...When Love Happens

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...When Love Happens
When Love Happens poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Seyi Babatope
Produced by Kene Mparu
Moses Babatope
Seyi Babatope
Written by Diche Enunwa
Temitope Bolade
Story by Seyi Babatope
Music by Re Olunuga
Cinematography Pindem Lot
Edited by Joe Larue
Future Gate Pictures
PHB Films
Distributed by FilmOne Distribution
Release date
  • 24 October 2014 (2014-10-24)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Nigeria
Language English

...When Love Happens is a 2014 Nigerian romantic comedy film co-produced and directed by Seyi Babatope. It stars Weruche Opia, OC Ukeje, Beverly Naya, Oreka Godis, Gideon Okeke, Bukky Wright, Desmond Elliot, Wale Ojo, Bassey Ekpeyong and Shafy Bello.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The film tells the story of a successful events planner, Oluwanimoduroti (Mo) Bankole-Smith, whose job is to help other people plan their weddings, but however finds it hard to get into a relationship.



Production of the film took 7 months.[7] Principal photography, which lasted for two weeks,[8] commenced in Lagos around February 2014.[9][10]


Behind the scenes short documentary videos were constantly released on YouTube from August through September 2014. A teaser trailer was released on 3 September 2014, along with promotional posters and photos.[11][12][13] The official theatrical trailer was released online on 19 September 2014.[14][15][16] It premiered on 16 October 2014, at the Genesis Deluxe Cinema, The Palms in Lekki, Lagos,[17][18] and was generally released in movie theatres on 24 October 2014.[19][20][21]


Critical reception[edit]

The film has been positively received since its release; Bello and Ekpeyong have been generally described as the standout couple in the film. Most critics however noted that Okeke is unable to get out of his Tinsel character, and that the chemistry between Opia and Okeke isn't really there (or not harnessed) on screen. Nollywood reinvented gave it a 41%, mentioning that there is not much more to this than the purest and most basic form of a 'chic flick'.[22] Sodas and Popcorn gave a 4 out of 5 stars and concluded: "When Love Happens is a well-directed movie, with a lovely cast and crew. It delivers a very fun time. If you are a fan of simple, fun and family healthy comedies, you would love this one".[23] Toni Kan commends the scripting and the performances from the actors, concluding that: "Over all, this is a delightful movie that does Nollywood proud".[24] Efeturi Doghudje of 360Nobs praised the picture quality and music, but however noted that the film dragged a bit due to presence of unnecessary scenes and long dialogues, which could've been edited. She rated the film 4 out of 10 stars and concluded: "for a first feature film, When Love Happens was something more than an ordinary. It is an easy-going RomCom, with a well thought out cast and a great production".[25] Movie Pencil commended the scripting and production quality. It gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, describing it as a "feel good experience".[26]


When Love Happens received nominations at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in three categories, including "Best Actress in a Comedy" for Opia and "Best Supporting Actor" for Ukeje.[27]

Complete list of Awards
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
(2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards)[28][29]
Best Actress in a Comedy Weruche Opia Nominated
Best Supporting Actor OC Ukeje Nominated
Best Comedy Writer Diche Enunwa, Temitope Bolade Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Desmond Elliott, O.C. Ukeje lead the pack in When Love Happens". Vanguard. Vanguard News. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ Money, Ayex (September 2014). "Bukky Wright, Desmond Elliot, OC Ukeje star in When Love Happens". Nigerian Trends. NG Trends. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Star Studded Movie 'When Love Happens' Coming Soon". BizWatchNigeria. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  4. ^ Seun (18 September 2014). "Desmond Elliott, O.C. Ukeje Lead The Pack In When Love Happens". Best of Nollywood. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  5. ^ Jasanya, Olamide (23 September 2014). "Bukky Wright, Desmond Elliot, OC Ukeje star in When Love Happens". Nigerian Entertainment Today. The NET NG. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  6. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga (4 August 2014). "OC Ukeje, Gideon Okeke, Weruche Opia in "When Love Happens"". Pulse. Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  7. ^ Doghudje, Efeturi (24 October 2014). "Movie Review: When Love Happens". 360 Nobs. 360nobs.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  8. ^ Akinseye, Isabella. ""When Love Happens should make even the most cynical person smile" Seyi Babatope". Nolly Silver Screen. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Coming Soon: When Love Happens". Nollywood Mindspace. Nollywood by Mindspace. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  10. ^ "'When Love Happens' Between O.C. Ukeje, Helen Paul". PM News. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  11. ^ Majjorie (17 September 2014). "'When Love Happens' OC Ukeje, Weruche Opia Star in New Movie". Nollywood Naijas. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Romantic Comedy 'When Love Happens" Releases Movie Posters and Trailer". City People. City People News. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Romantic Comedy 'When Love Happens" Releases Movie Posters and Trailer". Nollywood Magazine. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  14. ^ Pryme, Segun (18 September 2014). "Movie Trailer: When Love Happens". Info Nubia. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  15. ^ Cole Mistah (20 September 2014). "Trailer: WHEN LOVE HAPPENS starring Weruche R. Opia, OC Ukeje, Oreka Godis, Wale Ojo". 360Nobs.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  16. ^ Cole, Mistah (20 September 2014). "HOT Trailer Alert! WHEN LOVE HAPPENS starring Weruche R. Opia, OC Ukeje, Oreka Godis, Wale Ojo". Movie Markers. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  17. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga (18 October 2014). "OC Ukeje, Gideon Okeke, Others Attend Movie Premiere". Pulse NG. Pulse. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  18. ^ Tolu (17 October 2014). "Exclusive photos from 'When Love Happens' Lagos premiere". Information Nigeria. Information NG. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Must Watch! Nigeria's Hottest Young Movie Stars feature in "When Love Happens" - Trailer & Poster". Bella Naija. bellanaija.com. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  20. ^ "When Love Happens: In Cinemas October 24th 2014!". 9aijabooksandmovies. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  21. ^ Husseini, Shaibu (12 October 2014). "When Love Happens In Cinemas October 24". The Guardian. Guardian News Site. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  22. ^ "When Love Happens". Nollywood Reinvented.
  23. ^ "Sodas & Popcorn Movie Review: When Love Happens". Sodas and Popcorn. Sodas and Popcorn. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  24. ^ Kan, Toni (26 October 2014). "MOVIE REVIEW: WHAT HAPPENS "WHEN LOVE HAPPENS by Toni Kan". Sabinews. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  25. ^ Doghudje, Efeturi (24 October 2014). "Movie Review: When Love Happens". 360 Nobs. 360nobs.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  26. ^ "When Love Happens: Seyi Babatope's Nollywood feature film debut". Movie Pencil. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  27. ^ "Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards 2015 nominees list out". Ghana Web. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  28. ^ "List Of The 2015 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCAs) Nominees". DStv. StarGist. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  29. ^ "AMVCA winners announced". Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.

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