amusan raced to the top in the World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games.


Merely two months into the year, while the world was still recovering from 2020, Putin dropped a bomb, literally. That move on February 24 was a defining theme for 2022. A chain of events quickly followed: almost eight million Ukrainians became refugees, Europe descended into an energy crisis and commodities prices (grains, crude oil etc.) spiked, worsening inflation globally.

In the midst of it all, the rest of the world pressed on.

2022 gave Nigerians the gift of back-to-back hits from Asake, who had us dancing all year long. Last Last by Burna Boy took the world by storm. And Argentina made history with its first World Cup trophy in 36 years (on behalf of Nigerians, I ask, God, when?).

For the 2022 edition of Stears Rewind, I present five bright spots that lightened up the year. Here we go!