African/Nollywood Films (5)

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Be safe and have fun 😉

Let’s finish out this week on African/Nollywood films with the romantic comedy/interracial love story “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola.” At first, I  planned on skipping this movie, as I’m not into romantic comedies. (1) They all end the same  (2) interracial love stories tend to be especially cliché. It annoys me how they always make the black family the biggest racists (roll eyes). So, I really didn’t have high hopes for an interracial love story set in South Africa(!) But, I decided to give it a shot.

It turns out, “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola” is a charming little movie. The story follows the complicated courtship of Fanie Fourie, a young Afrikaner and Dinky Magubane, a young Zulu business woman.

The movie has cliché romantic comedy elements (wacky relatives). And yes, the movie only touches on some of the major racial issues in South Africa. But, the film gets ya (or me and that’s saying a lot 🙂 You will cry. Trust and believe.

The second half of the film focuses on Fanie trying to get Dinky’s lobola, to ask for her hand in marriage. The lobola is the traditional dowry:

“Lobolo or Lobola in, ZuluXhosa and Ndebele (Mahadi in Sesotho, Roora in Shona, and Magadi in Northern Sotho), sometimes translate as bride price, is a customary Southern African ritual whereby the man pays the family of his fiancée for her hand in marriage. (Compare with the European dowry custom where the woman brings assets.) The tradition is designed for bringing the two families together, nurturing shared admiration, and signifying that the man is proficient of supporting his wife money-wise.”

However, Dinky is her own woman. Will she accept Fanie’s lobola offer or will she kick him to the curb? Well, if you watch romantic comedies, you know how it’s going to end.  But, it’s still a fun ride 🙂


Author: wocpdxzines

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