Pulse List 5 lies Nollywood told us about love and relationships

Pulse Movies has put together five lies Nollywood told us about this thing called love and relationships.

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Ramsey Nouah and Chiege Alisigwe in "True Love" play

Ramsey Nouah and Chiege Alisigwe in the classic "True Love"

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In crafting and developing love stories in Nollywood, several stereotypes have been born and nurtured . 

Some of these stereotypes we now see differently because, of course, we are no longer as naive as we were as kids.

Pulse Movies has put together five lies Nollywood told us about this thing called love and relationships.

Here we go;

1. You would never have to choose between two great men/women

In Obi Emelonye's "Thy Will Be Done," Pastor Pius, a happily married pastor is torn between two wives; his first wife that he supposedly buried seven years ago and his present wife.

To save pastor Pius the turmoil, the writer creates a villain out of one of the women, and as expected, Pius goes for the good one.

Plot twist: In reality, you can be torn between two amazing men/women. Nobody has to go rogue to make your decision an easy one.

Thy Will be Done play

Thy Will be Done

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2. You need to 'sit down and be humble' before you can find true love

How many times did we see Emeka Ike and co disguise themselves as cab drivers in their search of true love?

They had to be 'poor' to find women who truly love them.

How many movies taught us that a woman drinking garri with her man is a sign of true love?

Plot twist: you can actually drive your Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet or Bentley and still find genuine love.

play RMD keeps his wealth a secret just so he could find true love.

3. True love only comes to the good and humble

Movies propagate several stereotypes, including that if a woman dresses indecently, smokes, carries out an abortion or is a hooker, no man would genuinely look her way.

It's either she dies during an abortion, becomes the 'moral of the story,' gets married and doesn't have children or interestingly, loses the man to a humble and nice girl.

Plot twist: members of a 'bad gang' can find true love and enjoy a happy marriage.

play Stella Damasus, the good girl in "Bridesmaid" got the man.


4. As a poor man or woman, you can't seamlessly marry into a rich family

"Seamlessly" being the operative word here. In Nollywood, there's always that wealthy mother or father who wouldn't approve of their child's choice because he or she reeks of poverty.

Plot twist: In reality, you can get married to an upper or lower case without a hitch.

play Pete Edochie as a possessive wealthy father in "Honey"

5. The definition of love is shopping, hanging out or singing around trees

In the 90s and 2000s, true love is all about taking the woman shopping or to a joint while a soft music describes your relationship - true or fake.

It's not like we have forgotten how couples would run around trees or in the rain while they lip-synced their favourite song.

What are some of the lies Nollywood made you believe about love.

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