Nneka the Pretty Serpent (Nigeria: 1992)


Zeb Ejiro

Cast list

Ndidi Obi (as Nneka)

Sam Loco Efe

Kanayo O Kanayo

Ngozi Ezeonu

Eucharia Anunobi


Producer:  Okechukwu Ogunjiofor

Languages: Igbo, English


Considered one of the first major Nollywood successes, the supernatural themes of Nneka the Pretty Serpent have had a lasting influence on Nigerian spiritual horror. Ndidi Obi stars as Nneka, a powerful mermaid who, after her mother sacrifices a cock to the river goddess, is sent to Earth disguised as a human to torment and financially ruin married men. She focuses her powers on a man named Tony and reduces his life to nothing until a pastor intervenes, calling on God to stop her.

The film spawned a sequel, The Return of Nneka, as well as a remake in 2017.


Izuzu, Chidumga. "Tribute to "Nneka the Pretty Serpent," an influential Nollywood horror movie." Pulse, 24 Oct. 2017, http://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/movies/nneka-the-pretty-serpent-most-influential-horror-movie-id7199692.html.

Njoku, Benjamin. "Nneka, the Pretty Serpent." Vanguard, 27 Sept. 2014, https://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/09/nneka-pretty-serpent/.

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