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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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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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