Have you ever watched a movie, seen the supposed villain and thought to yourself, “Damn, I sort of agree with this person”? Yes, I’ve been there too. 

Sure, some of these “villains” do crazy shit like rituals here and there, but what happened to looking at things from everyone’s point of view? As someone who’s watched an unhealthy amount of them since birth, I decided to show you the real villain in some of your fave Nollywood films. 


Yes, I said it. While Saro (Kunle Remi) might be the living embodiment of a Yoruba demon, he lived the Abuja sweet boy life as a sugar baby and fashion designer before Queen Arolake (Bimbo Ademoye) came and blew everything up. Remember Arolake was the one who suggested they run away together. The moral of the story: avoid married women and know peace. 

The Wedding Party 

Getting robbed and having your ex show up at your wedding is one thing, but running out of amala on what’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life? Haba. All the drama in Kemi Adetiba’s The Wedding Party could’ve been avoided if Dozie (Banky W) and Dunni (Adesua Etomi)’s parents didn’t plan an elaborate party to outdo one another. Nigerians need to look into smaller weddings by the beach or something. 

Egg of Life 

The fact that an entire village thought it was cool to send seven teenage girls into the evil forest in search of one boiled egg to save their prince is still wild to me. Seven lives for one? It’s giving misogyny. It’s giving the silencing of female voices. All of you in that village will crumble. 

Living in Bondage: Breaking Free

I’m sorry, but you can’t join a cult where they’re wearing red robes and sacrificing people and then be shocked when they ask you to bring the head of someone you love. What did Nnamdi Okeke (Swanky JKA) from Living in Bondage: Breaking Free think the cult would ask for? Beyoncé’s Renaissance visuals? Be fucking for real, sir. We can’t blame the cult leader (Ramsey Nouah) when Nnamdi used his hand to register like it was JAMB. 

Glamour Girls (The Remake) 

Someone needs to beg Charles Okpaleke to free Old Nollywood. The remakes of Nneka the Pretty Serpent and Aki and Paw Paw stressed me, but Glamour Girl is the straw that has broken my 30+ back. Charles, enough is enough. 


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Osaze (Joseph Benjamin) might’ve been so controlling that he pushed Isoken (Dakore Akande) into the arms of a coloniser. But let’s face it, Mummy Isoken (Tina Mba) was the real villain of this story. Is it a crime to be a single woman (and a successful one at that) in Lagos? You’d think Isoken needed a man to enter heaven with how her mother was on her neck to get married. Sorry ma, but like The Pussycat Dolls said: 

Blood Sister

Did Esther (Genevieve Nnaji) kill her sister, Gloria (Omotola Jalade Ekeinde), to marry her husband (Tony Umez)? Yes. But the last time I checked, she didn’t force the man. In other Nollywood films, the female character has to rely on juju to trap a man’s destiny. But Kenneth, in true Tony Umez fashion, willingly sashays into his sister-in-law’s panties. A shameless man, for real. 

Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story 

Ahanna (Stan Nze) starts a robbery gang, steals from a rich ass-man then abandons his gang to start a new life in a different city. And I’m supposed to see Ali Mahmood (Nobert Young) as the villain? No, this doesn’t sit right with my inner spirit. Ahanna was the bad guy in this film. His ex (Osas Ighodaro) should’ve shot him instead of his wife. 

Man of God 

Man of God‘s Samuel Obalolu is a scammer who starts a church to steal people’s money and cheat on his wife in a way that pleases God. But let’s not forget his father was also a pastor who verbally and physically abused him as a child. The fact that Samuel’s return to his abuser is framed as a prodigal son going back home still keeps me up at night. Ewww. 

Chief Daddy 2

Do I even have to elaborate? EbonyLife has apologised for this film, so they know they were the problem, not Laila (Rahama Sadau). 

Games Women Play 

I grew up thinking Candice (Genevieve Nnaji) was the villain of this film for betting that her friend (Omotola Jalade Ekeinde) couldn’t seduce her man (Desmond Elliot). Still, just like in real life, Desmond Elliot is the villain here. Only a man who wants to be snatched can be snatched, and that’s facts. If Desmond Elliot’s Temisan loved Candice, no amount of seduction would’ve worked on him. Men will always disgrace you, sha. 

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