Top 15 Nigerian movies about love that you will surely enjoy (2022)

Love movies tend to make great stories for movies, especially if you are romantic. With the Nigerian movie industry, there is no lack of romantic movies. Whether you are a hopeless romantic who can endure a gut-wrenching love story – with a good happy ending, or just looking for a romantic comedy to keep you entertained, you can be sure to find a good love film. We have compiled a list of the latest Nigerian love movies that you should check out.

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The best romantic movies are those that draw an emotional reaction even to the most stoic film fanatics. Life isn’t any better without love and the best romantic movies from Nigeria will help you to appreciate your loved ones even more. That is in addition to reaching out for tissues or sighing with content when the love prevails at the end.

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1. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (2017)

IMDb Score: 6.6

Directed by Ishaya Bako, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a top Nigerian love movie released in 2017. It tells the story of Opeoluwa (Zainab Balogun) a disillusioned chef living in London, who is working a dead-end job while attempting to open her restaurant. Meanwhile, back in Nigeria, her parents operate a run-down hotel, which her father decides to sell in order to settle their debts – without the knowledge of his wife.

When Opeoluwa finally decides to return to Nigeria, her father is elated and convinces her to sign off on the selling of the hotel, which she was set to inherit. Her mother, on the other hand, attempts several matchmaking efforts in order to marry her off. While restoring the hotel, Ope meets Deji (Kenneth Okolie), a charming businessman, who might threaten her plans to restore the hotel’s fortunes.

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2. Isoken (2017)

IMDb Score: 8.3

Isoken is a 2017 romantic comedy Nigerian film directed by Jadesola Osibery and starring Dakore Akande. It tells the story of Isoken, a successful independent woman who appears to have everything in life, except for the fact that she is not married at the age of 34. In a culture obsessed with marriage, this is a huge concern, which means that everyone from friends to family worries about her.

During her sister’s wedding, Isoken overbearing mother arranges a matchmaking with Osaze, a handsome and successful man from a good family – all the qualities of a perfect Nigerian husband. However, Isoken meets and starts falling for Kevin, a good man who might be just what she wants in a husband, except for the fact that he is Onyibo (a white man).

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3. The Wedding Party (2016)

IMDb Score: 6.2

The Wedding Party is a romantic drama comedy film directed by Kemi Adetiba. Released in 2016, it is one of the most popular Nigerian love movies, and one of the highest grossing Nollywood film.

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The film stars Adesua Etomi as Dunni Coker, a 24-year-old art gallery owner who is preparing to marry her fiancé, Dozie Onwuka (Banky Wellington), an IT entrepreneur in a lavish wedding. However, as the day of the wedding approaches, the couple’s plans turn into nightmares due to matchmaking attempts on the bridal team, bickering parents, uninvited “village” guests with unruly behaviors, and a wedding planner who is only focused on succeeding.

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The plans become even more complicated when exes start turning up, causing Dunni to become concerned about her fiancé’s faithfulness, especially given that they had taken a vow of chastity until their wedding night.

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4. The Wedding Party 2 (2018)

IMDb Score: 7.2

The Wedding Party 2 is a 2017 sequel to the Wedding Party. In this film, Dunni and Dozie are now a newly-married couple and are expecting a child. After a surprising kiss between Nonso (Enyima Nwigwe), Dozie's elder brother and Deadre (Daniella Down), Dunni's bridesmaid, the two are now in a relationship. Nonso takes Deadre on a date to Dubai and manages to propose accidentally.

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A traditional Nigerian engagement takes place in Lagos, Nigeria, which turns disastrous due to the bickering of the various characters, unruly behaviors of the guests. The wedding plans are further complicated by the Nonso's traditional parents and Deadre's British aristocratic family. However, both family ultimately agree to the wedding, which is set to take place in Dubai.

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5. When Love Happens (2014)

IMDb Score: 5.5

When Love Happens is another interesting Nigerian love movie released in 2014. The romantic comedy film stars Weruche Opia as Moduroti “Mo” Bankole-Smith successful wedding planner who helps other couples plan their perfect wedding.

However, despite being successful at her job, Mo is not very lucky at falling in love, and soon, she starts to feel the clock ticking after her best friend becomes engaged. After being unlucky several times, Mo starts a serious quest for love, which leads her to online dating. Can she find Mr. Right on her own and will she be finally lucky in love?

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6. Gidi Blues (2016)

IMDb Score: Not rated yet

Gidi Blues is a 2016 drama romance Nigerian film produced and directed by Femi Odugbemi. The film follows the story of Akin, an indulgent playboy from a rich family and Nkem, a beautiful, confident, but down-to-earth young woman who devotes her time to volunteering in slums. Akin and Nkem meet each other in an unusual encounter.

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Their meeting drags Akin into a whirlwind experience full of uncertainty, betrayals, and perhaps, even love. All in all, Gidi Blues is an interesting Nigerian film that explores the struggles of finding and falling in love and the fight to keep it.

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7. Falling (2015)

IMDb Score: 6.9

If you are okay enduring a painful love story with a happy ending, The Falling is a perfect film for you. The 2015 romance drama film is one of the most interesting Nigerian love movies to be released in recent years. The film tells the story of Muna (Adesua Etomi) who is happily married to her husband, Imoh (Kunle Remi). However, Imoh gets into an accident that leaves him in a coma, with seemingly no hope of recovering from his condition.

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Muna, after following her sister-in-law to an event meets Yemi, a charming doctor who tries to woo her after learning of her situation. In a moment of weakness, Muna sleeps with Yemi, which leads to her becoming pregnant. The situation is complicated more when Imoh finally wakes up from his coma and learns about her wife's betrayal. Muna then has to choose between remaining with her husband or starting something with Yemi, who wants her and their baby. However, Imoh and Muna finally reconcile, deciding to keep the baby together.

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8. The Washerman (2018)

IMDb Score: Not yet rated

The Washerman is a 2018 Nigerian romantic comedy starring Etinosa Idemudia, Frank Donga, Ik Ogbonna, and others. It tells the story of KC, a beautiful and successful vlogger who is unlucky when it comes to finding love. After several frustrating experiences with love, KC prays to find someone good who can love her, but the answer she receives is not exactly what she expected – her washerman.

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The Washerman is an entertaining film that will make you laugh with its several comedy scenes. It also tells a relatable story of the challenges of finding love, and most important, teaches you that you can find love even in the most unexpected of places.

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9. Okafor’s Law (2016)

IMDb Score: 6.5

Okafor is another one of the latest Nigerian love movies that you should watch. It follows the story of three “Chukses”, Chuks the Terminator (Blossom Chukwujekwu), Chuks the Baptist (Gabriel Afolayan), and Chuks the Fox (Ken Erics). Chuks the Terminator is a player, a believer of the infamous Okafor’s law, which states that once a guy has slept with a woman, they can continue doing so regardless of the change in circumstances.

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The three “Chukses” decide to put the law to test, with Chuks the Terminator entering a bet with the other two Chuks and putting his family’s company shares on the line. The other two Chukses decide to find three of his ex-girlfriends, who he must seduce within 21 days or lose the bet. Will he succeed, or has his ex-girlfriends’ situations changed too much for the law to hold any truth?

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10. Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2014)

IMDb Score: 6.2

Knocking on Heaven’s Door is a drama romance film directed by Desmond Elliot and starring Adesua Etomi, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Majid Michel, and others. It follows the story of Moses and Debbie, a seemingly perfect couple who are gospel singers. However, Debbie has a secret – her husband is abusive, which has led her to suffer four miscarriages.

Afraid of what the church and society will think, and always eager to forgive Moses, she carries on with the marriage for years. Things, however, take a turn for worst when Debbie’s carrier becomes more successful than Moses, causing him to become even jealous and more abusive. The entrance of Thomas, a secular music producer, into their lives does not help the matters, especially when he starts having feelings for Debbie.

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11. Flower Girl (2013)

IMDb Score: 6.4

Flower Girl is another one of the top love movies from Nigeria. Starring Damiola Adegbite, Chris Attoh, Blossom Chekwujekwu, and others, it follows the story of Kemi, a shy, beautiful, young woman who works in her parent’s flower shop. Kemi dreams of becoming happily married and is always dreaming of when Umar will propose to her. However, one day when she is expecting him to pop the question, Umar break up with her.

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Blinded by the heartbreak, Kemi gets into an accident when she is on a flower delivery run. The driver of the car happens to be none other than a famous Nollywood movie star, and after he hears Kemi’s story, he agrees to help her win Umar back. Their devise a cunning plan – pretend to be a couple, which will make Umar jealous and force him to propose.

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12. Fifty (2015)

IMDb Score: 6.1

Fifty is a Nigerian drama romance film released in 2015 and starring Ireti Doyle, Dakore Akande, Nse Ikpe-Etim, and Omoni Oboli. It follows the story of four women at a pivotal point in their life as they navigate various day to day challenges to do with careers, family, friends, and love. Tola is a TV personality whose marriage failed due to a family secret. Elizabeth has a thing for younger men, a lifestyle that has negatively impacted her relationship with her daughter. Kate is fighting a life-threatening medical condition that has led her to religion, and Marty’s affair with a married man has left her with an unexpected pregnancy.

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Fifty is a refreshing take on the various challenges that African women face in their daily lives due to African traditions, cultural and social obligations, and the heavy influence of religion.

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13. Tempting Fate (2014)

IMDb Score: 8.2

Tempting Fate is a 2014 romantic drama thriller movie, and is one of the best Nigerian movies, having premiered at the USA Indie Fest and the Pan African Film Festival. Directed by Kevin Nwankwor, the film features top Nollywood actor Ramsey Noah. It tells the story of two brothers, Edu, a talented singer, and a religious person who is happily in love with his girlfriend but battling Cancer, and Ugo, an impulsive person who has chosen to lead a life of crime.

Ugo continues down his destructive life so as to earn enough money to cater for the cost of a life-saving surgery his brother needs. However, his actions risk his brother, who ends up being arrested when drugs (from his brother) are found in his home. His undying love for his brother causes him to be sentenced to prison for three years. Will he finally get his life back on track once he is finally released from prison?

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14. Champagne (2014)

IMDb Score: Not available

Champagne is a 2014 romantic thriller Nigerian film directed by Emem Isong and starring Alexx Ekubo, Rosemary Zimu, Majid Michel, and others. It follows the story of a young couple, Tare and Champagne, who are in an open relationship due to their financial difficulties. To earn money, they date other unsuspecting people, scam them, and then flee. However, their actions might finally catch up with them when their encounters lead them to Mr. Douglas, a divorced rich man who leads them to an unexpected and whirlwind experience.

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15. Up North (2018)

IMDb Score: 8.3

If you are looking to watch Nigerian love movies, Up North is another great choice. Directed by Tope Oshin and starring Bankole Wellington, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Rekiya Attah, Akin Lewis, and others, it tells the story of Bassey, a rebellious and spoilt heir who believes everything in life comes easy.

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Fed up with his behavior, his father decides to send him to Bauchi for his compulsory NYSC service as a punishment and in the hope that the experience will turn him into a man. During his service, he forges new friendships, finds love, and begins to find his real self.

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If you are looking for romantic movies, the above latest Nigerian love movies are a great choice. From entertaining movies that will make you can watch when bored to educational movies that will teach you important life lessons, and even romantic comedies that will leave you laughing on the floor, you are sure to find something that is perfect for your taste.

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What is the highest grossing Nigerian movie? ›

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What's the latest Nigeria movie on Netflix? ›

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Where is Nollywood ranked in the world? ›

What is Nollywood? With an annual output of nearly 2,500 films, Nigeria's Nollywood is the world's second-largest film industry, right behind India's Bollywood.

What was the first Nigerian movie on Netflix? ›

Lionheart

What are the most trending movies right now? ›

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  • #8. Don't Worry Darling (2022) 38% 68% #8.

How much do Netflix pay for Nigerian movies? ›

Nigerian Filmmakers React As Netflix Offers $90,000 For Nollywood, $500million For Asian, European Films.

Where can I watch good Nigerian movies? ›

Nollywood Streaming Sites
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Why is it called Nollywood? ›

“Nollywood” is a derivation of both “Bollywood,” a nickname for the Indian film industry, and “Hollywood,” the former center of production for movies in the United States. Nollywood encompasses Nigerian movies made on the African continent and film sub-industries in the African diaspora.

Does Netflix have Nigerian movies? ›

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Which country in Africa has the best movie industry? ›

Nigeria produced over 2,500 films in 2020. With Nollywood, its booming film industry, the country recorded the largest movie production in Africa.

Which country has Nollywood? ›

The cinema of Nigeria, often referred to informally as Nollywood, consists of films produced in Nigeria; its history dates back to as early as the late 19th century and into the colonial era in the early 20th century.

What is the Hollywood of Africa? ›

Ouarzazate is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco, not only for its historical landmarks but also for its famous film studio.

When did Netflix come to Nigeria? ›

Netflix first launched its streaming services in Nigeria in 2016 when it expanded into 130 countries. Fifty a film directed by Biyi Bandele from the Ebony Life Studios was one of the first Nigerian films streamed on the platform.

Is Blood Sisters a true story? ›

The true story of the White Queen and more, this is a thrilling history of the extraordinary noblewomen who lived through the Wars of the Roses.

Who created Blood Sisters? ›

Blood Sisters is also unique for being an intense and creatively unified story despite being co-created by two different directors – Biyi Bandele and Kenneth Gyang.

What is the top 10 best movie? ›

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Which movie is trending now 2022? ›

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What is the number one movie 2022? ›

Top Gun: Maverick

How much does it cost to produce a movie in Nigeria? ›

On average, producing a movie in Nigeria costs between $25,000 and $70,000, says the British Broadcasting Corporation. The films are produced within a month and are profitable within two to three weeks of release. Most DVD movies easily sell more than 20,000 units, while the most successful ones sell over 200,000.

How much does African magic buy movies? ›

African Magic buys Nollywood films for $700 each and since they started, can the actors give an account of the total number of movies aired so far,” he asked? Another prolific film maker, Mrs.

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How much does it cost to shoot a movie in Nigeria? ›

On average, producing a movie in Nigeria costs between $25,000 and $70,000, says the British Broadcasting Corporation. The films are produced within a month and are profitable within two to three weeks of release. Most DVD movies easily sell more than 20,000 units, while the most successful ones sell over 200,000.

How much money did king of boys make? ›

$34,760

How much did fate of Alakada make? ›

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Running time110 minutes
CountryNigeria
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How much do Nollywood movies make? ›

Highest Grossing Movies( 2020-2022) Earned N3. 2 Billion. While researching the highest-grossing Nigerian movies of all time, THE WHISTLER collated a list of the 41 most profitable movies released between 2020 and the second quarter of 2022. The 41 movies grossed a total of N 3,214,330,843 billion.

How do Nollywood actors get paid? ›

Performers in their early stages of careers can earn anything between N100,000 to N500,000 per role/movie, while veteran actors can earn up to N5 million. Acting does not provide the sole source of income. Even endorsements and sponsorships pay better for actors.

How old is Nollywood? ›

The cinema of Nigeria, often referred to informally as Nollywood, consists of films produced in Nigeria; its history dates back to as early as the late 19th century and into the colonial era in the early 20th century.

Does Netflix have Nigerian movies? ›

Nollywood MoviesExplore more
  • Gone.
  • Fine Wine.
  • This Lady Called Life.
  • Mokalik (Mechanic)
  • RattleSnake - The Ahanna Story.
  • Seven and a half dates.
  • Òlòtūré
  • Man of God.

Who is are in King of Boys? ›

8. Aare(Akin Lewis): Aare is proof that there are no permanent foes or friends in politics. From the solitary of detention, Aare is still a force to reckon with. He played a pivotal role in signing the current governor 'Tunde Randle' into office.

Is King of Boys a true story? ›

“By the way, every single character in King Of Boys is based on a real person or composite of persons, even though Kemi Adetiba will never admit this publicly for obvious reasons. Makanaki, Odogwu Malay, Aare, Eniola, the pastor.

Who wrote wedding party? ›

The Wedding Party

What is Nollywood worth? ›

It is the second-largest film sector globally with a projected worth of $6.4 billion in 2021, and the continent's largest in terms of value, number of annual films, revenue and popularity. Nigeria produces around 2,500 films annually.

Where is the royal Hibiscus Hotel? ›

“The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” is a shiny, foodie-friendly bauble of a rom-com, practically a brochure for Nollywood, the nickname the rest of the world has given Nigeria's film industry.

Where can I watch Nigerian movies? ›

NollyLand is a trusted way to watch and download the latest and old Nigerian Movies and it is one of the best sites to download and watch Nollywood movies too in Nigeria.

Who is the highest paid actor in Nigeria? ›

Azubuike Michael Egwu, professionally known as Zubby Michael before now, declared himself the highest-paid and most successful Nollywood actor in Africa.

How much is Zubby Michael paid per movie? ›

He charges at least N500,000 per movie script. Read more about Zubby Michael and his career.

Who is richest Nollywood actress? ›

Genevieve Nnaji Net worth $12M

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