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The 10 Best Nollywood Romantic Comedies To Watch on Valentine's Day

Love is in the air, abi?

Nollywood is popular for its love for romance and comedies. It is no wonder most of its biggest blockbusters are a combo of both genres—romcoms. Its biggest stars are also those who participate heavily in this genre—think Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, and Richard Mofe-Damijo.

Over the years, romance stories have evolved in Nollywood—from recreating romance as seen in Hollywood films, to telling romance stories that are uniquely Nigerian. These new romcoms are a departure from juju-influenced relationships and marriages like in Steve Guskas' Keeping Faith to keep note of. Another romance narrative that Nigerian filmmakers have abandoned is the cliched story where the daughter or son of a rich man falls in love with someone from a modest background and risks everything to keep the relationship.

The increase in production budget has helped improve the quality of onscreen love with the infusion of fairytale, destination weddings like that of Nonso and Deardre in the hilarious Wedding Party: Dubai Destination.

These days, you go to Nigeria cinemas and you enjoy romance with all that comes with it—laughs, beauty, and on a few occasions, tears. Unfortunately, Nollywood fans in the diaspora do not get to see some of these films in cinemas. But thanks to the internet and Video on Demand (VOD) platforms, they can now see these new romance stories from the comfort of their home anywhere in the world.

So, if you are planning a romantic indoor dinner with your partner this Valentine's Day, here are 10 Nigerian romance stories to watch as you cuddle next to each other. Check them out below.


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THE WEDDING PARTY

The Wedding Party is a romcom that explores all that can wrong in a high-class wedding in Lagos; from the bride wedding gown getting ripped, the couples being "kidnapped"—to a robbery involving the bride and groom's families.

WHEN LOVE HAPPENS

When Love Happens is a sweet romantic comedy about Moduroti (Mo) Bankole-Smith, a wedding planner who got tired of planning weddings for everyone but herself. Determine to break her hard luck and get herself a man, Mo turns to the internet.

FIFTY

Fifty explores the lives, work and romance of four women—Tolu, Maria, Kate, and Elizabeth—approaching their fifties. Each has a unique problem: Tolu is a popular reality TV star with a chaotic marriage; 49-year-old Maria has a secret affair with a married man which leads to unwanted pregnancy; Kate suffers from a life-threating disease and Elizabeth is an illustrious obstetrician with a taste for men half her age.

ROAD TO YESTERDAY

Road to Yesterday is a deviation from the lightheartedness of most Nollywood romance films. It is intense and emotional. Estranged couple, Izu and Victoria, try to find their way back to each other on a road trip to Izu's uncle's funeral.

FALLING

Muna's life is thrown into chaos when her husband, Imoh, gets into an accident that lands him in a deep coma. Against the advice of family and friends and amidst financial difficulty, she refuses to give up on him. Her life gets complicated when she gets start having feelings for the doctor overseeing her husband's case.

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ISOKEN

Isoken is a successful, 34-year-old spinster who everyone is worried about because of her inability to get a man at her age. She went from having no man to being divided between two handsome men—the successful Osaze and the photographer Kelvin.

THE ROYAL HIBISCUS HOTEL

Ope, a disillusioned chef based in London, returns to Nigeria after her dream of starting an African restaurant in the UK fails. On her return, she has to deal with her matchmaking mum and saving her family's rundown hotel which is being bought by her prince charming.

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OKAFOR'S LAW

Chuks is bent on proving the infamous Okafor's Law to his friends—so, he takes a bet that he can bed three old flames within 6 weeks but ended up the toast of his own game.

SOBI'S MYSTIC

Sobi's Mystic is a suspense-filled romantic drama that explores the irony of a player being played. Sobi is taken aback by Mystique, whom he met at a night club when she kicks him out of the hotel room after a night of passion with her. Spurred by her lack of interest in him, he tracks her down to unravel the mystic attached to her character.

PICTURE PERFECT

Picture Perfect is about finding love in the strangest of places. Kunmbi, a well-off fashion designer gets rescued by Jobe, an agbero—Lagos thug—when her car broke down late in the night in his territory. Their fortunate meeting soon turns to a nightmare for her when he sets an "office" close to her shop.

Look out for Bolanle Ninalowo in this emotional rollercoaster—he put up an award-winning performance as Jobe; it was a deviation from his Americanah and playboy characters.

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Daniel Okechukwu is a Nollywood blogger. He discusses the latest happenings in the Nigerian film industry on his platform, That Nollywood Blog. Keep up with him on Twitter here.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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