Have you ever watched a Nollywood film or show and thought: “Why is this character so familiar?” You’re not alone.
From men who can’t handle the consequences of their blood money rituals to marine spirits who trap and steal men’s destinies after sex, these Nollywood characters are practically the same, but in different fonts. Fun fact: some are played by the same actors.
Ini Edo in Shanty Town and Sharon Ooja in Oloture
Description: The “employee of the year” candidate who’s willing to risk their life by going undercover to expose a dangerous underground crime syndicate. She can flawlessly switch from queen’s English to South-South pidgin without breaking a sweat. She may or may not know how to fight; you’ll just have to find out.
Dakore Egbuson in Isoken and Damilola Adegbite in Before 30
Description: The posh Lagos babe who’s highly successful, but no one cares because she doesn’t have a man yet. Her fashion game is on point, and she probably went to Queen’s College, but her mother only sees her as a miserable spinster.
Nadia Buari in Beyonce vs Rihanna and Genevieve Nnaji in Games Women Play
Description: The delusional girl who thinks the world revolves around her but ends up losing her man in a bet to a babe she thought was beneath her.
RMD in Shanty Town and Banky W in Sugar Rush
Description: The scary mob boss who can catch a bullet with his bare hands. He bathes in a pool of blood, but since I don’t have evidence, I’ll add “allegedly” so they don’t come for me.
Kate Henshaw in Blood Sisters and Patience Ozokwor in everything before she gave her life to Christ
Description: The mother-in-law women pray against at Shiloh. She’ll either frustrate you out of the marriage with insults or make you barren. It all depends on her mood.
Denola Grey in The Bling Lagosians and Zainab Balogun in The Wedding Party
Description: The party planner with the thick British accent whose razzness only comes out to play when they’re desperate. They’ve packaged themselves to the point that it’s hard to tell if even their name is real or made up.
Scar in Shanty Town and Makanaki in King of Boys
Description: The tatted-up bad guy we find sexy and terrifying at the same time. You want him to choke you sexually, but you’re scared he might take it too far. He’s also ready to betray anyone to get what he wants. No hard feelings.
Bimbo Ademoye in Breaded Life and Bimbo Ademoye in Back Up Wife
Description: The funny village girl who can’t really speak English but ends up winning over the male lead with her charm and unassuming personality.
Regina Askia in Highway to the Grave and Ndidi Obi in Nneka the Pretty Serpent (Original)
Description: The marine spirit turned high-class babe who traps and torments men with her pumpum. Please, don’t play with her because she’s always down to put someone’s destiny inside a groundnut bottle.
Ini Dima-Okojie in Namaste Wahala and Ini Dima-Okojie in North East
Description: The girl who doesn’t see race, religion or ethnicity; all she sees is love. Her family will yell and shout, but this babe will always pick her man over anything and anyone. If love nwantiti was a person.
Iretiola Doyle in Fifty and Eucharia Anunobi in every sugar mummy role
Description: The sugar mummy who’ll spoil you silly. But don’t get it twisted; she’ll mess you up the moment she sees you spending her money on small girls. Try her at your own risk because her sugar can turn to agbo-jedi at any time.
Enyinna Nwigwe in Living in Bondage and Tony Umez in Billionaire’s Club
Description: The innocent-looking guy who did blood money rituals but can’t seem to face the consequences of his actions. You can’t turn your family into asun and think they won’t haunt you from the great beyond. It’s just one of the hazards of this life you chose, sir.
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