10 Romantic Nollywood movies we can not forget in a hurry – I doubt you’re a Nigerian if you didn’t watch No. 9 (Photos)

Before the transition to Technological innovations such as cable subscriptions, Youtube Entertainment and modern cinema viewing, Nollywood movies packed in VHR, VCD and DVD’s were the pride of every home across the country. While some say there is a huge difference between Nigerian movies and Nollywood movies, irrespective of whatever term you choose to use, both refer to movies made by Nigerians featuring Nigerians. Now with Iroko TV at your fingertips and other movie streaming and downloading platforms, getting DVD versions of some old Nollywood movies might be a big hurdle to cross, however, there are some movies that deserve to be saved in DVD’s so it can be watched over and over again.

Best 10 Romantic Nollywood Movies

These movies are all centred on love among other themes and are known to evoke a nostalgic feeling whenever viewed. With Nigerian actresses like Genevieve Nnaji, Stella Damasus, Mercy Johnson, etc., and actors like Richard Mofe-Damijo, Ramsey Noah and some of the ‘New Generation actors,’ most Nigerians can still relate with the movies below.

1. Oganigwe

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Oganigwe

The movie Oganigwe was one of the first Cinderella stories in the Nigerian movie industry. Starring Chiege Alisigwe as Olamma, Kenneth Okonkwo as the Prince who fell in love with Olamma, Camilla Mberekpe as the wicked Step-mother, Clem Ohameze as the wicked uncle and more, Oganigwe is a mixture of tragedy and comedy.

Oganigwe talks about the traditional Cinderella story of a young orphan who had to live with her step-mother. The step-mother made her life a living hell but at last Olamma finds love in the arms of her prince charming while nemesis caught up with the wicked step-mother, resulting to an over-sized mammary gland referred to as ‘Oganigwe.’

2.  Letters to a Stranger

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Letters to a Stranger

Featuring the veterans in the industry – Genevieve Nnaji, Yemi Blaq, Fred Amata, Joke Silva, Elvina Ibru and Ibinabo Fiberesima, Letters to a Stranger tells the story of Jemima whose love life with her boyfriend, Fredrick is dependent on Fred’s mother as she dictates their every move.

The movie was produced in the year 2007 and had Special Appearances from the likes of Segun Arinze and D’Banj the Koko master.

3. Keeping Faith

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Keeping Faith

Spanning over 10 years, the title, Keeping Faith still rings a bell even though most people may not remember in details what the movie was all about.

Co-starred by Nollywood’s most loved screen couple, Genevieve Nnaji and Richard Mofe-Damijo, Keeping Faith tells the story of Nadine and all the works, efforts and drama she put in, to literally keep her man, Princewill.

The movie throws light on a fact that while a woman may try several means; Love portion, food, and sex, in order to keep a man, it’s actually the simplest things that can make him stay.

4. Flower Girl

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Flower Girl

Flower Girl is a more recent movie [2013] than the above and features Tinsel stars Damilola Adegbite and Chris Attoh.

The romantic comedy is based on the story of Kemi who is dying to get married to Umar, a young career driven man.

Watching the movie for the first time evokes so much love, watching it all over again triggers questions as to the screen relationship between Dami and Chris that led them to the altar in reality.

5. Knocking On Heaven’s Gate

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Knocking On Heaven’s Gate

This romantic love story by Emem Isong is responsible for the screen breakthrough of Nollywood actress Adesua Etomi, as both her acting and singing skills were well explored. 

Also featuring, Majid Micheal, Ini Edo and Blossom Chukwujekwu, the movie tells the story of a couple, made of a choir director and choir singer, whose marriage seemed perfect to the world, but was being eaten deep by domestic violence.

Eventually, the woman falls into the hands of a music producer who plans to steal her heart away from her husband, deliver her from the abuse as well as change her genre of music.

6. Wedding Party

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Wedding Party

This movie came with so much hype which was worth it at the end of the day. The star-studded movie remains one of the best-produced movies of 2016 and the most watched movie in Nigerian box office as at December 2016.

Starring Adesua Etomi as the Yoruba bride of the century and Banky W [his first movie] as the Igbo groom whose parents [especially mothers] did not fully accept the choices of the tribe they chose to marry from.

With a side distraction by a wedding thief who invaded the party and a single mistake by the best man [Ikechukwu], the groom had to fight to keep his lady, who also faced some drama from the ex of her husband to be.

Wedding Party is a must watch as it captures all the drama in a typical modern-day Nigerian wedding – it still showed at Cinemas as at March 2017.

7. Bonds of Love

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Bonds of Love

This is a movie from 2016 and still remains a classic.  Featuring the love goddess, Genevieve Nnaji and Emeka Ike as the lead actors, Love Bond portrays how deep and how far lovers can go just to be with each other.

8. When Love Happens

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When Love Happens

When Love Happens is a typical ‘RomCom’ and like the name implies love can happen anywhere when you least expect it. In the plot, Moduroti AKAa Mo goes on a relationship expedition when she’s hired to plan her long-time friend’s wedding. Little did she know that she didn’t have to look far because what she needed was just at her fingertips. The movie features Beverly Naya, OC Ukeje and more.

9. Dumebi

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Dumebi The Dirty Girl

Directed by Tchidi Tchikere, Dumebi The Dirty Girl remains one of the most popular features of Mercy Johnson and led her to win an award at the AMVCA 2013. Released in 2012, Dumebi, after attracting the love of a rich man in part 1, returned with a second part Dumebi Goes To School, and both parts were a buzz for a long time.

10. The Contract

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The Contract

The Contract is a romantic Nigerian-Ghanian movie produced by Yvonne Okoro and also stars the Ghanian actress alongside Nigeria’s Joseph Benjamin.

The movie is centred around a funny contract involving a pregnancy and a baby which was later discovered to be a set of twin. The contract didn’t cover ‘twin’ terms and this leads to issues regarding the ownership of the babies and how they would be shared among the contractor and the contractee.

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