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These 10 Nollywood Love Stories on YouTube Will Make You Feel Good About Your Love Life

These Nollywood films give love some much-needed perspective.

I’ll be honest, I think Nollywood movies are ridiculous—and that's because for the most part, they are. I'm almost positive that the phrase "doing the most" came about after someone saw a Nollywood film for the first time.


Yet and still, there's a reason why Nollywood remains one of the most thriving film industries in the world. It seems that no matter how implausible some of the storylines may seem, when you look past the forced accents and special effects, it’s possible to see part of yourself—or some crazy family member of yours—in them.

Nollywood is especially entertaining when it comes to love stories. Whether it’s true love, forbidden love, or love cursed by juju, if there’s one thing that Nollywood films get right, it's their portrayal of how unavoidably rocky love can be.

No matter how your love life (or lack thereof) is looking right now, there's a Nollywood film out there with an insanely overdramatic take on your situation that's sure to put things into perspective for you.

Here's a list of 10 that you can watch right now on YouTube.

1. In Love Again

When you're happy just doing you and then some fine boy or girl with no pimples decides to come along and ruin it all.

2. Bonds Of Love

Because sometimes love has a hold on you, and you have absolutely no say in the matter.

3. Treat Me Right 

Because that's what you're supposed to do, jaré. 

4. Warrior’s Heart

When the devil is working in your relationship, but you're ready for battle.

5. Wish I Was Single

When you realize that self-love is the best love, and you no longer want to share food with anyone.

6. Worlds Apart

For that long-distance struggle.

7. Marry Who You Love

When you're tired of your African parents pestering you, and you try to let them know what's up without being disowned.

8. Love Out Of This World

For that unexplainable, "Wow, I'm really doing this, huh" sort of love.

9. Smacked Down By Love

For when it's looking like another love TKO is coming for your ass.

10. Power of Love 

When you've been through SO. DAMN. MUCH.—but love still manages to conquer it all.

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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