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10 Nigerian Romantic Comedy Movies You Should Watch If You Haven’t Already

I don’t know about you, but i think we need more Nigerian rom-coms

  • written by Joy Onu
  • 9 min read
  • 21 Nov, 2023
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If there’s one thing I really love about romcoms, it would be that giddy feeling they leave you with while the end credits are rolling. It’s like you’ve been transported to a whole other world filled with romance and laughter, and now that you’re back in the real world, your desire for romance in your own life has been fueled some more.

Rom-com lovers know this feeling all too well, and if you think for a second that Nollywood doesn’t have good romantic movies, think again, because this list is solid proof that Nigerians do romcoms like true pros, we just need more, and more of it.

So here are 10 Nigerian romantic comedies that we swear by, just because they’re so good.

Isoken

Isoken
If you haven’t seen Isoken yet, we’re not judging you (yet). It is truly, hands down the best Nollywood romcom in our opinion. It has everything, from the ‘when is she getting married’ trope to a very climatic love triangle between a typical ‘Nigerian husband material’ and an ‘Oyinbo’ man. 

This story is different, it’s classy and it’s also very Nigerian. If you’re looking for a good laugh and a charming love story, this is the one. The cast is also top tier, from Dakore Egbuson to Joseph Benjamin, Marc Rhys, Jemima Osunde, and so on.

Kambili - The Whole 30 Yards

Kambili - The Whole 30 Yards
Kambili is the kind of movie you’d watch with mixed emotions, one minute you love it, the next minute you’re screaming at your TV to make something happen. All in all, you love it! It follows a 28 going on 29 years old lady that has a bunch of red flags of her own, she’s trying to get married before she hits 30, but her plan comes to a standstill the moment her boyfriend breaks up with her.

She proceeds to do everything in her power to prove to him that she is the kind of wife material he’s looking for. The film stars Nancy Isime, just in case you’re still looking for a reason to watch it.

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel || Netflix
The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a 2017 film that left us all in our feelings, a Nigerian, London based  chef goes back to Nigeria to her mother who is determined to be her matchmaker, she also goes back home to find her family’s hotel in shambles, so she’s determined to restore it. In the middle of it all, she finds out that the man buying the hotel is also the man she’s in love with. 

The film stars Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Jide Kosoko, Toni Tones, O.C. Ukeje, and a host of other talented Nollywood actors.

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party
I think we all watched The Wedding Party, but just in case you didn’t, let’s break it down still. In this lovable, feel-good film, Adesua Etomi stars as a cute bride and her groom get through all the chaos caused by their family, friends, and ex’s, as they get ready for their Nigerian wedding of the century. This is one of the best Nigerian movies out there if you’re looking for something a bit more modern and catchy.

It’s Her Day

It's Her Day || Netflix
It’s Her Day will surely have you laughing, it stars Bovi Ugboma and Ini Dima-Okojie and it follows a godzilla bride making the craziest, most hilarious demand on her big day because she wants a fairytale wedding, now the groom must meets these demands even though he’s not quite sure he should.

Potato Potahto

Potato Potahto || Netflix
O.C. Ukeje and Joselyn Dumas in a movie together has to be TV gold, because the chemistry was giving. When a divorced couple decides it’s best to share equal space in their home, things absolutely go crazy, and you’ll love it.

Phone Swap

Phone Swap || Netflix
Phone Swap is a 2012 film, we know it’s a bit older but it’s just as good. A fashion designer and a business man mistakenly swap their phones in the midst of a busy airport, now they must try and help each other when it comes to carrying out their individual tasks.

The Eve

The Eve
Eve is the perfect example of why you should be hundred percent sure that no one is turning your head before you go down on one knee. Funsho is a good guy about to get married to his forever sweetheart, but during his bachelor party he falls for someone else because of their sizzling chemistry. So the question now is, who will he marry?

Namaste Wahala

Namaste Wahala || Netflix
The judge, jury, and critics all came for this movie, but we absolutely cannot deny that it was actually really good. Put aside some cringe moments, it was actually enjoyable watching a Nigerian girl and an Indian man fall in love.

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect || IMDb
Picture Perfect is one of those Nigerian movies that just effortlessly put together romance and comedy in a way you don’t see often. What happens when a fashion designer and an area boy meet in uncharted waters? We’ll tell you, it’s pure comedic and romantic magic, plus Bolanle Ninalowo’s acting was nothing short of stellar.




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