Call them what you want: heartthrobs, Nollywood ‘fine boys’, male love interests…in the 90s and early 200s, these men dominated the Nollywood scene as the “fine boys” that carried most Nigerian romantic movies. Their characters were always caught in some kind of web of love that was either abominable, not supported by one’s family, or turned sour.
Regardless of the role, these men caught the eye of many Nigerian watchers. They had their pictures posted on people’s walls, inside books and diaries, these men were imprinted on many hearts.
But that was then, and this is now. Today, these men are a lot older and the youthful shiny fine boy looks they once had have now matured. So the question is…how do they look now? Did they retain their look or do you think their beauty glory days are now behind them. I won’t be giving my personal thoughts on any of these men because I want you to look at the pictures and make your own decisions. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions by leaving a comment on my Facebook post or by sharing this article with your thoughts.
Are you ready to jump in and see how your favorite boys of yesterday look today? Then let’s jump right in.
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1. Mike Ezuruonye
Mike Ezuruonye captured the hearts of many Nigerian viewers when he burst into the Nollywood scene. His light skin and lover boy roles quickly made him one of the most sought after actors in Nollywood and left an imprint on the hearts of so many.
Now, time has passed. Do you think Mike Ezuruonye still got it?
2. Pat Attah
Pat Attah burst into popularity when he appeared in the hit movie, Glamour Girls. Since then, the young actor at the time went on to play the role of man in love a lot of times. Most times, his character was poor so the parents of the woman’s character did not agree. Other times, he was simply the bad boy. Regardless of the character, Pat Attah made a huge imprint on the heats of so many.
Now that time has passed, do you think Pat still got it?
3. Chidi Mokeme
Chidi Mokeme is one actor who, although he starred in mostly action thriller movies, captured the hearts of so many. Chidi Mokeme at the time, regardless of if he was playing the hero or villain had audience members fawning over him.
Now that so much time has passed, do you think Chidi still has it?
4. Van Vicker
Till today, people get a very distinct bodily reaction to the name Van Vicker. He was THE Nollywood heartthrob that year. I remember when he burst unto the scene, the people could not stop talking about him. Especially whenever paired with Nollywood bombshell, Nadia Buari, it was fire on the screen.
Now so much time has passed and the Van Vicker of then is not the Van Vicker of now. But do you think this new Van Vicker still has it?
5. Desmond Elliott
Once again, another man that caused a storm that year. Desmond acted in a lot of romantic movies and he always captured the hearts of audiences. His young and innocent face that year had people melting over him and the plights that his characters had to go through in those movies.
Now, so much time has passed. Do you think Desmond Elliott still has it?
6. Ramsey Nouah
Ramsey Nouah is still very much acting these days. But, the kinds of roles he takes now differ greatly from the ones he took earlier. In the earlier days, Ramsey Nouah was known very well for playing love interest and romantic lead. The actor, often paired alongside beautiful women like Genevieve Nnaji, always had audience members swooning over him.
Now, so much time has passed. Do you think Ramsey Nouah still has it?
7. Jim Iyke
Jim Iyke is and was known as Nollywood’s bad boy. His oyinbo accent that he did so well and his ability to play crazy, radical, bad boys quickly plummeted him to the top of the industry that year. The boy is undeniably talented, and for some reason, regardless of the role even when he was being crazy, audiences still fawned over Jim Iyke.
Now, so much time has passed and the Jim Iyke of then isn’t the Jim Iyke of now. Do you think Jim still has it?
8. Nonso Diobi
Nonso Diobi was another actor that caused a lot of heart rates to escalate. The light skinned actor burned up screens whenever he played the roles of boy in love and parents do not agree, boy in love but is broke, or boy in love yet the love is an abomination. Regardless of what Nonso was acting, audiences rooted for him and his characters and it was in major part due to his looks.
Now that so much time has passed, do you think Nonso Diobi still has it?
9. Yemi Blaq
Where a lot of actors in this list had hearts racing specifically because of their light skinned nature, Yemi Blaq was always very dark skinned. Yemi was very beloved and still is, but back in the day when Yemi was very popular, he was one of those men that every woman and their mother wanted to marry.
Now that so much time has passed, do you think Yemi Blaq still has it?
10. Fred Amata
I always found this one funny because Fred Amata usually played the role of a religious figure. Yet, in every movie I ever saw him in, he was the pastor that the congregation simply couldn’t resist. The women from church were always tempting him and 9 times out of 10, he was falling.
Now that so much time has passed, do you think Fred Amata still has it?
11. Emeka Ike
Emeka Ike that year caused a lot of hearts to vibrate. In his village roles or city roles, Emeka Ike was always a lover (except when he wasn’t) and this love and his undying affection for his female leads always got Nigerian audiences swooning.
Now that so much time has passed, do you think Emeka Ike still has it?
12. Yul Edochie
Yul Edochie burst into the scene a little later than some others on this list, but when he burst unto the scene, he really burst in with a bang. Yul very quickly attained heartthrob status and audience members everywhere couldn’t get enough of him.
Now that so much time has passed, do you think Yul Edochie still has it?
13. Richard Mofe-Damijo
It would have been impossible to finish this list without mentioning the king himself, Richard Mofe-Damijo. I don’t know why but the one movie he did with I think it was Stella Damascus is the movie I think that caused madness in my yard that year. RMD at the time was and still is the equivalent of whatever Idris Elba is to the west.
Now that so much time has passed since hit the screens, do you think Richard Mofe-Damijo still has it?
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