Intentionally or not, films have the tendency to pass very relatable life lessons to its audience. In this article, after a Netflix surf, we highlight 10 life lessons that we have learnt from Nigerian films on Netflix.

Beyond their entertainment value, movies have a way of passing strong messages and teaching valuable life lessons. Art imitates Life, and films help to paint a picture of what really goes on in society, as well as the things that people should pay more attention to. James Cameron’s Titanic is frequently referenced when people talk about love, and when it comes to family values like honour and respect, people are quick to draw quotes from Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather.

In the past couple of months, there has been a major influx of Nigerian films on Netflix. Nollywood productions are enjoying a wider reach on one of the world’s biggest streaming platforms, and our films are gaining popularity on a global scale. From comedy films like Brother Jekwu and Osuofia In London to serious drama clips like 76 and Ije, there is something for everyone.

Nollywood films from the 1990s and early 2000s had a more pungent way of teaching moral lessons. Movies like End Of The Wicked, Living In Bondage, Evil Men and Blood Money emphasized on greed, jealousy, envy and the dangers of being too money-conscious. A lot has changed in the tone of our movies since then, but that does not mean that the more recent Nollywood films do not convey any important messages. 

Here are 10 life lessons to learn from Nigerian films on Netflix.

Intentionally or not, films have the tendency to pass very relatable life lessons to its audience. In this article, after a Netflix surf, we highlight 10 life lessons that we have learnt from Nigerian films

Focus on diversifying your income: In an economy that is volatile, it is dangerous to have only one source of income. It is important that you expand your portfolio and sink some of your money into other ventures. One Nollywood film that perfectly illustrates this is The Smart Money Woman, a TV series starring Osas Ighodaro, Kemi Lala Akindoju and Eso Dike, currently airing on Netflix. The good thing is, there are multiple platforms that can help with investment advice, such as wealth.ng on Paga.

Make Wise Financial Decisions: People don’t always want to be told what to do with their money, but it is important to be careful when dealing with money, so as to avoid incurring huge losses. The comedy film Quam’s Money, starring Folarin “Falz” Falana and Nse Ikpe-Etim, perfectly illustrates this: the protagonist squanders his money and spends the rest of the movie trying to recover his assets. If you need advice on the right financial decisions to take, feel free to access wealth.ng.

Loyalty: In a world where stories of betrayal and backstabbing are commonplace, loyalty happens to be a rare gift, but it makes you stand out and earns you lifelong respect. The relationship between Ade Tiger and Eniola Salami in Kemi Adetiba’s King Of Boys 2: Return Of The King sheds light on this.

Be Supportive: When it comes to romantic relationships, no one wants to date a liability. Everyone wants to be with an individual that makes things a lot easier for them, and support them at each step of the way. The dynamic between Tsola and Zuri in The Smart Money Woman portrays Tsola as an intentional man who backs up his woman’s career and entrepreneurial ambitions. It’s the kind of support that Paga provides for its users, with a seamless process in conducting financial transactionsDetermination: Effort is what separates good from great, and what distinguishes mediocre from awesome. There are dozens of stories that emphasize the importance of staying focused and resilient. Determination is the dominant theme in Brother Jekwu, a movie starring Mike Ezuruonye, which tells the story of a village hustler who moves to the city with the aim of hitting it big.

Be adventurous: There is a lot of magic that awaits you on the other side of fear. Life is too short not to make big moves. Adventure is the major driving force behind the decisions of the protagonists in Day Of Destiny, a time travel Nollywood film directed by Akay Mason, where two brothers go back in time. An adventurous life is what awaits you when you sign up with Paga, a payment platform that provides you with access to tons of options and solutions.

Be meticulous: Carelessness can lead you to making avoidable mistakes. Accuracy is better than speed, and you need to exercise meticulousness when it comes to crucial decisions. This valuable lesson is one of the focal points in Seyi Babatope’s Sanitation Day, a crime thriller starring Nse Ikpe-Etim, which tells the story of a murder investigation. When it comes to payments and transfers, no other platform knows the importance of detail and meticulousness quite like Paga, which is why its payment system is set up to make things easier for its users.

Humility: There is no need to be arrogant, or treat others with disdain. Things can change in an instant, and pride goes before a fall. The importance of humility is a theme that gets due attention in Unroyal, a movie directed by Moses Inwang, starring Pete edochie, Shaffy Bello, Ime Bishop “Okon Lagos” Umoh, and IK Ogbonna.

Self-Development: A lot of things change for the better when we stop living for the validation of other people, and instead focus on developing ourselves. This is perfectly exemplified in Kayode Kasum’s Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards, a romantic comedy film that stars Nancy Isime, Venita Akpofure, Sharon Ooja and Mawuli Gavor.

Planning: No venture can succeed without a solid plan backing it up. Whether it’s business, travel, or academics, you have to be deliberate about the steps you take, and have a clear vision of your end goals. The robbery gang in Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story (an action thriller starring Osas Ighodaro, Stan Nze and Bucci Franklin) are not exactly role models, but their tendency to draw up watertight plans calls for admiration. An effective transaction plan is what you get when you sign up with Paga, a platform that allows you to schedule your monthly bill payments.

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