Here Are 7 African Romance Films That Aren't in English

These films depict beautiful, heartwarming African romances.

Although most French African films are simply poverty porn—filled with miserabilist stories that show Africans and West Indians as child soldiers, victims of terrible wars, or people living in desolate, inhumane conditions—a few of them still show black French people for what they truly are: humans beings, and not just stereotypes.

The love is not dead, and while these aren't all in French, the following movies manage to depict beautiful, heartwarming African romances.

Here are a few of them.

Rue Princesse, an Ivorian film by Henri Duparc (1994)

The son of a middle class family living in Abidjan runs away from home and falls in love with a sex worker from Rue Princesse, one of the hotspots of the city. He decides to convince her to form a band with him.

Adieu Foulards, a French West Indies film by Christian Lara (1983)

A songwriter tries to get the woman he loves, a singer from the French West Indies, to come to a prestigious event in France, but her arrival is delayed when the financier disappears with the money.

Sexe, Gombo et beurre salé, a French TV movie by Mahamat Saleh-Haroun (2008)

When Hortense abandons her family to live with her lover, her husband has to start from the ground, and learn how to be a single parent while also trying to date again.

Madame Brouette, a Senegalese movie by Moussa Sene Absa (2004) 

A woman decides that she has had enough of men, and chooses to remain single until she dies—that is until she falls in love with a policeman who turns out to be a scammer.

Mortu Nega, a Bissau-Guinean movie in Portuguese Crioulo by Flora Gomes (1988)

A woman travels through her country to find her husband, a political resistant during the independence war. They eventually find each other, but the question still remains as to whether the couple will be able to go back to the life they had before the war.

Aya of Yop City, an animated French-Ivorian movie by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie (2013)

Set in Ivory Coast in the 70’s, this animated film follows the lives of a family and their neighbors in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, as they deal with heartbreak, family issues and new relationships.

Finye (The Wind) A Malian movie by Souleymane CIssé (1982)

In a post-colonial Senegal, the daughter of a wealthy military man falls in love with a student at her university and they both get involved in a protest against the oppressive government.

Photo: Marvel

The Dora Milaje Are Getting Their Own Spin-Off Penned by Nnedi Okorafor and We're Here For It

The first of the three-part story drops this June.

The Dora Milaje, Wakanda's fierce, all-women army who stole the show in Black Panther, are finally getting the storyline they deserve in Marvel's universe.

Keep reading... Show less

Black Panther Is Back In the New Trailer for 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Rejoice! We get to visit Wakanda again on April 27. 🙅🏿

Lucky for all of us, we don't have to wait much longer for the Black Panther to return to our screens.

The new trailer for the final installment in Marvel's Avengers series dropped today, and it looks like we're in for yet another visual treat. The movie features some of our favorite Wakandans including the king, T'Challa, Okoye, Shuri, M'Baku and more.

Keep reading... Show less
Famous Bobson. Image courtesy of the artist.

This 21-Year-Old Could Be The Next Big Thing In Nigerian Afro-Pop

Famous Bobson has shared the stage with Davido and dropped consistent bangers. 2018 could be his year.

Bobson Iyovwaye also known as Famous Bobson is one of the fresh faces looking to break out in the Nigerian afrobeats game in 2018.

After garnering a lot of buzz with "Only You" last year, the 21-year-old singer has been picking up speed lately with successful tours both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. A few weeks ago he was killing it on stage in Birmingham as an opening act for Davido at his 30 Billion World Tour concert.

His latest single "Iyawo" has all the elements of a traditional love song and its accompanying music video which was directed by David Anthony, truly captures the spirit of the song. With a new single and a big concert in Toronto coming up in May, this might just be the year when everyone gets to know who Famous Bobson is.

We caught up with the rising star to discuss his journey so far, his latest single and what we should expect from him in the future. Read our conversation below.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox