Every Batman needs a Robin, every alte babe needs a pair of baggy jeans, and every good on-screen pairing needs great chemistry. Especially if we’re to believe one of them raised the other like a Nigerian mother would her daughter. 

And like jollof rice is better than fried rice, we think these Nollywood mother-daughter pairings are more iconic than others.

Sola Sobowale and Adesua Etomi in King of Boys 1 and Wedding Party 1 & 2

Adesua and Sola share such great chemistry on screen, it’s no surprise they’ve played mother and daughter three times. From Wedding Party 1 and 2, where Sola played the doting mother who would move hell and highwater to ensure her daughter’s life went smoothly…

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…to becoming partners in crime in King of Boys 1. Inject it into our veins.

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Hopefully, they’ll share the screen again soon.

Shaffy Bello and Nengi Adoki in The Men’s Club

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These two look good AF together. You know those families where everyone looks like they’ve just walked out of a magazine? Yeah, that’s what these two look like on the show. You can almost believe they have the same blood flowing through their veins from the way they change it for idiots to their taste in taken/married men. We’re here for all of it.

Ngozi Nwosu and Sharon Ooja in Skinny Girl in Transit

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Ngozi Nwosu’s character has two daughters, but there’s just something about her relationship with Sharon’s character. They’re always at each other’s throats, yet it’s glaringly obvious that Sharon is the last born of the house, and if you let her, she’ll crawl back into her mother’s womb. It’s the sweetest thing ever.

Stella Damasus and Bimbo Ademoye in Gone

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Honestly, their relationship was bittersweet. Something about the sadness and anger in their characters’ eyes, when they saw the man who’d abandoned them for years. You can tell their shared experiences made them really close, and that’s heartwarming to see.

Ufuoma McDermott and Aramide Okenegbero in My Mum and I 

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If “us against the world” had a physical representation, it’d be these two. They had to restructure their relationship after Ufuoma left Aramide’s father. And even though she wouldn’t stop scheming for her parents to return to each other, we can clearly see they have each other’s backs.

Kate Henshaw and Genoveva Umeh in Blood Sisters 

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Toxic parent-child relationships matter too. Something about Kate and Genoveva’s characters playing mother and daughter but still being each other’s biggest opps gave us major endorphins. 

Abiola Segun-Williams and Tomi Odunsi in Tinsel

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After living with her grandmother all her life, Tomi’s character returned to her mother’s house, and we got to watch their relationship grow. From practical strangers to becoming thick as thieves, these two brought joyful chaos to our screens.



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