My Story – How Nollywood took Over My Life!

I stumbled upon Nollywood by accident.

This is my story.

One day I went to the market with a Ghanaian friend and we passed a Ghanaian shop that sold DVD’s and other random Ghanaian merchandise. My friend was visiting Ghana for the first time and got talking to the guy behind the counter. Whilst their conversation progressed I began meandering around the shop… well I say meandering but in reality the shop wasn’t quite big enough to meander as such… Nevertheless I am sure you catch my drift.

So I start looking at the films on the shelves in the shop and my eye gets stuck on a guy on the cover of one of the films. I didn’t know who it was then but I know it now. That guy was Van Vicker and the film was Mummy’s Daughter. So my first film was a Ghanaian one and bought on the account of Van Vicker looking hot on the cover. So Van was the first one I fell in love with before Desmond, Nonso, Jim, The two Mike’s and RMD.

I went home and watched the film and I was hoooked! It was like WHAT? How come I’ve been missing this all these years? It was like being a kid again… you know when you got excited (or maybe still do!) at seeing some black people on the TV. It was like that…. Like The Cosby show all over again!

So Mummy’s Daughter I thought was great then as the end of the DVD rolls up what do I see?

“WATCH OUT FOR PART 2”

OMG! I was so pissed off! Pissed is not even the word! Right at the cliffhanger the film finished!!! What was gonna happen between Anita and Princess now? I paid £7 ($13) for that one part now I would have to go back and pay the same for the other part. As annoyed as I was about the money and my film finishing mid flow I went back to the shop to go get part 2.

“You sold me this film yesterday and when I got to the end it said there was a part two. You didn’t tell me there was a part 2?”

“Oh yeah there is but we don’t have it in stock.”

You know I didn’t watch Mummy’s Daughter until about 6 months afterwards. I went to the same shop on a number of occasions and the guy just never had it. I ended up getting it on VCD from a Nigerian vendor. That was my first foray into African film and after spending £7 on just one part on DVD I quickly realised after perusing the Nigerian Movie stalls that I could get two parts for less than £7. That was how I learnt the lesson about always asking how many parts a film comes in? After all if you don’t ask you will never know. The vendor is quick to get rid of their merchandise. If they have incomplete films they WILL try and get rid of them no matter what.

From the one Ghanaian film experience I quickly threw myself into Nollywood. My first purchase was Girl’s Cot. I watched Parts 1,2 and 3 one evening after work… Whooooo! was I tired the next day after spending half the night watching it, unable to go to bed without finishing! Then next came Fishers of Men… Oh my in my first few months I got some really good films. The vendors were good to me recommending the ones that they knew would truly make me their life long customer, and it worked. I bought films every week without fail and sometimes up to ten at a time.

After they had got me well and truly hooked with the merchandise came the dodgy films they lobbed at me. The ones that they knew a newby like me would watch under their recommendation because I knew no better. Oh my! Truly awful films like Mass Destruction, Night in the Phillipines, True Romance and Million Dollar Sisters. I learnt the hard way and it only made me stronger. I discovered http://www.naijarules.com and following threads like the “worst Nollywood Film” thread gave me the heads up on what to and what not to get. Of course I still make mistakes now and then, but that can only be expected! After I am only human!

I keep getting asked about where people can buy Nollywood films. I AM NOT A SELLER neither can I send you any. If you do not have any shops selling Nollywood movies near you then check: http://www.ebay.com. There is always something on there and you get the film delivered to your door.

I have been a Nollywood Addict for about a year now. This page is dedicated to Nollywood Film Reviews and all the people that make Nollywood happen:

 
 
 
Stella Damasus 

 

                           Stephanie Okereke

Rita Dominic  

Shan George

                                                                                                                 Omotola Ekeinde

  Zack Orji

               Oge Okoye  

                          Olu Jacobs

                                                                              Ngozi Ezeonu 

Nkem Owoh

 

                                 Kanayo .O. Kanayo    

Mike Ezuruonye

 

Georgina Onuoha   

                   Kenneth Okonkwo

 

                                                      Benita Nzeribe    

                                                                                                             Genenvieve Nnaji

                                    Enebeli Elebuwa

                   Richard Mofe Damijo

                                                                     Ramsey Nouah

                                                                                                 Clarion Chukwurah       

  Patience Ozokwor  

                                                       Chioma Chukwuka

                                                                Jim Iyke  

                                                  Chidi Mokeme  

Ini Edo 

            Charles Okafor

                                                 Bimbo Akintola

Osita Iheme

                      Chinedu Ikediese

Joke Silva

Ibinabo Fiberesima

                                                     Saint Obi

Kalu  Ikeagwu

                            Desmond Elliot

Bob Manuel

                                                        Jennifer Eliogu

                                                                              Ejike Asiegbu

Emeka Ike

Eucharia Anunobi-Ekwu

                              Keppy Bassey Ekpenyong

                                                                                                                          Pat Attah

John Okafor (Mr Ibu)

                                 Chidi Ihezie-Okafor

Caroline Ekanem

                                                                            Pete Edochie

                   Kate Henshaw Nuttall

Liz Benson

                           Oby Edozie

                                                             Onyeka Onwenu

Uche Jombo

            Dakore Egbuson

Clem Ohameze

                           Chika Ike

Fred Aseroma

Sam Loco Efe

JT Tom West 

Lilian Bach

                                                               Chiege Alisigwe

                                           Emeka Enyiocha

Maureen Solomon

            Nobert Young

             Sola Sobowale

                                    Jide Kosoko

Alex Usifo

                                                              StephNora Okere Falana

Bukky Wright

             Segun Arinze

Zulu Adigwe

 Nkiru Sylvanus 

Ebube Nwagbo

 Ekwi Onwuemene

Monalisa Chinda

Tony Umez

Grace Amah

              Hilda Dokubo

Thelma Okoduwa

                         Ebele Okaro

Muna Obiekwe

           Nonso Diobi

                Sharon Ezeamaka

                                     Amaechi Muonagor

                                     Mercy Johnson

Emeka Okoro

                                      Emem Isong

        Ernest Obi

                                                                           Uche Ama Abriel

Alex Lopez

                                                                                      Justus Esiri

              Yemi Blaq

                                             Francis Duru

Jummai Joseph

                                                                                        Uche Iwuji

                  Fred Amata

Ada Ameh

Moses Armstrong

                                                       JohnPaul Nwadike

              Ufoma Ejonobor

Sola Fosudo

Ofiafuluagu Mbaka

 Empress Njamah

 Gentle Jack

Susan Patrick

2Face Idibia

Rita Edochie

Uchenna Ogbodo

Adaora Ukoh

Hanks Anuku

                Sam Dede

Racheal Oniga

Emma Ayalogu

Sam Uche Anyamele

Saidi Balogun

Olufunke Akindele

           Ashley Nwosu

Anita Hogan

Jennifer Awazie (nee Olisa)

Paul Obazele

Sandra Achums

Okey Bakassi

Victor Osuagwo

Abby Plaatjes (of Big Brothers Africa)

         Azizat Sadiq

Tuvi James

                                 Kelvin Ikeduba

Charles Inojie

                                       Jackie Appiah (Ghanaian Actress)

                         Franca Brown

Bukky Ajayi

Lanre Balogun

          Yemi Solade

 King Joe Okechukwu

Eric Nwadinobi

         Jim Lawson Maduike

                   Regina Askia

                        Rich Oganiru

                                        Chiwetalu Agu

Joan Agabi

 Cynthia Agholor

                                                    Lancelot Imasuen

                  Charles Novia

                       Padita Agu

                 Uche Elendu

Benedict Johnson 

Femi Brainard

Kenneth Chukwu

Chigozie Atuanya

         Funmi Holder

             Nathaniel Ruskin Mark Georgewill

Emeka Ossai

                                                   Patrick Doyle

         Christopher Bassey

                            Sunday Omobolanle (Papa Aluwe)

Rita Nzelu

                                                                                                  Fabian Adibe

                                              Thelma Nwosu

Robert Peters

Bruno Iwuoha

Yvonne Jegede

Florence Onuma

            Peter Bruno

                            Ini Ikpe

Michael Okon

Emeka Ani

Nana Ama McBrown (Ghanaian Actress)

                                                Nadia Buari (Ghanaian Actress)

Chinelo Ndigwe

Sophia Tchidi Chikere

                 Ngozi Nwosu

                         Blessing Effiom

Rukky Sanda

Barbara Ukattah

Afam Okereke

Akume Akume

Judith Mazagwu

Uche Micheal

Chinyere Wilfred

                          Oby Kechere (Ms Koi-koi)

    Darlene Benson-Cobham

  Camilla Mberekpe

Van Vicker (Ghanaian Actor)

        Larry Koldsweat

                         Queen Nwokoye

                           Ijeoma Imo

Femi Branch

    Mary Uranta

Tonto Dikeh

Majid Michel (Ghanaian Actor)

Omoni Eboli

Ecow Smith- Asante (Ghanaian Actor)

Juliet Ibrahim (Ghanaian Actress)

Yvonne Nelson (Ghanaian Actress)

 

 This list was taken from www.nigeriamovies.net If you want to read more about any of these stars you can click HERE

 

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46 responses to “My Story – How Nollywood took Over My Life!

  1. Hi NF,

    Not been over in a while. I can see you have reviewed a few more movies. I will watch them at my earliest convenience. Just wondering, have you had time to see “The Figurine” yet with Omoni Oboli and Ramsey Nouah?

  2. Thank you Nollywood Forever!

    I live in Toronto-Canada and I ‘ve been watching Ghanaian and Nigerian movies for a long time. When we use to buy movies on video cassette for $20.00. back then there was not part 2, 3, 4 to it. I’ve been watching african movies when Genevieve Nnaji was the only teenager and play the daughter of Eucharia Anonoubi, Zack Orji, RMD when these movies had more sense to it.
    I see you lost your interest in Ghanaian movies but I must say it was good until Venus films came along!
    The classic Ghanaian movies are A Stab in the Back, Who Killed Nancy, I Surrender, Suzzy, Lost Hope, The Web, Baby Thief, Asimo, and many more….!
    I think Venus Films…Abdul Salam Mumuni ruined the Ghanaian movie industry for me until Madam Shirley Frimpong-Manso came to the rescue. Her movies has raised the Ghanaian movie industry with “life and Living it”, “Scorned”, “The Perfect Picture” and “A Sting in a Tale”. I thank her production for this accomplishment!!
    I love Nigerian movies…thier story is very beautiful. My personal favourites are: Pete Odochie, Olu Jacons, Jestus Esiri, Alex Usifo, RMD, Patience Ozorkwo, Eucharia, Clarion Chukumera, Stella Demasus, Geneviene Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Jim Iyke, Chidi Mokeme, Desmond Elliot, Stephenie Okereke, Chioma Chukuka, Muna Obikwie, Tonto Dikeh, Uce Jumbo….the list goes on………………!
    Thank you for this blog!!

    • Thank you for sharing Adwoa! $20 for a VHS… that is expensive isn’t it? Because I only discovered African movies in 2007 that was around the advent of the Frank and Abdul sagas… I think they did Mummy’s Daughter didn’t they? I did love that one thought… Sometimes they hit but moretimes they miss in a big way. Lovign Shirley though… her work is quality…

      • Yes! It cost $20 back then to purchase Ghanaian or Nigerian movie…but now it only cost $5.00 for a dvd you can even get it for $2.50 a copy.
        Abdul and Frank did Mummy’s Daughter…and the rest of the crap they bringing to us.
        Like I said thanks to Shirley Frimpong-Manso for upgrading and bringing GHANA up!!!

  3. Hi barbera, it’s good to meet you, maybe it’s a coincidence but all the same it’s good to have someone I share same surname with among the Nollywood stars.
    I’m an Artist(gospel) Also I’m into Information marketing and a proud owner of salvation charity home.
    We’re proud of you and your talents, keep it up.

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