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Pulse Movie List 4 Myths about Asaba movies busted

There are some who think ‘Asaba’ movies are low budget films no one needs to bother watching.

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Mr Ibu and Funke Akindele

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Before the cinema era emerged, there has always been a thriving industry which aided the present/new wave of Nollywood films;, this was the home video era which introduced the ‘Asaba’ films.

While there are many who think these movies are a waste of time, you should know these movies have fuelled the development of the industry and have entertained millions across the nation.

Pulse Movies separates facts from fiction in our list about these productions.

Myth 1: The movies have no storyline/plot.

Truth: This fact is false.

While there are some movies with confusing story lines, many of the clips are produced for a specific purpose. Many of the movies are created not just to entertain but to pass across a message and teach a lesson.

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Yul Edochie in “Malaysian Money”

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For instance, “Malaysian Money” starring Yul Edochie playing the lead role of Emeka tells a story of a man hungry to be a millionaire without having to work hard. He sees his friend who has just returned from Malaysia as a made man and he decides he wants to go the same route. It turns out there’s really not a work for migrants in Malaysia and his friend’s wealth comes from human rituals.

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Myth 2: There’s always a part two.

Truth: This fact is true (in most cases).

Sometimes these movies go as far as part eight. In most cases the producers and marketers of the film refer to these sequel of the movies as ‘season’ rather than ‘part’.

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"Sound of Ikoro"



In many cases, the new parts are not necessary sequels with a fresh angle but rather a continuing sequence of the movie.

Myth 3: No one watches these films.

Truth: This fact is false.

Asaba films emerged in the home video era between the 1980s and 2010s. The massive demand for Nigerian movies on tape, VCD and DVD proved that there was and still is an audience consuming these production.

Asaba movies account for what makes Nigeria one of the biggest film industries in the world.

Myth 4: No one knows the actors in these movies.

Truth: This fact is false.

As a result of the nature of marketing and consumption of these films, actors who feature in lead roles of these films are very popular in the mass market.

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Rachel Okonkwo

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In a Pulse Nigeria article "What’s the difference between Asaba movies and new Nollywood films,” Pulse Movie reporter Chidumga Izuzu said:

"A movie featuring Rachel Okonkwo will do better in the mass market than a movie featuring Femi Jacobs, Adesua Etomi, OC Ukeje, Lala Akindoju among other actors.

"Most Nigerians are more familiar with the movie “Nkoli Nwa Nsukka,” than “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

Several of the most popular actors who continue to reign in the cinema era have at one time or the other played roles in such films. They include Ini Edo, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Ramsey Nouah, Uche Jombo, and Mercy Johnson. 

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