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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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Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Formerly known as "Big Hair Don't Care", creator Freddie Harrel and her team have released 3 new wig shapes called the "RadShapes" available now.


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The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured £1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."


Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

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