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Omoni Oboli Actress recounts what it felt like convincing people to watch Nigerian films

As a filmmaker, convincing people to see your movie at the cinema can be a tough task. Omoni Oboli shares some of her bad experiences at the box office.

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Omoni Oboli selling tickets during the Nolly Thursday edition of "Wives on Strike" play

Omoni Oboli selling tickets during the Nolly Thursday edition of "Wives on Strike"

Two of Omoni Oboli's movies have a spot on the top 10 highest grossing movies list. They are "Okafor's Law" with 90 million naira and "Wives on Strike" with 71 million naira.

The actress has set box office records by engaging in several techniques. These include meet and greet, and selling tickets to her fans.

She has met different types of Nigerians, including the 'I don't watch Nollywood movie' gang.

While promoting the upcoming movie "My Wife and I," the actress shared her experiences with Nigerians who don't like, support or watch Nollywood films.

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"There are just so many of them," she says to Pulse Nigeria.

"Some people really don't know how to talk or they just fell like they don't care."

"Sometimes, people say stuffs like 'I don't watch Nollywood films.' 'Why should I pay to see your film?' 'How can I come to the cinema to watch home video?'

play Omoni Oboli selling tickets at the box office


Oboli would try to explain the difference between a home video and films made for the cinema.

"I'm like 'it's not home video, there's a difference.' There are made for cinema Nigerian movies and there are home video movies.

So, if you're watching it in the cinema, it's a made in cinema Nigerian film."

play Omoni Oboli convincing a cinema goer to see a Nollywood movie


Some days, the actress succeeds at convincing them to see her film, but on some other days, she doesn't succeed.

"It's quite difficult convincing some people. Some people have their minds made up, there's nothing you're going to say to them. They won't watch your movie.

Some of those people, after not watching your film, will want to take a picture with you."

"I'm like 'just buy ticket, go to LA. Once you get out of the airport, Brad Pitt will be waiting for you, go and take picture with him.

"You came to see his film, you didn't see my film. Why do you want to take a picture with me?"

Ramsey Nouah and Omoni Oboli in "My Wife & I" play Omoni Oboli and Ramsey Nouah in upcoming Nollywood movie, "My Wife and I"


These bad experiences have only made the actress better at her job.

"I don't shy away from negative experiences, because it always make me better at what I do. I have met some people who have been really really nasty.

"It helps me with trying to talk to the next person, because I now know what to say and what not to say."

Omoni Oboli, Governor Ousegun Mimiko of Ogun State, Uche Jombo play

Omoni Oboli, Governor Ousegun Mimiko of Ogun State, Uche Jombo

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The star of the upcoming comedy movie also revealed that the box office hit "Wives on Strike" is returning as a TV series and a sequel.

The actress will next be seen in "My Wife and I" as  Ebere, an unhappy wife, who after a visit and prayer from a man of God, switches body with her husband, Toyosi.

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