Big Love (2023) (on Prime) is a sappy, romantic comedy that hits the right notes

“Big Love,” tells the story of Adil, portrayed by Timini Egbuson, who falls in love with Adina (Bimbo Ademoye), a determined and self-sufficient woman struggling to make ends meet at a graduate training camp. As their love deepens, Adina’s fears and a hidden secret threaten to destroy everything.


  • Deza the Great – Amir
  • Bimbo Ademoye – Adina
  • Seyi Awolowo – Lade
  • Teniola Aladese – Karen
  • Timini Egbuson – Adil
  • Jaiye Kuti – Kafil
  • Shaffy Bello – Kareema
  • Kalu Ikeagwu – Bako


  • Directed by: Biodun Stephen
  • Written by: Biodun Stephen 


Movie Review: Big Love (2023) on Prime Video

Big Love does not pretend to be anything but a sappy romantic comedy, and it tells the story to near perfection, weaving it around the stigma experienced by single mothers in the Nigerian society. It is a rich movie, told deliciously and goes down like sweet wine, drunk cold after a good meal.

Bimbo Ademoye is the queen of onscreen chemistry: every male actor she has been partnered with, she displays such a bond for, that it is beautiful to see. She was partnered with Timini Egbuson in the Breaded Life and here, both different characters, she eats up her role once again.

The story does not try to be a moral compass. It just presents the situation and leaves you to enjoy the story telling. The product placement is equally done in an excellent way, not over the top, but you know the sponsor of the movie.

I have not seen Seyi Awolowo in a lot of movies to put a judgment on his acting, but he does a good job as the bad boy here, a completely annoying antagonist who is redeemed at the end.

The duo of Jaye Kuti and Shaffy Bello is a complete meal of the quintessential Nigerian aunties and mummies, almost like lifelong frenemies, constantly fighting and making up. It is a beauty to behold and laugh at. Biodun Stephen’s casting skill is top notch.  The role of Kalu Ikeagwu wants me to call him Papa too. He plays the role of the quiet, long-suffering patriarch of the family who allows his wife her excesses but knows exactly when to put his foot down.

The conflict resolution in Big Love is one of the best I have seen in a romcom. It is not too long, and not too short; it is just right.  

NollyRated Score for Big Love

 Score: 4/5 (Great Movie)

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  1. Poor
  2. Sub Par
  3. Okay
  4. Great
  5. Outstanding

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2 thoughts on “Big Love (2023) (on Prime) is a sappy, romantic comedy that hits the right notes”

  1. Nah. I didn’t feel this movie like that. I am usually a fan of Biodun Stephen but not this time. Bimbo Adeboye is an excellent actress; and her excellent acting skills were on full display in A Breaded Life and though her acting in this movie was good, I just don’t think it was the casting was right.

    Shaffy Bello and Jaiye Kuti were a real riot, and camaraderie with Papa was good. I enjoyed that. The storyline however, was a tad unrealistic, in my opinion.

  2. You are spot on yet again. I shed a few tears watching this ‘romcom’. Top notch acting and casting. Couldn’t find a fault.

    Your review is 5/5! 😀


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